Category: Sub-Saharan Africa

Transactional Sex in Sub Saharan Africa

It is no secret that transactional relationships in Sub-Saharan African universities have been frowned upon. In fact, there are many outreach and non-profit groups all over the continent that have dedicated themselves to combating this phenomenon and teaching students safer sex practices. Although these groups are doing good and necessary work, they are not necessarily attacking the root of the… Read more →

Television and Film in Sub-Saharan Africa by Myles Darby

Additionally, another medium of large influence has been television. Television originated in sub-Saharan Africa in the late 1950s. While it was mainly used for entertainment, it contrasts to America in the fact that television isn’t a popular medium. One of the reasons for this centers around the fact that it is a media inaccessible to many, and “remains a symbol… Read more →

Radio in Sub-Saharan Africa by Myles Darby

Another medium that colonialism and neo colonialism have been exercised through, has been the radio. Unlike print media, radio was introduced much later in sub-Saharan Africa, in the 1920s. Once radio became more developed, the British and French began to exploit this medium, like the radio, and used it as a means to assimilate the Africans. However, this colonization was… Read more →

Ambient Air Pollution Increases COVID Lethality In SSA

As COVID 19 continues to infect localities around the globe, recent findings suggest that chronic exposure to air pollution can decrease one’s ability to survive the disease. The report has attracted special concern for urban communities in sub-Saharan Africa: here, levels of ambient air pollution are among the highest in the world. Combined with dense living arrangements and thin healthcare… Read more →

Locusts Swarms Threaten Eastern Africa

Billions of locusts are swarming throughout Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. It is the worst outbreak in over quarter century, and farming productivity is severely endangered as hundreds of acres are devoured. Government efforts to stockpile pesticides and conduct aerial spraying have so been unsuccessful at containing the swarms, and even as 10 million USD in aid has been distributed from… Read more →

Climate Change and Forced Migration in Sub Saharan Africa

As the global impacts of climate change continue to worsen, increasingly severe natural disasters, sea level rise, and ecological degradation will force millions of people from their homes. This widespread, global forced migration will be especially acute in regions ill equipped to deal with the pressures of climate change and most vulnerable to climate shocks, and will place significant pressure… Read more →

COVID-19 in the Rainbow Nation

According to NPR, “South Africa has the highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases on the African continent” (Peralta 2020). The numbers are worrisome; with nearly 2,000 cases and only 3,000 ICU beds, South Africa seems poised to cut it close (Wood 2020). Beyond the case numbers though, disturbing instances related to the virus put disenfranchised citizens as risk. Law enforcement,… Read more →

Mahima Reddy: The Nigerian identity amidst COVID-19

In light of recent events, this final blog post will seek to understand if the COVID-19 pandemic favors the concept of a unified or ethnically fragmented Nigerian identity. In addition to exploring whether Nigeria’s sense of nationhood is reflected in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this post will analyze how the nation interacts with Western powers that have had… Read more →

The Inequalities Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic–Ebenezer Sampong

How can we think about inequality in sub-Saharan Africa in the midst of the global pandemic? One way I believe we can look at it is the disproportionate effects on different people, in a way that may not always been deliberate, but still has dangerous, if not deadly effects. However, “several MPs in Botswana have been caught breaking their self-isolation… Read more →