Told Not To Drum, Tanzania’s Kasiva Mutua Is Breaking A Centuries-Old Taboo

Kasiva's uplifting rhythms are in demand at music festivals and in recording studios around the world. While her ability seems effortless, growing up in part of the world where it's often forbidden for women to play such a symbolically potent musical...
January 13, 2018
  • Told Not To Drum, Tanzania’s Kasiva Mutua Is Breaking A Centuries-Old Taboo

    Arusha, Tanzania — Kasiva Mutua carefully unpacks her drums, placing them on the paving stones of a courtyard. Shaded by a tree from Tanzania’s harsh midday sun she settles, cross-legged behind them. As she starts to play her eyes close as she loses herself in the rhythm. This is...
  • Pregnant Young Women In Tanzania Are Enemies Of The State

    Tazania’s president has condemned teenage girls who become pregnant as ‘immoral’, banning them from ever returning to school. In May, when Sarah (not her real name) was about 15 weeks pregnant, she dropped out of state secondary school in the Shinyanga region of northern Tanzania. “It was difficult to...
  • ICYMI: Kenyan-Born Vanessa Kingori Appointed British Vogue Publisher

    Vanessa Kingori, a British citizen of Kenyan and Caribbean origin, is the first woman and the first black woman to head the most prestigious and oldest fashion magazines in the world. Appointed publishing director of Vogue, Ms Kingori, who has achieved what many in the fashion world would only...
  • Professor Magdalene Odundo Appointed Chancellor Of The University For The Creative Arts United Kingdom

    The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in the UK has announced that it has appointed Kenyan born Professor Magdalene Odundo as the Chancellor. She will succeed the current Chancellor Dame Zandra Rhodes in June 2018. Odundo is a world renowned artist with her discipline being in ceramic art. Her...
  • #IkoKaziKe Is A Movement In Kenya That Helps People Find Job Listings, Founded By Rose Munuhe

    Graduating from university usually comes with hopes of securing meaningful employment and building one’s future. This is especially after all the hassle and sacrifices that one has to make through before completing a degree. Unfortunately, this is hardly the case in Kenya where the unemployment rate currently stands at...
  • Spotlighting Grace Nanyonga: Chicken Girl’s Thriving Business

    At school in Uganda she was called Chicken Girl. Her fellow students thought Grace Nanyonga did “dirty work” selling roasted chicken by the side of the road. In reality, the 13-year-old was struggling to support herself and her six younger siblings, all of whom found themselves orphaned after the...
  • Five Female Kenyan Students Develop An App For Circumcision Called i-Cut

    Their age ranges between 15 and 17 years, they are Stacy Owino, Synthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Macrine Atieno and Ivy Akiny who as a group call themselves the Restorers. Together they launched the i-cut application, an app whose aim is to tackle Female Genital Mutilation and “restore hope for girls in despair,” Synthia Otieno revealed in...
  • Photos: Herieth Paul For ‘Fashion Canada’

    Herieth Paul is one of today’s African supermodels representing the Motherland. Originally from Tanzania, Herieth migrated to Canada at age 14, and has since become one of the darlings on international fashion stages. She has walked for Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Diane von Furstenberg among others.        ...
  • Spotlighting Sara Menker – Gro Intelligence Founder, Kenya

    ‘When Ethiopian native Sara Menker’s nine-year trading career at Morgan Stanley stopped motivating her, then the Vice President of the New York Commodities Group, she turned her attention to fixing a problem in Africa that impassioned her – agriculture. Starting out, Gro Intelligence was primarily concerned with agricultural data...

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