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Yewande Omotoso

Yewande Omotoso’s 'The Woman Next Door'

Yewande Omotoso on apartheid, architecture and her novel, "The Woman Next Door."

Yewande Omotoso’s 'The Woman Next Door'
ANC members celebrate after Cyril Ramaphosa was elected president of the ANC in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Young South Africans once worshipped the ANC. Now 'the party of Mandela' is tarnished.

Young South Africans once worshipped the ANC. Now 'the party of Mandela' is tarnished.
A distorted map is projected based on population living with HIV. In this map, South Africa is the largest country in the world.

In South Africa, HIV rates are rising in young women and girls. Our new series looks at the reasons why.

In South Africa, HIV rates are rising in young women and girls. Our new series looks at the reasons why.
In an interview with PRI's The World, UNAIDS director Michel Sidibe celebrated successes against the epidemic, but stressed the challenges faced by young women.

Women and girls are a new frontier in the fight against HIV

Women and girls are a new frontier in the fight against HIV

Yewande Omotoso’s “The Woman Next Door”

Yewande Omotoso’s “The Woman Next Door”
Joe Stewart and Patricia Bayonne-Johnson, both descendants of people sold as slaves by Georgetown University, visit the school on September 1, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Lessons from South Africa as Georgetown attempts reparations for slavery

One of the first black deans at a university in South Africa says Georgetown's decision to offer preferred admission to descendants of slaves is "beautiful" — but only the beginning of a process.

Lessons from South Africa as Georgetown attempts reparations for slavery
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South Africa's murder rate rises to over 50 people killed per day

South Africa's murder rate rose by 4.9 percent in the last year, official statistics showed Friday, with the police minister admitting the country was struggling with "a prevalent culture of violence."

South Africa's murder rate rises to over 50 people killed per day
An engineering professor in South Africa challenged his students to come up with a way to prevent devastating shack fires that displace thousands. One of them came up with this fire detector, Lumkani, that can alert a neighborhood.

A little blue box that might help save thousands of homes in South Africa

A one-time engineering student has created a battery-operated device that provides a community-wide alert for fire in South African townships.

A little blue box that might help save thousands of homes in South Africa
Elephants walk in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, January 26, 2015

Elephants trampling your crops? Release the bees.

How do you stop a six-ton hungry elephant from rampaging through your garden? In southern Africa, bees are the answer.

Elephants trampling your crops? Release the bees.
Protesters carry placards as they take part in a 'Zuma must fall' demonstration in Pretoria, South Africa December 16, 2015.

The real results of South Africa's hashtag campaigns

Wednesday’s protests in the major cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria drew thousands of largely middle class South Africans. They called for Zuma to resign or be “recalled” by his party, the African National Congress, which was returned to power in 2014

The real results of South Africa's hashtag campaigns
Students march at Stellenbosch University earlier this year

A South African university sheds the language of apartheid

Student protesters in South Africa are chalking up another victory in their "decolonization" campaign. Stellenbosch University, once a bastion of apartheid ideology, has agreed to stop teaching in Afrikaans and switch to English as the main language of instruction.

A South African university sheds the language of apartheid
South Africa Fees Must Fall

UPDATE: After massive protests, South Africa freezes tuition hikes

South Africa's president froze tuition hikes after violent confrontations between students and heavily armed police officers were broadcast live on national television. "The youth win!" one person responds on Twitter.

UPDATE: After massive protests, South Africa freezes tuition hikes

OkMalumKoolKat: Internet Jetset Zuper

South African rapper OkMalumKoolKat has released the single &#8220;Internet Jetset Zuper&#8221; as part of the Obey You Collective: South Africa Series from The Fader and Sprite. Oh yeah, it&#8217;s also his debut as a producer. Turn it up! We first featured ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18356/okmalumkoolkat-internet-jetset-zuper/"> Read more &#187;</a>

OkMalumKoolKat: Internet Jetset Zuper

Video: iFani’s “iingoma Ezimnandi”

Although he has had his share of setbacks&#8211;including losing a major-label deal with Sony and getting carjacked and kidnapped&#8211; iFani has ascended quite rapidly to South African stardom. We covered that rise in last year’s “South Africa Today” program. After ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18338/video-ifani-iingoma-ezimnandi/"> Read more &#187;</a>

Video: iFani’s “iingoma Ezimnandi”

A.J. Holmes’ Classic Kwaito Mix

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela taking office as the first post-apartheid leader of South Africa, A.J. Holmes has dropped a mix of classic kwaito from the mid &#8217;90s and early &#8217;00s. We covered some present-day kwaito ...<a class="meta-nav" href="http://www.afropop.org/wp/18214/afropop-premiere-a-j-holmes-classic-kwaito-mix/"> Read more &#187;</a>

A.J. Holmes’ Classic Kwaito Mix