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Mar 7, 2019 55 tweets 39 min read
Today we celebrate the International Women's Day. Women from the continent are hardly given the respect and honour they deserve. We will celebrate women across the continent and what they've done and how they have influenced the world around them.
Thread!!! 1. Egyptian author & feminist @monaeltahawy is a booming voice on the continent. Her declaration of faith is "Fuck the Patriarchy." She started conversations around sexual harassment in mosques and her new book The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls will be out this year.
Jan 20, 2019 35 tweets 8 min read
On this day, in 1973, one of Africa's greatest minds & revolutionary, Amilcar Cabral was assassinated in Conakry, Guinea just a year before independence. Cabral was 48 years old & was described by Fidel Castro as "one of the most lucid & brilliant leaders in Africa."
Thread!! The treasure of minds Africa lost in the fight against colonialism can't be quantified. Of all the evils of colonialism, one of the least talked about evils is the death of brilliant minds snatched by greedy Western powers bent on exploitation of resources, both human & mineral.
Jan 18, 2019 19 tweets 5 min read
Following the pictures by the New York Times on the #RiversideAttack in Kenya, questions have been raised on the representation of black bodies in death. More importantly, how the Western media covers the death of Africans during crisis like the #DusitAttack in Kenya
Thread!!! The New York Times published gory pictures of dead Kenyans who were victims of a terrorist attack. It was less than 24 hours after the attack that the pictures were published as the feature image of the New York Times article. Kenyans were still in mourning and shock from the
Jan 17, 2019 49 tweets 10 min read
On this day, in 1961, at the age of 35, Congo's first Prime Minister was assassinated. He became Prime Minister at the age of 34.
Thread! According to @guardian "This heinous crime was a culmination of two inter-related assassination plots by American and Belgian governments, which used Congolese accomplices and a Belgian execution squad to carry out the deed."
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Sep 24, 2018 11 tweets 2 min read
In January 1966, in Havana, the first Tricontinental Conference of the Peoples of Asia, Africa and Latin America took place. On that day, Amilcar Cabral gave a speech "The Weapon of Theory." We'll bring you some quotes from that speech, filled with brilliance. An African saying very common in our country says: “When your house is burning, it’s no use beating the tom-toms.” On a Tricontinental level, this means that we are not going to eliminate imperialism by shouting insults against it. For us, the best or worst shout against