Defender of the disabled
Ethiopian human rights lawyer Yetnebersh Nigussie was recently awarded the 2017 Right Livelihood award in honour of her work promoting the rights of people with disabilities. She went blind at the age of five. Because her family saw her disability as a curse, they enrolled her into a boarding school for the blind in Addis Ababa. “Education was a turning point that changed my blindness into an opportunity,” she said.
Kenya eyes an Oscar
The Kenyan film Kati Kati (meaning “in between” in Swahili) has been accepted by the Oscars selection committee in the Best Foreign Language category for the 90th Academy Awards. This is just a first step, as official nominations for the categories will be announced in January 2018, but is still a huge achievement for Kenya’s small but growing film industry. Kati Kati is about the mythical place between life and the afterlife.
Slide Safe, a Nigerian startup, discreetly delivers sexually transmitted infection (STI) test kits and sex products, including condoms and lubricants, on demand. Florida Uzoaru started the company to tackle conservative attitudes to sex. Her goal is to increase awareness about safe sex and to encourage frequent testing for STIs. Orders are placed by SMS and the packaging is kept “as anonymous as possible”.