CON­TI­NEN­TAL DRIFT

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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.

Safe-sex startup

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”.

Sec­ond-hand panties

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