Society and Culture

Who’s Afraid of African Hair?

Hair is an emotive subject for many African women (and some African men). When the term ‘good hair’ has been used, it has often meant long, straight, soft and silky, Caucasian-like hair. And hair that isn’t ‘good’ is obviously short, coarse and tightly curled, (or, in African American speak, ‘kinky’ or ‘nappy’). From the pressing […]


Nigerian president ‘Yar’Adua ‘returns home

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigerian President Umaru Yar’Adua arrived back in Abuja on Wednesday after three months in a Saudi Arabian hospital, government sources said, renewing uncertainty over the leadership of Africa’s most populous nation. There was no immediate word on the condition of the 58-year-old leader. It also was unclear if he would be fit […]