Artist Damien Hirst Takes Heat for Cultural Appropriation of Nigerian Kingdom of Ife Heads 

English artist Damien Hirst is in hot water for cultural appropriation at this year’s Venice Biennale. His exhibit includes a golden head that mimics the work of artists from Ile-Ife, Nigeria. This is particularly remarkable given that this is a hugely important year for Nigeria, with artists representing their country at a national pavilion for the…

Lade Araba has a Vision for African Girls in STEM Fields 

Lade Araba was born in Lagos, Nigeria. She has lived and studied abroad, doing her undergraduate studies at the Sorbonne, eventually earning an MBA and working for the FAO and UNECA, promoting intra-African trade in the agribusiness sector. But her passion has always been to support African women. Receiving the Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship, among other…

Who Shot Upstart Somali Minister Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji? 

A former Somali refugee who returned to his troubled nation specifically to help with reconstruction and development was shot to death by government security officers in a strange incident near the presidential palace. Public Works Minister Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji was traveling in a vehicle with two other government officials and an armed security detail.…