Haneefah Adam turns food into art you can eat

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Most people dispose of their food leftovers, but in Nigerian-born visual artist Haneefah Adam’s kitchen, they’re put to good use. Adam, 28, is famous for presenting food in creative ways, using it to make portraits and other works of art. A portrait made with dry fish, pepper, amala (cooked yam flour) and ewedu soup (cooked corchorus leaves). Haneefah Adam “I have always been artistic,” she tells CNN. “Growing up, my mother said I had a flair for art.” A medical scientist by training, Adam first made…

New dinosaur species found in South African museum

(CNN) — A new species of dinosaur has been discovered, after being misidentified and kept in a museum collection for several decades. The dinosaur’s remains, which were found in South Africa in 1978 and were being kept in a collection at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, had been identified as a Massospondylus — a dinosaur from the Early Jurassic period. However, after a team of researchers from London’s Natural History Museum and the University of Witwatersrand reassessed the specimen, they realized the bones and skull belonged to an entirely…

Life inside the world’s worst traffic jam

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Lagos traffic is so snarled and gridlocked that a recent trip from the airport to Ajah, on Lagos Island — a journey shorter than 50 kilometers — took me eight hours. That was two hours longer than my flight from Istanbul to Nigeria. Welcome to traffic and travel Lagos-style, where the roads are clogged and millions of commuters are choked with frustration about the daily hassle in Nigeria’s commercial capital and Africa’s fifth largest economy. The city is unhealthily crowded. Despite being the smallest state in…

African American duo launch campaign to take hatred out of racial slur

(CNN) — Most black people living in the US or Europe will have heard the phrase “Go back to Africa,” at least once in their lives. The racist slur has long been used as a putdown to suggest they don’t belong in the west. On Sunday, President Trump used a variation of the insult to tell four congresswomen in a series of tweets to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”…

Meet the culinary creatives shaking up African food

(CNN) — Whether it’s bringing foraging to the forefront of the culinary landscape or finding ways to make familiar flavors stand out, chefs across Africa are pushing the envelope when it comes to food. Meet three African chefs who are taking cuisine on the continent to new heights Heritage food in South Africa South African chef and restauranteur Chris Erasmus believes that when it comes to food the process is just as important as the outcome. “You need to sometimes crack the whip but you need to release it, immediately…

Ghana’s floating village is trying to balance its ancient traditions in a modern world

Nzulezo, Ghana (CNN) — With stilt structures over water and houses built from branches of raffia palm, Nzulezo in Jomoro district of western Ghana could pass for a less elaborate version of Venice in Italy. Built over the Lake Tandane, Nzulezo derives its name from a local language, Nzema, meaning ‘surface of water’. The village, 300 kilometers from Accra, Ghana’s capital city for many centuries has coexisted with nature and is a perfect symbiosis of man and earth. Houses in Nzulezo village are made from raffia palm branches CNN More…

Why lesbian romance film was banned in Kenya

Wanuri Kahiu’s role model is an African feminist icon who dedicated her life to planting trees — and fighting the Kenyan authorities. “She was a woman who was coming up against the government and being spoken about in the most horrific ways,” Kahiu said of environmentalist Wangari Maathai, who launched the Green Belt movement before becoming the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. “And she just wanted to plant trees.” Swap “trees” for “films” and Kahiu could be talking about her own life. The 39-year-old,…

Ancient tombs found near Egypt pyramids

(CNN) — Archaeologists working near the pyramids of Giza have discovered an ancient Egyptian burial ground dating back to around 2500 BCE and hosting the tombs of high-ranking officials. The remarkable find includes a limestone family tomb from Egypt’s fifth dynasty, a period spanning the 25th to the 24th century BCE, the country’s Ministry of Antiquities said while unveiling the site. The tomb contains the mummies of two people: Behnui-Ka, who held seven titles during the period, including priest and judge; and Nwi, also known as the “chief of the…

Rwandan rape survivors and their children, 25 years later

A Rwandan woman and her 25-year-old daughter are photographed together as part of the book “Rwandan Daughters.” As with most children conceived after rape, the daughter has never known her father. She recalls being embarrassed at school when she could not answer a teacher’s questions about him. Editor’s note: The Rwandan survivors of rape and their children featured in this article are not named as a courtesy to protect their identities. The distances between the women in the photographs hint at the challenges in their relationships. They share the same…