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Drug abuse among young people in Nigeria’s north is sadly becoming an all-too-common problem. But what’s behind the rise in substance abuse? And is it possible to wage – and win – a war against drugs?
Drug abuse among young people in Nigeria’s north is sadly becoming an all-too-common problem. But what’s behind the rise in substance abuse? And is it possible to wage — and win — a war against drugs? DW’s Edith Kimani heads to Abuja to find out.
Nigeria: The painful reality of drug abuse in Kano
In Nigeria’s northern commercial hub Kano, young people are prime victims of drug abuse. Some addicts, like Bazooka, are determined to eventually get clean. But with substance abuse on the rise, that’s far easier said than done.
From street kid to acrobat: The South African circus changing lives
As a teenager, Jacobus Claassen hit rock bottom. He was homeless and addicted to drugs. With the help of an outreach-program he joined Zip Zap Circus School in Cape Town. It proved to be a turning point in his life. Through his acrobatic talent he’s now a star in the circus arena.
Meet Kenyan speed demon Harmony Wanjiku
Harmony Wanjiku was the first woman to win the East Africa Superbike Championship and came second at the 2019 Redstar Superbike championships in South Africa. While Kenya is just entering the game of motorbike racing, Harmony is breaking down gender stereotypes — and has her eyes set on victory.
My City: Koudougou
Koudougou in central Burkina Faso has an edgy feel to it: From the diverse artists’ workshops, to its festivals and athletes. Local and Paralympian Victorine Guissou shows you around.
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Niger’s capital Niamey rises like an oasis out of the Sahara. Watered by the River Niger, the city knows how to trade, eat and throw a party! Local rapper Barakina takes us out to see the sights.
Singer and designer Queen Tawa is leading the fashion revolution in Congo. Her brand Liputa Swagga takes cues from Afrofuturism and Congo’s La Sape fashion subculture. No two of her creations are alike, and her unique fashion also acts as a mirror to her music.
South African artist Kgaogelo Mashilo — AKA Cow Mash — centers her work on religion, culture and identity. She uses the cow as a sacred symbol of expression, and demonstrates how culture is changing and moving with time.