When Germaine Acogny left Senegal to study in Paris in 1962 she encountered classical western dancing. She’d always loved to dance, but her teachers told her she wasn’t suited to European forms because of her tall frame and flat feet. So Acogny began to make dance based on her own body, replacing orchestras with West African drummers. She would go on to develop her own dance technique, open a school, and win awards around the world. As she turns 80, Lliane Loots considers her massive influence on the dance world.

Lithium is a crucial mineral because it’s used to make rechargeable batteries. These power a wide range of devices, from smartphones to electric vehicles, and contribute to cleaner energy. Lithium’s importance has caused a global rush towards African countries with large deposits. A team of researchers lay out what African countries need to do to reap the benefits of this valuable mineral.

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The mother of African dance at 80. Why Senegal’s Germaine Acogny is so influential

Lliane Loots, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Germaine Acogny has risen as a female artist who has defied stereotypes to become one of the world’s most revered dance makers.

The world is rushing to Africa to mine critical minerals like lithium – how the continent should deal with the demand

James Boafo, Murdoch University; Eric Stemn, University of Mines and Technology; Jacob Obodai, Edge Hill University; Philip Nti Nkrumah, The University of Queensland

Africa hosts substantial reserves of critical minerals.

Tanganyika and Zanzibar: Tanzania’s 60-year-old union may need a restructure

Nicodemus Minde, United States International University

Many Tanzanians agree that the union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar should be reformed to reflect contemporary realities.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students need more support from their universities – South Africa study

Tonny Nelson Matjila, University of South Africa

Some students with hearing difficulties feel lonely and excluded from daily campus life.

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