Trokosi: The West African custom where girls are forced to serve at shrines for sins of their fathers

Before Insecure star Jay Ellis would secure a leading role opposite Issa Rae in the hit HBO dramedy, he featured in a Ghanaian film about a traditional Ewe custom known as trokosi. In Like Cotton Twines, Ellis plays an American teacher in a remote village in south-eastern Ghana. He takes a special interest in one of his promising students after he learned that the 14-year-old girl would have to leave school and go serve at the shrine of the local deity. This development had been occasioned by the teenager’s father’s…

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Top Ten News Items on Health, 29th May 2020

CBN approves N10bn applications for healthcare intervention. COVID-19 forcing investment in health sector, says NCDC. Nigeria records more deaths from other diseases than COVID-19 – SGF. NCDC activates two new COVID-19 testing labs in Ogun, Katsina. Silent spreaders of COVID-19: People without symptoms. NIPRD partners Bloom Public Health on pharmaceutical research, development. FG to provide sanitary wear for one million girls. New HIV test kit to revolutionise medical diagnosis. Nestle restates commitment to tackle malnutrition. Lagos Govt assesses 329 Primary Healthcare Centres, to commission 23 more centres. READ ALL STORIES…

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If police are meant to protect and serve, it definitely isn’t the Black community

All the faces above were killed by police officers. Growing up, you were probably taught that the police are good guys. But when it comes to the Black community, the numbers suggest otherwise. Over the past few months alone, a few high-profile incidents have sparked uprisings around the world: Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed by two white vigilantes while on a jog near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia. The police department once employed Gregory McMichael, one of two suspects in Arbery’s death – giving them a good reason to…

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