Splendid Africa

Since independence from Britain, East African tea has bloomed into a very African success story. (Tea Magazine)

Hacking for Charity: How One Former Hacker is Getting Techies Lending a Hand in Africa

j0hnnyhax didn’t know much about Uganda, but he knew about hackers. (ZDNet)

Lessons in the Slum Take Her to the World Stage

Phiona Mutesi, whose life and chess prowess are to be a Disney film, remembers at first, ‘I was very dirty. They didn’t accept me even to touch the pieces.’ (Christian Science Monitor)

Playing for an Education in Uganda

A teenager in Uganda’s capital is running a program to get hundreds of girls into school – by training them to play football. (VOA)

Activists Say Ugandan Homophobia Fueled by American Religious Right

A new movie has been stirring controversy at the Sundance Film Festival, accusing the American religious right of exporting homophobia to Uganda and examining its impact on Ugandan politics. (VOA)

Uganda’s Batwa Reclaiming Their Ancestral Forest as Tour Guides

20 years ago Uganda’s Batwa, or pygmies, were evicted from the forest to make way for a national park. But now the impoverished Batwa are being allowed back as tour guides, showing hikers how they used to live, and making some money in the process. (VOA)

Islamism on the Swahili Coast

In Mombasa, Kenya, a US-funded police crackdown, along with mass evictions, is stirring up anger among coastal people, and generating support for al Shabaab. (America Abroad)

Health Concerns Raised as Ugandans Add Primates to the Menu

Uganda’s recent flood of Congolese refugees is having unexpected side-effects: some Ugandans are adopting the Congolese custom of eating primates, a new trend that may be linked to outbreaks of Ebola and represents a potential threat to the country’s endangered chimpanzee population. (VOA)

Missing the Forest for the Trees

Uganda believes tree plantations are a perfect solution to the nation’s deforestation crisis. Critics say planting non-native trees causes more harm than good. (Earth Island Journal)