James Barnor: Ghana’s photography genius

From crawling babies to ‘cool Constance’, Barnor spent decades capturing his country’s independence and the diaspora experience during the swinging 60s. Alfred Quarshie by the advertising board of the Ever Young Studio, circa 1955.

I was trapped in my skin

I had episodes of skin bleaching from trying to clear my acne back then to proper skin bleaching. It was a cycle. I was basically trapped in my own skin. I was trapped doing this thing because whenever I stopped, it was hell. My name is

My son never felt safe and then they shot him dead

On average nearly one person an hour is shot dead in South Africa, experts say. And the lived experience for some on the ground bears out the extent of gun violence. "Every night there are bullets. Shooting, every day," said one

How I survived a Nigerian train attack

It was a few minutes before eight. I cannot tell you where exactly we were, but we suddenly went off track and was rolling on stones. The lights in the train went off so we were in darkness and suddenly bullets struck all around and we

Eleven years in prison without trial was traumatic

My name is Godswill Udoh. I am 35 years old. I am from Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. I am not employed at the moment. I was arrested on November 26, 2010. I don’t even understand what they (security agents) were trying to achieve. At the

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