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The Tale of Timbuktu

In Power by Rika Mpogazi March 20, 2021

The city of Timbuktu became the centre of knowledge in the region, its prolific libraries contained literary works that focused on the study of medicine, mathematics, astrology, grammar and geography, not to mention the most expansive accounts of African history, in a mixture of Arabic and African languages.

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I will marry myself, first

In Power by Nicole Anozie March 20, 2021

As an Igbo woman living in Canada, I have experienced a fusion of cultures. This means that while I do understand the values held within Igbo marriages, I have also come to see what marriages in this part of the world look like. This piece will contrast Igbo and Candian marriages to explore how power works within them.

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Leading by Example

In Power by Rika Mpogazi March 20, 2021

Muslim African women, lead by example. They rally the troops, cultivate awareness and inspire generations. They do not need to declare their presence and showcase their battle scars to command authority. In fact, most often, their sole objective isn’t to become warriors of a cause or the face of a movement.

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When The Monuments Fall

In Power by Bayley Esteves March 20, 2021

The act of removing the monument universally stands for the refusal to accept that colonial forces shall continue to define our present and future. The perpetuation of racism and oppression is no longer an option. By keeping these monuments in public parks or in front of government buildings, they validate and normalize the atrocities these generals, emperors and governors inflicted on human lives.

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The Queens of Commerce

In Power by Vanessa Hayford March 20, 2021

All women on the hustle are worthy of praise and recognition, and Ghana’s market women are no exception. Let’s admire them for the way they have empowered themselves, and endeavor to appreciate the importance of the traditional structures they have maintained.


More Than a Dish

 Quickening Artist Talk

Egúngún Artist Talk


We Build

Learning to walk


    Elder Mohamed Sheikh

    A lesson in negotiations, geopolitics and marriage diplomacy with Somali-Canadian elder.

    Prof Maurice


    Prof. Maurice Iwu invites you to consider that our ideas of medicine are never complete.  



    One-on-one with Celina Caesar-Chavannes about power, politics and Black womanhood in Canada.

    Dr. Chika Ezeanya

    Dr Chika Ezeanya- Esiobu discusses the relationship between knowledge and power.

    TRAD Original Podcast

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    A Year of Doubt

    In God Season 2 by Iqra Abid March 26, 2022

    The other night, I dreamt that my family was in Pakistan.My grandmother, brought back to life, was urging me to pray.She handed me a tasbeeh and told me to show it to my grandfather,transforming my acceptance of the beaded string into a promised prayer.After some time, I settled down and tried to pray, butI couldn’t remember the words I was …

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    In God Season 2 by Ola Idris March 26, 2022

    I was 12 years old when I got beaten for the first time for the sake of God.  I remember standing on the prayer mat and refusing to pray. I was probably reading on my phone, waiting for the five minutes to pass so I can go back to doing the same thing but on my bed. My mother saw …

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    Finding Your Way

    In God Season 2 by Tine Ndhlovu March 26, 2022

    Some of us search for a deeper meaning in life while some simply abide by a religious path or a combination of both. We share a common trust that whether or not we meet God, even if we don’t believe in such an existence, that they will protect us and guide us through a righteous path. While some choose to …

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    Congolese Gospel, God, and Me

    In God Season 2 by Adele Luks March 26, 2022

    Before tarot, before astrology, before therapy, music was the only medium I found solace in. Growing up as the oldest in a family of six, it quickly became clear that I had little space truly reserved for myself. When I needed to pour everything I was holding onto, I’d rely on my diaries. But those weren’t a comfort as much …

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    Finding A Middle Ground 

    In God Season 2 by Amani Omar March 26, 2022

    What is common sense if not the middle ground between two different views? And what happens when that middle ground is built on the thin ice of fear?  Flashback to September 11 2001, a day I wouldn’t remember but the world would never forget. The twin towers fell and so did the idea of a middle ground. Islamophobia is not …

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    “Please remove Christianity from your profile”

    In God Season 2 by Shae Owen March 26, 2022

    That was a message I got on a dating site. Someone, let’s call him Mr. Hinge, brought up the fact that I filled out the section for a cause that I care about with Race and LGBTQ2S+ rights . He then threw Bible verses at me about how homosexuality is unnatural and a sin, how LGBT+ people are going to …

    Editors Pick

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    Turning Red

    In Editor's Pick by Amanda Jeysing April 21, 2022

    This is a review of Disney-Pixar’s new feature film. You’ve been forewarned so proceed with caution, a reflective approach and a critical eye.

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    The Gravedigger’s Wife: Hunting dead bodies for a living

    In Editor's Pick TIFF by Amani Omar September 25, 2021

    Plot: ‘The Gravedigger’s wife’ is a film that revolves around Guled, a man who has been earning money as a gravedigger in order to provide for his son, Mahad, and sick wife, Nasra. As Nasra’s health declines, Guled is seen to go through many difficulties to earn money and ensure his wife’s Kidney surgery and treatment.  Review:  In his debut …

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    I am now looking to my queer ancestors.

    In Editor's Pick Season 2 To Be by Iqra Abid September 6, 2021

    Growing up, I often felt lost, endlessly searching for unfathomable answers and some kind of purpose. The question of “who am I?” would ring loudly in my head and sometimes, it still does. In my attempts to understand my own being, I would find myself stuck in cycles of denial and hesitancy, struggling to come to terms with my seemingly …

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    Soul Revisited

    In Editor's Pick Season 2 To Be by Chidera Ukairo September 6, 2021

    The pandemic exhausted me mentally, physically and emotionally. There were and, in many ways, continue to be no breaks from trauma on personal, societal and ecological levels. I’d never in my life looked for peace and comfort as much as I did and continue to. At a critical moment in life, when there was so much loss and unknown, all …

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    Tuesdays are for the Ocean.

    In Editor's Pick Season 2 To Be by Abena Peprah September 6, 2021

    Tuesdays are for the Ocean. Sundays are for the universe. Mondays are for peace. Wednesdays are for the spider. Thursdays are for the earth. Fridays are for fertility. Saturdays are for God. When we look to Ghanaian naming traditions, a name marks a person’s place and signifies belonging to a spirit, to a history, to a circumstance. You may find …

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    Tell Every Woman’s Story

    In Editor's Pick Power by Sherlyn Assam August 28, 2021

    Boycotts, protests, towns burned to the ground. Hundreds of deaths, and hundreds of thousands displaced. Separatists, militia, and journalists impinged by an authoritarian presidency. The struggle for power in Cameroon is one of majority and minority, French-speaking and English. President Biya’s 38th year in office is marked by another year of infighting prompted by the marginalization of the English-speaking population …


    Ocean's Baarwaqo

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