Welcoming Another New Member!

I’m Ashley Madzima, a 17 year old girl who was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I believe in change for the better, and that change always starts within, that many times people want change but are not ready to take the first step and hence everyone sits and waits for the ” someone” but of course that someone never comes. And that’s the reason behind me joining the Movement. I decided that I was done sitting around waiting for “someone” to be the change, I decided I wanted to be part of the people that brought the change. 
– Ashley

An Addition To Our Team!

“An African girl born on the 20th of September. They named her Koperai, a Ndau name that means welcome. With Ndau, Ndebele, Tswana and Zulu blood running through her veins, she is Africa. Koperai is a bachelor of science (food science) student that enjoys reading and writing, the science and art of food, burying patriarchy and does not conform to religion. She is an intersectional feminist that founded The Quaintrelle Foundation and helped establish Purple Clay Foundation. Being part of The 25 Movement to her means redefining what it means to be African and flush out all stereotypical hate speech that surrounds it. This is why she is a part of The 25 May Movement.”

– Koperai

2017: Against It All

the 25 May Movement- (1).jpgWe’re going against it all in 2017 and we’re excited to launch this episode!
We’re interviewing people of different cultures, different ages, different backgrounds, all born from the same soil, African soil, in an episode that aims to tap into the ways in which we are living and smiling “Against It All “. Keep your eyes open and your minds engaged for this one!
Launch: 25 May 2017.
Where: Instagram. YouTube. Facebook.
Why: Because people need to know.

The Man who is Nelson Mandela

This week’s focus: Nelson Mandela (1913-2013)- Anti-apartheid activist and later South African President in 1994

As a native African living in South Africa under apartheid, the government system of imposed segregation in which non-native white residents of South Africa were treated as fundamentally superior to black natives, Nelson Mandela’s initial cause was focused on bringing about the end of apartheid and systematic racial oppression in his home country. Apartheid came to an end in the 1990s, and in 1994, Mandela was elected as the first black chief executive of South Africa in the nation’s first full, democratic election. When Mandela’s presidential term ended in 1999, his focus shifted from issues within his own nation to general human rights issues across the globe. Prior to being elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was imprisoned and punished for his stance as an anti-apartheid activist. Black South Africans who fought against this system of racial oppression were regularly punished by the ruling white government. Even though Mandela was imprisoned for almost 30 years, he remained a major figure in the fight for racial equality and democracy in South Africa. His  goal was to establish a fair and equitable society of racial equality and harmony in South Africa

In February  1990, South African President F. W. de Klerk announced Nelson Mandela’s freedom and he walked free on the 11th of February . His impact on Africa and the world at large has been resounding  . We are inspired by his unwavering passion for his country and the African continent .

We will leave you with one of his famous quotes , ‘I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,’- Nelson Mandela and on that note, don’t be afraid to be you, to be African, because that is who we were destined to be.

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The Month of Love

Today is the first day of February, the month of Valentine’s day and love. Here, we’re celebrating our love for Africa with fourteen reasons why this continent has our hearts. Join us in this adventure and tell us why you love Africa!
“We love Africa’s sense of community.”
📷:@emmanuellgumi
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African Languages

African Languages 

Africa is the most linguistically diverse continent. In the 54 countries in Africa, there are approx. 2100 official languages! It’s no wonder she is  gushing with cultural richness. 
Here are some African languages’ facts:

South Africa holds the Guiness World record for having the most official languages. It recognises 11 official languages and ten of those are indigenous. 

Swahili is spoken by 100 million people. 

Swahili is the most spoken language in Africa, with over 100 million speakers. It is a Bantu language official in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, southern Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, northern Mozambique and the Comoros Islands. 

To greet in Swahili, one says, “Jambo”, or “Habari” when greeting an elder.
Amharic is the official language of Ethiopia and is the second most spoken language in the country after Oromo, with over 21 million speakers. 

To say hello in Amharic, one says, “Salam”.

YORUBA
Yoruba is one of West Africa’s most spoken languages, accounting for over 30 million speakers in Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and it is one of Nigeria’s official languages. It is also widely spoken by West African expats in the US and UK. 

To say hello in Yoruba, one says “Bawo”.

Oromo is spoken by over 30 million people in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Egypt. The writing of the language was forbidden between 1974 and 1991 under the Mengistu. After 1991, the language adopted the Latin alphabet. 

To say hello in Oromo, one says “Akkam”.
Hausa is one of Nigeria’s official languages with over 40 million native and second language speakers. It is spoken mainly in northern Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, CAR, Chad, Congo, Eritrea, Germany, Ghana, Sudan, Togo and much of North Africa. It uses the Boko and Latin alphabet as its writing system. 

To say hello in Hausa, one says “Sannu”.

Igbo is spoken by over 20 million people in Nigeria, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea with more than 20 dialects.  The language was made prominent by author Chinua Achebe, who wrote the famous book “Things Fall Apart” and wrote most of his books in Igbo, mirroring and popularising Igbo culture. 

To say hello in Igbo, one says “Nnoo”.

IsiZulu, or Zulu, is one of South Africa’s official languages and has over 10 million speakers. It is the second most widely spoken Bantu language, after Shona, and is characterised by unique clicking sounds within the dialect as a result of influence from the Khoisan language. 

To say hello in Zulu, one says “Sawubona”.

Shona is the most spoken language in Zimbabwe, with over 10 million speakers in a population of over 14 million. It has speakers in Botswana and Mozambique and is the most widely spoken Bantu language.

To say hello in Shona, one says “Mhoro”.

The International Day of the African Child

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Today is the 16th of June. It is the International Day of the African Child. Here at the 25 May Movement, we are celebrating any child that is born African or is of African descent. We are expressing our joy at the illegalization of child marriages in Zimbabwe, and honouring the two women who made it possible. We show our solidarity with the Harare City Junior Council in their efforts to #makeharareachildfriendlycity. We stand with and reach out to the Nigerian girls who were victimized by terrorist activity, and hope that they look after the children they bear with the love they deserve. We stand against the trafficking of children with albinism in central Africa. We believe that we will live to see the day that every single child in Africa is given access to the education they need to change the world.

Stay proud, stay African.
With love ❤