Afronauts assemble!

Afronaut is a new publishing project from Alanna Max featuring books about and for African children, the Afronauts. Many have yet to see themselves in a book, despite the millions of folktales and stories from each culture on the continent. It’s been a dream of mine to play back all the wonderful ‘nganos’, or stories…… Continue reading Afronauts assemble!

What is Child Mortality?

Child mortality, also known as child death, refers to the death of children under the age of 14. It includes neonatal mortality, under-5 mortality, and mortality of children aged 5–14. Child mortality is a scientific way to talk about death. In real everyday language, though, it is about families and how they manage to survive day after day. There are still too many children under five…… Continue reading What is Child Mortality?

Wahala!

‘Wahala’, the pigeon English word for problem aptly describes Nigeria’s education situation. 13 million children are out of school in Africa’s richest country. That is as much as the population Tokyo and more than the population of New York. Most of the children come from the northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Boko Haram,…… Continue reading Wahala!

What is AIDS?

A virus called HIV causes a  syndrome called Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). What does AIDS mean to children? The Kiddle encyclopedia explains; Acquired means that people are not born with the disease. They are infected with the HIV virus.Immune or Immuno- talks about the immune system. The immune system is the part of the body that fights off disease.Deficiency means not enough. An immuno-deficiency is where the immune system cannot fight…… Continue reading What is AIDS?

Eucalyptus!

The Eucalyptus, from the family Myrtaceae, is famous for being one of the tallest trees on the planet. It grows up to 60 meters, or 200 feet tall and there are over 700 species of eucalyptus. Most come from Australia, New Guinea and Indonesia. They are evergreen trees, which means they don’t shed their leaves,…… Continue reading Eucalyptus!