In the 1950s, the African yam was exploited by drugs firm Boots to produce cortisone. But South Africans fought back against the plundering of a plant that they used for traditional healing.
Opium played a fascinating role in southern African colonial politics, conﬂict and social change - from the poppy fields of Mozambique to the early days of Johannesburg city.
There are two histories of dagga in South Africa - the one of criminalising it and the other of the state trying to make money off it.
From colonial poppy fields to pharmatrash, southern Africa offers a fascinating history of drug regimes – one that helps us make sense of drug policies and legislation today.
Nigeria is not known as a cricketing nation, yet its Under-19 team qualified for the World Cup. What is secret of their sudden success?
The state of emergency ultimately led to substantial legal changes that should better protect women and girls. But what really happened?
Displaced by a landslide, Ugandan survivors could not speak the language of the region where they were relocated - but music allowed them a voice.
Support for European soccer clubs is defining relationships between spouses.
A survey of San ostrich eggshell beads - a common find at archaeological sites - paints a bigger picture of hunter-gatherers, herders and shifting cultural tradition.
Gender stereotyping might be funny, but it's no joke. A public health professor explains why she took action against everyday sexism when she heard it in a radio advert.
As early as 1500 the Bokoni people created stone-walled settlements that demonstrate their mastery of farming. But today these sites are under threat.
The charred remains of root vegetables found at Border Cave help us understand how early humans survived and thrived.