#023: Much Ado About a Dress

  • Much Ado About A Dress 

In a classic case of having nothing better to do, the Egyptian government is prosecuting actress Rania Youssef for wearing a see-through dress at a film festival in Cairo. The dress in question is considered 'obscene' as its embroidered material reveals the entirety of her legs. In a country considered one of the least safe in the world for women, one would think the government would focus on more critical issues ranging from high domestic and sexual violence rates to women's rights to work. Rania's trial will commence in January 2019 - if convicted she faces up to 5 years in jail. After an almost four-hour interrogation by Egyptian prosecutors, Rania issued a public statement noting that she did not mean to offend anyone by wearing the dress.

Read for:  “Youssef said in a Facebook post that she may have misjudged how people would react to the dress.‘If I had known, I would not have worn this dress,’ she said. ‘I want to repeat my commitment to the values and ethics we have been raised by in Egyptian society.’”


  • A New Prosecutor in Town

Following her appointment by President Cyril Ramaphosa, Shamila Batohi has become the first-ever female head of the South African National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Shamila has formerly held posts as Prosecutions Chief in the KwaZulu-Natal and as a senior adviser to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court. Her appointment is welcome as ushering in change and hope for the NPA, which has been long-riddled with corruption and bribery accusations. 

Read for:  "Batohi's predecessor, Shaun Abrahams, was dubbed "Shaun the sheep" for his slavish loyalty to Zuma and repeatedly manoeuvred to protect him from facing a slew of corruption charges linked to a 1990s arms deal."


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  • Fake First Lady 

Here's an amusing one: Amina Mohammed, a Nigerian lady, has been arrested for audaciously impersonating several well-positioned women, including Nigerian first lady, Aisha Buhari. With multiple aliases such as Justina Oluoha and Amina Villa, she falsely led many people into believing she was the real Aisha Buhari, inviting them to meet with her at the Presidential Villa, and requesting bribes from them. Amina was apprehended by Nigeria's Department of State Services and has alleged that Aisha Buhari's sisters were in on the impersonation and defrauding plot. 

Read for:  "[Amina] took advantage of the fact that personalities such as first ladies, ministers, and certain categories of officials are not taken through rigorous protocol and security checks at the Villa posts."


  • Super Falcons Take Home the Gold 

Beating South Africa on penalties in the finals, Nigeria's Super Falcons won the 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations! The Super Falcons were the defending champions and held on to their title for yet another year - winning the competition for the ninth time in eleven editions. Nigeria and South Africa will be headed to next year's World Cup in France, with Cameroon as the third qualifying country from Africa.

Read for:  "Chinaza Love Uchendu put Nigeria 4-3 up - with Motlhalo suffering the heartbreak of seeing her shot saved by Oluehi as Nigeria celebrated their triumph."


Nneoma Nwankwo