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Reporter — Quartz

Quartz Africa correspondent covering East Africa and China's presence on the continent for @qz and @qzafrica. Previously in Hong Kong, NYC. Say hi lily@qz.com

The director of Taylor Swift’s “Wildest African Dreams” video explains why there are hardly any black people in it

qz.com — The music video for Taylor Swift's latest song "Wildest Dreams," a tragic love story set in Africa in the 1950s, features almost no Africans. The video has been criticized not only for its whitewashing but also for playing into almost every stereotype about the continent.
Sep 03, 2015

RT @qz: The director of Taylor Swift's "Wildest African Dreams" video explains why there are hardly any black people in it qz.com/494379

Sep 03, 2015

@monisha_rajesh @HeathaT @qzafrica Can't send the exact email but here is a statement from the director qz.com/494379

There are no black people in Taylor Swift’s wild Africa dreams

qz.com — Taylor Swift's latest single, Wildest Dreams, is quickly being panned for its romantic portrayal of colonial Africa. The nearly four-minute video follows a 1950s Hollywood couple who falls in love before a backdrop of African sunsets, lions and giraffes, lots of khaki, and not a single black character.
Sep 02, 2015

RT @MiaShaw: Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" video plays into every African stereotype qz.com/493380 via @qzafrica

Sep 02, 2015

RT @qz: There are no black people in Taylor Swift's wild Africa dreams qz.com/493380

Sep 02, 2015

RT @qz: There are no black people in Taylor Swift’s wild Africa dreams bit.ly/1PL6E5h pic.twitter.com/gLej2EGzRM

Sep 02, 2015

RT @qz: There are no black people in Taylor Swift’s wild Africa dreams bit.ly/1PL6E5h pic.twitter.com/gLej2EGzRM

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China welcomes accused war criminal Omar Hassan al-Bashir to a parade lambasting Japanese war crimes during WWII

qz.com — Sudanese president Omar Hassan al-Bashir, an accused war criminal, has arrived in Beijing to attend a military parade celebrating the defeat of Japan-a country that China still accuses of not fully owning up to its own war crimes. The International Criminal Court has accused Bashir of orchestrating violent campaigns in Darfur that left up to 400,000 people dead and over 2.5 million...
Sep 02, 2015

RT @qz: China welcomes an accused war criminal to a parade lambasting Japanese war crimes during WWII qz.com/493227

Sep 02, 2015

RT @qzafrica: China welcomes accused war criminal Omar Hassan al-Bashir to a parade lambasting Japanese war crimes during WWII qz.com/493227

Sep 02, 2015

Accused war criminal Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir joins Zuma in Beijing to attend WW2 military victory parade: ux9.de/9lkTX

Sep 02, 2015

China welcomes an accused war criminal to an event lambasting Japanese WWII war crimes qz.com/493227 via @qzafrica

Sep 02, 2015

Accused war criminal Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir joins Zuma in Beijing to attend WW2 military victory parade ux9.de/9lkTX

KitKat bars will no longer be made with cocoa harvested by child laborers

qz.com — Nestlé, the world's largest food company by revenue, is taking steps to make sure that none of the chocolate in its iconic KitKat bars is made with child laborer. By the first quarter of next year, all KitKat bars will be made with cocoa that has been accredited by third party agencies to assure that it has been sustainably...

Ethiopians have increased their life expectancy by 16 years while South Africans have shortened theirs

qz.com — More people are living longer but not necessarily healthier lives. Global life expectancy has risen by an average of 6.2 years over the last two decades, according to a new study published in The Lancet. But healthy life expectancy, a metric that takes into account years lived with disability or disease, only rose by 5.4 years over the same period...
Aug 31, 2015

RT @qzafrica: Ethiopians have increased their life expectancy by 16 years while South Africans have shortened theirs qz.com/491374 via @qzafrica

Aug 31, 2015

Ethiopians have increased their life expectancy by 16 years while South Africans have shortened theirs qz.com/491374 via @qzafrica

Aug 31, 2015

Ethiopians have increased their life expectancy by 16 years while South Africans have shortened theirs flip.it/vftrb

Sep 01, 2015

5 of the 10 countries with the worlds lowest life expectancy are in Southern Africa: ux9.de/stAqK #GoingBackwardsFast

Sep 01, 2015

5 of the 10 countries with the worlds lowest life expectancy are in Southern Africa ux9.de/stAqK #GoingBackwardsFast

More than 100 bodies of migrants bound for Italy were found floating in the sea overnight

qz.com — Hundreds of migrants attempting to reach Italy drowned after two boats capsized off the coast of Libya yesterday (Aug. 28). Today, some 160 bodies were found floating in the sea and 40 were found inside a fishing boat where they were apparently trapped when it sank, according to Doctors without Borders.
Aug 28, 2015

RT @qzafrica: More than 100 bodies of migrants bound for Italy were found floating in the sea overnight qz.com/490144 pic.twitter.com/JgbF4s8KWi

Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, plans to almost double continent's cement production by 2020

qz.com — Africa's cement wars are heating up. Dangote Cement, owned by Africa's richest man, Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, has revealed its agreement with a Chinese construction company to build cement plants in 11 countries. Producers of the world's most used man-made material have been increasingly looking to sub-Saharan Africa as the world's "last cement frontier."
Aug 27, 2015

RT @qzafrica: Africa's richest man plans to almost double continent's cement production by 2020 qz.com/489417 - @qzafrica pic.twitter.com/3be61Jewnc

While South Africa and Nigeria's economies are contracting, the future of Africa's economy still looks solid.

qz.com — Sub-Saharan Africa's major economies are struggling. Nigeria's economy, the continent's largest, expanded just 2.3% in the second quarter, compared to 3.9% a year earlier, according to the country's National Bureau of Statistics. http://atlas.qz.com/charts/E1eFROIn Meanwhile, Africa's second largest economy, South Africa, contracted, declining 1.3% compared to the previous quarter, raising fears that a recession may be on its way.
Aug 27, 2015

As the global economy hits speed bumps, Africa’s rise slows down appste.ch/1Jpk70Z

Aug 27, 2015

RT @qz: As the global economy hits speed bumps, Africa's rise slows down qz.com/488262 via @qzafrica pic.twitter.com/Rv5w9OJtyl

Aug 27, 2015

RT @qz: As the global economy hits speed bumps, Africa's rise slows down qz.com/488262 via @qzafrica pic.twitter.com/Rv5w9OJtyl

Aug 27, 2015

As the global economy hits speed bumps, Africa's rise slows down qz.com/488262 via @qzafrica pic.twitter.com/fi4z7vSbnb

Aug 27, 2015

RT @qz: As the global economy hits speed bumps, Africa's rise slows down qz.com/488262 via @qzafrica pic.twitter.com/Rv5w9OJtyl

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China’s largest weapons manufacturer is allegedly selling arms to South Sudan-again

qz.com — China's biggest arms manufacturer has been selling weapons to South Sudan's government, whose military has been accused of a "scorched earth" campaign of razing entire villages, burning people alive, and raping children. According to a United Nations report released this week, the state-owned China North Industries, better known as Norinco, sold the South Sudan government $20 million worth...
Aug 26, 2015

Turns out China didn't halt those arms shipments to #SouthSudan after all... qz.com/488342/chinas-…

Aug 27, 2015

#China largest weapons manufacturer is allegedly selling arms to #SouthSudan qz.com/488342 compare w/ previous tweet #ChinAfrica

West Africa’s air pollution is reaching dangerously high levels-and we don’t know the worst of it

qz.com — In Lagos, smog has quickly become another aspect of city life. In the city of more than 21 million people-known to some as "Africa's first city"-the majority of residents live near industrial plants, breathing in exhaust from thousands of cars and millions of generators providing power to the city.
Aug 25, 2015

West Africa's air pollution is reaching dangerous levels—and we don't know the worst of it qz.com/487128 pic.twitter.com/wRpXwxZAuI

Aug 25, 2015

West Africa's air pollution is reaching dangerously high (& unknown) levels qz.com/487128/west-af… See also my piece: nytimes.com/2014/04/17/bus…

Aug 25, 2015

RT @KateGalbraith: West Africa's air pollution is reaching dangerously high (& unknown) levels qz.com/487128/west-af… See also my piece: ht…

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Sep 04, 2015

RT @nkl: Ever wondered how traffic jams happen? @YAN0 shows you how Obama makes them happen qz.com/489989 pic.twitter.com/4s2CCRAtzW

Sep 04, 2015

RT @HeatherLandy: A beautiful portfolio, about aging and loneliness and a grandchild's love and respect for his grandparents. twitter.com/qzindia/status…

Sep 04, 2015

RT @qzafrica: Nigeria wants to use drones to help save billions of dollars from oil theft qz.com/495191 via @qzafrica pic.twitter.com/hG71nV76Vw

Sep 04, 2015

Vigilante justice: How cheated Chinese investors captured the head of Fanya Metals Exchange qz.com/485876 by @pingroma on @qz

Sep 03, 2015

Why does every African movie character have the same accent? qz.com/493446 @shurufu on @qzafrica

Sep 03, 2015

Satellite photos of Earth show "the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed" qz.com/487431 pic.twitter.com/V7SUT2C28y

Sep 03, 2015

@monisha_rajesh @HeathaT @qzafrica Can't send the exact email but here is a statement from the director qz.com/494379

Sep 03, 2015

RT @qz: How hasty aggregation and sloppy reporting created a wild tale about Icelanders and refugees qz.com/493291

Sep 02, 2015

RT @niubi: The tiger mom tax: Asians are nearly twice as likely to get a higher price from Princeton Review propublica.org/article/asians…

Sep 02, 2015

@SnooCode Hi, I'm a reporter with @qzafrica trying to reach you guys. Who can I email/call? I'm at lily@qz.com


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