Sumayya Ismail

Sumayya Ismail is a journalist covering Sub-Saharan Africa. She mainly focuses on long-form feature writing for the Al Jazeera Magazine.

South Africa

Ahmed Kathrada: The Robben Island diaries

An interview with the veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle and friend of Nelson Mandela who has died at the age of 87.


What now for South Africa's #FeesMustFall movement?

At the University of the Witwatersrand, where protests began, students navigate the future of a fractured movement.

South Africa

Mandela: 'A man of the people'

South African photojournalist Louise Gubb shares the story of the Mandela she knew - from behind and beyond the lens.

South Africa

Mandela mystique clings to Soweto streets

In areas of Johannesburg where Mandela forged his political career, his presence was strong but not always enough.

US & Canada

One Young World summit revs up youth leaders

The gathering, held this year in South Africa, aims at connecting and inspiring young leaders around the world.


Hysteria in remission as Mandela recovers

World’s press corps arrived in force, but with few details to report, the story has slipped down the local news cycle.


The climate gamble on African soil

Environmental rights groups say internationally backed carbon capture schemes distract from real climate justice needs.