American pop culture that engages with Africa is often obsessed with royalty. But if we look beyond that, we just might find one another.
It took time to digest Beyonce’s Black Is King. Conclusion: it fails to deliver us. Instead, it’s just another capitalist construction of the world.
Three prominent curators on how they are (re-)situating their respective curatorial practices in relation to the political moment.
How Rwandan history is told—and who does the telling—is important as it determines who is able to participate in conversations about the past.
Francophonie has served to obscure the harms caused by neocolonial projects in Africa, projects that are themselves a reflection of the racism within France’s borders.
Official Ghanaian pan-Africanism is now less motivated by African liberation and solidarity and more by profit incentives. Ghana’s Year of Return is the best example of this.
As the anniversary of Marikana just passed us, it is important to look back on how the events of those days were represented and how it is has informed our understanding about the massacre and about politics in South Africa.
When our political parties only have recourse to the realm of identity and culture, it is a smokescreen for their lack of political legitimacy and programmatic content. It is cynically unpolitical, and it’s all bullshit.
White South Africans have never really had to look in the proverbial mirror and reflect on where they come from, and how their histories have shaped their current realities, which inform their sense of belonging, shame, and entitlement.
Senegalese writer Mbougar Sarr on how we are actually informed about symbols we want to bring down, and about those we wish to commemorate.
Some churches in South Africa have become embroiled with criminal economies.
The Eritrean government continues to force students into military service in the middle of a pandemic. Things are about to get even worse.
News reports claiming that “wet markets” in Asia are the source of the coronavirus obscure the fact that the consumption of wild animals is common in the West.
Americans could learn a thing or two from Africans’ history of resisting structural adjustment policies.
African societies are failing to systematically capture the true impact of COVID-19.
Reflections on Malawi’s recent election rerun, false starts and the hope that public representatives in Africa become accountable to their electorates’ aspirations.
In Kenya, only the rich and politically connected can afford decent healthcare. Everyone else is a major illness or a road accident away from ruin.
In this, the first of a series of posts, we critically look at the implications of climate policy in the most powerful Western country for Africans.
How climate change is threatening lives in Kenya.
Amilcar Cabral remains inspirational for Africans and non-Africans challenged by injustice and oppression.
The Liverpool striker, Sadio Mane, carries the values of his boyhood home, Bambali, with him. But his football is a product of the European professional game.
What can the Senegalese Sadio Mane’s story tell us about the marketing of dreams.