An excerpt of an essay, titled “Nongoloza’s Ghost,” in Lapham’s Quarterly. It’s published in partnership with Africa Is a Country.
We know what will happen with this new virus, and so I cannot blissfully self-isolate.
Reflecting on white joy, black celebration, and the meaning of the Springbok win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Ellen DeGeneres wanted an African story. Achieng Agutu obliged. Don’t hate the player, though, hate the game.
There is a lively, angry, often chaotic debate about the role and place of the father of the South African nation.
The relationship of South African former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela with her daughter is a perfect metaphor for the state of the country’s politics.
For decades, Big Men in different forms have had their day in Africa, and have forced us to celebrate “Africa Day” every year. It’s time for a change.
The Jacob Zuma years were especially damaging for re-introducing South Africans to political leaders who did not fear shame.
Reading three contemporary South African women authors: Lindiwe Hani, Pumla Gqola and Redi Tlhabi.
An in-depth look at the life and times of Winnie Madizikela-Mandela largely in her own words.
A brief history of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stanning and the trap of #blackgirlmagic.
Winnie was everything Africans – and African women in particular – were not supposed to be.
We are in a new phase, one that is characterised by a rejection of compromise as a tactic for managing democratic intercourse.
When your Uber driver has never heard of Muhammad Ali you realize you’re not his friend and you and he occupy different worlds.
The task for the new generation of South African activists is to reimagine power. That means resisting the impulse to use power in a way that demeans and cheapens and exploits.
These young ones who have just been born do not respect authority simply because the rules say they should.
Is there a place where white people are more committed to faux race blindness than South Africa?
In South Africa, the old is alive and well and surging alongside everything that is trying to be new.
This and other lessons from the South African front lines.
While health professionals are crucial frontline responders, the Ebola crisis is indeed too important to be left to medical personnel.