Following the arrest and detention of leading Ugandan academic, feminist and activist, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, on charges related to cyber harassment and insulting President Museveni and his wife, there has been outcry and condemnation both inside Uganda and internationally. A broad coalition is agitating for her immediate release from Kampala’s maximum security prison. Two writers add their voices to the call.

Radical Rudeness, Paula Akugizibwe
Dear President MuseveniIsaac O. Amuke

The University in Africa has always been a site of turmoil, conflict and insurrection. Stacy Hardy offers a brief history of the tensions between reform and revolution in the academy and teams with Billy Kahora to historicise creative writing instruction in East Africa. Also, iconisised Kenyan student leader, sobriquetted Karl Marx is given new voice through Isaac Otidi Amuke.

Down south, Frank B. Wilderson draws from his memory of student protests in 1993 at the “historically black” Vista University, Soweto and an exchangement between Julie Nxadi and Asher Gamedze unravels the current state of (dis)order at recently (re)militarised South African campuses.
But what of the future? Hardy sits to talk with Fred Moten and Stephano Harney about alternatives to the globalisation and professionalisation of education and three teachers reflect on how and why they teach and the emancipatory possibilities of the praxis. Also, Bwesigye Bwe Mwesigiri dissects Afrikologist thinking at the Marcus Garvey Pan Afrikan University.     


The latest edition of the Chronic aims to complicate the questions raised by food insecurity, to cook and serve them differently.

Food is largely presented as scarcity, lack, loss – Africa’s always desperate exceptionalism or exceptional desperation or whatever. In this issue, we put food back on the table: to restore the interdependence between the mouth that eats and the mouth that speaks, and to delve deeper into the subtle tactics of resistance and private practices that make food both a subversive art and a site of pleasure.

Following the path of social visionary and agronomist, JJ Machobane through 1950s Lesotho, Stacy Hardy reveals the inextricability of food with land and Thabo Jijana looks beyond the rural-urban dichotomy, in “a memo of the uncategory, the transcendent pause in between heavy breaths, bringing news from the melting pot”. Baking his own, Rustum Kozain considers the history of bread and Akin Adesokan reviews Yemisi Aribisala’s new  Longthroat Memoirs: “a brilliant excursus into ethnography, a culinary sociology of Nigeria for which there is no precedent.”

This and other editions of the Chronic are available in print and digital versions via the Chimurenga online store and selected retailers worldwide.

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