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Global geopolitics play out in money exchanges. A decade on from postcolonial turmoil that saw their currency drastically devalued, Fungai Machirori observes how ordinary Zimbabweans are adjusting to the bond note, another face-saving tender introduced by the government. Moses März considers how, almost 60 years after independence, the CFA franc, a tool of French neocolonialism, is still the official currency in the Francafrique region – how long will the voluntary servitude go on?

Lindokuhle Nkosi goes behind the numbers of the Nigerian Communications Commission’s US$5.2 billion fine (issued to South African-based multinational MTN in 2015) to explore the “entangled steamy affairs of state and capital” that underpin economic relations, trade and diplomacy between the two African superpowers. Also, Shoks Mzolo and Bongani Kona explore the place of white monopoly capital in South Africa’s political imaginary.

In Douala Dominique Malaquais uncovers transformations in the social order brought about by the geocollusion between Cameroon, an African kleptocracy, its (neo-) colonial sponsors and ‘first world’ business interests.

Finally, Ben Davis, Ronald Suresh Roberts and Sindika Dokolo engage the questions of race and forgotten crimes raised by the politics of cultural patronage.


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. 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.

Examining the life and death of Dr. SebiHarmony Holiday places the radical nutritionist and healer in a long line of black visionary leaders. In How to Wear a KitchenYemisi Aribisala ponders the small-minded commentary on the room best kept by a woman, as espoused on an international stage recently by Nigeria’s head of state. From Cape Town, Zayaan Khan and Heather Thompson engage with the healing power of food through eat, drink and smoke experimentation in the Apocalypse Pantry.

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Other Chimurenga publications

CHIMURENGANYANAS

A pavement literature project consisting of serialized monographs.

CHIMURENGA MAGAZINE

a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities.

AFRICAN CITIES READER

 A Biennial publication that challenges the depiction of urban life – redefines cityness, Africa-style.