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It’s not a nation/ Sir, I corrected/ Only a notion/ In the imagination..” – Olu Oguibe

Louis Chude-Sokei Wrestles the Warlord in a story of Nigeria, of splintered identity, of exile, and of the Biafran War and its godfather – his godfather…
L’impossible n’est pas Camerounais! Kangsen Feka Wakai traces the disputed spaces in which national identity is claimed, contested, co-opted and celebrated
Valladolid is not Spain,” writes Peter James Hudson. He explores race, religion, autonomy, and national identity from the “Spanish backwater”.

Pwani Si Kenya.” Ngala Chome sews together the fraying threads of her own family dynamics along the contested Kenyan Coast; while Billy Kahora journeys through the schizophrenic geography of the Mau Forest.
Yambo Ouloguem: Postcolonial Writer, Anti-Wahhabist Militant: Christopher Wise explores the Malian author’s Sahelian articulations of pre-Islamic Africa.
South Sudan: a legacy of war, the promise of unity, the wavering prospect of peace…  Jamal Mahjoub on the enigma of Nimeiri; Kahora on the rhythms of Juba and Joshua Craze on the UN’s The Mission of Forgetting.

PASS in Mexico

For the next 2 months the Pan African Space Station (PASS) is broadcasting live from Museo Tamayo in Mexico City – Wednesdays to Sundays, 4-8pm.

Tune in via PASS website to listen.

Or catch up with the recordings via our mixcloud page:

No Congo, No Technology 

Post-disciplinary artist, Maurice Mbikayi makes arts from “junk technology” to question networks of unequal trade, low-wage labour, and ecological catastrophe. He talks to us from Tomorrows/Today, a group exhibition at Cape Town Art Fair, curated by Tumelo Mosaka, and featuring 10 young artists from Africa and the diaspora.

Also see: Nairobi-based artist Jackie Karuti on “the divine world of making things with my hands” and appreciating beauty in all its forms. And A Layered Way of Working: a conversation with Harare based painter, Helen Teede.

Declare Independence!

“A place open to everybody… dancers, dry-cleaners, plumbers, drivers, tailors, electricians, acrobats, boxers, bouncers—every man from every profession in the world. No one is invalid in Kalakuta Republic.” Brent Hayes Edwards’ channels a conversation between Afrobeat agitator Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and jazz instigator Lester Bowie in the wake of the “Kalakuta massacre.”

More from the ShrineTunde Giwa‘s recalls the “sweetly illicit quality” of kicking it at the Shrine; Afrobeat poet Ikwunga Wonodi narrates opening for Femi Kuti; and Keziah Jones waits five days to speak with Fela.



 

Also Werewere Liking talks to Rustum Kozain about the “lunatic language” (language as conversation, process, improvisation, exchange and collaboration) behind her independent art centre, Ki-Yi Mbock in Abidjan.

And shortly after his death in 2011, Dominique Malaquais pays tribute to Goddy Leye and the independent spirit and the belief in art and life that infused the Art Bakery, the artists’ initiative he founded in 2002, in Bonendale, Cameroon.

Independent Schools

Charles Mingus Jazz School

Poet and choreographer Harmony Holiday presents an audio collage from her Astro/Afrosonics Archive that imagines a jazz school with Charles Mingus at the helm.

Machobane Agricultural College

Stacy Hardy follows the path of JJ Machobane, the social visionary, writer and agronomist from Lesotho, who founded an independent agricultural college.

 

School for the ‘de-schooled’

Henri-Michel Yere looks at how Zouglou emerged from the destruction of universities by the IMF to become a new form of knowledge sharing.

 
 
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As we put food back on the table; asking how we write ourselves and our lives through food, beyond ideas of scarcity, this issue also explores global geopolitics as they are expressed through money exchanges. Additionally, we continue our investigation into higher education across the continent. 

With contributions from Harmony Holiday, Yemisi Aribisala, Kodwo Eshun, Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire and more.

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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.