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“In the final analysis it is the Third World that Rushdie attacks, it is the faith of the Third World itself.” – Fatima Meer

Exactly twenty five years ago today, Salman Rushdie received an unusual Valentine: a fatwa from Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini. But why, asks Achal Prabhala, did India and South Africa ban the book first?
Yemisi Ogbe questions the Nigerian elite’s obsession with birthing Americans.
Teju Cole takes a break from Twitter to speak to Sean O’Toole on writing, airports, quiet hotel rooms, big cities and being a Hyphenated African.

I am a homosexual, Mum: It’s Binyavanga Wainaina‘s birthday. To celebrate he throws a coming out party.
Hamid Parsani, the elusive, mercurial Iranian archaeologist, challenges the division between human agency and geology to show that “Nation Is A Skin Stretched Over The Bones Of The State“.
In The Last Angel of History, filmmaker, theorist and co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) John Akomfrah explores Afrofuturism as a metaphor for the displacement of black culture and roots.


Homeless in the Afterlife

The city, for many African immigrants, offers a horizon of hope, but also the fear of a death “out of place”. Lorena Núñez, Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon and Graeme Arendse reveal the Body Paths of immigrant journeys – which do not stop in death.

Florence Madenga maps those left homeless in the afterlife to reveal how death in the diaspora disrupts borders and bureaucracy and shows pathways beyond them.

I Travel with the dead…Sudirman Adi Makmur spends an inordinate amount of time alone or in the company of strangers no longer living.




The Skin I’m In: Naeem Mohaiemen reviews Vivek Bald’s Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America, which chronicles for the first time an early history of Black-Bengali racial solidarity.



I’m not an African Writer damn you!Akin Adesokan lays bare the “dangers of a single video” while the puzzling compulsion of African writers to both conform and disavow.



Mustapha Benfodil “Goes-Anywhere-He-Pleases”, navigating the Paris-Algiers, Underground Class to reveal what the “Heroes of the Revolution have done to Algeria”.