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.
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. Sebi, Harmony Holiday places the radical nutritionist and healer in a long line of black visionary leaders. In How to Wear a Kitchen, Yemisi 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.
Other Chimurenga publications
A pavement literature project consisting of serialized monographs.
a project-based mutable object, a print magazine, a workspace, and platform for editorial and curatorial activities.
A Biennial publication that challenges the depiction of urban life – redefines cityness, Africa-style.