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A Letter from a Homeless Prodigal

Emeka Ugwu is a Data Analyst who lives in Lagos, Nigeria. He also reviews books at Wawa Book Review. Dear Reader, To Whom It May Concern. My name is Emeka Ugwu, I am a Wawa man. I write this letter to inform you about the state of affairs in the country where I was born, […]

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Maggic Cube

These images are from photographer Adji Dieye’s series titled “Maggic Cube”, based on her research on the influence of advertising on visual culture in Senegal, and, specifically, the omnipresence of stock cube advertisements in Dakar. Her project responds to the words of the late revolutionary, Thomas Sankara: “It’s natural that the person who provides you […]

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Second Transition

“Second Transition” refers to the phase of liberation struggle in South Africa which began after the 1994 elections. It is also the title of a project by photographer Thabiso Sekgala (1981-2014), to document the ongoing struggle for land ownership and economic  freedom in rural South Africa.     Images courtesy of Goodman Gallery. This piece […]

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In Bond We Trust?

Nearly a decade on from the worst postcolonial turmoil that saw their currency devalued by thousands of percentage points, Zimbabweans have had to brace themselves as the government introduced another face-saving tender. The bond note, pegged at equal value to the US dollar, but not legal outside the country, is traded more often in comic […]

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Your Own Hand Sold You: Voluntary servitude in the Francafrique

In the CFA franc, the French colonial mission in West Africa found a way to ensure a paternalist and pernicious stranglehold on the economies of a vast region of the continent. Critics are vociferous and persistent in decrying its catastrophic effects on the socio-economic development of 150 million people in 15 countries over more than […]

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