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Calabar Winch

By Akin Adesokan I When the goddess of happy accidents stumbles on a plot improbably hatched behind her back, she dreams of the perfect return to a state of grace. She nudges Yemisi Aribisala, a writer who loves, makes and writes about food with equal passion, to go live, at a decisive turn in the […]

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African Cookbooks and Excess Luggage

By Yemisi Aribisala There is a sense of justice and spirit of resignation in paying for excess luggage because of cookbooks, even if my pocket hurts badly. And there are some books that I will never again leave behind. This resolve is crammed full of reasons collated with hindsight. I did not come to the Western […]

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The Complete Gentleman

In London Kamwendo’s interpretation of Amos Tutuola’s sly satire of spectral global capitalism and Afro-modernity, debt is paid off with body parts traded on the open market, human flesh carries magnetic appeal and beauty is fatal. The Complete Gentleman_001 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 5 This graphic story features in the Chronic (August 2016), […]

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The Art of Suspense

Lidudumalingani Mqombothi revisits the football matches of his childhood, when radio, not television, was most people’s ticket to the beautiful game. But a radio was not the only requirement for a full experience – an active imagination and an attentive ear were integral to engaging in the virtuosity of the audio commentary.   Only a […]

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The Invention of African Football

Moses März documents his fleeting orbit of the “African” football scene, from the Afcon 2008 tourney in Ghana to Angola in 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup extravaganza further south. All in all it was brief, expensive, stereotypically Eurocentric and big on defeat. My short-lived career as an African football correspondent began with a […]

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