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SOMEWHERE NEAR THE BEGINNING OF THE MATCH

By Abdourahman A. Waberi* (translated by Carolyn Shread). A small coastal town on the southern shore of the Red Sea, one market evening. There’s a crowd in the main square, deep in darkness, in this market town that lives by the rhythm of night tides and moonlight. The monsoon is at the city gates, herding its […]

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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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State vs State: The Powers Behind the MTN Nigeria Fine

When the Nigerian Communications Commission issued MTN, the South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company, with a US$5.2 billion fine for “flouting” regulations in 2015, the global business media dismissed it as just another pitfall of doing business in Africa.  Lindokuhle Nkosi goes behind the numbers to explore the “entangled steamy affairs of state and capital” […]

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No Easy Truce Between Africa’s Most Powerful Brothership

By Tolu Ogunlesi On a per-person basis, South Africans drink four times more beer than Nigerians; as a country, South Africa enjoys ten times more electricity that thrice-as-populated Nigeria. So, before leaving the starting blocks, that’s already two goals to nil, against Nigeria. South Africa’s universities are also better regarded, and are home to large […]

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Soft Power South African Style

Sean Jacobs mediates the tensions between local pleasure, global capital and cultural imperialism through the desirous and politicised spectacle of satellite television. They say you can’t choose your family. Across the continent, in Africa, people have little choice over their satellite television provider. It’s almost as if DStv comes with the house; as long as […]

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