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A Brief History of Fufu Pounding

By Moses März In July 2016, the Kumasi Polytechnic presented the K-POLY FUFU MAMA, the latest machine promising to ease the labour-heavy preparation of Ghana’s national dish. The selected audience of fufu pounders, connoisseurs and chop bar owners present at the launch covered by TV3 is shown as enthusiastic recipients of this Ghanaian technological breakthrough. […]

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Jollof Diaries – A letter from the frontline

By Folakunle Oshun 30 October 2015 It was the first day of the road trip from Lagos to Saint-Louis, Senegal. I was journeying to explore the migratory and ownership controversies surrounding the popular West African dish, Jollof rice, as part of the research for my project, Wolof/Jollof. I wanted to get the facts right so […]

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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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