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The Upper Room

By Florence Madenga 4pm: Opening Prayer We are waiting for Apostle Debbie Banda-Viggs, a Malawian evangelist living in McKinney, Texas. None of us have ever seen her in person, but she will come to us through the small speakers my father has plugged into his laptop. The five of us – me, my 12-year-old brother […]

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How to Approach Heaven

The struggle for freedom is a reckless, foolish and sacrosanct adventure – so believed Albert Luthuli, the president of the African National Congress. A devout Christian, a man deeply committed to land and community, Luthuli saw the relationship between a nation and its ideals as founded on shared values, not the ingratiated construct that beleaguers […]

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The Curry Chronicles, Part 1

Rustum Kozain dishes up some definitives on the many incarnations of curry and the art, or science, of making it real. The world of curry is confusing. The root of the word, “curry”, is from the Tamil ka’ri, which means sauce/ gravy/ relish – a generic term. And so even a stew (the South African […]

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A Political Economy of Noise

Kangsen Feka Wakai traces the uncharacteristic journey through a “noisy era” of one of Africa’s heralded statesmen and reveals that his road less travelled has set him somewhat apart in the hood of the neo-liberal BigMan. Like most Big Men, Joachim Alberto Chissano has lived an eventful life. And like many of his generation, he […]

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My Life as a Seventh Day Adventist

By Paula Akugizibwe Jesus waits in the swimming pool. The tenth commandment lies in pieces all over my sinful heart as our queue snakes towards salvation. We are facing the pastor one by one, waist-deep in water warm and dirty from all the sinners that went before. Around the pool, the congregation is gathered, singing […]

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