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Athletes are not immune to their political surroundings and football, in particular, has always been political for those struggling against oppression. But, as Sophia Azeb argues, the continuing relevance of the game to politics needs to be contextualised. Egypt kicked off their 26 January African Cup of Nations (AFCON) match against Sudan in Kumasi as […]

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The Pharaoh’s New Clothes

By Sophia Azeb Scene I. Arabité and its discontents The first issue of Cairo-based magazine Lotus: Afro-Asian Writings featured an extended excerpt from Léopold Sédar Senghor’s 1967 lecture at the University of Cairo, “Négritude and Arabism” (Arabité in subsequent publications).  In it, Senghor asserts that Arabic-speaking Africans – the “Arab-Berber” – played an essential role […]

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