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A Brief History of Throwing Shit

by Rustum Kozain.  Shit, muck, drek, kak. Faecal matter. We humans have a […]

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On Mermaids and Microwaves

Diriye Osman is a storyteller – on page, stage and canvas. His […]

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“Nice Nice” Will Get You Nowhere

Boniface Mwangi is a Kenyan photographer who pulls no punches in using […]

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A Brief History of Presidential Libraries

by Stacy Hardy Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire and George Pompidou were friends […]

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Will the Centre Hold?

In South Africa’s platinum belt, life and politics are as hard-scrabble as […]

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Fifty Years Of African Decolonisation

by Achille Mbembe (translated by Karen Press)   Here we are in 2010, fifty […]

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In Praise of Complexity

by Martin Kimani  Adéwálé Àjàdí is a contrary brother striving to live based […]

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Pro Helvetia and SDC funding opportunity

Ant funding is made available by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, through a mandate […]

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Homeless in the Afterlife

Death in the diaspora remains a difficult part of the immigrant experience. […]

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Paris-Algiers, Underground Class

by Mustapha Benfodil  It’s romance landed me this job. I am a mailman […]

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I Travel with the Dead

Sudirman Adi Makmur spends an inordinate amount of time alone or in the […]

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The Last Angel of History

Filmmaker, theorist and co-founder of the Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) John […]

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Bakwa: Call for submissions

  “The intelligentsia have always preferred more refined forms of fiction, such […]

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Africa39: Call for submissions

Words from Chimurenga friend and Chronic contributor, Binyavanga Wainaina. Read on: URGENT Call for submissions: […]

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Setting The Pace is a Small Town’s Big Business

The ‘mystique’ of the Kenyan long-distance runner is to be found not […]

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Fuzzy Goo’s Guide (to the Earth)

Playing with words, the original Black Heretic Insider Dambudzo Marechera writes his own rulebook […]

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Even the Dead

Jeremy Cronin reports of corrupt apartheid-era games; questioning our (in)ability to remember the […]

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Nothing but… Grobbelaar

A line-up of football stories wouldn’t be complete without Simon Kuper. In a […]

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Banyana Banyana

As footballers and coaches typically spiel, it’s a game of two halves. […]

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Ready, Willing & Able

Lolade Adewuyi profiles one of the continent’s most successful football coaches – […]

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Shoes

Shoeless and bible blacked, Sandile Dikeni recounts childhood kickabouts on uneven playing fields […]

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You’re… Terminated

Under the parental shadow of Table Mountain, children play on the streets […]

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Stickfighting Days

A good sport? Olufemi Terry summons up the spirit of (K.Sello Duiker’s) Ah-zoo-ray […]

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A Three Point Shot from Andromeda

When not teaching white boy’s how to shuffle, acting Tuff, or fixing […]

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Say What You Mean

Vocabulary and translation, exercises, games — lessons — from Karen Press for you to get your […]

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Sammy Baloji exhibition – ‘Mémoire’

Chronic contributor and artist, Sammy Baloji has an exhibition underway in Berlin. His body […]

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Americanah and other definitions of supple citizenships

Yemisi Aribisala reads the new novel by Nigeria’s ‘woman of letters’ and encounters […]

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Onitsha Republic

Uzor Maxim Uzoatu visits the sprawling city of his childhood in the […]

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Depth of Field

Depth of Field (DOF) collective, a group made up of six Nigerian […]

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Neo Africanus: In Teju Cole’s World

Teju Cole, author of the award winning book Open City, recently announced […]

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I Have Always Meant to Fail

Isoje Chou knows the road is long, winding and full of mythical, […]

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When We Hear the Name of President

Nigerian poet Tanure Ojaide evokes a language of high stakes, hi-jinx, and […]

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George Osodi

George Osodi is a photographer from “the oil-rich Niger Delta region”. His images […]

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Lagos Underground

In the 1930s, Harry Beck published a map of the London Underground […]

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Lagos: A Pilgrimage in Notations

Having lived away from Nigeria for most of his adult life – […]

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Mining Sounds: Lagos – Cairo

Emeka Ogboh‘s art works require audiences to hone their listening and hearing skills. Turning […]

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Altourism – Where Altruism Meets Adventure

Post Kony fall-out fatigue? Relax, pack a bag and take a break in other […]

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Laugh it Off

From: “Mandisi Majavu” To: chimurenga@panafrican.co.za Subject: laugh it off/young capitalists/samething? Below is […]

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Interactions: A Strategy of Difference and Repetition

Interactions Interactions is an edited excerpt from filmmaker, writer and artist Aryan […]

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The Power of Wikipedia: Legitimacy and Control

The most astonishing global source of knowledge has the power to act […]

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The story of a South African firm

In this edited extract from their book, Ethnicity, Inc., Jean and John […]

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Guilt Trips

Kai Friese interrogates the colonial fantasy that lives on in the sententious […]

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The First Lady Syndrome

Mama Chantal Biya Yves Mintoogue* traces the nepotism and political patronage that […]

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Manufacturing the post-election peace: A reporter’s 2013 election diary

Parselelo Kantai watches as NGOs, the media and the state rally together […]

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A Civil Society Of African States

Paula Akugizibwe assumes observer status at the African Union and finds the […]

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Che

First published in 1968 in Buenos Aires, the biography of Ernesto “Che” […]

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Death by Memory [of Freedom]; Truth & Reconciliation

A tryptych in honour of Steve Biko. Firstly, Graeme Arendse, as his alter-ego Ramgee, presents In […]

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A Fieldguide for Female Interrogators

by Coco Fusco (illustrations: Dan Turner)     This graphic story previously […]

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Hauling Humans: a tricky business for trans-border truckers

Veteran long-distance driver, Aden, has been witness and participant in the business […]

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Howl Marikana

Announcing his intentions with a howl that echoes Ginsberg, Aryan Kaganof offers […]

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Itineraries

These maps by Philippe Rekacewicz show how the phenomenon of migration relates to […]

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Who’s Free, Who’s Not, Who Was, Who Wasn’t, and Who’s Dead: And, Are You Sure You Know Which Way Is Up?

A Letter from Istanbul by Ed Pavlic   Trayvon remains underground, to my […]

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The Road To Wellville

The Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences occupies some seventy acres of […]

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Suspect Sammy

A Letter from Toronto by Andrea Meeson   It’s another Monday morning after […]

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What’s Next

Socially conscious rhymes and hipster swag; sexy dance moves and magical mbira; […]

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Memento Mori

A Letter from Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. When I came home from abroad, […]

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Body Paths

The city, for many African immigrants, offers a horizon of hope, but […]

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Speech to the Science Graduation Ceremony of the University of Witwatersrand, 2008

Good Evening. I will use my own life history tonight to argue […]

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Home and away

Niq Mhlongo recently launched his new book Way Back Home in his […]

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Senselessness

Stacy Hardy reviews the English translation of Horacio Castellanos Moya‘s Senselessness (New Directions, 2008, Katherine […]

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The way back home

There are many ways back home. In South African novelist Niq Mhlongo‘s […]

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Threatening the Hormonal Stability of Imbeciles

Born in Honduras in 1957 and raised in El Salvador, Horacio Castellanos Moya is […]

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Way Back Home excerpt

South African novelist Niq Mhlongo has been hailed as a spokesperson for […]

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Name Death & Text

Achille Mbembe unpicks the assassination, disfigurement, and attempted degrading of Ruben Um Nyobè.   Ruben Um […]

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The Way Back Home Article

The Way Back Home On the death of a close relative, Niq […]

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Damballah

Audio/visuals from AfroSonics-sis, Harmony Holiday, originally produced for Fence Books‘ podcast series. “Loose Tracklist” Weldon […]

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Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989)

Photographs by Rotimi Fani-Kayode. These photos first appeared in print in Chimurenga Vol. 4: Black […]

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Rest In Peace Chiwoniso Maraire

Zimbabwean musician Chiwoniso Maraire, died on July 24, 2013, at age 37. […]

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We Used To Dance

Sandile Dikeni reviews We Used To Dance, an album from Andile Yenana.   Listen. […]

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Dead Cow Spreads Fear and Rumour in Lagos Suburb

Jide Adebayo Begun reports from Lagos. On 9 May the residents of […]

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Relaxing

Okello Sam, a dance and theatre artist (amongst other things), examines the […]

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Dance of the Infidels presents: Nollywood Confidential

starring: Zeb Ejiro, Ajoke Jacobs, Tunde Kelani, and Aquila Njamah Andy learned […]

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Authority Stealing: The business of crime writing in Kenya, India and Nigeria

  Kenya In pursuit of some scriptwriter talent, Billy Kahora discovers that […]

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10 Questions For Mukoma Wa Ngugi

A Beautiful Blonde is Dead. This image is the spark that ignites […]

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Moses’ outro

Does life begin at 40? That’s the time signature Moses Taiwa Molelekwa […]

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Godhead

Excerpted from Godhead, Ho Che Anderson‘s science fiction novel. A kind of class struggle […]

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Ten paragraphs of Music Criticism

More Brilliant Than the Sun? Kodwo Eshun discusses ten paragraphs of music criticism. […]

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In Defense Of The Films We Have Made

by Odia Ofeimun On the theme of Motion Picture as a tool […]

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Bajove Dokotela

Let the good Dr [Philip Tabane] inject you in three ways; music, words, […]

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Three Men, A Fence & A Dead Body

Sean O’Toole travels to the northern reaches of Limpopo where South Africa […]

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The night Moses died (Parts one and two)

The night Moses died (Part one) by Nicole Turner   The night […]

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Everyday is for the Thief

An excerpt from Teju Cole‘s novella exploring the spectrum of crimes, wrongdoings, misdemeanours, International […]

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I Smoked A Spliff With Jesus Christ

I smoked a spliff with Jesus Christ last night. Then leaned over […]

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Kin La Belle

Yvonne Owuor takes a pilgrimage to Kin La Belle and finds a […]

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WHO’S CALLING?

Parker Bilal is the pen-name of Jamal Mahjoub. Born in London and […]

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To Be or Not To Bop

 To Be or Not To Bop by Amiri Baraka   I was […]

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Who Killed Christopher Okigbo

1.Night/Outside At sea. Mythic times There is a storm. We see wooden […]

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Guns, Girls and Gentle People

The Afflicted Yard proudly proclaims that it is “A non-registered member of […]

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Pulp!

In the Indian hinterland, crimes of passion happen every single day, and […]

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Notes Towards A Question of Power

Pieces, notes really, fragmentary speculations,remnants, a sense of the feminine under assault, […]

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50 Years Ago: Zeke in Nigeria

Es’kia Mphahlele and the Anti-Apartheid Association of Nigeria Moritz Isaac (Manu) Herbstein […]

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Bra Tebs talks

Was Bra Tebs’ “4 Blokes & 1 Doll” show the highlight of Cape […]

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The Forest and the Zoo

The Forest and the Zoo* (Aryan Kaganof with Johnny Mbizo Dyani)   […]

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Diary Of A Bad Year

Diary Of A Bad Year: President Mbeki’s Letters to the Nation by […]

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All Roads Lead to Hendrix

Greg Tate‘s epic Hendrixian map hyperlinked to the hilt.  As all roads […]

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Walking through walls

Eyal Weizman reports on military tactics known as ‘walking through walls’ where […]

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Cover Story

He’s been described as the “founding father of African literature”, an author […]

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When history is suspended

(In memory of Ernesto Alfabeto Nhamuave) by Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa  I […]

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San Pedro V: The Hope I Hope

Identity, politics, rock ‘n roll, soap operas and sentimental songs; humor, hysteria and […]

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New Bushs Old Ghosts

Cyber crime is a burgeoning business in West Africa, despite often primitive […]

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The Afflicted Yard: The Rock

In 2004, the famously anonymous British artist Banksy visited Jamaica, and met Peter Dean Rickards, […]

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EU fortifies its mission on North African frontline

Supported by Libya and Tunisia, the European Union is ringing the Mediterranean […]

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Migration Business is Good Business

Jean-Christophe Servant argues that while Africa is being welcomed into the pool […]

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Secret Cities

Göran Dahlberg writes that cities in and of themselves are becoming more […]

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La Frontera

Klas Lundström finds himself in an isolated corner of the Amazon jungle […]

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Salut Deleuze!

Culled from a comic book tribute to, and intellectual biography of, Gilles Deleuze […]

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Did You Kiss the Dead Body?

Two in one: firstly Rajkamal Kahlon introduces her project, Did You Kiss the Dead Body?, then […]

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An Introduction to Arithmetic Sorcery

Cyclonopedia – Complicity with Anonymous Materials (re.press, 2008), a “theoretical-fiction novel” by Iranian […]

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The last words of Fela Anikulapo Kuti

In 1996, Keziah Jones visited Kalakuta Republic every day for a week […]

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The Life and Death of Media

There are thousands of people who are paid to invent and publicise […]

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The Boys are Doin’ it!

Fela is dead and so is his anti-materialist political message. Modern Afropop […]

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Uncertainty in Cuba after the Death of Hugo Chávez

As the world bids adiós to Hugo Chávez, Ivan García (of Desde La Habana) reports on […]

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Moving ‘White Man’s Deads’ is no second hand business

With no right to protection from the states between which they trade […]

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The Death of Jacob Dlamini

Political analyst, Jacob Dlamini, argues that the death of another so named […]

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Under the rainbow rays

Dathini Mzayiya‘s new exhibition Onder die reёnboog strale (Under the rainbow rays […]

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Chicken Core: The Rise of Kings

SporeDust is a young animation studio, still a rare species in the […]

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Dr Satan’s Echo Chamber

Reggae, technology and the diaspora… Louis Chude-Sokei documents the transatlantic (un)making of […]

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The Adventures of Dr Evil in Dakar

  President Abdoulaye Wade recently claimed intellectual property rights of the “African […]

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Not Yet Uhuru

Ugandan journalist and activist, Kalundi Serumaga, reflects on his time as a political […]

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The New Normal

  Oscar Pistorius first gained international fame amid a raging debate over […]

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Our cyborg past: Medieval artificial memory as mindware upgrade

By Ruth Evans   The philosopher and cognitive scientist Andy Clark has […]

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The Warm Up

The xenophobic violence sweeping many communities in the past weeks is not […]

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Once There Were Humans

In the hills above Kingston, Jamaica Annie Paul unpacks some baggage in […]

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Voudou Priestess Madame Evonne Auguste

Voudou Priestess Madame Evonne Auguste spoke to Sokari Ekine last August, in […]

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Les Saignantes

          A young woman, beautiful, 20-something, is fucking […]

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This Young (Wo)man

  Tumelo Khoza at Poetry Africa 16 By Rustum Kozain   As […]

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Platinum Dreams

Anglo American’s boardrooms at 44 Main Street, Joburg, and Carlton House Terrace, […]

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The Rise Of Somali Capital

The increasingly visible presence of the Somali community in Nairobi during a […]

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Yellow Fever, NKO?

Skin bleaching is often described as a manifestation of ‘colo-mentality’. However, argues […]

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Folk Dancing For Beginners

Karen Press (He sets the tone) In my country the president rises […]

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Do Right Women: Black Women, Eroticism and Classic Blues

By Kalamu ya Salaam   1.    I’m going to show you […]

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Fish Soup As Love Potions

Yemisi Aribisala lives in Calabar in Cross River State, where the scent […]

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Childhood Snapshots

by Bill Kouélany   We are on a bus – my sister, […]

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The Quiet Encroachment of the Ordinary

Asef Bayat A traveller to Middle Eastern cities, Tehran, Cairo or Rabat […]

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Black Like Us

Tunde Giwa recalls the comics of 1970s Nigeria with a nod to […]

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A New Consciousness

Itumeleng oa Mahabane   A man walks down a street. His shoulders […]

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France’s war for uranium

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Discoveries of Timbuktu

Ciraj Rassool I am not a scholar of Timbuktu or Arabic or […]

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Elvis on the move

Milton Papamoscito An unfamiliar congregation – in ‘a riot of electric red […]

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Evidence

Brent Hayes Edwards The cell is four meters long and two meters […]

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Juba ‘I will make my life here’

The metronomes of ancient history, the legacy of war, the wavering prosperity […]

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In Search of Yambo

Christopher Wise Yambo Ouologuem, the Malian author of Le devoir de violence […]

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If you want to see the African Game go to a Stadium

Knox Robinson If you want to see the African Game go to […]

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Somewhere between a scream and a lullaby

In a city where the boundaries between life and death are laid […]

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The Chronic (April 2013)

  A 48-page newspaper and 40-page stand-alone books review magazine featuring writing, […]

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