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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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How To Cook Your Husband The African Way

Stacy Hardy is a writer and senior editor at Chimurenga. She is also founding member of Black Ghost Books. Her collection of short fiction, Because the Night, was published by Pocko in 2015. In an era where we should all be feminists, as Adichie tells us, or bad feminists, according to Roxane Gay, and where […]

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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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ALL I CAN SAY FOR NOW

By Jean-Christophe Lanquetin* During the last five years of Unathi Sigenu’s life, I was a fellow traveller. Following his participation in Urban Scénos/Johannesburg, an artists’ residency run by two artists’ collectives – my own ScU2 (based in Paris) and the Joubert Park Project – we developed an ongoing working fellowship. Linking Cape Town and Paris, this […]

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From Seven Modes for Hood Science

By Harmony Holiday Mode One, Charles Mingus: Just go on your nerve The spirit is always the first afflicted in the patterned deterioration we name dis/ease. Spirit seizes in the nearing distance, must choose one of two stances: being/nothingness. The black spirit, diasporic from outer space, the cosmos, the unsayable traits of the unknown, traitor […]

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