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Reform and Revolution at the University of Lovanium

In this essay on the gestation, articulations and manipulations of student politics […]

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Marcus Garvey is Alive in East Africa

A university in eastern Uganda, named in honour of the pan African […]

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How Third World Students Liberated the West

In a twist to mainstream tropes of radical student movements of the 1960s, and their impact on the history of political thought and action, Pedro Monaville argues that the terrains of the Third World, and particularly the history of student movements in Congo, are vital to explore if we are to makes sense of how that period informs the present.

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Four Days in June

By Moses Marz President Omar al-Bashir is looking out of the window of […]

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Focusing the Fashionable Mind

The parochialism and pretence emanating from some South African human rights organisations […]

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Curry Chronicles- Dal or Dhal, not Dull

There are many shades of dhal and numerous ways to hull and […]

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Come On Up, Sweetheart

In an “intensely private encounter” with the personal letters of James Baldwin, […]

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A Brief History of Student Protests

By Stacy Hardy “Bile bums my inside!/ I feel like vomiting! For […]

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Fighting Shadows

Lidudumalingani Mqombothi hails from a place where the game of ukuqula is […]

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Adult Alphabet

‘R for rent, S for sex, T for evermore taxing things….’ Rustum Kozain‘s […]

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Sexing Africa, Again

Dominique Malaquais spins together Lil’ Kim, burkas, Muslim women, Somali Mata-Haris and […]

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No Easy Truce Between Africa’s Most Powerful Brothership

By Tolu Ogunlesi On a per-person basis, South Africans drink four times […]

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Dear Dr. Schwab, Queen of Jordan

 By Binyavanga Wainaina Professor Klaus SchwabFounder & Executive ChairmanWorld Economic Forum & […]

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Hanging Participle

By Anna Kente I am becoming. I have the proof. Documents, photos, evidence. […]

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Justino

By Pedro Rosa-Mendes The news spread through the camp: Justino knew then […]

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Remembering Biafra

In 1968, Nigeria’s finance minister, agricultural produce mogul Obafemi Awolowo declared: “Starvation is a legitimate weapon of war, and we have every intention to use it against the rebels.”

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The Amazing Career of Passport Number B957848

By Akin Adesokan (For Larry Siems & Aimee Liu) I The wait […]

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Creating Theatre: A George Hallett Photo Essay

“Exile demands contemplation because it is unavoidably real for those who experience […]

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Franc-maçonnerie Suite

By Dominique Malaquais 1st Movement : Uncle Tom or DOM-TOM? Il y a […]

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Rumblin’

By Dominique Malaquais  Tell It To The World April 1st 1974.[1] Before […]

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Valladolid is not Spain, but it is

By Peter James Hudson They say that Valladolid was the only town […]

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Preliminary Notes for a Mediterranean Manifesto

By Rasheed Araeen Once the Mediterranean becomes a great centre of communication, of […]

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Shift The Goalposts Of Disadvantage

By Simon Kuper Every year, in an election you may have missed, […]

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Ready, Willing and Able

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

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Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea and Ghana Dominate Women’s Football

In a brief history of women’s football on the continent, Shina Oludari […]

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‘YOU DON’T GET PAID FOR SOCCER IN SOUTH AFRICA’

Playing football at the highest level in South Africa requires as much […]

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The Curry Chronicles, Part 1

Rustum Kozain dishes up some definitives on the many incarnations of curry […]

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Roger and Me

Akin Adesokan writes in exaltation of the game of tennis, the sheer […]

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Close encounters at the Florida 1000

Tony Mochama goes galactic for a little bump and grind, gives a […]

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A Pan African Circle of Artists

By Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi In June 1991, Krydz Ikwuemesi, then a third-year art student […]

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Boyhood and Transit

Reliving his personal journey to developing a passion for the game, Bongani […]

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A Political Economy of Noise

Kangsen Feka Wakai traces the uncharacteristic journey through a “noisy era” of […]

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Q&A with Mehari Taddele Maru

By Paula Akugizibwe and Mehari Maru  Mehari Maru is an Addis Ababa-based […]

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Interview with Raila Odinga

The Chronic interviewed Raila Amollo Odinga at his Karen residence on the […]

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Dear Chimurenga- The India-Pakistan Division

By Jon Soske The United Nation’s release of the agreement stipulating the […]

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A Black Writer Must Write About Sex

By Danny Laferiere America owes an enormous amount to Third World youth. I’m […]

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Soft Power South African Style

Sean Jacobs mediates the tensions between local pleasure, global capital and cultural […]

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My Life as a Seventh Day Adventist

By Paula Akugizibwe Jesus waits in the swimming pool. The tenth commandment […]

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Quiet No more

Paul Goldsmith traces the sonics of Islam in Kenya and questions if […]

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Queenstown

By Sandile Dikeni The grass in Queenstown was pink in 1996. Or, […]

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A Brief History of Monuments

By Stacy Hardy Abbasid Caliph Abu Ja’far al-Mansur, the founder of the ancient city of […]

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Season’s Greetings

By Rayyane Tabet On the morning of 1 December 1960, thousands of […]

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Ayinde Barrister: Tribute to a True Exponent

By Akin Adekosan The setting was a night party somewhere in Old […]

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The Sahara is not a Boundary

Ziad Bentahar is an assistant professor of French and Arabic at Towson […]

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It Can Only Go Up From Here

By Nisreen Kaj   For a long time, I was sure Lebanon was […]

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The African Affairs Bureau

By Helmi Sharawy I have pointed out in the past that the three […]

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Rumble in the Nile

By Jamal Mahjoub The first house we lived in after moving to Khartoum […]

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Jeune Afrique Map

Co-founded in 1960 by Bechir Ben Yahmed, the weekly magazine Jeune Afrique […]

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On the Meaning of the Timbuktu Manuscripts

By Shamil Jeppe Timbuktu is symbolic. I mean it’s a place, but […]

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El-Salahi – The Wise Enemy

By Hassan Musa I want to introduce Ibrahim El-Salahi here as “our […]

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Lotus Magazine

By Nida Ghouse In the wake of Youssef El-Sebai’s death, the streets of Cairo swelled in protest. […]

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Trajectories of the Sudanese Gulf

By Michael Vasquez Hiwar The journal that the Congress for Cultural Freedom […]

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Nasser and the African Revolution

Politically and socially Egypt is said to occupy three spaces as mentioned […]

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1966

By Michael Vasquez After World War II, the idea was that there […]

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Qibla

 Qibla leader Imam Achmad Cassiem in conversation with Khalid Shamis. “When the […]

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Writing the City in a Different Script

The Arabic-Afrikaans Tradition of the Cape By  Saarah Jappie A hundred years […]

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Jihad as a Form of Struggle in the Resistance to Apartheid in South Africa

By Na’eem Jeenah Although Muslims form about 2 per cent of the South […]

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Dispossessed Vigils

Mourning and Regeneration in Inner-City Johannesburg[1] By Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon “Only the conscious horror […]

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City Building in Post-Conflict, Post-Socialist Luanda

Burying the Past with Phantasmagorias of the Future   By Anne Pitcher […]

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Under Nelson Mandela Boulevard

A Story About Cape Town’s Tanzanian Stowaways By Sean Christie Images by David […]

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Reluctantly Loud

Interventions in the History of a Land Occupation By Koni Benson and Faeza […]

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“We need more contact zones to create a space for critical discussion, and to propagate and exchange a continuous cultural benefit.”

A conversation between Professor Muyiwa Falaiye and Mudi Yahaya Muyiwa Falaiye: I […]

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“The contemporary art in this country is flowing, but it needs direction.”

A conversation between performance artist, Jelili Atiku and former Director of the […]

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The Death Metaphor

By Jahman Anikulapo A sudden burst of confusion overwhelmed the belly of the […]

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Visions for the National Tear-ter of Nigeria

Four Conversations and Seven Performative Pamphlets Seven Performative Pamphlets: Ayodele Arigbabu, Hunter […]

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This Sea Shall Be Uprooted

By Jumoke Verissimo Images by Adolphus Opara   On the silk expanse […]

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High Class Shanty Town

By Jean-Christophe Lanquetin *translated by Karen Press     In Ouakam, on […]

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Urban Sahara from the Sky

How Capitalism Fixes the Dunes. by Marion Broquère, Armelle Choplin, Simon Nancy Images […]

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IRM de la ville de Douala

by Maud De La Chappelle To Didier À Douala, on nomme les […]

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Secular Stories

“Spare a thought for secularism. One month into the life of The […]

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The New Reading

By Vivek Narayanan Lately, I’ve had trouble sleeping at night: full of […]

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Under the Caine Bridge

by Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire 2000 There are two rivers of Literature, so-called […]

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Calling Mrs Museveni

A Letter from Kampala By Kalundi Serumaga ‘I want to talk to […]

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Both Sides Then and Now

By Rustum Kozain Perhaps too short for the reading pleasure it provides, […]

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Authority Stealing in Nigeria

Akin Adesokan confronts the ‘real world of Nigerian politics’ and comes to […]

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The Scandal

by Suren Pillay During the past 10 years I have seen reports […]

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How the Attacks were Planned

 by Maris Gabriela Carrinho Aragao This map features in the Burnin’ and A-Lootin’ section […]

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I Think I’ll Call it Morning

 by Bongani Kona   Penumbra Songeziwe Mahlangu Kwela Books,  2013 Sometime in […]

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The Shifting Fortunes of a Performing Poet

Post-apartheid poetry and its makers have witnessed the commodification of the art […]

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Black Man in the White Suit

A Letter from Cape Town by Kiluanji Kia Henda. In 2008, the […]

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Mapping The Last King of Africa

    This map features alongside a text by Olivier Vallée in the new […]

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In a Time of Boko Haram

by Elnathan John. I. DRESSES Beneath the oil-stained, flattened pillow that Mansir sits […]

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Re-Membering the Name of God

Wendell Hassan Marsh maps the trajectories of Islam as it evolved in […]

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Bordering on Borana

by Dalle Ebrahim. It was 2011 and I was seated in a taxi […]

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The Power of Green Crayons

Agri Ismaïl recalls growing up off the map – his Kurdish identity […]

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Pwani Si Kenya

Despite years of development promises from Kenya’s central government, the Coast remains […]

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The Last King of Africa

Brother Leader, global agitator, anti-imperialist revolutionary, megalomaniacal renegade. The former Libyan leader […]

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Secret Countries

  This map features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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How to Eat a Forest

Billy Kahora recounts a journey into Kenya’s Mau Forest, where he confronts […]

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Living Dangerously in Petroluanda

António Tomás picks through the post-independence architectural ruins of Angola’s capital city […]

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The Institute

Cultural institutes are considered effective instruments in foreign policy for any nation-state […]

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Manufacturing African Celebrity

Jesse Weaver Shipley* explores the power of celebrity in contemporary African pop culture […]

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Soft Power Desire Machines and the Production of Africa Rising

      Alongside texts by Jesse Weaver Shipley, Moses März and Oribhabor […]

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Pan Africanism in Katanga

In the margins of a specific history, in which land and inhabitants […]

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Becoming Chimamanda’s Boy

by Oris Aigbokhaevbolo. I was part of the 2014 Farafina Creative Writing Workshop […]

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Neopats and Repats

    This map features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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Creative Industries as Underdevelopment

Are the creative industries turning the tide against urban development in the […]

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All That is Solid Melts into PR

Mark Fisher, author of the book Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? […]

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Reviews in Brief

by Stacy Hardy.   Our Lady of the Nile Scholastique Mukasonga (transl. […]

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Operation Protective Edge

by  Paul Wessels. The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of […]

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Portrait of the Artist as a Daughter

by Ed Pavlić. “Where material is absent, dialectics is groundless.” – James Snead, […]

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Licking Dirty Hands

by David Shook. In the tradition of German poet Heimrad Bäcker, who turned […]

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Undoing the Spell

by Ben Verghese. Many of the dominant narratives of the partition focus on […]

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The Undeveloped Intellectual in Zombie-land

by Ibrahim Farghali. This is Rakha’s second novel after his début, The Book […]

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Breaking the Rules Beautifully

by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire. “Breaking the rules attracts implications, Jennifer.” I overhear British […]

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Men and their Dogs

by Gwen Ansell. Leonardo Padura is perhaps best known outside his native Cuba […]

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Miniature Metamorphoses

by André Naffis-Sahely. In his dotage, Henry Kissinger has come to resemble Emperor […]

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The Other Brother

by Bongani Kona. At the centre of Masande Ntshanga’s debut novel, The Reactive, […]

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And the Books Lived Happily Ever After

by Harry Garuba. If Amos Tutuola had not lived, and written stories in […]

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Which Africa Are We Talking About?

In the era of rapid globalisation the exemplary novelists seem to be […]

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Shooting From Point Blank Range

Moses Serubiri turns on the television and watches the news unfold, in […]

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Beneath the Underdog

Fighter, soldier, poet, arguably the PR-unit and embodiment of the Economic Freedom […]

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New Oil Old Lamps

The old Arab adage that “Cairo writes, Beirut publishes and Baghdad reads” […]

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Shifting Gulfward

The apparent demise of the millennia-old Arab cultural centres and the rapid […]

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Life After Oil

Jeremy Weate explores the cultural politics of the petro-based economy in Nigeria, […]

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We almost died thrice…

A letter from Lagos by Wanlov the Kubolor. I dey lie for […]

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The Bite and the Embrace

A Letter from Malabo by Recaredo Silebo Boturu. I’m writing from here in […]

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The Face: Cartography of the Void

Chris Abani has lived in several places and been assumed to be […]

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New Trade Routes

    This features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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After Oil Water

  This features in the new Chronic, an edition in which we […]

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African War Machines

    This map features in the new Chronic, an edition in which […]

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A Brief History of Mapping

by Stacy Hardy. In 1921, the independent Polish scholar Alfred Habdank Skarbek Korzybski […]

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The Chronic Presents a New Cartography for Africa

Since its launch in 2011, every edition of The Chronic has engaged […]

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The Internet is Afropolitan

Achille Mbembe discusses the history and horizon of digital communication and identity […]

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Yambo Ouloguem: Postcolonial Writer, Anti-Wahhabist Militant

Christopher Wise recalls conversations and texts of the Malian author, whose deep […]

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How Close Are You To This Place?

by Karen Press. Where is the heart of darkness? We think we know. It’s […]

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Situation is Critical

Jeremy Weate moves from text to context in search of the current […]

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How to write about Africa

by Boniface Mongo-Mboussa Serpent à Plumes’ republication of Yambo Ouologuem’s Le Devoir de violence […]

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In Suburbia

Suburban South Africa is glowing. The sun is up, the trees are […]

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Preliminary Notes for a Mediterranean Manifesto

Connecting ancience and modern roots/routes Rasheed Araeen redraws the boundaries and limits of identity. […]

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The Chronic – mapping the new – soon come

“In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the […]

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Gateway

A video-work from Berni Searle‘s “Black smoke rising” trilogy; the title alluding to the […]

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Alex killers are ‘proud’ of attacks on foreigners

Gcina Ntsaluba reports from where Wally Serote wrote: “When I lie on your breast […]

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What Follows? The State of Black Collectivity in the Year of the Sheep

Continuing to sing a vital and urgent message of black collectivity, Harmony Holiday writes from […]

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Dispatches from Beirut

Comic artist and musician Mazen Kerbaj keeps a visual diary of a week […]

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The African Renaissance Hoer-o-scope for Politicians

by Zebulon Dread ARIES Your best bet at survival is not a […]

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The Story of an African Farm

The Chronic visits wine farms across the Boland area of the Western Cape and […]

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The Alternative is at Hand

Working within the black radical tradition, Fred Moten and Stefano Harney frame a […]

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Kangsen Feka Wakai Can’t Breathe

Transition are calling for responses to the latest sweep of murders by police of unarmed black […]

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‘Let’s face it: we’re in over our heads. We need the white folks to come back.’

Renegade Cameroonian filmmaker and theorist Jean-Pierre Bekolo Obama pulls no punches about his disaffection […]

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Beyond Oppression-Liberation-Maendeleo

by Parselelo Kantai It may have been the economist David Ndii who coined […]

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Propaganda and Politics tunnel vision history of art activism in South Africa

The important contribution of the Black Consciousness Movement to art activism in […]

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The New Thing

Out of the silence, the crevices, cracks and forgotten places of Cape […]

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Midway Between Silence and Speech

The art and incarnation of Justine Gaga explores the multi-layered and emotionally […]

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Exitour as Rhizome

“Why did we embark on this insane trip?” Having journeyed together from Douala to […]

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Une Hommage à Goddy Leye

With his imagination, sharp wit and all-round uncontournable wholesome beautyness, Goddy Leye has […]

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The Beautiful Beast

by Goddy Leye         This still from Goddy Leye’s […]

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The G.Spot Protagonists

by Goddy Leye I am sitting in front of the Cologne cathedral, amazed by […]

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Black Skin, White Ass

Hydroquinine, bleach, lime juice: take your pick. Each of them will lighten […]

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Honouring Somaliness

Binyavanga Wainaina and Diriye Osman sit down in south London to speak of […]

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Philatelic Pan Africanism

The Otolith Group, founded by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun in 2002, uses […]

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This is a pigment of my imagination

Looking like a ‘Negro’ in India and searching for a connection has […]

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How Kenya Exploded In My Heart

A letter from Harare by Petina Gappah   I once lived in a […]

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XXYX Africa

by Nick Mwaluko On the subject of voicing that inner scream that […]

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Buru Buru

Billy Kahora reflects on the state of the ‘estate’ of his Nairobi […]

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Out of sight and out of mind in High Care

Mike Abrahams recently spent seven weeks as an involuntary patient at Valkenberg […]

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Floyd Mayweather and Improvised Modalities of Rhythm

by Steve Coleman What makes boxing the sweet science is not two […]

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Mining for Minds

Jean-Pierre Bekelo presents a film financing project offering payment in raw materials: “Mining for Minds”. […]

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The Case of Sipho Mchunu

by Bongani Kona In her brilliant review of Didier Fassin’s book, When Bodies Remember: […]

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Chronic Apartheid Litigation

Ronald Suresh Roberts argues that litigation in US courts against multinational companies […]

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Why music is better than photography

Why music is better than photography: An argument in two parts by Sean […]

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AF 888

AF 888 – a letter from above the Mediterranean Sea by Christian Botale […]

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Palestine Journey

In February 2005, Ishtiyaq Shukri’s novel The Silent Minaret, won the first European […]

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L’impossible n’est pas Camerounais!

Kangsen Feka Wakai traces personal lineage, and the often blurred and disputed […]

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Beasts of No Nation

Whether immigrating, emigrating or just passing through, Africans suffer among the greatest indignities […]

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Searching for Augusto Zita

From the Namib desert to an interrogation room on US soil, Victor Gama tracks Augusto […]

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Visioncarnation

by Orijit Sen                 Orijit Sen is […]

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The Black Guru

Gael Reagon meets the spirit formerly known as Zebulon Dread. On Friday […]

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A New Myth

Illustrator Nolan Oswald Dennis’s ongoing collaboration with Johannesburg-based performance art ensemble The Brother […]

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Masquerade

Michael Jackson alive in Nigeria Featuring the maverick Ejiogbe Twins Photographed by […]

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The cosmic lives and afterlives of Zebulon Dread

byAchal Prabhala Part 1: Elliot Josephs Elliot Josephs was born in 1958 […]

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11 YRS OF DEMONCRAZY!!!

11 YRS OF DEMONCRAZY!!! O nee Got.!! Got!!! Got!! ! I can’t […]

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Historieda

In his letter from Agolam, Yvan Alagbé riffs off a recent visit […]

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Motshumi’s Country

For more than three decades, Mogorosi Motshumi has drawn comics, cartoons and […]

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Obi’s Nightmare

by Jamón y Queso translated by David Shook         […]

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It’s only a matter of acceleration now

by  Binyavanga Wainaina 1. I am about to interview Youssou N’Dour. I […]

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New Bush, Old Ghosts

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

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When You Kill Us, We Rule

Audre Lorde‘s poem, “The Black Unicorn”, is woven into rhetorical charcoal drawings by […]

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Sketches of ‘Trane

    Atang Tshikare is a artist and illustrator based in Cape […]

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Obstacles

by Anna Kostreva   You know those days when it’s so hard […]

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Not only our land but also our souls

Andile Mngxitama challenges historical and contemporary rhetoric that positions land theft in […]

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The End of Elections

by Paula Akugizibwe   Jose Saramago’s Seeing is no Arab spring. Revolutionary […]

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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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Happy Valentine’s Day

Exactly twenty five years ago today, Salman Rushdie received an unusual Valentine: a […]

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Method After Fela

by Akin Adesokan   “You reckon a guy just goes and cuts […]

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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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I am a homosexual, Mum by Binyavanga Wainaina

(A lost chapter from One Day I Will Write About This Place) […]

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Translations – A Call For Proposals

      This call is published in the December 2013 edition […]

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Woza Moya

Maakomele R. Manaka revisits a soundtrack of his dreams, long and rhythmic […]

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The skin I’m in: Afro-Bengali solidarity and possible futures

Naeem Mohaiemen reviews Vivek Bald’s Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of […]

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‘Nation Is A Skin Stretched Over The Bones Of The State’

Jon Soske struggles to pin down Hamid Parsani, the elusive, mercurial Iranian archaeologist, […]

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