Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY


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July 24 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 24 2014, 11:00:04

Award-winning South African/Nigerian filmmaker Akin Omotoso is the director of the feature films "Man on Ground" and "God Is African", the documentaries "Wole Soyinka - Child of the Forest," "Gathering the Scattered Cousins" and the short "Jesus and the Giant" among other films and TV-productions. Omotoso is also an actor, with roles in Andrew Nicol's Lord [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Jul 24 2014, 09:00:00

Several times, I have met Professor Wole Soyinka without actually meeting him. It was either in a crowded reading room in Washington D.C. or at some event in Nigeria. As a photographer not as a writer, I really wanted to meet the man away from the usual crowd that surrounds him all the time. I [...]

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July 23 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Jul 23 2014, 14:00:37

You've seen the teaser, now see the video. Umlilo, is back with his fifth music video single, 'Magic Man' from his upcoming EP, 'Aluta'.  Produced by Umlilo, 'Magic Man' is an electronic fusion of different sounds ranging from dark post-dub with afro-dancehall accents to a baroque synth pop accompanied by Umlilo's powerful vocals. "Magic Man [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Jul 23 2014, 12:00:53

Guess what? Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic champion who is tried for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, turns out to be sane. He might still lose his temper, like the other day when VIP-ing it up in a fancy night club in Johannesburg or tweet ill-guided Bible verses, self-celebratory do-good pics or [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Jul 23 2014, 12:00:53

Guess what? Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic champion who is tried for shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, turns out to be sane. He might still lose his temper, like the other day when VIP-ing it up in a fancy night club in Johannesburg or tweet ill-guided Bible verses, self-celebratory do-good pics or [...]

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July 22 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Jul 22 2014, 12:30:13

Six years ago, as a young, inquisitive and idealistic undergraduate, I traveled to my country of birth, Ethiopia, on a quest to answer one of the toughest questions in political science: how does democracy develop in a poor country with a long-standing history of authoritarian rule? At the time Ethiopia had recently passed through a [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Jul 22 2014, 12:30:13

Six years ago, as a young, inquisitive and idealistic undergraduate, I traveled to my country of birth, Ethiopia, on a quest to answer one of the toughest questions in political science: how does democracy develop in a poor country with a long-standing history of authoritarian rule? At the time Ethiopia had recently passed through a [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Jul 22 2014, 10:00:01

Soyinka turned 80 this year. We learn this in an interview a Nigerian newspaper did with his wife, Folake: "He cooks and he is quite good at it. He even cooked about two days ago. When the boys were really little, one day in California, he called us all to the kitchen and said he wanted [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Jul 22 2014, 09:00:49

Hip-hop's love affair with marijuana is a much-publicized affair. Artists such as Cypress Hill and Snoop Dogg have built careers by co-opting the good ganja crop and working it into their public personas. Of late, the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Flatbush Zombies continue to model themselves in line with stoner tendencies. South African hip-hop [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Jul 22 2014, 08:30:39

When the M23 militia took control of Goma, the capital of North Kivu in Eastern Congo, in late 2012, the premises of Yole Africa were quickly occupied by a large crowd of youngsters. Some of them were looking for refuge after their homes had been bombed; some others were there to make sure that the [...]

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