Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY


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October 22 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 16:00:16

I was home alone one Friday night around 2001 watching, as was tradition, one of the music shows which came on at SABC 1 during that period. It could've been Studio Mix during its dying years, or Basiq with Azania, or Castle Loud with Unathi and Stoan. The first video played after a Telkom ad. [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 14:00:09

Dakar has long been hailed as a center of African visual arts since President Leopold Senghor hosted the World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966. More recently African Artists and art enthusiasts descend onto the city for the Dakar Biennale, a major exhibit of contemporary African art that happens every two years. In the lead [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 12:00:14

Zambia, the country its young people fondly call "Zed," is the next in a number of African countries to turn 50-they are the firstborns of the first wave of African countries to gain independence in the 1960s. Zambia's turn came on 24 October 1964, a day chosen because it was United Nations Day. That kind [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 10:00:54

Any African who has ever tried to visit South Africa will know that the country is not an easy entry destination. South African embassies across the continent are almost as difficult to access as those of the UK and the United States. They are characterised by long queues, inordinate amounts of paperwork, and officials who [...]

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October 21 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Oct 21 2014, 14:27:13

I am asked on a regular basis, on campus and off, a question I assume is posed to many scholars of Africa, especially non-African ones like me: "What made you decide to teach African history?" And whether I give the long or short answer, my reply always begins with explaining the pivotal role Ali Mazrui [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Oct 21 2014, 13:01:32

South Africa TV will soon debut "Real Housewives of Johannesburg." If that's not enough, in other news, the country's first School of Etiquette is now open in one of Johannesburg's rich northern suburbs. The owner of the Etiquette School, Courtney Carey, has been doing the media rounds. Much of the coverage, is not surprisingly, soft [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Oct 21 2014, 04:00:55

There is one photograph (above) of the late Thabiso Sekgala's that always reminds me of home. It is of lavender jacarandas lining a country road, paling a little from the brown dust and weak winter sun. The haze of purple is just past its prime, and the blossoms' fresh hopes are waning. Squat one-or two room [...]

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October 20 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Oct 20 2014, 11:00:43

In the aftermath of the Kenyan 2007 presidential elections, political violence erupted, resulting in 1,200 deaths and the displacement of more than 600,000 people. In the end, three individuals stand accused of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto, and the journalist Joshua Arap Sang. Uhuru [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Oct 20 2014, 09:00:01

After re-reading this article last night, I traveled to the end of the world and was happy to find that I am still writing insightful pieces such as the below, which was first published in the New York Times on October 19, 2029. The apocalypse has a silver lining, except it's black and white - and [...]

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October 19 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sun Oct 19 2014, 13:09:49

Professor Thandika Mkandawire is a development economist with a sharp mind and an even sharper tongue - one of Africa's finest.  Last week I moderated a discussion on health and governance in Africa at a conference in Cape Town in which he gave the keynote address.  He demonstrated why he is such a celebrated public [...]

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