7 minutes read November 6, 2013 Against the Gospel of “Africa Rising” Almost ten years ago, Binyavanga Wainana mocked the relentless bashing of Africa for what it is: ignorance. Nowadays, however, a new gospel could use similar deriding: “tell them six of….. Read More 4 minutes read January 22, 2013 Al Jazeera Joins The ‘Africa Rising’ Bandwagon We recently posted a bit on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 40 richest Africans. In a similar vain, Al Jazeera has chosen to glorify Africa’s privileged few and feed into….. Read More 4 minutes read November 28, 2012 “Africa rising” and the shifting disease burden In recent years, there has been increasing attention in academic and policy circles to the problem of non-communicable diseases in Africa. Some have gone so far as to identify a….. Read More 6 minutes read June 18, 2015 Is Africa really rising? History and facts suggest it isn’t In the year 2000, the Economist ran a cover story with the title “Hopeless Africa”. Four years later, Robert Guest, who served as the newspaper’s Africa Editor, published “The Shackled….. Read More 19 minutes read June 7, 2015 Decolonizing the University This text is a transcription of a talk given at Azania House, Bremner Building, University of Cape Town, April 2015. I want to thank you all for this wonderful invitation to….. Read More 4 minutes read January 19, 2015 Achille Mbembe on How the Ebola Crisis Exposes Africa’s Dependency on the West In addition to the human toll, the Ebola crisis in West Africa has severe political consequences. According to Achille Mbembe, Western states present their intervention in West Africa as a….. Read More 51 minutes read November 4, 2014 Making African Celebrity Culture Soon after the MTV Africa Music Awards chief executive drops hints that there will be a special guest, Khloe Kardashian and her entourage appear at the awards’ press conference in Durban, South….. Read More ← Older posts ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.