Africa is a Country was founded by Sean Jacobs in 2009, growing out of the blog Leo Africanus (2007-2009). It started as an outlet to challenge the received media wisdoms about Africa from a left perspective, informed by his experiences of resistance movements to Apartheid.
Since then it has grown in size to include a larger geographic scope and, crucially, launched the careers of a number of young African and diaspora writers, scholars and artists to a point where as the South African newspaper Mail & Guardian concluded:
Try as you might, it is hard not to turn an online corner in Africa without bumping into Africa is a Country.”
Today it features online commentary, original writing, media criticism, videos, audio, and photography, becoming one of the leading intellectual voices in the African–particulary from the left–online media sphere.