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Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

New Film Explores Homophobia and Hatred Towards LGBTI Community in Cameroon

The silhouettes of two women are concealed amongst the gradients of quivering candlelight. The interviewer asks, “Can you kiss each other in public?”, one women responds “We hug each other in public. Even the hugs are discreet. But kiss on the mouth? No.” The other adds: “People would yell at us ‘Ooh lesbians. You can’t

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Before And After The Disco: Ibibio Sound Machine’s Self Titled Debut Album

Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut offering is a distillation of a day, shaped from a twenty-four hour palette of light, as their sounds are filtered through its unstable changes in tone and texture. If silence is the canvas...

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Somali author Diriye Osman’s “Fairytales for Lost Children”

In a dark couple of weeks for LGBT rights, the Indian government’s supreme court has re-criminalised gay sex, ensuring men and women now face police harassment and potential life imprisonment, stating gay sex is “unnatural, immoral and...

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Diagnosing the World’s Data

The previously self-elected spokesperson for the world’s ‘most and least racially tolerant countries’, The Washington Post’s Max Fisher and his touch typing team of Google searching researchers and writers, have now turned their attention to diagnosing the world’s...

Friday, December 14th, 2012

The delusions in decontextualising mental illness

All cultures, past and present, have identified abnormal human behaviours – anomalous thoughts and actions – that once sustained tend to be judged negatively. Unable to participate or function within social life, psych behaviours are regarded disruptive...

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Film Africa (6): ‘Tey’

In the beginning, we are addressed in quote. “This is a place where Death sometimes still warns of its passing. How? No one could answer exactly. It happens the day before, like a certitude that descends upon...

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Film Africa (2): ‘When China Met Africa’

Bleeding, splintering, RGB pixels paint repeated images of handshakes and embraces — filmed off a television screen, or from existing filmed material — until they expand to a short panorama of the China-Africa Summit held in Beijing...

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Benin sculptor Gérard Quenum’s dolls never die

As the Beninese proverb rings out, ‘an old story does not open the ear as a new one does’. No illusions exist in here. If dolls never die, neither does their past. Much like the synthesised histories...

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

A renewed narrative on the non-renewable: Romuald Hazoumé’s Cargoland

Romuald Hazoumé’s third solo exhibition at The October Gallery, Cargoland, is a re-appropriated and extended title — a familiar technique for those who follow his work. A play on  ‘cargo’, which translates in West African French to...

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Binyavanga Wainaina’s writing out of depression

The wobbly giraffes doing the splits next to my bed reveal my recent bedtime narrative. Subconsciously and adrift, I appear to have amassed a week long collection of literary conquests, scampering around on my bookshelf. So, after...