#StandwithSomalia?

In the wake of last Saturday’s horrific bombing in Mogadishu, social media commentators have been quick to point out the hypocrisy in the international response to the devastation. Much like the outcry…

The African churches of South Delhi

On any given Sunday in one of South Delhi’s dozens of Pentecostal African church services occurring in various, stuffy rented halls, you might see the following: a Nigerian lady dressed in a…

In a film about war, can you leave the politics out?

The film The Train of Salt and Sugar, set in 1988 during Mozambique’s civil war, depicts a journey by rail from the city of Nampula, in the northeast of the country, to Cuamba, near the Malawi border. The train’s travelers tell a variety of stories; there…

Weekend Special No.1957*

(1) Egypt has more problems to worry about than the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Commentators have read the ability of Ethiopia to push through such a project as a sign of Egypt’s…

Everyone in Eritrea is desperate to flee, including the President’s son

In today’s Eritrea, there is no difference between the jailer and the jailed. The political culture is so violent and desperate that the president’s own son attempted to escape the country. President Isaias Afwerki’s erratic and mercurial temperament – he has been the…

Nobel Prizes and Politics in Kenya 

Memories of the past is what makes us evaluate the present, as we plan for tomorrow — Ngugi wa Thiongo’o Nobody is entitled to a Nobel Prize and many are deserving of…

Is a Chinese education the best shot at success in Africa?

On a recent research trip to Tanzania, I interviewed an undergraduate student of the University of Dar es Salaam. Soon our conversation descended into a general discussion about life and the future. He, unlike me, was unfazed by life after…