How not to talk about corruption in South Africa

On Tuesday, 5 December, global retail group, Steinhoff International, headquartered in South Africa, announced the resignation of its CEO, Markus Jooste. A white South African, Jooste, resigned in connection with a German…

Catalonia is a Country

“Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.” —Kahlil Gibran “Africa is one continent, one people, and one nation.” —Kwame Nkrumah  “I was Nigerian and Igbo. I think the idea…

An allegory for freedom

Blackness is an empty canvas upon which myths of savagery, barbarism, incivility, and unequivocal tragedy are to be imposed. Blackness, like the nation of Haiti herself, is a thing to be punished…

Benjamin Netanyahu loves Africa

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu loves Africa. He says so himself, at every opportunity and to whoever will listen. But his love for Africa and Africans isn’t just talk, it’s backed up…

The rise, fall, and retirement of Mangosuthu Buthelezi

While South Africa’s Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is now in decline, between its founding in 1975 and the run up to the first democratic elections in 1994, it played a key, but complicated role in South African…

How Nigeria Defeated Ebola

Ada Igonoh was the physician who pronounced 40-year-old Patrick Sawyer dead. Four days after he was admitted to First C­onsultants Medical Centre, a hospital in Lagos, Nigeria, she found him collapsed and…

Verwoerd in Jerusalem

US President Donald Trump’s recent declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked international concern that a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is at risk. António Guterres, United Nations…

The awful roar of the ocean’s many waters

South Africa’s Constitution begins with a bold statement: “We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past …” Like all Constitutions, however, it cannot force itself into South Africa’s…