AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

EDITORIAL

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Novelist Taiye Selasi doesn’t like passports or nations.

The videos of the TED Global 2014 lecture series are not out yet. But if the follow-up blogposts are anything to go by, we can anticipate what Taiye Selasi will tell us in her presentation. As far as I can tell from Thu-Huong Ha’s quick summary of her talk, Selasi sang the same song she’s

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

WOW! Watch this little girl name the presidents of 30 countries

Some people think that Africa is a country. Some people, such as the New York Times editors, think that Ivory Coast is two countries (see below). Many people struggle to name prominent politicians in the countries where...

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Zombie Harlem: Drummers Requiem on 125th Street

I never understood what Gil Scot Heron was talking about in his song  “New York is Killing Me” (from his last studio album I’m New Here) I understand now, it means that people so loved, admired and...

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

How to be an expatriate in Nigeria

I have always held that the Nigerian god is far too kind. Kind to our political leaders in spite of their wickedness, kind to our religious leaders in spite of their hypocrisy, kind to our traditional leaders...

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Burkina Faso on the boil (and, no BBC, Blaise Compaore is not a ‘peacemaker’)

Ça chauffe au Burkina, just like we knew it would. News came this morning that the National Assembly and the headquarters of the ruling party have gone up in flames, but it’s not a great surprise. A...

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