AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

2010 World Cup

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Thursday, July 4th, 2013

After the World Cup is gone

Do we need a book on the 2010 World Cup already? That’s the first question I asked Peter Alegi and Chris Bolsmann, editors of the brand new volume, Africa’s World Cup (University of Michigan Press, 2013). Their quick riposte: “Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu said that ‘anyone who wasn’t thrilled by the World Cup needs to see

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

“Just like in a science fiction movie”

The Mtsweni family lives in a squatter camp in Mamelodi township outside Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. Seventeen year old Lerato, who goes by Moskito, tells young German director Benjamin Kahlmeyer: “It’s not a real city. It’s what we call a...

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The 19th New York African Film Festival: ‘Maami’

The secret to making a good movie about sport is to make sure there isn’t any sport in it. Remember ‘Invictus‘? Remember ‘Goal‘? Exactly. Distinguished Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani must have known this, because there isn’t any...

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

‘Let’s pray that this is one bit of culture that won’t make it out of Africa’

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Magnificent

Earlier this week ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, including one for music during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, like the video–played at the start of broadcasts and during breaks from the studio in South...

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Shameless Self-Promotion

A piece I wrote was published in The New York Times–on January 1, 2011–as part of an op-ed feature “Around the World in 12 Months (in 2010).” My recollections of the 2010 World Cup was the entry...

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