Africa is a Country


Thursday, December 19th, 2013

An Interactive Study Map of African States

“Africa is a country,” some say with irony. Or derision. Or perhaps in sheer frustration, as those of us resident in some other part of the world try to share our interest in the vast, variegated topographies, cultures, and political constellations all called “Africa.” A critique of continents, the etymology of Ifriqiya, and a European

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Aimé Césaire is a country

Aimé Césaire was one of the greatest poets of the last century. His writing was so good that the person who did the illustrations published alongside his poems was Pablo Picasso. Césaire’s best-known works are Cahier d’un retour au...

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Rick Ross is a Country

Yesterday outsized rapper Rick Ross (twitter handle: “Mastermind”) tweeted two pieces of exciting news at once: firstly that he had landed “in the beautiful country of Africa” and secondly that the anticipated release of labelmate Wale’s album...

Monday, December 31st, 2012

2012’s SMH (also known as “Africa is a Country”) Moments

There are times we shake our heads or roll our eyes. When we could not invent some of the things that we spot in the media. For some reason especially New York Times journalists can’t help themselves...

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Il Manifesto

It may come across as self-indulgent and somewhat presumptuous that I named the original version of Africa is a Country “The Leo Africanus.” But it was also a fortuitous choice for a blog name that helped me...

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Tumblr is a country

Yes we have a global domination strategy. WordPress (here), Twitter,  Facebook and now Tumblr.

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Africa is a Country; the academic edition

Between them Wayne Marshall and Martin Murray pointed me to these 2 panels at the recent the American Geographical Association, which took place recently here in New York City.

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Africa is a Country on Twitter and Facebook

This is just a reminder to not forget that we also have a new @Africasacountry account on Twitter where we tweet and retweet media criticism and analysis as well as new music, sports, arts and photography. Follow...

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Africa is a Country

Must be our blog title. Someone named STONE decides to vent on The Hill’s Congress Blog about US foreign aid in a piece about policing the already shrinking foreign aid budget that’s currently only 1.5% of all federal...

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Made in Africa

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Africa, Assume the Position?

I love that African artists are getting exhibition space in European galleries. But being told to “Assume Art Position” by a Milanese gallery?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Africa really is a country

While everybody back home in South Africa today celebrated Vuvuzela Day, the rest of us had to find something else with which to show our support for our local team – like a T-shirt, for example. So...

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

“We’re Cool Like That”

Last week I got an email from a reader,  Sojourner Ahebee , 14 years old, originally fron Cote d’Ivoire, now living in the United States. Turns out she’s a big fan of Africa is a Country. That’s...

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009


Last week The Brookings Institute held a conversation with the Nigerian Foreign Minister Chief Ojo Maduekwe on “The Nigeria-U.S. Partnership for Regional Security in Africa,” in Washington D.C. Not really earth shattering stuff, except when 52 minutes...