African Middle Classes


Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

In Search of the “African Middle Class”

“Africa Rising” stories have become old news in English-speaking media, so much so that Africa is a Country called them a meme not long ago. But only a few have run in French news outlets, and one such op-ed recently made it to the pages of the well-respected daily newspaper Le Monde. The piece

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The BET Awards do Africa

Last year, BET introduced a category into their annual awards show called “Best International Act: Africa.” I wasn’t that surprised. We’ve been heading down the road towards a mainstream acknowledgement of #InternationalBlack-ness for a while. I chalk it...

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

There is no African Middle Class

Some would argue that middle class people do not exist in African countries while others would charge that you can’t really define them–that there’s the super rich and those whose livelihoods are precariously linked to the state,...