Alassane Ouattara

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Tiken Jah Fakoly’s identity politics

A few days ago, Al Jazeera English channel screened (and then put online) a 30 minute documentary, "The Power of Song," on the Ivorian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly. Made by a Canadian production company, the film was billed by Al Jazeera as following Fakoly on a visit to two village schools in Côte d'Ivoire that he...

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Les Fantômes

A painting sits glowering on the wall of the Jack Bell Gallery in London. Figures daubed in bright colours stare out from the canvases against a dark background broken up by bits of newspaper cuttings. This is...

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Didier Drogba, Truth Commissioner

It’s clear that truth and reconciliation commissions are half-successful attempts at inventing half-baked feelings of national identities (turning a blind eye to economic restoration in South Africa; with some self-interested pressure from above in Rwanda). So it...

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Things will get better

Magic Systeme and Tiken Jah Fakoly tells their fellow Ivorians “Ca va aller.”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Orientalism in Sub-Saharan Africa

James North: Orientalism takes a different form in sub-Saharan Africa.  There, Orientalists do not emphasize the “Islamic” angle quite as much, although they do sometimes suggest that a “fault line” running across the Sahel, with an expansive “Islam”...

Monday, April 11th, 2011

‘In the end, just a guy in a bad Hawaiian shirt without a clue’

That’s how Alexis Okeowo (on Twitter) sums up the end of the four-month stand-off against democracy by Cote d’Ivoire’s former Life President, Laurent Gbagbo. The New York Times has the details and the photograph above on the...

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Who Cares About Elections?

In Cote d’Ivoire, President Laurent Gbagbo’s gamble to hold elections did not work out as planned.  You guessed it he was supposed to win easily. After all it’s his (and his party’s) government and it is his...

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Jesse Jackson and the Ivorian Crisis

Jesse Jackson, whose brand of black politics has been displaced momentarily with the emergence of Barack Obama, was in the news recently after he was crowned a prince in Cote d’Ivoire. Because the Agne had crown the...