Monday, May 26th, 2014

‘Aya of Yop City': Graphic Novel to Film

“Aya of Yop City” is Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie’s first feature film and an adaptation of the couple’s best-selling graphic novel series of the same name. Like the graphic novels, the film tells the story of Aya, a 19-year-old woman who lives in Abidjan, in the neighborhood of Yopougon in the Ivory Coast of the 1970’s.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Kibwe Tavares’ short film “Jonah”

I have been trying to attend as many of The Future Weird’s (see here, as well) screenings as possible in recent months. The Future Weird is a monthly series focused on films by directors from Africa and...

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

African Perspectives in Comics and Animation: The Agbaje Brothers

And now for something completely different: Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with John and Charles Agbaje, the two brothers behind The Elite Comics & Art Studio at Central City Tower. Their now concluded and...

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The Beatles, Black Sabbath and Africa in 2050

No that’s not a stadium rock concert, it’s the musical references in the introduction to a scenario report, “African Futures 2050,” from the South African ‘Institute for Security Studies’ think tank.* The report, published in collaboration with...

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The Beautiful Game

Correction: You don’t have to be a football fanatic, be a supporter of the English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur or–for some of this blog’s readers–care whether the club has African players on its books–they have*–but you...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Madagascar at The Oscars

French filmmaker, Bastien Dubois‘ short animated film “Madagascar, a Journey Diary (Carnet de Voyage)” is nominated for an Oscar at this Sunday’s Academy Award ceremony.  The film is about Dubois’ experience witnessing a Famadihana, or “the turning of...

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Sunday Ephemera No.8

Disney goes on safari on the “Dark Continent” in 1945. No comment. Via New School Thoughts on Africa.

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


No, the characters of the FOX TV animated show have not left their home in Springfield. It’s just a TV ad campaign promoting the show on Angolan TV. Apparently Homer is drinking the local brew, Cuca, “the...