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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

How can we move on from this dark story about “the Congo”?

Imagine that a TV director asks you to produce a documentary of European history in 59 minutes. “Impossible” would probably be your reaction … Well, Dan Snow took on this impossible task to show us in about an hour the “history of Congo”, a country as large as Europe.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

We need to talk about Jeremy Clarkson

In the spirit of recent posts on AIAC about reality TV shows in Germany and Italy which use Africa as background to national television’s asinine imagination, I’d like to step back a few months and check out...

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The BBC’s standards of journalism when it comes to South Africa

Read it here. The main claims of the piece (and a documentary broadcast in the UK on Sunday night) are that the white poor number about 400,000 (that would be about 10% of the white population), that there...

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Discovery Channel’s Africa

The Discovery Channel and the BBC have joined forces to produce a new seven part series entitled, Africa. The series is four years in the making and brings together stunning footage of the landscapes and animals within...

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Foreign correspondents and false notes

Two things I’ve learned about the popular press in the last few months: you don’t get to pick your own headline, and you don’t want anyone thinking that the inevitable picture of the guy with a machine...

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Pinkwashing South Africa

This week BBC News reported on the rise in Cape Town’s status as a premiere international gay tourist destination. The article itself went on to report at length from gay South African hoteliers and organizers, many of...

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Unfinished Revolutions

What is the nature of the Arab Revolution? Why did it start and where is it headed? Most important, what is the potential for the emergence of new forms of political democracy, social equality, and regional autonomy...

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

‘We’ve always been migrating’

Bentley Brown, director of the exciting new film ‘Faisal Goes West’, spoke with me about migration, building a cinematic bridge between Sudan and America, and lawyers turned pizza delivery boys.

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Witchcraft and the British Media

Yesterday, Magalie Bamu and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi, were convicted of killing Magalie’s younger brother Kristy, who was fifteen. Kristy and his two sisters had travelled from Paris to visit his older sister in Newham, East London...

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

‘The greatest issues in Africa’

If you are to ask me what are the greatest issues in Africa, I would say it is that people love, people fuck, people kiss, people speak. Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina talking to The Guardian Book Podcast.

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Stuart Hall speaks

About 30 minutes worth of ideas from Stuart Hall in an interview last month with the BBC4’s “Thinking Allowed” program. Some of the references brought into the conversation by Hall and his interlocutor, Laurie Taylor: Hall being...

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Video: Homosexuality is African

The 46-minute video of the recent BBC World “Debate” with the unfortunate title: “Is Homosexuality Un-African?” It is of course as African as sadza, ugali, nsima, asaro and pap. The show was recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa....

Friday, March 4th, 2011

‘The Worst Place To Be Gay’

Brett Davidson In a documentary broadcast recently on the BBC, the British DJ Scott Mills travels to Uganda and reports on the rampant homophobia there. (That’s Mills, above, in a still from the film with Ugandan gay...

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Gaddafi like ‘… a depressed Nigerian grandmother at a wedding’

One of the myriad references thrown into this part-imitation, part-rant by sharp, madcap British comedian Charlie Brooker (on his BBC show), of the Brother Leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s most recent utterings, style, as well as of Gaddafi’s son,...

Friday, February 11th, 2011

‘Old and New Colonists in Zambia’

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Welcome to the Rainbow Nation

So, the BBC has unveiled this trailer, titled “The World Cup from the Rainbow Nation,” to promote its coverage of the 2010 World Cup. As The Guardian notes, the clip features “a montage of African...

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Lagos bleeds Chelsea Blue

The BBC debuts a new TV series this month, “Welcome to Lagos,”  on the “ingenuity” of poor people in Nigeria’s  commercial capital, Lagos.The Observer‘s acting arts editor, Akin Ojumu, who is also a fan of David Cameron’s...

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

The Screen Life of Winnie Mandela

Apparently Jennifer Hudson had to lose 60 pounds to star as Winnie Mandela in a planned biopic. Mandela was a leading figure in South African politics in the late 20th century and who was married to former South...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Journalism

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The Case of the Missing President

Nigeria’s been without a President for at least two months. The incumbent, Umaru Yar’Adua, is in Saudi Arabia getting treatment for a heart condition. So the country’s effectively been without a leader all this time....

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The History of African Football

I’m spending much of my free time (if I have any), watching what I can of the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola. Which is a good time to also catch up on the rich history...

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Skateboarders in Kampala

Great series of images by photojournalist Marc Hofer of a small group of skateboarders in the Ugandan capital Kampala who built their own skate park complete with ramps after one of them got introduced to skateboarding by...

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

“WE FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM, BUT WE WON DEMOCRACY”

You can always count on Hugh Masekela to speak frankly. Masekela turned 70 this year. And he still has a lot to say. In London for a concert with the London Symphony Orchestra to mark his birthday,...

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

POLITICAL ETHNICITY, THE KENYAN EDITION

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

OBAMA HAS ALWAYS BEEN BLACK

Barack Obama may be joking about his blackness, but as Gary Younge, the excellent Guardian journalist based in New York City (and a neighbor) breaks it down in the commentary for the BBC below, there’s something racial...

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

GIVING BIRTH IN THE CONGO WAR ZONE

“Across sub-Saharan Africa, women have a one in 13 lifetime chance of dying in pregnancy and childbirth. In DR Congo’s North Kivu, where the basic kits and tools can be in egregiously short supply, the odds are...