British colonialism


Sunday, June 1st, 2014

History Class with Cheta: Who is Herbert Macaulay

Too many people have forgotten about the one Naira coin, and the chap on that coin. This is a big disservice to Nigeria. Today’s History Class is going to be about that fellow, the one who has roads named after him in Lagos and Abuja, but who, sadly, is slipping away from our national consciousness.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

“We can handle the truth. Can you handle the shame?”

I interviewed my colleague at SUNY-Oswego, Faith Maina, just as the story broke about Britain’s involvement in human rights atrocities in Kenya. Faith was only born after Kenya attained independence; but her father—a teacher—was detained twice during the Mau Mau uprising; afterwards,...

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa

Relevant (and longish) excerpt from Anita Desai’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography, _Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India_; in The New York Review of Books; she starts with Lelyveld’s decision to start the...

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

T.I.A: Soldiers for the Motherland