China in Africa

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The Two Sudans

On July 6 2011, the world’s diplomatic elite flocked to one of the globe’s most underdeveloped regions to bask in the warm glow of the birth of a new nation. That South Sudan’s struggle for independence had claimed the lives of an estimated 2million people, and that the majority of its inaugural citizens had been

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Wang Zhe’s images of Chinese in Africa

“Africa Dream – Chinese in Africa,” by Chinese photographer Wang Zhe, will be showing in Marie du XIIIème in Paris. The blurb advertises the exhibit as “Oeil de Chine/Coeur d’Afrique”: Chinese Eye/African Heart”: sadly, the eye—the organ...

Monday, March 21st, 2011

China’s Nigerian Pop Star

The Nigerian-born performer Emmanuel Uwechue, a k a Hao Ge, has risen to stardom singing in Mandarin Chinese. The New York Times.

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The Land Deals

Examine the 21st century’s land deals in African countries, and it’s mostly a collection of unequal “agreements” struck with wealthy nations and companies, busy securing land on which food will be produced.  The International Institute for Environment...

Friday, February 11th, 2011

‘Old and New Colonists in Zambia’

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Wole Soyinka has opinions

Wole Soyinka was arranged to be in “conversation” with Kopano Matlwa, the winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature at the very pink Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Outside, guests are ushered about by...

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

China Pays for Mugabe’s Birthday Bash

China threw a birthday bash for Life President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. The Washington Post