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Monday, May 26th, 2014

The complicated politics of conversion in Northern Nigeria

In Boko Haram’s video released earlier this month, a member of the group (presumed to be Abubakar Shekau, the group’s leader and spokesperson) claimed that the kidnapped girls in northeastern Nigeria, many of them born to Christian families, have been “liberated” by conversion to Islam. Predictably, Christian media outlets in the United States and “anti-jihadi”

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

On the ‘white man’ comment by Israel’s Interior Minister

A muted response in the blogosphere persuaded me to write about Israeli interior minister Eli Yishai’s now not-so-recent remark, which I’ve come to think of as ‘the “white man” comment’. If you missed it, in June 2012...

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The Wisdom of Nawal el Saadawi

Earlier today on Twitter I summarized 80 year-old Egyptian feminist activist and writer Nawal el Saadawi’s comments in an interview published in the weekend edition of The Financial Times.  The parts I did not tweet is about...

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Really FOKN Crazy

The Ghanian Hip Hop pranksters FOKN Bois (who are deliberately setting out to prove that Ghanaian music is more than highlife, hiplife or azonto) are back with perhaps their craziest project yet. In celebration of yesterday’s day of...

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Nigeria’s Prophet

By now you’ve probably watched the (British) Channel 4 TV documentary film about Nigeria’s millionaire preachers–the fake healing, buckets full of money, police escorts, mall openings as well as flash. This all against a background of grinding...

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love

On the “sponsored” section of my Facebook wall, an Amazon advert for a “stunning book for those who love Africa, travel or prayer. “… ‘Like Breath & Water’ inspires with stories of tears and hopes across Africa.”...

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

The World of Tyler Perry

Whatever The New Yorker’s rationale for commissioning a piece on Tyler Perry, the “critic-proof” producer and director of black popular theater and television (he is a darling of the mainstream), but it is good take on the...

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

A presenter on a Christian TV show in Nigeria gets prank-called. First by someone pretending to be the Fresh Prince of Bel Air who is now saved and then by a Star Wars fan (“My inspiration in...