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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Football Referee of the Year

My knowledge of European club football doesn’t stretch much further beyond what gets posted here on Football is a Country and the odd link I come across on our Twitter feed (blame my wary interest on the historical underperformance of Belgian teams* and a time-consuming preference for all things music) so I was surprised to

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Do filmmakers still care for FESPACO?

FESPACO, or as it known as by its full name, the Festival of Pan African Cinema in Ouagadougou, opened its 23rd annual edition Sunday. The theme: “African Cinema and Public Policy in Africa.” Created in 1969, it...

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

When Bob Marley went to Africa

The public persona (and the politics) of Bob Marley, whose birthday it is today,* was heavily informed by his relationship with Africa (both symbolically and in a real sense). In director Kevin MacDonald’s critically acclaimed film, “Marley,”...

Monday, January 28th, 2013

My Favorite Photographs N°11: Jide Odukoya

Nigerian photographer Jide Odukoya’s portfolio offers an exceptional insight into the social fabric of Lagos. His Facebook page documents fashion events, open mic ‘happenings’ and weddings, while his official website reveals focused street photography series, such as...

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Is Hip-Hop artist Ismael Sankara related to Thomas Sankara? Does it matter?

There are many things in life that really don’t matter all that much, but are very intriguing. The line between a person’s privacy and how to inappropriately disturb it by sticking one’s nose where it’s not invited...

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The African Cup of Nations preview

The 28th edition of the African Cup of Nations kicks off in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea tomorrow. 16 teams–including the joint hosts who did not have to qualify–will play for 2 places in the final match scheduled...

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Slavery and ice cream at the Waterfront

Not today’s music break. No matter how big your star or fan-base is in Zimbabwe, Gabon or francophone Europe, if you intend to rap about slavery while eating an ice cream at Cape Town’s Waterfront, you’re making...

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Independence August

Since we’ll be on break for a minute (details tomorrow) when the following central African countries celebrate their independence days, let’s do a quick roundup for Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, and Gabon. August 13, The Central...

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Ali Bongo loves America

Ali Bongo, the new, very corrupt Life President of Gabon (as we know a favorite destination  of  Newsweek’s editors and Jay Z) was in Washington D.C. last week to meet the leader of the free world.  Bongo is...

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

‘Africa’s burgeoning middle class’

At least 313 million Africans–that’s one in three Africans–can be defined as middle class, according to the African Development Bank. If you earn between $2 and $20 a day , working in “salaried jobs or own small...

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Apparently revolutions are not good for tourism

That used to be mainstream opinion in white South Africa and is what Tina Brown and her editors think about. What drove Newsweek’s editors to commission and publish a feature–in the latest issue–on “Five Places to See...

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Dictators and Pop Stars

Yesterday pop star Nelly Furtado tweeted that she had performed privately for Gaddafi’s family, had earned US$1 million, but was feeling so bad that now she would donate the money she earned to “an undisclosed charity.” We...

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Music Break

“Après Tintin au Congo j’ai lu Sarkozy à Dakar / 50 minutes d’insultes… accusé à la barre / Blague à part, un fantasme d’il y a 400 ans / Une vision de l’Africain rappelant Tarzan.” A translation...

Monday, February 8th, 2010

French Africa

Stephen Smith, the former African editor of Le Monde, writes in the London Review of Books (a publication not known for its sober coverage of Africa) that “Francafrique”–the corrupt French-African alliance with its strongmen (like the life...