AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Ebola in Perspective: The role of popular music in crisis situations in West Africa

Cultural Anthropology published a series of articles last week called “Ebola in Perspective,” curated by two experts on crisis in the Mano River region, Danny Hoffman and Mary Moran. The Hot Spots series is an attempt by the journal to provide deeper insight into international crises making headlines today. I contributed my own entry looking at the role

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Aristide Zolberg and African Studies

In a 2010 interview, Aristide Zolberg—the pioneer Africanist political scientist who died on April 12 at the age of 81—described his early interest in the politics of a continent in the first throes of independence: “India was...

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Requiem for Les Éléphants d’Or: a playlist for Côte d’Ivoire’s golden generation

Defeat to Stephen Keshi’s forceful young Super Eagles in the quarter finals turned the dreams of Ivorians to ashes, and everywhere high-flown tributes are being read out to the golden generation of Ivorian footballers who never quite...

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

How the Super Eagles out-thought Côte d’Ivoire

By Cheta Nwanze* Una see dat ball? Humble pie is a very interesting confectionery. It is something that most people take very reluctantly, and tend to take in very small doses. With that in mind, you, dear reader,...

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Why do African countries hire non-African football coaches so much?

It seemed strange when in the run-up to Afcon 2013, Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi forcefully criticised African football associations for their preference for white coaches. That when Zambia, until this week the great success story of African...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Afcon 2013 Preview: Drogba’s last chance of Nations Cup glory with Côte d’Ivoire

By John James* One day Côte d’Ivoire will lift the cup, said captain Didier Drogba, shortly after the team’s arrival in South Africa, though I may not be in the team to see it. Côte d’Ivoire are used...

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Didier Drogba, Truth Commissioner

It’s clear that truth and reconciliation commissions are half-successful attempts at inventing half-baked feelings of national identities (turning a blind eye to economic restoration in South Africa; with some self-interested pressure from above in Rwanda). So it...

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Independence Day: Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire celebrated their 51st year of independence from France yesterday. Music has played a role in national political identity throughout the country’s conflict. I’m sure that it will continue to play a role as the country...

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

‘Real African Music’

Thanks to HavePlentyMusic I saw that big time house producers experimenting with Kuduro for a few years, are perhaps finally ready for Coupe Decale (Click through to listen to the remix). Kind of full circle really, as...

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Golden Ball

Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) and Asamoah Gyan (Ghana) made this year’s shortlist for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Award. Of course Gyan won’t win the prize. Eto’o has a better chance as he won the Serie...

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Toxic Mess

As The Guardian reports today oil trader Trafigura has been fined €1 million for attempting to transport toxic waste to Ivory Coast in 2006. Trafigura had initially chartered the ship Probo Koala, used to transport hundreds of tonnes...

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Bono saves the World Cup

The New York Times has published another of rock star Bono’s stupid “op-eds.” This time some nonsense titled “Ten for the Next Ten.”  The last item on the list is the 2010 World Cup to held in...

Monday, October 5th, 2009

MISS NATURAL BEAUTY

Images from Miss Authentica, a beauty competition in Cote d’Ivoire that promotes “natural” beauty. Only women with “untreated skin” can enter. Skin bleachers which contain cancer are used by 75% of women in Cote d’Ivoire.

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Jesse Jackson and the Ivorian Crisis

Jesse Jackson, whose brand of black politics has been displaced momentarily with the emergence of Barack Obama, was in the news recently after he was crowned a prince in Cote d’Ivoire. Because the Agne had crown the...

Friday, August 28th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY: GANG CULTURE IN BRITAIN

The work of Adam Patterson who photographed young gang members in South London, some them the children of African immigrants.