AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Laurent Gbagbo

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Tiken Jah Fakoly’s identity politics

A few days ago, Al Jazeera English channel screened (and then put online) a 30 minute documentary, "The Power of Song," on the Ivorian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly. Made by a Canadian production company, the film was billed by Al Jazeera as following Fakoly on a visit to two village schools in Côte d'Ivoire that he...

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Things will get better

Magic Systeme and Tiken Jah Fakoly tells their fellow Ivorians “Ca va aller.”

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Orientalism in Sub-Saharan Africa

James North: Orientalism takes a different form in sub-Saharan Africa.  There, Orientalists do not emphasize the “Islamic” angle quite as much, although they do sometimes suggest that a “fault line” running across the Sahel, with an expansive “Islam”...

Monday, April 11th, 2011

‘In the end, just a guy in a bad Hawaiian shirt without a clue’

That’s how Alexis Okeowo (on Twitter) sums up the end of the four-month stand-off against democracy by Cote d’Ivoire’s former Life President, Laurent Gbagbo. The New York Times has the details and the photograph above on the...

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Patriotism, Ivorian Style

Away from Al Jazeera English, Twitter, Facebook and CNN’s cameras and his country’s media muzzled and harassed, Cote d’Ivoire’s life president and xenophobe, Laurent Gbagbo, uses the army (this is crucial support; about 60,000 men) and armed...

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Who Cares About Elections?

In Cote d’Ivoire, President Laurent Gbagbo’s gamble to hold elections did not work out as planned.  You guessed it he was supposed to win easily. After all it’s his (and his party’s) government and it is his...

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...