21 minutes read December 15, 2013 Mandela was the Last Founding Father in Africa’s Decolonization The death of Nelson Mandela has provoked an outpouring of mourning, celebration, and commentary around the world that is unprecedented for an African leader. Glowing tributes have gushed from world….. Read More 8 minutes read December 6, 2013 Three Myths about Mandela Worth Busting I sometimes feel Nelson Mandela is in need of rescuing, trapped in some pretty bizarre narratives that have nothing to do with his own story or politics. Full disclosure: I….. Read More 10 minutes read July 9, 2013 Nelson Mandela is around like never before If one believes media reports, Nelson Mandela is no longer with us. Yet, in more ways than one, he is. In the midst of the frenzy of soundbites and images….. Read More 7 minutes read April 16, 2011 Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa Relevant (and longish) excerpt from Anita Desai’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography, _Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India_; in The New York Review of Books; she….. Read More ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.