AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Neelika Jayawardane

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Thursday, February 9th, 2012

“Mr Kristof, I Presume.”

Two Africa is a Country contributors–Neelika Jayawardane and Kathryn Mathers–have pieces in the latest issue of Transition, the Harvard creative writing magazine. The theme of the issue is “Blending Borders.” Neelika’s article “Everyone’s got their Indian,” (you need a subscription) is on racial politics in postapartheid South Africa. Though she’s been meaning to write about

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Even the Elephants Fled to Kenya

Josephine Ablang, the very young Minister of Finance, Trade, and Industry from Eastern Equatoria State in South Sudan, and Zeinab Yassim, Special Advisor to the Governor of Eastern Equatoria on Gender and Human Rights Issues, are in...

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

T.I.A. (at Victoria’s Secret)

Hmmm. Afro-Maori fantasy? With Brazillian wax. (Oh, if you missed out T.I.A. stands for This is Africa)–Neelika Jayarwadane Source.

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

T.I.A: Soldiers for the Motherland

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Kanye West’s Nigerian Inspiration

Neelika Jayawardane Looks like Kanye’s decision to enlisted the expertise of choreographer Yemi Akinyemi to mobilise the sinews in his 35-minute film, Runaway, will position this surreal fantasy with the best of Nollywood and Noir. The black swan dance –...

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Mandela in the Cross Hairs

By Neelika Jayawardane A lesser man may relish, cultivate, and aid the construction of living icon-hood (see Out of Africa Redux). But in Conversations with Myself, the “sequel” to Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela reveals “anxiety about...

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Going to see David Goldblatt’s photographs on the Upper East Side

When you take the 6-train north, and get off on 96th and Lexington, the tributaries of late summer green on Park and Madison Avenues lead you towards Central Park. Two blocks east of the station, and the...

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The ‘Touareg’ Show

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

The Security Guard

To call Jane Alexander’s “Yield”, a montage of her sculptures from 1997-2000, is to reduce the power of her work. The sculptures, arranged in one of the inner rooms of Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town (South...

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Cheryl Koralik’s Heat of Darkness

Cheryl Koralik’s images of Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso are a panoply of black and white – containing a beauty that is hard not to find deeply alluring. “Masques,” Koralik’s series of twelve images from Francophone...