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Friday, January 24th, 2014

How to come out as an African (in the social media age)

In an interview with NPR, Binyavanga Wainaina (“I am a homosexual, mum”) explained to host Celeste Heedlee why he did not include the fact that he was gay in his 2011 memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place: he didn’t think “my language is ready or lyrical enough to start talking about – you know,

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Foreign correspondents and false notes

Two things I’ve learned about the popular press in the last few months: you don’t get to pick your own headline, and you don’t want anyone thinking that the inevitable picture of the guy with a machine...

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The Next James Bond

If you believe the rumours, sex appeal’s Idris Elba — half Sierra Leonean, half Ghanaian, fully a Londoner — will be the next James Bond, although Daniel Craig may clench and mumble his way through a couple...

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Tell NPR There Are Women in Botswana

National Public Radio featured a piece this morning entitled “Botswana’s ‘Stunning Achievement’ Against AIDS.” The article reported Botswana’s very high rate of HIV and, equally, its remarkably thorough and effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Here’s an...

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

A Cappella Slaves

Ever seen a poster for a touring boys’ choir from Zambia? The adverts show a collection of cute young boys, grinning from ear to ear. Just in case American audiences wouldn’t recognise that they are from Lion...