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Monday, October 6th, 2014

Kampala gets an Art Biennale

Billed erroneously in a local Ugandan newspaper as Africa’s first contemporary art biennale, the Kampala Art Biennale opened on 1 August showing mostly paintings of 45 artists from 13 African countries. Its main exhibition venues were the historical Uganda Museum, as well as the Makerere Art Gallery, and Nommo Gallery. The biennale capitalized on marketing itself

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

#BringBackOurGirls: What took the world so long?

Like so many others I am glad to see more people around the world take up the issue of the school girls who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago from Chibok in the north east region...

Friday, April 25th, 2014

News from Nigeria

I told my son that he would get his first sense of things as soon as we boarded the flight. Planes bound for Lagos, I told him, were filled with black people and not just in economy...

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Ghanaian preachers say the darndest things

Ghanaian preachers are attracting international press for peculiar reasons. It is not uncommon the world over for religious figures to wade in on political issues and find themselves considered as a respected authority on a given matter....

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Africa has always been more Queer than generally acknowledged

Homosexuality is also often depicted as an import from the deviant West. But the African Continent has always been more queer than generally acknowledged; it has always rainbow-hazed into such a range of sexualities that it is...

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The other news from Uganda this week

Here’s the `other’ news from Uganda this week. Dateline: Kampala: “Police have warned the public against undressing women whom they perceive to be indecently dressed, saying the Anti-Pornography law is not operational yet.” Yet.

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A Visitor’s Guide to India

Last weekend in Khirki Village, Delhi, a late-night mob led by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti went looking for "some Nigerians or Ugandans." They pulled four young African women out...

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The #BullshitFiles: An Open Letter to the New Yorker

Following the publication of Elizabeth Rubin’s profile of Shannon Sedgwick Davis (“How a Texas Philanthropist Helped Fund the Hunt for Joseph Kony”, posted October 21, 2013), readers have raised concerns about the New Yorker’s fact-checking process, as...

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Homophobia from Kansas to Kampala

A few years ago, the documentary film Darwin’s Nightmare, told the chilling story of the social and environmental destruction wrought in Central Africa as cargo planes from Europe delivered load after load of arms to the region,...

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Israel’s Uganda Plan

Last month we blogged about the revelation that a number of African countries (dubbed “third countries”) are on the verge of signing an agreement with Israel to absorb African asylum seekers currently in Israel. These asylum seekers...

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

We need to talk about Jeremy Clarkson

In the spirit of recent posts on AIAC about reality TV shows in Germany and Italy which use Africa as background to national television’s asinine imagination, I’d like to step back a few months and check out...

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Can African Heads of State Speak?

These days, well-behaved African heads of state are rewarded by Barack Obama with the chance to meet with him in groups of four and have their picture taken with him. It’s like meeting Beyonce, but you get...

Monday, February 25th, 2013

My Favorite Photographs N°13: Edward Echwalu

“To select FIVE images in a career of about 7 years is not easy,” Ugandan photographer Edward Echwalu writes in his email. “It was probably the most challenging editorial decision I have ever come across.” I took...

Friday, December 28th, 2012

10 Contested Images of 2012

Remember that little video campaign called #Kony2012? Yeah, we wish we could forget too. Few videos have reached the magnitude of pestilence that the non-profit Invisible Children’s video achieved this year. By transforming a complex regional crisis...

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

#Kony2005

I didn’t pay much mind to the #Kony2012 kerfuffle when it first surfaced back in March. I couldn’t be bothered to watch the film and was a bit blasé about the re-emergence (as it seemed to me)...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

10 things we learned from the African Cup of Nations qualifiers

1. This high-stakes knockout format might not be so bad after all. Qualifying groups are long, turgid affairs, especially the European ones, international football’s equivalent of the snoozetastic-but-moneyspinning Champions League group stages. Knockout football puts the big...

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Acoustic Guitar Break

We thought it would be nice to compile a Bonus Music Break centered on acoustic guitar music. First up is Toronto-based Ghanaian Kae Sun with “Lion on a Leash”:

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Uganda, now you have touched the women

In October 2011, the Ugandan government sent Ingrid Turinawe to the infamous Luzira Prison--Uganda’s Guantánamo--for the treasonable act of walking to work. This week, the State, again, attacked Turinawe and other women activists for the “crime” of...

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Friday Bonus Music Break, N°4

Five for the weekend. I haven’t done this in a while. First up Philadelphians Chill Moody (rapper) and Cody Kahmar with the music video for “My Eyes”:

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

#Kony2012 the musical

We want to step off #Kony2012 (we promise to lay off them by this weekend), but we could not let this one pass. We know that Jason wants a career in musical theater. The writers of British...

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The Invisible Christians of #Kony2012

In the last few days every journalist (or outraged blogger) covering #Kony2012 has been so busy reporting on what the bloggers have been saying and putting together salad after salad of African (and therefore authentic, true etc)...

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Now Soulja Boy takes on Joseph Kony

It has come to this. Musicians, especially rappers, had to wade in. Like everyone else who is now an expert on Uganda, they were quick to declare themselves on board with #Kony2012.* But some have taken it...

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The #Kony2012 show

The boy had lost his brother, and as he wept before Jason Russell’s camera, Jason Russell brushed back the loose strands of his magnificent blond coiffure (who will play him in the movie version?) and told the...

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Zarina Bhimji: “A photograph cannot give you concrete information”

Zarina Bhimji’s exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery is the first major survey of her work, documenting 25 years of her artistic practice.

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

2011: The Year of the Woman

It was a great year, maybe one of the best ever, for direct action in-the-streets in-your-face pro-democracy movements, and they were largely pushed and pulled by women. Starting with Tunisia, food uprisings spread quickly to Egypt, Algeria,...

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

The health news that made the headlines

In November came the news that the Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria was in a financial crisis, because of declining donor commitments and failure by donors to honor existing commitments. The Fund’s board cancelled...

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

‘Why is the US sending its troops to finish off a fractured band of bush fighters in the middle of Africa?’

President Barack Obama’s decision to send 100 armed “special forces” to the Central African Republic to flush out Joseph Kony’s 400 odd fighters (link to the announcement) has elicited the range of predictable responses. John Pilger deplored...

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Uganda’s Guantánamo

By Dan Moshenberg Last week Ingrid Turinawe, the leader of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Women’s League, in Uganda, was sent to the infamous Luzira Prison. Everywhere one looks, there are “infamous” prisons. For the United States,...

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Music Break / Sylvester & Ssavoo

The video for Kampala rappers Sylvester & Ssavoo’s “Akaseera” comes with a laid back groove. I am still celebrating Ugandan independence. Via Silkamb.

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Independence Day in Uganda

Today’s Ugandan Independence Day. Over to the very popular Radio and Weasel and “Toko Toko” (Talk And Talk). Sample lyric: “They can do thee talk / But I will do thee walk.” Not sure if they’re talking...

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