Mother Jones magazine has an interactive map up which divides up the African continent  by which celebrity claims which country.

The map was compiled by Dave Gilson, a senior editor at Mother Jones.

Some highlights: Clay Aiken claims Somalia, Sudan is a clash of egos (George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Mia Farrow and Dave Eggers), Angola belongs to Alyssa Milano and the late Lady Diana, Russell Simmons and Kim Kardasian (Botswana) and Matt Damon (Zimbabwe).

Oh, and according to Madonna’s publicist: “She’s focusing on Malawi. South Africa is Oprah’s territory.”

It also comes with a timeline tracing celebrity involvement in humanitarian causes since 1984 when Bob Geldof first got British pop artists together to perform a song for the starving Ethiopians.

Sean Jacobs

Further Reading

On Safari

We are not just marking the end of 2019, but also the end of a momentous, if frustrating decade for building a more humane, caring future for Africans.

Time travelin’

The Chimurenga arts collective explores the relevance of FESTAC, a near forgotten, epic black arts festival held in Nigeria in the mid-1970s, for our age.

Detritus of revolution

Nthikeng Mohlele’s novel Small Things (2013) provides a rejoinder to J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999), depicting a black man’s perspective on the failures of South Africa’s transition.