The Celebrity Scramble for Africa

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

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