It’s been a long time coming. The case that was opened in 2007 by Bienvenu Mbutu Mondono against the publishers of Hergé’s ‘Tintin in the Congo’ (published in some languages as ‘Tintin in Africa’) finally got its hearing at the Brussels court yesterday. “The problem is not Hergé’s,” Mondono’s lawyer told the press. “The problem is the commercialisation of a comic manifestly spreading ideas that are based on racial superiority.” The publisher’s lawyer warned a ban would be like opening Pandora’s Box. “What with the anti-Semitic passages in Dickens’s work? Mark Twain? The Bible?” It’s unlikely the judge will forbid the future publishing of the comic outright. Settling for a warning (like the English editions carry these days) sounds more probable. After being postponed several times, the case should come to a close later this year. That’s when Spielberg’s Hollywood version of Tintin will hit the theatres here. Timing is everything.
Until African officials stop lining their pockets with money that could be spent identifying and developing the best young talent the continent has to offer, dreams of an African nation winning the World Cup will remain elusive.
The Senegalese football jersey is a powerful symbol of nationhood and independence.
Football in Senegal is magic. That the team has qualified for their second World Cup, heightens the joy.
How do you tell a different story of Indians in South Africa, one that shatters long-held and reproduced stereotypes?
20 years after English and Tunisian football fans clashed in the streets of Marseille, their teams again meet in their opening match up.
A remembrance for Father’s Day.
One Ghanaian football fan wrestles with which teams to support in this year’s World Cup after the Black Stars failed to qualify.
A Canadian immigrant father’s Egyptian football nationalism, and reflections on World Cup fever from Cairo.
Reliving the epic quarterfinal match between France and Brazil at Mexico ’86.
We are exploring the culture and history of the World Cup for the next month while the tournament goes on.
It is worth revisiting the context for the mass killings, how historians have studied it since and casting a revisionist eye.
What will the renewed land debate in South Africa mean for the border woes of neighbors such as Lesotho?
Paul Biya’s inability to address the crisis in the country’s Anglophone region is pushing the nation to the brink.
South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks, gets a black captain for the first time in its history–24 years after the end of Apartheid.
Has migration policy reckoned with epidemics like Ebola?
A reflection on police brutality in Nigeria on the anniversary of the death of the ‘Apo Six.’
A group of esteemed Nigerian thinkers come together and chat about rapper Falz’s take on the viral “This Is…” video meme.
Why has Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video resonated with so many people around the world?
In INTL BLK episode 5, deejays Chief Boima and Francesca Harding take a look at race and cultural difference in Latin America through the lens of trap music.
While entertaining, the showy presidential campaign of Zimbabwe’s opposition may not amount to much on July 30th.