Ashley Kriel, murdered on 9 July 1987, embodied a kind of politics that people feel are missing from South African politics today: tireless commitment and sacrifice.
The parallels between COVID-19 and the 1910s in Kampala, when the colonial regime used a series of plagues to cut Ugandans out of the capital city.
How poor urban youth in Nairobi are criminalized by systemic violence that denies them jobs, justice, and freedoms.
The hashtag movement #WeAreTired highlights that rape is an epidemic in Nigeria, but nobody in power wants to tackle it.
As the South African ruling class wages a protracted war against the poor and working class, it grows comfortable with the idea that people have more or less accepted the status quo.
With a new book, Chimurenga resurrects Festac, the blackest and largest ever gathering of artists from Africa and its diaspora in 1977 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Lessons for Americans in the age of Black Lives Matter, from the Niger Delta’s long struggle for environmental justice.
The labor and political organizing of Somali immigrants in the US Midwest should inspire more Americans to join the broader movement for worker rights and racial equality.
Islam is interpreted to establish the dominance of men, and this male supremacy is at the root of all our problems.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s political war against his deputy president and supposed ally, William Ruto.
A new documentary about China’s colonization of Malawi reveals how one colonial hand opens the door for another.
On anniversary of the birthday of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of an independent Congo, we ask, “What iconography arose around him, and why is that iconography so diverse?”
Janet McIntosh’s fascinating book, Unsettled: Denial and Belonging Among White Kenyans, forces an interrogation of the past.
In honor of Pride month, we revisit the past which shows that many Africans were unapologetic about their sexuality and gender non-conformity.
During the Cold War, Khartoum was very successful in frustrating international solidarity, especially by other Africans, for South Sudan’s independence struggle.
The Nigerian scholar and poet, Harry Garuba, who died in February 2020, was a key figure in African Studies and teaching literature in South Africa.
The current global discourse on Black Lives Matter does not yet adequately include anti-black racism beyond how the West experiences it.
The destruction of Tarkwa Bay in Lagos and the battle over what makes a city and who belongs in it.
Livermon’s new book explores how South African kwaito artists, Lebo Mathosa and Mandoza, pushed against the boundaries of gender and performance in their music.
Government money, artistic freedom, and integrity in Kenya in the time of COVID-19.