In the midst of so much global upheavals, it is good to know one can always count on religious and financial leaders to remind us of who the “good guys” are not. A recent Russian bruhaha over whether Russian Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Kirill I, wore a $30,000 Breguet timepiece (watch) or not is causing an internet stir. For good reasons too. This is a story of a national religious institution and its leader lying publicly repeatedly and being incompetent enough to cover their tracks. If he was a US politician, he would be resigning now. It is sad and frustrating when an institution that claims to be a moral compass of a country often displays lavish wealth and power, dishonestly, when a majority of its congregation is suffering under economic repression. One wishes there had been the same viral passion by Nigerians when one of their wealthy mega-Pastors claimed to be starting his own airline, in addition to the four private jets he owns and allegedly barely uses. Jesus Inc. is a thriving and good business in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Might it be time to start forcing these corporations and their CEOs to start sharing their wealth with their congregants (did I just hear someone say “taxes”?)? It is a pity that those with the power to best do this might be major shareholders in Jesus Inc.
I had told many half-truths before, but those little lies were cute compared to this, the first time I told a big lie.
The Jacob Zuma years were especially damaging for re-introducing South Africans to political leaders who did not fear shame.
Today marks ten years since Aimé Césaire’s death. What would he have thought about the state of the former French colonies today?
Engaging seriously with Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s life could help us understand how South Africa got where it is and where it’s going.
The Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar aims to show that music is much more than a collection of tunes.
The murder of Abu Asvat has clouded Winnie Mandela’s legacy. Their deep friendship symbolized what could have been in the struggle for freedom.
Striving to be both European and black requires some specific forms of double consciousness — Paul Gilroy in The Black Atlantic.
What use are academic categories when they reinforce conservative concepts scholars seek to challenge?
Does Julius Malema’s EFF in South Africa do better by its local party machinery–especially its women officials–than the ANC
Uber’s usual tricks — to provoke price wars in an attempt to increase their share of markets, evade taxes, and undermine workers’ rights — are alive and well in Africa.
How black women shaped black nationalist and internationalist movements in the twentieth century US.
Land reform dominates public debate in South Africa. But it comes with a lack of data and a clear policy.
It is key that peacemaking in the CAR prioritize inclusion of minorities, especially Muslim and Peuhl Central Africans.
New York’s Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diaspora Institute seeks to “document and present the creative genius of African Diaspora cultures.”
When rain falls on a leopard, it does not wash off his spots. The same can’t be said of Kenya’s media and the opposition after Uhuru Kenyatta’s crackdown.
Social media group-think derails any chance for a progressive political movement.
30 years ago, free speech advocates were more willing to tolerate far-right voices than oppose them. It’s now happening again.
Is the US military on its way to Ghana to set up base? What do Ghanaians think.
Living in the city that hosted the 1884 conference where Western powers divided up Africa for themselves