Another month, another special Africa issue. This one is by French weekly newspaper Courrier International (part of Le Monde group), edited by Isabelle Lauze and Ousmane Ndiaye. Many of the articles have appeared elsewhere but are published here for the first time in French. Features and profiles include those on Congolese photographer Kiripi Katembo, Angola’s “indignados”, Senegalese collective Y’en A Marre, Nigerian Nollywood, Ghanaian journo Anas Aremeyaw Anas, Ethiopian entrepreneur Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, a very short introduction to Francophone Hip-Hop, etc. Full table of contents here. The cover photo is lifted from Omar Victor Diop’s 2012 series “The Studio of Vanities”. It’s not clear why they decided to focus only on Sub-Saharan Africa. That said, they’ve used excellent sources.
Zimbabwe’s national football was under black control decades before independence—but the colonial legacy of racial segregation still haunts.
One major historical function of the police in South Africa remains: to manage the poor.
Adam Sandler’s film Uncut Gems, Black American identity politics, and the narrative appeal of Ethiopian beginnings.
A new documentary film tells a tale of everyday class, religious, and educational contestations around land in Kenya.
How Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters drive political conversations in South Africa.
Recent restrictions on refugees—and the limited protests against them—reflect the degree to which many South Africans see “xenophobia” as legitimate hate.
Authoritarianism, oligarchy, and patriarchy governs the Cameroonian political landscape.
Rémanences autoritaire, oligarchique et mâlecentrée de l’espace politique camerounais.
In South Africa, the political class use foreign nationals as scapegoats to obfuscate their role in reproducing inequality. But immigrants are part of the excluded.
Remembering Marcelino dos Santos, founder of Frelimo and the former Vice President of the People’s Republic of Mozambique.
What might the fascination in displaying and seeing the body of “the criminal” tell us about South Africa today?
The writer, a historian, on scholarly texts, novels, and memoirs that he consulted in writing a political biography of US congressman Mickey Leland and his solidarity politics in Africa.
Revisiting the events that led to the tragic death of Dag Hammarskjöld, a key UN official in the decolonization of Africa during the Cold War.
COSATU, South Africa’s largest trade union federation, has a plan to simultaneously tackle climate change and unemployment.
Are plans for ‘reform’ of West African currency, fueled by anticolonial sentiment, merely ‘rebranding’ the status quo?
Because he wants to shock his audience, the influential French philosopher and TV personality doesn’t help us make sense of political violence in Nigeria.
Remembering Adelaide Tantsi Dube’s poem ‘Africa: My Native Land,’ first published in 1913, the same year the white government stripped black South Africans of their land.
The writer, a historian of capitalism, white supremacy, and US imperialism, on four books he has been reading.
The journal’s editor acknowledges that it has a long way to go before most Africa-based scholars recognize it as an especially African journal.
What alternative pathways are available towards accountable governance in Nigeria?