Earlier this month, I was invited to a tightly-packed, two-day conference on “Africanizing Technology” at Wesleyan University in Connecticut (a 40 odd minute car ride from New Haven). It was organized by a historian of West Africa on the Wesleyan faculty, Laura Ann Twagira The full program is here. The paper I gave eventually morphed into this talk I gave two weeks later at the London School of Economics. Hopefully the rest of the papers make it to larger audiences outside the academy. Meanwhile, you’ll have to do with these images of the conference by Solen Feyissa, a PhD student in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota.
The life of Lumumba advisor, Andree Blouin, offers lessons about the historically racialized and sexualized representations of women of color in politics.
Mukoma wa Ngugi’s opening remarks at the launch (today) of the 2020 Writers Unlimited International Literature Festival in The Hague.
The ongoing socio-political and economic crisis in Zimbabwe requires an unprecedented national dialogue for transition—a “coming together” that appears to be as challenging as the country’s history of struggle is long.
A resurgent conspiracy theory that Nelson Mandela died in 1985 reveals the growing hopelessness in South Africa that rampant inequality is irreversible.
A new film about Kony 2012 is a lesson in how not to fight simplification with more simplification.
Nigerians’ anger and frustration are deservedly directed to their government. But few point to the special breed of Nigerians: the “Crazy Rich Nigerians.”
We are not just marking the end of 2019, but also the end of a momentous, if frustrating decade for building a more humane, caring future for Africans.
Masauko Chipembere’s first solo album is a remarkable achievement and a timely musical reminder of the circular nature of pan-Africanist consciousness.
The use of Evangelical Christianity to oppose progressive policies on sexuality education in schools is another example of Ghana’s march to the right.
Is western media’s mostly individualized focus on the Ugandan opposition figure Bobi Wine helpful to his movement?
The Chimurenga arts collective explores the relevance of FESTAC, a near forgotten, epic black arts festival held in Nigeria in the mid-1970s, for our age.
Evan Mawarire became a leader against Mugabe and ZANU-PF’s oppression in Zimbabwe, but at what personal cost?
Centering African voices in a discussion so often dominated by non-African observers.
Among the many legacies of Teju Olaniyan’s teaching and writing would be a project to not only speak in the ideological name of Africa, but to redistribute the power of speaking in that name.
A response to the latest United Nations report on Zimbabwe’s food emergency.
South Africa introduces a new law which allows traditional leaders along with third parties to decide for communities, without their consent.
Turok, who died at 92, was committed to fighting for the ideals of the left in South Africa. It is worth reviewing what his contribution to these ideals were in the final chapter of his life.
Nthikeng Mohlele’s novel Small Things (2013) provides a rejoinder to J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999), depicting a black man’s perspective on the failures of South Africa’s transition.
Filmmaker Akin Omotoso shows the Lagos that pushes the sane to insanity, the meek to thuggery and the lawful to anarchy.
A review of one of the few books to come out of the continent about photography and the majority of contributors are African.