While we would like to go full steam year round, the fact that we have day jobs (for example, I work as a professor), means we have to take a break from the site every summer. To recharge our batteries. Officially we went on break Friday, July 16th (we set up you up with a Sierra Leone-connected mix). However, in honor of one of our patron saints, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (not the Hollywood version, but the more radical, contradictory Mandela) whose birthday it is today (he would have been 98 years old), we’re making the break official. Don’t worry, we’ll cook up some stuff for the fall and we’ll be back on September 1. In the meantime, you can go potter around the website and catch up on our archive. If you have really bad withdrawal symptoms, check in occasionally at our social media media (Facebook here, here and here, Instagram and Twitter here, here and here). See you in the Fall.
In Nairobi, skateboarding provides an alternative space where consumption is not a prerequisite for entry.
In 1987, a band led by a group of South African Jewish brothers released a song against apartheid repression. Today, its lyrics speak to conditions in Palestine as well.
The African Five-a side podcast continues to explore the stories of five African heads of state and their influence on football. This week, we introduce our striker.
A new film about American civil rights icon Bayard Rustin overlooks his later conservative turn, evident in his attitudes to anticolonial resistance in Africa.
It is often imagined that world opinion was always united in its opposition to apartheid in South Africa—it wasn’t. Today, global indifference to Palestine is changing too.
Choosing to focus on denouncing Palestinian violence is akin to asking them to passively accept their fate—to die quietly and not resist.
What does Javier Milei’s presidential victory mean for Argentina’s black and indigenous minorities?
Kenya is one of Israel’s closest allies in Africa. But the Ruto-led government isn’t alone in silencing pro-Palestinian speech.
The marketization of climate action, epitomized by Kenyan president William Ruto, allows the super-rich to buy their safety while the rest of us are left behind.
Africa’s largest arms trader is trying to obscure its ties with apartheid Israel, and its connections to other autocratic regimes.
This week on the African Five-a-side podcast, we take a look at the kick off of the African qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Although the South African government is one of the most vocal supporters of the Palestinian cause, its actions tell a different story.
As the slaughter continues unabated in Gaza, it is abundantly clear that both the present and history are often written by the victors.
Environmental protection is deeply-held practice in African spirituality. What happens when it is re-shaped by Christianity and capitalism?
How an experimental periodical led by an individual editor thrived in Nasserist Cairo even though it never joined the canon of revolutionary print.
Something’s different about the reaction to South Africa’s victory at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, its fourth title.
Up next in the African Five-a-side podcast, we name our central defender, and explain how Ghana’s first president boycotted the 1966 FIFA World Cup and won two Afcons.
One bandleader’s quest to keep Afrobeat political in Latin America.
Young people have become an influential demographic in Nigerian politics. But are they a coherent political constituency?
How Guinea’s former president, Moussa Dadis Camara, nearly broke out of prison.