A record Congo doesn’t want and other Weekend Specials

More Congolese are displaced from their homes than Iraqis, Yemenis, or Rohingyas. according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

MayaAngelou, Frank Robertson and Alice Windom, welcomes Malcolm X to Accra in the early 1960s.

The past few month have not been good for longtime African leaders who have been forced to step down, from Robert Mugabe to Hailemariam Desalegn [qualification: in the latter’s case, he is a representative of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, in control of Ethiopia’s government since 1995, but you get the picture]. An upcoming slew of elections in the first half of the year could prove problematic for many more. In Sierra Leone, for one, a new party — The National Grand Coalition — could bring down the hegemony of the Sierra Leone People’s Party, and All Peoples Congress, both of who have have essentially held power exclusively since independence. This election, surely, might become a true test for the strength of the political institutions.

Further north, the “international community” is determined to hold elections in Libya. Sometime in 2018. But in whose interest?

Across the Mediterranean, African migrants, and immigration, are having an outsized impact on the Italian elections.

Speaking of Italy, an anthropologist looks at the economic incentives behind migration of women who end up doing sex work. And how the focus must change in the narrative, if there is to be any success.

This week marked the 133rd anniversary of the Berlin Conference. From the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon to conversations around the Single African Air Transport Market, we find ourselves still coming up against those Berlin Walls erected on the continent then.

Two former US ambassadors to Kenya call for American intervention in Kenya.

“Today, more Congolese are displaced from their homes than Iraqis, Yemenis, or Rohingyas,” and as has been the case historically, external interference continues to destabilize it.

A decade after assault and attacks from the Lords Resistance Army, Ugandan women still carry the burden of trauma.

What Maya Angelou’s time in Egypt says about the Arab-Black solidarity in the 50s and 60s.

And yes; Black Panther is a little anti-Muslim.

Further Reading

Laundering Isabel dos Santos

“African corruption” is only African as regards its victims. Its perpetrators are institutions and individuals from across the globe who are willing to loot without conscience as they watch their offshore accounts grow.

Fela enshrined

Fela Kuti’s friend, Carlos Moore, the black Cuban emigre writer, is the subject of a film about their at times difficult relationship. The result is complex.

On Safari

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.

Time travelin’

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.