The island nation's celebrated political system was never a gift bestowed, but seized through sheer agency and hard-fought autonomy.
The late Mbiti is praised for indigenizing Christianity. However, his veneration of "African" tradition also served as theological justification for authoritarian rule.
The film BACK UP! and important conversations about state violence, racism, global imperialism, and, crucially, the internal workings of social movements.
A reflection—by one of the curators—on a Swiss-South African art project exploring eviction and extraction.
In the wake of yet another Ngugi wa Thiong’o snub by the Nobel Committee, we are at a loss. Perhaps a reconsideration of the author’s body of work can provide insight.
The statistics and scenes of violence against black immigrants in South Africa are horrible. A young Cameroonian student in South Africa writes about what it is like to live under such insecurity.
The passing of American economist Ann Seidman has again spotlighted the impacts of committed scholarship on Africa.
The pop star turned Member of Parliament, Bobi Wine, is only the latest in a long line of music-as-politics in Uganda.
Exile and memory from East Africa to the United Kingdom and back again.
The Nigerian-American writer, Tope Folarin, wrestles with blackness and black immigrant identity in his new novel.
Bush Radio, "The Mother of Community Radio in Africa," is in financial trouble. Give them all your money.
How socialist Cuba's foreign policy of solidarity with Africans, midwifed a new genre of music on the island.
Ajami is the centuries-old practice in West Africa of writing other languages using the modified Arabic script. It is also more widely dispersed than we give it credit for.
Black Women’s poetry has been largely ignored or denigrated in the world of South African letters. They have to do it on their own.
The gendered nature of witchcraft accusations, especially against women who deviate from social norms, in Ghana and across Africa.
As a new book shows, C.L.R. James' The Black Jacobins had an impact far beyond the Caribbean. In places like Apartheid South Africa.
The writer, a "Global" Somali traveler, reflects on borders, airports, and belonging.
Sudanese director, Hajooj Kuka's first feature film is an extremely important perspective on the contours of masculinity and the contradictions of war.
A personal reflection, by the daughter of a fighter in Zimbabwe's Second Chiumurenga, on the death of President Robert Mugabe.
It's easier to find African restaurants in New York City than it is in Cape Town, and culinary schools on the continent aren't helping.