France has returned to Senegal for a period of five years a sword which belonged to 19th Century Islamic and anti-colonial leader Omar Saidou Tall. Senegal’s President Macky Sall said this restitution of the sword, a “symbol of the resistance of a great scholar” “opens a new era”.
Art, outreach and fieldwork can help reframe Britain’s imperial past, by re-humanising the people subjected to anthropological ‘colonial science’.
When the University of Cape Town discovered skeletons in its archive that had been unethically obtained and used, they set about restoring justice to the bones and the community they came from.
The springbok emblem was introduced under white rule in South Africa and by retaining it, it remains a burden for many South Africans who followed the Rugby World Cup.
Ethiopia’s 40-acre Imperial Palace compound that has housed the country’s leaders and the troops for over a century has remained shrouded from the public since its establishment in 1887 by Emperor Menelik II. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has however finally opened a portion of the compound to the public as a symbol of coming together and boost tourism.
The second project from The Artists Xchange, ‘Floating and Flying’ features a collaboration among Kenyan artists Margy Modo from Karamoja, Elizabeth Korikel from Turkana and Chebet Mutai from Nairobi. The project focuses and highlights the historically marginalised Ateker region.
Today we commemorate the death of an African Reggae legend #LuckyDube who was shot and killed during a hijack in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007. We pay tribute to this African Raggae music icon, and give you our selection of arguably Dube’s five best songs.
Today the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced. For many Africans, year after year, they have held out hope, that an illustrious son of the soil, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o would bring the prize home. Will this year be any different?
Nigerian artist Babajide Olatunji’s latest masterpiece Efunsetan Aniwura: Iyalode of Ibadan is currently exhibited at the Contemporary African Art Fair at the Somerset House. Who was Efunsetan Aniwura and why is she prominent in Yoruba history?