Oba of Benin Omonoba Erediauwa has received two bronze works of art looted by British soldiers when they ransacked the city in 1897 in what was the most brutal massacre of the colonial era
“In Jesus name, please tell her to go back home and change”, he said, to which I replied, “In Jesus name, please allow me to listen to the sermon”. If I can wear trousers in the Vatican, why not in certain Nigerian churches?
Nigerian seventies highlife legend Victor Uwaifo just released a new song and video which should reintroduce him to a new generation of afrobeats fans. The transition from his brand of highlife to the sound of Nigeria today isn’t very smooth though, as Uwaifo traded his guitar for a techno-inspired keyboard riff.
A radical interpretation of Verdi’s Macbeth is relocated to the Eastern Congo and sheds light on a war-torn village.
Judging by the trailer of the new Adam Sandler movie “Blended”, Hollywood is still very much in the business of stereotyping Africa and Africans. Well, two can play at that game. Moonshine is the drink of choice in America, isn’t it?
The 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art kicked off in Dakar last week, and one of the participating artists is Ezra Wube from Ethiopia. Ezra lives in America, and talks to TIA about the labels that confine African artists abroad.
African photography is on the rise. Following decades of photographic misrepresentation by observers from outside the continent, African photographers are now showing the world what they see through their lens. TIA spotlights them in a fortnightly series.
As South Africans go to the polls, “Miners Shot Down”, a new film about the Marikana mine massacre (in which 112 miners were shot by police and 34 died), is screening around South Africa. The timing couldn’t be worse for the ANC.