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.
Thomas Mapfumo, Zimbabwe’s 69-year old chimurenga music star, performed in Cape Town last Friday night, but besides a small segment of the city’s Zimbabwean diaspora hardly anybody knew about it.
Music as a form of political and social protest was common in South Africa throughout the apartheid years, but as we mark our 20th Anniversary of Freedom and Democracy, pop music seems preoccupied by everything but politics. Conventional success too distracting?
Wife-swapping among Namibia’s nomadic tribes has been practised for generations, but a legislator’s call to enshrine it in law has stirred debate about women’s rights and tradition in modern society
“Foreign Gods, Inc.” tells a refreshingly human and relatable story of a Nigerian immigrant desperately trying to keep his head above water. It’s a portrait of an otherwise decent, but flawed man who does the wrong thing, and there’s a bit of him in us all.
Something is terribly wrong when a Nigerian girl like myself grows up craving white Barbie dolls. Girls all over Africa crave the same today, and this far from harmless. Fortunately Nigerians are starting to produce dolls that look like us.
It’s not every day that you hear a 31 year-old Kenyan woman’s name in the US’s mainstream hip hop airwaves – let alone from a rapper like Jay-Z. Lupita Nyong’o, the award-winning actress, accomplished this feat in a new track […]
Lupita Nyong’o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Chimamanda Adichie don’t resemble images of Africans that Americans are used to seeing. The cumulative effect of more such stars will adjust stereotypes and leave permanent change.