One of Uganda’s most popular musicians is in the news after being denied a UK travel visa following complaints from pro-gay rights groups that the artist incites hatred in his music. The latest saga potentially endangers the singer’s socially-conscious image.
The Ugandan Constitutional Court has ruled that the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed without the requisite parliamentary quorum and is therefore null and void. Ironically enough, beneficiaries of this decision include the most vitriolic critics of gay rights
The silent recolonisation of Africa is happening on a mass scale. To address this issue, the first Africa Conference on Land Grabs is set to take place in South Africa on 27–30 Oct. 2014. Land is the source of life and death, but it might not always be with us.
Next month in Norway a ‘human zoo’ will open, a re-enactment of the voyeurist exhibitions of Africans that took place during the colonial era. The organizers aim to spark discussions on the legacy of racism and colonialism, but have they overlooked the pain and humiliation this may bring to Africans worldwide, and the danger of the resurgence of racial stereotyping?
As long as African leaders only challenge the West in high-sounding speeches but do nothing tangible to protect true African sovereignty, they are worse than the West they are keen to vilify. Case in point, Uganda’s President Museveni.
African’s middle-class – along with a huge development industry – is setting the terms of the continent’s “development”, but the central idea seems to be ‘let’s turn Africa into Europe.’ A blistering critique by Caine Prize-awarded author Binyavanga Wainaina.