Socrates Mbamalu

About the Author Socrates Mbamalu

Socrates Mbamalu was born in Nigeria and grew up in Kenya. His works have appeared in Waza Africa, Saraba Magazine, Deyu African, Kalahari Review, African Writer, Sankofa Mag, Jalada and adda. He is a 2016 Saraba Nonfiction Manuscript prize awardee. His Saraba nonfiction manuscript The Kenyan Boy is due for publication as an Ebook next year. He can be found on Twitter as @linsoc .


Nigerians strongly react to xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Foreign African nationals are facing xenophobic attacks again in South Africa. This repeated action which seems to always find Nigeria at the centre has caused more friction, both diplomatically and within the citizens of the two countries. Strong reactions have come from Nigeria where many South African businesses operate, with threats made against South African businesses based in Nigeria.


Cameroon: Anglophone activists charged with terrorism face death penalty

Two Cameroonian activists who lead the Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) face a precarious fate after they were arrested and charged with acts of terrorism, and group rebellion. The two activists, president of the CACSC, Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor-Balla, and its Secretary General, Dr. Fontem Aforteka’a Neba, face the death penalty if found guilty. The arrest has been widely condemned by Cameroonians and various rights groups, who are calling on the authorities to release the two.


Asamoah Gyan is found guilty of ‘unethical’ hair

A footballer’s hairstyle is probably the last thing you’d expect to be a source of controversy or news in football. The United Arab Emirates Football Association has been keen to enforce its laws on what it has called unethical hair, and a number of footballers face a ban over unethical hairstyles. Ghanaian footballer, Asamoah Gyan is among a list of 46 players found guilty of breaking the football association’s guidelines on hairstyles.