Green plants have red, hot sex. With all their reproductive ploys, it’s as if they are gently mocking humans and our lack of imagination. Or are they just telling us to up our game?
Gambia has passed a bill that allows some homosexual acts to be punished with life imprisonment, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country led by one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders
Binyavanga Wainaina, the controversial and witty Kenyan writer, was in Nigeria for another instalment of Farafina’s creative writing workshop. He spoke with TIA’s Chiagozie Nwonwu about the richness of African fiction today, the Caine Prize, politics and more.
The stink over director Brett Bailey’s theatre production, “Exhibit B”, in which black performers exhibit themselves, and the social media storm it has set off, has almost as much to teach us as the show itself.
In the good old days there were no unemployed graduates, and poetry was a sacred office. No one painted a leader in a loinskin with his member dangling, although technically you could assassinate the king with a rock. As for culture…
Having a degree is often seen as the most important thing you can do to get a “good job”. But with so many unable to access higher education and some getting postgrad degrees only to work as night guards, maybe it’s time to rethink the emphasis on degrees.
To spectators, Tanzania’s preference for Swahili over English may seem like a sign of liberation from colonial influence. But is that how we feel? In the era of globalisation, is Swahili crucial to our identity or does it isolate us from the rest of the world?
Are African women between a rock and a hard place when it comes to feminism and bodily adornment? One African female writer explores what it means to be fierce, fly AND feminist.