Western journalists often write about Africa in absolute terms, offering reductionist narratives from which their readers form impressions of a continent they’ve never visited. I’m a western journalist and here’s what I learned from reporting in Soweto.
“Africa is not poor, it is poorly managed”, said Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2009. Equatorial Guinea, whose president has been in power for 35 years, is Africa’s wealthiest nation on a per-capita basis and yet one of the most unequal.
To many observers, Africans tend not to kiss in public because they’re prudes. Consequently, some Africans have bought the idea that kissing in public is a sign of civilized behaviour. Both are wrong.
African sports people have broken new ground in their different sporting codes worldwide. We see them shine at the Olympics, at football World Cups and in athletics, among others.
So we thought it would be apt for us to compile a list of 10 athletes who we like to call African Sport Legends
Malawi turned 50 years old recently, and as with any birthday celebration it was time to look at achievements in the past, if any, and also look forward to see what lies ahead. Some said there wasn’t much to celebrate while others took a more reflective tone. One such person was Malawian writer and academic Jimmy Kainja.
After heavy rains, we seldom take a second glance at the puddles of water that form on our roads. They’re usually an inconvenience, especially for pedestrians. Not for DR Congo-born painter and photographer Kiripi Katembo Siku…
Mandela lived in the service of others in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion of human rights, reconciliation, and gender equality, to name a few. As we celebrate Mandela Day, how well is South Africa living his legacy?
Foreign developed nations often wax lyrical about their generous donations of aid to Africa. But a coalition of UK and African researchers has released research findings that illustrate how the continent actually loses over six times the amount it receives in aid
In their weekend music special, the folks at South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper came out with their list of the 100 greatest South African songs. We looked at the list and agree with many of them, though some important songs have been left out.