From Accra to Zanzibar, interest in the Scottish referendum is running high, while Africans in Scotland debate the implications of a Yes or No vote. One way or another, a huge grassroots revival of political engagement could prove inspiring.
Though western governments like to point the finger at Africa as though not complicit in the existence of corruption on the continent, it would be irresponsible to ignore the problem just for this reason. “Greasing the wheels” is undermining prosperity.
One of the problem with Africans is that when they become educated they begin to despise their roots. I don’t talk poetry, I live it. People often say they will do anything for their lovers but balk when asked to buy them.
If the State can no longer guarantee your safety and security, what do you do? Well, if you’re middle class and live in Kenya, you get yourself a gun.
The African Union gets a lot of flak. It’s often depicted as ineffectual, criticised for failing to represent the needs of African’s 1.1 billion citizens and dismissed as a talk shop. But this doesn’t tell the whole story. Let’s give credit where credit’s due.
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
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.
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.
While Tanzanian guys in their twenties worry about career advancement, women of the same age worry about getting married. Your parents, neighbours, friends, everyone expects it. And we’re eager, too, but for some odd reasons.