As a language of instruction, French has long held a prominent place in Senegal’s institutions and media. But Wolof, the most spoken national language, has regained its lost places.
The history of Northern Kenya and marginalisation goes as far back as the colonial days. The same trend used by colonisers has remained in play. Historical evidence points at a neglected, abandoned and marginalised region and successive governments have not done enough to reverse the deep inequalities and marginalisation.
South African legislators are steadily moulding indigenous laws into the image of western laws.
Carl Terver spoke with the poet and writer Kelvin Kellman who recently concluded a residency as a James Currey fellow in Oxford University.
Kiswahili is steadily growing into the transcontinental language for Africa, bringing the aspiration for continental cooperation and unity closer each year. Uganda is the latest country to completely commit to the language by making it compulsory and examinable in its primary and secondary schools.
The term Afrofuturism is being rejected by writers of African descent because it is a distinctly different genre that should not be used interchangeably with Africanfuturism. The latter centres the African point of view, experience, culture, themes, and history with technology-based in Africa, not the diaspora.
Artists move the dial when exploring the nuances of humanity. Their work helps us change perspective and have emotive dialogue about difficult themes. Here are some African visual artists using their mediums to reimagine sexuality, gender expression and identities.
Lifting awards at film festivals is just the start of the journey for documentaries like The Last Shelter (Mali), No U-Turn (Nigeria) and No Simple Way Home (South Sudan).
Pan-Africanism means we will do it ourselves by doing it together. It grounds economic advancement, political liberation, cultural self-determination and territorial integrity in the unity of all African people on the continent and its diaspora. While the African Union has scored some important wins, African unity essentially fails along class lines.