In these “woke” times, historical figures with controversial views aren’t having an easy time in Africa. Idols are being toppled – literally and figuratively – left,right and centre. A case in point is in Ghana where a campaign to remove a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from the campus of the University of Ghana is currently gaining momentum. Campaigners say Gandhi, the celebrated granddaddy of the non-violent movement, said a few too many racist things to be considered a friend of Africans. Should Gandhi be judged on the sum of his life or on the basis of a few undeniably racist comments?
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of legendary and seminal America rapper, and actor Tupac Shakur who passed away on 13 September 1996 (aged 25) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Undoubtedly a hip-hop icon, Tupac made and left an indelible mark on the world and influenced a generation of artists, with his acerbic and profound lyrics on urban life in America. We remember Tupac through his quotes, and excerpts from his music.
There is a Shona proverb about how searing the hatred can be between people who used to love each other. You could say this about the relationship between the former guerrillas of the Rhodesian Bush War and their patron, Robert Mugabe, says Kudzayi Zvinavashe.
It’s the same old story on repeat. A Western visitor or celebrity comes to the continent and writes about their adventures in ‘deepest, darkest Africa.’ Well, Lineo Segeote is tired of it. It’s time the world pays to hear our stories, she says.
Today, May 19 marks the 91st birthday of Malcolm X, one of the most preeminent and influential leader in the struggle for human rights, justice and freedom in the United States. Born Malcolm Little in 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm X later changed his name to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. To celebrate his legacy, we remember Malcolm X through quotes from various people about his beliefs, which helps to understand what he stood, fought and died for.
Today marks the anniversary of the death of one of America’s foremost civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. We celebrate his legacy and look at some of the words he left us with in his quest to see a peaceful, equal and non-racial society.
The chickens are coming home to roost as students at Cambridge University’s Jesus College voted that a bronze cockerel known as “okukor” looted from the Benin Empire in the 19th century be repatriated to Nigeria. The Benin Bronze, taken from the palace at Oba in 1897 has been at the college since 1930.
February 21 marks the anniversary of the assassination of one of the most pre-eminent and influential leader in the struggle for human rights, justice and freedom in the United States, Malcolm X. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, widely known as Malcolm X was killed in 1965 at the age of 39.
The authors of a new book on Gandhi’s life believe Mahatma was a racist who ‘remained true to Empire while expressing disdain for Africans’.