The tag, ‘intellectual’ in reference to Africa refers to a certain type: western educated and visible in western media, maybe published in the West and maybe teaching at a western university. Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire writes to this type of African Intellectual.
The 2010 constitution prevents foreigners from owning land in Kenya, but as Kenyans have come to find out implementing these provisions are complicated by the ambiguous nature of the law and deliberate moves by the landed class to frustrate the process.
Many critics have questioned the authenticity of Algeria’s “African-ness”. This is part of a greater malaise which unfortunately is becoming more apparent in African international relations. Here we revisit the history Pan-Africanism in relation to Algeria.
The South African Freedom Charter states that the country belongs to all who live in it. But is that true? Does the country belong to anybody at all? Were we sold a lie?
As long as African leaders only challenge the West in high-sounding speeches but do nothing tangible to protect true African sovereignty, they are worse than the West they are keen to vilify. Case in point, Uganda’s President Museveni.
There seems to be a general consensus amongst Africans that while it is occasionally acceptable to comparatively group countries within the continent together, South Africa stands on its own, South Africa is not real Africa. Are we only satisfied with a poorer, less developed Africa or has apartheid left an un-healable scar in the African continent?