Social and cultural beliefs remain an impediment to women’s continuous rise in politics across Africa. While we celebrate a notable increase in the number of women in influential political positions, the culture of violence, in its many forms if not dealt with threatens to undo this progress.
The more President Mnangagwa’s government fails to engage democratically with its own citizens, the more it will negate any prospect of re-engagement with the West.
Burna Boy’s critical single “20 10 20” highlights the emancipatory triad of protest art, people power movements and social media. Young African protesters are using their own platforms to undermine the coordinated abuses of state violence and censorship.
New directions for Pan-Africanism, lockdown wellness, adaptive technologies and resistance music came under spotlight at the 2020 hybrid event of African Crossroads. The event merged immersive playlists with engaging, decolonial discussions.
The Covid-19 pandemic interrupted dynamic Pan-African movements and efforts but artists are regrouping to pursue new opportunities enabled by the internet. Digitally and financially inclusive models are the next step to empower citizens and creatives, circumventing various existing restrictions.
The 2020 African Crossroads headliner Thomas Mapfumo addressed African unity and decolonial sonics in a stellar musical performance largely drawn from his wide and high-octane collection.
The community of future-oriented African thinkers and doers met on the 10th and 11th of December 2020 to reflect on various challenges and achievements at the 2020 African Crossroads hybrid edition. We recognise and celebrate the huge contributions of other indefatigable Africans who have made a significant impact in keeping the Pan-African dream alive.
Zimbabweans travelling home for the holidays need a negative Covid-19 certificate in both directions. The certificate costs at least R850 in South Africa and about R920 in Zimbabwe, and some say they cannot afford it.
As we are approaching the end of the year, the African Crossroads network is getting ready to host its final online gathering for 2020.