• Kabila’s opponent Moses Katumbi prevented from returning to DRC

    Kabila’s opponent Moses Katumbi prevented from returning to DRC0

    In the DRC, only members and relatives of the regime can move freely in the country. They enter and leave the country without problem. But this is not the case for opponents. They are watched under a magnifying glass. Moses Katumbi Chapwe is one of them. The former governor of Katanga has been in exile

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  • Of Kenya’s ‘Illiberal’ Democracy

    Of Kenya’s ‘Illiberal’ Democracy0

    GUEST BLOG The recent happenings in Kenya call for sober reflection on the nature of our democracy, and by extension, our political culture. When we champion ourselves as a model of democracy in (East) Africa, is that an accurate description? Could it be that we are self-delusional?  As Marcus Tullius Cicero keenly noted, salus populi

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  • Is Chimamanda Adichie a Postcolonial Theorist?

    Is Chimamanda Adichie a Postcolonial Theorist?0

    “The best thing to come out of Chimamanda-gate is all these deep conversations about theory on Twitter” – Nanjala Nyabola‏  Grace A. Musila has reignited the social media debate on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s controversial comments on postcolonial theory during a recent interview. “As an academic”, the associate professor in the English Department at Stellenbosch University in South Africa informs

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  • Goree Island

    Goree Island1

    Since South African Airways dropped Dakar as their regular refueling stop, getting to Goree Island (a fifteen-minute ferry ride off Dakar’s coast) can be quite a journey. It took around 24 hours for me, flying from CPT to JNB-NBO-ABJ, then DKR. Eighteen bloggers from Uganda, Zimbabwe, DRC, South Africa and elsewhere have gathered for an

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  • Unscrambling Africa – Using photography to balance the continent’s narative

    Unscrambling Africa – Using photography to balance the continent’s narative2

    When you Google most African cities, the first images you will probably see are those of conflict, urban slums and if you are a little lucky wildlife. To the Western world, that is what pretty much defines us. But is it? You have probably heard of the saying, “Africa is not a country, it’s a

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