• Black Panther and the Democracy of Imagination

    Black Panther and the Democracy of Imagination0

    “At the end of the day, a filmmaker’s most important tool is humanity” – Ryan Coogler  The story is probably too familiar now. It involved a black boy by the name of Malcom Little. When a white teacher asked him what he thought of becoming, his young mind sparked with imagination: “Well, yes, sir, I’ve been thinking I’d

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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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  • The Gory and Glorious History of Gorée Island

    The Gory and Glorious History of Gorée Island0

    “Africa will write its own history and in both north and south it will be a history of glory and dignity” – Patrice Lumumba It was both distressing and soothing to read Takura Zhangazha and Paul Shalala’s reflections on our recent trip to Gorée Island in Senegal. Distressing because of the constant reminder about the gory legacy of

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  • Gorée Island: From Slavery To The Promotion Of Reconciliation

    Gorée Island: From Slavery To The Promotion Of Reconciliation0

    It is a famous, or is it infamous, island which is well known for slavery, death, human suffering, sexual exploitation and inhuman behaviour. Gorée Island in Senegal is one of three centres where the African Slave Trade thrived. According to historical records, the tiny island, which is off the the coast of Dakar, was responsible for

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  • Echoes from Goree: Resisting a Contemporary African Slave Trade

    Echoes from Goree: Resisting a Contemporary African Slave Trade0

    Visiting Goree Island in Senegal did not turn out to be as eerie as I had initially anticipated. And I wasn’t going to have an Obama picturesque moment of looking austerely toward the open Atlantic ocean. Or trying to find the deepest of meaning from it. But approaching the island on the hourly ferry from

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  • Goree Island

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    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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  • Can Being Bayesian Save Tanzanians From Internal Inconsistency?

    Can Being Bayesian Save Tanzanians From Internal Inconsistency?0

    I read with great interest Constantine Manda’s (@msisiri) response to my blog post on the recent results from the Pew Surveys. Thanks to the ABCs of Bayesian Analysis that I picked up from Casper Troskie at the University of Cape Town (UCT), I managed to follow the argument and model. And I agree that we need to be Bayesian. What

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  • The Majority of Tanzanians are Satisfied with the Way Democracy is Working in our Country But…

    The Majority of Tanzanians are Satisfied with the Way Democracy is Working in our Country But…0

    “Democracy is not a bottle of Coca-Cola which you can import” – Mwalimu Julius Nyerere I have been particularly annoyed with the ways some of our compatriots have been using the corporate Western media to portray the purported decay of democracy in Tanzania. “Upheaval in Kenyan, Ugandan politics as Tanzania cracks down,” one such outlet

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  • Cameroon – The Anglophone Problem/ Crisis : A Misnomer

    Cameroon – The Anglophone Problem/ Crisis : A Misnomer0

    A year after the outburst of the “crisis”, we are still at the same point. English-speaking Cameroonians VS French-speaking Cameroonians. English VS French. How is it that we did not moved an inch? It is simply because of a misnomer: The Anglophone Problem. From the beginning, the situation was at the disadvantage of English-speaking Cameroonians.

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  • Kenya’s Opposition Need Change of Tact With Street Protests

    Kenya’s Opposition Need Change of Tact With Street Protests0

    I recently found myself reading about the Arab spring and trying to compare the last moments before the Tunisia and Egyptian revolution came full circle to the situation Kenya finds itself in today and asking myself what needs to be done differently if they need to achieve their goals. When the Arab spring started, I

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