• 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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Dear Kenyans, "We must start somewhere" is not an argument against having a plan. What does a "regenerated" Nairobi look like? Which riparians will be reclaimed? Do they include the slums which house over two-thirds of Nairobians? Where will those folks go?