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The Afropolitan Must Go

My first thought when reading Taiye Selasi’s 2005 essay ‘Bye-Bye Barbar’ (or ‘What is an Afropolitan?’) was that this is the kind of sludge that would piss off Binyavanga Wainaina.

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Before They Resurrect the Noble Savage

As history and our collective experience reveals, so much of a photograph’s meaning is not captured within its frame. What is not confined to the frame is the social environment within which the image was created.

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Anthony Bourdain goes to South Africa

In a recent episode of his CNN “Parts Unknown,” the American chef and writer Anthony Bourdain traveled to South Africa. In my mind at least, this episode was long overdue and in fact, I’ve even said so on this blog in the past.

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A fresh dose of the Chimurenga Chronic

For those of us seeking to get our fix of media with substance, it’s time once again to take a hit of the ChronicChimurenga, the recalcitrant pan-African multimedia institution based in Cape Town, has just released the latest edition of its quarterly publication, the Chronic.

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Dear Mr Zuma, it’s all about credibility

For leaders of countries that are not considered “world powers”, the times when international networks like CNN or Sky News take your speeches live can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

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No More Negative Images of Africa

Jan5

In July 2001, African leaders adopted the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the road map for the continent’s development. Since its adoption a decade ago, how much has the plan achieved? In a frank, plain-talking interview, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of the NEPAD, says a lot has been achieved, contrary to what most western media claim. Ibrahim Mayaki responds to Africa Renewal’s André-Michel Essoungou in this interview.

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