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    Book review: ‘Compendium of Conflicts in Uganda’

    Kara Blackmore

    2015-03-26, Issue 719

    A timely release documenting the voices of those people affected by the numerous and complicated conflicts in this eastern Africa nation, the book gives the reader a chance to see the state of a nation in transition, from the perspective of the masses.

    Bangui: Let the dust of the boots drown in Ubangi

    Grandmaster Masese

    2015-03-19, Issue 718

    Bangui, Who could remember to smile when those guns fed us lead In Bangui our hearts bled Crying for sanity Bangui, Who remember's Stanley's fatal whip on our backs Chopped arms, now firearms in Bangui Lighting Ubangi with flowing dead blood Bangui never dies Determined to silence the ghosts of Brazza Leopold, Bozize and Bokassa I stand bold with African pride I have died many times before Made to kiss the aroma of mother Congo And still I germinate Bangui, I am a seed I will never die I will never wither I will gyrate in the rhythms of Cavacha, Rhumba and Samba Let the dust of the boots drown in Ubangi Bangui

    Existential maxims: A review of Lamnyam’s ‘Strive to be Happy’

    Peter Wuteh Vakunta

    2015-03-05, Issue 716

    'Strive to be Happy' is an inspirational work replete with didactic messages. Throughout this book Lamnyam’s voice sounds like that of a quiet peace-maker calling for non-resistance as a modus operandi needed to ward off the pangs of pain occasioned by social injustice, exploitation and disenfranchisement.

    Using literary fiction as a voice for African/Black liberation

    Ahjamu Umi

    2015-02-19, Issue 714

    Progressive literary fiction has not always been highly regarded within African literature. Ahjamu Umi makes the case for its consciousness-developing and educational properties, and argues for its wider acceptance in African societies.

    Freedom of expression is forbidden here

    Foday Samateh

    2015-02-11, Issue 713

    The Gambia, ruled for the last 20 years by an eratic and brutal tyrant, is one of the worst places on earth to work as a journalist. One prominent journalist who lived under the Yahya Jammeh regime has placed on record his own harrowing experiences and those of others – plus insights into media history and operations in the tiny West African nation.

    Nigeria's publishing industry: Telling our own stories

    Ana Zoria

    2015-02-05, Issue 712


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    Nigeria is not lacking in literary talent, yet there still aren't many Nigerian books freely available in the country, and they aren't quite as easy to find as foreign books. However, all is far from lost: There is a movement that is breathing new life into Nigerian storytelling.

    A review: 'The Implosion of Contemporary Capitalism' and ‘Three Essays on Marx’s Value Theory’

    Published by Monthly Review Press, 2013

    Seth Sandronsky

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

    Want political economy that soberly unpacks power and wealth? Read two recent books by Samir Amin who defines the system’s current stage as “generalized-monopoly capitalism.” His study of it reveals what standard economics conceals and distorts.

    Introducing the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature

    Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Lizzy Attree

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

    The new $15,000 literary prize will be awarded to the best Kiswahili unpublished manuscripts or books published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction/short fiction collection, poetry and memoir and graphic novels.

    On the sweetness of a fake book

    Karim F Hirji

    2014-12-03, Issue 705

    Retired Professor Hirji, a book addict, has bought copies with frayed, half-torn or missing pages. He has on occasion received via mail a book other than the one ordered. But buying a fake book? Only in Dar es Salaam!

    Anne Kansiime: A philosophical inquiry into the political economy of humour

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    2014-12-04, Issue 705


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    There is a lot going on in Africa: Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria, the Ebola crisis, armed conflict in South Sudan, rhetoric of ‘Africa arising’, the dramatic exit of Blaise Compaore, presidential elections... Many of these are issues that tend to make people get too serious and stressed. Uganda’s star comedia Anne Kansiime is offering people some respite.

    Culture and revolution: The Pan-African Festival of Algiers 1969

    Hamza Hamouchene

    2014-11-06, Issue 701

    The documentary is about the first Pan-African Cultural Festival in the continent that took place in Algiers, seven years after Algeria’s independence. The radical gathering was a genuine meeting of African cultures united in their denunciations of colonialism and fights for freedom.

    How contemporary is Tanzanian Art?

    Rehema Chachage

    2014-11-06, Issue 701


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    How much are Tanzania’s artists giving voice to the varied and changing cultural landscape of identity, values and beliefs in this globally influenced but locally anchored, culturally diverse, and technologically advancing world?

    Does ‘Arrow of God’ anticipate the Igbo genocide?

    Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

    2014-10-16, Issue 698

    ‘Arrow of God’ presents a highly imaginative and anticipatory power of Achebe’s insight to the turbulent trajectory of post-(European)conquest African history and politics. This insight anticipates the catastrophe of the Igbo genocide.

    Engaging with 'Something Quite Unlike Myself'

    Chambi Chachage

    2014-10-16, Issue 698

    The poetry is a journey into the quest for self-determination. Resonating with Ngugi's ‘Re-membering Africa’, Onsando's text focuses on selves that constitute Africa's dismembered self.

    Tribute to you

    Juliet Kushaba

    2014-10-16, Issue 698

    Ugandan women rights activist Hope Turyasingura is dead. Turyasingura is former chairperson of Center for Domestic Violence Prevention. This poem celebrates her.

    Remembering the late Milton Blake on the 70th anniversary of his birth

    Norman Otis Richmond aka Jalali

    2014-10-01, Issue 696

    Blake and this writer created the Black Music Association’s Toronto Chapter in 1984 to plug African-Canadian music makers into the international music market. It was a huge success.

    The Coming Revolution: A review

    Benjamin Woods

    2014-10-03, Issue 696

    A new book called ‘The Coming Revolution’, argues that, contrary to the dominant narrative in western media, the South African revolution remains incomplete.

    Obama’s Law: When Western advocacy misses the mark

    Ben Radley

    2014-09-23, Issue 695

    Obama’s Law is a forthcoming, feature-length documentary that travels between the Congo and America to reveal the danger of the single African story – the African victim in need of a white saviour - that continues to be sold in the West. Ben Radley for Pambazuka News caught up with the film’s director, Seth Chase, to find out more.

    My body and skin

    Valentina Acava Mmaka

    2014-09-23, Issue 695

    What is your body? What is it to you, to others and to the whole world? Who makes decisions about your body and why? Here’s one woman’s deep thoughts on these fundamental questions

    Euphoria of Kenyan music fading in Europe

    Mickie Ojijo

    2014-09-18, Issue 694

    Kenya's top singers no longer attract the crowds they once did in central Europe, where in the first place, the population is scant and spread out, forcing event organisers to think twice before inviting any.

    ‘Corruption and Human Rights Law in Africa’: A review

    A coming of age story of the anti-corruption movement

    Abdul Tejan-Cole

    2014-09-11, Issue 693

    The new scholarly book discusses three key developments in human rights law that could unlock the blockages currently encountered in attempts to seek adequate redress for corruption: limitations on the concept of state sovereignty, expanded notions of standing of complainants, and rejection of strict rules of causation which dominate national criminal legal systems

    ‘Nigeria, Biafra & Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides through Multi-State Solution’: A review

    Belvedere Jehosophat

    2014-09-04, Issue 692

    Whereas the author’s proposed multi-state solution is controversial and needs to take account of certain important practical realities, the new book is an engaging primer on Nigerian history and is worth reading for those with an interest in post-colonial studies

    Representation of Africa in film: ‘White Shadow’

    Amira Ali

    2014-08-13, Issue 691

    This film by an Israeli director about albino killings in Tanzania is replete with Western stereotypes about the African savage, without any historical or political context

    Lost in the dance

    A review of Sea Salt in the City, Circaidy Gregory Press, by Funmi Adewole

    Sanya Osha

    2014-08-07, Issue 690

    Adewole’s poetry is entangled in a broad spectrum of issues encompassing private and public deliberations and, of course, spiritual concerns. The key themes are belonging, acceptance and understanding.

    Imperialism’s new strategies

    A review of ‘Divide and Ruin: The West’s Imperial Strategy in an Age of Crisis’, by Dan Glazebrook, published by Liberation Media, 2013

    Ama Biney

    2014-07-03, Issue 685

    Dan Glazebrook’s volume demonstrates that the infamous imperialism of the past has not disappeared but has instead adopted new strategies to obscure its intentions, such as proxy wars and media-based indoctrination. These tactics must be exposed and imperialist resisted

    Live and let live

    A review essay Osita Ebiem’s ‘Nigeria, Biafra & Boko Haram: Ending the Genocides through Multi-State Solution’ [New York: Page Publishing, 2014, 222 pp, US$12.84, pbk, US$10.00, kindle ed/£9.53, pbk, £5.99, kindle ed]

    Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

    2014-06-19, Issue 683

    Ebiem’s discourse on the catastrophe that is Nigeria is an urgent reminder to the world of the responsibilities of the state in society and the dire consequences that could occur if there were any doubts or erosions on the salient features of these roles

    Confessions of a Terrorist: A review

    Atunga Atuti O.J.

    2014-06-11, Issue 682

    The novel goes beyond the prevailing narratives of terrorist behaviour and delves into the thought processes of a terrorist, giving us unique insights into the ‘mind’ of a terrorist.

    What are we doing to our women and girls?

    Amira Ali

    2014-05-14, Issue 678

    Words in a poem, in reaction to the abducted Chibok girls; there are many more such stories around the world. It is dedicated to women and girls suffering from similar or same circumstances. At the same time, I am compelled to add to this, words from Amina Mama delivered in a speech at the AU’s 50th anniversary: "Let us make it clear to the world that violence and tolerance of violence are not endemic, not an “African tradition”, nor simply what black men do to women. Rather they are the results of systemic injustices."

    ‘When South Africa Called, We Answered’

    Danny Schechter

    2014-05-14, Issue 678

    New book tells how a global anti-apartheid movement helped South Africa win its freedom, and its lessons for us

    A bright Africa?

    A review of The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa by Dayo Olopade (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, ISBN 9780547678313)

    Kwaku O. Kushindana

    2014-05-15, Issue 678

    In this review, Kwaku Kushindana questions whether the book’s optimistic conclusions are grounded in a framework that is realistic for all of contemporary Africa.

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