A New Fanonian Moment? The Legacy of Frantz Fanon

Frantz Fanon died a few months before Algeria’s independence in July 1962. He did not live to see his adoptive country becoming free from French colonial domination, something he believed had become inevitable. This radical intellectual and revolutionary devoted himself, body and soul, to the Algerian National liberation and was a prism, through which many…

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Ghanians are Tired of Wahala

The 2016 Vice Presidential candidate of the opposition News Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia last week Thursday spewed out what seemed to have been the plight and frustrations of many Ghanaians as he told President John Mahama that Ghanaians were tired of ‘wahala’ (hardship) he and his governing National Democratic Congress had unleashed on…

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Africa: Going Cold Turkey – African Migrants in Istanbul See Hopes Turn Sour

In a nondescript cafe in one of Istanbul’s more rundown neighborhoods, migrants from Africa watch a Congolese soccer match as Afro-pop music blasts in the background. “We feel comfortable in here, everyone is from Cameroon or Congo,” Patrick, the leader of an informal Cameroonian community organization, told IRIN. “But outside of this restaurant, it’s a…

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From Africa’s Palms

There are few products so ubiquitous as palm oil. You can find its derivatives in chocolate, shampoo, toothpaste, detergent, ice cream, floor polish and a host of other products filling supermarket shelves. Extracted from the fruit of the tropically-grown oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis), it has become so versatile and sought after that the growing…

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A Jihad Against Somali Music is Under Way

‘Whoever says that all music is prohibited let him also claim that the songs of birds are prohibited.’ – Imam Abu Hamid Al Ghazali While Daesh was burning the Jordanian pilot alive, Boko Haram creating killing fields in the villages and towns of Nigeria and neighbouring countries, and Al Shabab executing Somali women by firing…

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Stages of Helplessness

There’s a special sort of helplessness that has recently come to define my relationship with Nigeria. It occurs to me that all over the world it is normal for citizens to feel a certain frustration directed at their governments, or at institutions within their countries – for example the Arab Spring, which brought down entire…

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