In Peace (Or Pieces)

Comrade, since you say We can’t eat democracy with All those sour choices Pinstriped lies And decorated fools Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Remembering Chinua Achebe

I first read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart when I lived in the Democratic Republic of the Congo—then known as Zaire. It struck me as a lucid, uncomplicated story that, in all its simplicity, was teeming with impetuous, emotional characters dwelling in a world of medicine men, spirits and pervasive superstition.  Honor and tradition were…

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Re-imagining Ourselves: Music, Film and the Representation of Nigerian Women

With the increasing popularity of Nigerian pop music, and the astoundingly productive Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, Nigeria’s creative industries are attracting worldwide attention. Saratu Abiola looks at the problematic representations of women in the Nigerian media Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Thirteen African Celebrities To Watch In 2013

A guest post by Zimbabwean TV personality / producer and entrepreneur Farai Gundan on Forbes magazine. These are powerhouses in the making. Inking unprecedented deals, performing in sold-out venues, chartering new commercial territories and making in-roads globally, they are Africa’s new generation of celebrities. They are exporting the African “brand of celebrity” across the continent and…

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Africa’s Film Industry Embraces Transnationalism

African filmmaking is exploding into a new era. If you cast even a quick glance at the production companies and funding agencies behind a handful of recent African films, you can see multi-national origins. Lindiwe Dovey, co-director of Film Africa 2012, explains just what this trend means. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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K’Naan – Inspiring Musician and Poet

HERE is a story about fame. I heard it first as a fable in Somalia, before living it out in America. The fox, they say, once had an elegant walk, for which the other animals loved him. One day, he saw a prophet striding along and decided to improve on what was already beautiful. He…

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