African Books for Western Eyes

MY close friend Mercy, when she heard about my novel, congratulated me: I had found out “what the white people wanted to read and given it to them.” Mercy had a point. The idea for my book may have been independently inspired, but the approval of “white people” was crucial. Success for an African writer…

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Artist Profile: Adejoke Tugbiyele

Adejoke Tugbiyele is a Nigerian-American sculptor and experimental video artist. Tugbiyele works with a diverse range of materials including wire, natural fibres, fabric and wood. Her work responds to spiritual aspects of Yoruba culture, a cultural group occupying the South West region of Nigeria.  It also deals with political subjects related to sexual identity, women’s…

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Sounds of Africa in Oakland, California

Sounds of Africa prevalently seem to travel far beyond imagined borders, influencing cultures further than what curious ears of music lovers can hear. In Oakland, African beats seem to be in the air. African sounds inspired by or coming out of the continent steal the night in many of the clubs and lounges. African nights…

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Resistance to Oppression is a Human Right

The American State’s response to the mass discontent in the aftermath of the non-indictment of murderer of Michael Brown demonstrates the heavy-handed use of violence to deny the people the human rights to peacefully assemble and freedom of association. This is consistent with the historical uses of violence to control and suppress opposition. Barack Obama,…

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International Adoption Made Me a Commodity, Not a Daughter

Following the celebrity-parenting trend – high-profile adoptions by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie from Ethiopia, and Madonna from Malawi – many have followed suit, deeming international adoption a popular thing to do. A few years back, I recall boarding Ethiopian Airlines on a flight to the U.S. from Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. Once on flight, I wasn’t…

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Ethiopians Arrive in West Africa to Fight Ebola

Almost 200 Ethiopian health workers have arrived in West Africa to bolster the response to Ebola, a disease that has ravaged weak health care systems and killed more than 300 medical staff. The African Union (AU) said in a tweet that the Ethiopian government sent a total of 187 personnel to the region without giving…

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