Africa is a Country

Africa is a Country


Criticism, analysis and new writing. On the Left. Founded and edited by @_SeanJacobs. Insta and FB: @africasacountry. Published by @jacobinmag.

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Only the greatest gets to sing a song about himself.

"... Maradona had committed the sin of being the best, the crime of speaking out about things the powerful wanted kept quiet ..." -- Eduardo Galeano.

Ghana's former president, #JerryRawlings , who dominated and shaped the country's politics through the 1980s and 1990s, died last week. Jesse Weaver Shipley@jjjship  on lessons on radical politics from Rawlings' life.

#DigitalArchiveAIAC . African poets for Africa. That time we featured th @badilishapoetry  exchange #ThrowbackThursday 

What can we learn from the 256 hours of audio recordings of the 1964 #RivoniaTrial 's proceedings? #ThrowbackThursday  #DigitalArchivesAIAC .

It's a world war: "Rebel forces in Tigray province claim that they have been bombed by Emirati combat drones, while Addis Ababa has been releasing images of its own drones, which are observation devices made by China's Zerotech."

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Chinua Achebe: " ... I do not believe that black people should invent a great fictitious past in order to justify their human existence and dignity today."

Pierre Kompany was born Bukavu, Belgian Congo, migrated to Belgium where he worked as an engineer, served in a regional parliament and became mayor of Ganshoren, Belgium. One of his three children, Vincent Jean Mpoy, today captained @ManCity  to the 2018-2019 Premier League title

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1956: “A young 16-year old Hugh Masekela leaping in the air, clutching the trumpet that had been sent to him by Louis Armstrong.” Photograph by the late Drum photographer Alf Kumalo

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On September 11, 1977, Steve Biko was loaded into the back of a police van after he had been arrested, interrogated and beaten by Apartheid police. The next day he was dead. When the white Minister of Justice was asked about it, he said: "It leaves me cold."

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We congratulate the @nytimes  #IsabelDosSantos  story. That is, we congratulate the NYT for only taking 7 years to catch up with us. Here's our piece from 2013.

'There is a Cameroonian quip which reflects the sense of political fatalism to which the population seems held in thrall with the spell of a Paul Biya presence: “Cameroon is Cameroon.”...'

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Imagine, for one second, what would go down if a #BlackLivesMatter  protestor showed up like this guy in Phoenix.

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The great African filmmaker Sarah Maldoror (born in Guadeloupe), died at 90 years old today of coronavirus. A long while back we wrote about her films and her legacy.

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