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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African states are involved in the War on Terror more than we think.

Olivier van Beenen's book on #Heineken  is out from @HurstPublishers . Here's a primer on what to expect. (From our #archive )

Youtube comment on this classic Highlife by Alhaji K Frimpong, "Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu: "... it brings back memories of my dad's house in the summer, mid seventies, I was 6, the days were hot and long, the music just seemed to cool you down."

"I hate the term 'the global postmodern,' so empty ... The only places where one can genuinely experience the postmodern ethnic cuisine are Manhattan and London, not Calcutta." - Stuart Hall in 1993.

"An encounter on a bus leaving Cape Town forced me to question my efforts to reconcile the love and acceptance so many queer people have found in religion with the violence that persists."

The first video from the #CapitalismInMyCity  project, a collaboration between Africa Is a Country and @MathareSJustice  in Nairobi. In the video Brian Mathenge decodes how capitalism works in Kenya's hoods. @Elephant  @roape  @POLISatLeeds  @CASLeeds 

In her new book, journalist Michela Wrong debunks the myth of Rwanda as a model developmental state and a poster child for Western aid.

Bi Kidude, the Tanzanian Taarab singer -- born in Zanzibar -- died on this day, 17 April, in 2013. She was about 102 years old. In this post from our 2013, @KateBomz  remembers her musical and cultural impacts.

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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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Egyptian feminist writer and activist Nawal El Saadawi, 89, has passed away. She was a Marxist and a feminist. She once said that Muslim feminist reformers makes the west feel good and underwrite a "capitalist patriarchal elite class” at the root of women’s oppression in MENA.

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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.

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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'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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