Kenya’s Human Rights Emergency
The Public Order Act President Kenyatta invoked to enable his government’s pandemic measures is a colonial relic that gives police license to “round up pretty much anyone they choose, anywhere they choose,” writes political analyst Nanjala Nyabola.
July 22, 2020
Obama and Africa’s Renaissance Generation
It came to be a core belief held by the American public and media that Barack Obama was a self-creation who had stepped out of nowhere. But for me, Obama’s story is remarkably familiar and concrete. Our fathers both belonged to the postwar wave of Africans educated in the West who saw themselves as the architects of decolonization. Wole Soyinka called them the “Renaissance Generation.”
November 10, 2018
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and the Tyranny of Language
Movements across Africa and elsewhere have advocated a revival of local languages in their countries’ literary output, while translation projects have sought to both expand the non-English audience for African writers, and to “return” African literature to its native soil.
August 6, 2018