African Arguments Online
Offering warring elites rewards to lay down arms hasn’t worked. The profits of conflict must be removed and the focus shifted to the ground level.
A female ex-combatant sews in South Sudan. Credit: UNDP South Sudan/Brian Sokol.
Mediators trying to end South Sudan’s deadly ongoing conflict have typically attempted to do so by “buying peace”. As the death toll rises and the humanitarian... more
Mugabe may have gone, but the young activist’s family is still picking up the pieces after his disappearance and are still demanding answers.
Three Billboards at a Zimbabwe bus terminal. They read: “Abducted at the barber. Still no arrests. How come ED [President Mnangagwa]?” Credit: Baynham Goredema.On a sunny Zimbabwean afternoon, Nokutenda is the first to spot me. I can... more
In Nigeria, Okoye would have been warned from childhood to soften her features so she can find a man to marry her.
The blockbuster Black Panther depicts several strong female characters.
Marvel’s Black Panther is a rare blockbuster to have achieved both box office domination and genuine cultural significance. One of the reasons for this is the film’s unlikely but welcomed focus on feminism. Set... more
The death of a respected elder while in jail has prompted an outpouring of grief and anger on the streets of Asmara.
Screenshot from a video of the recent protest in Asmara, Eritrea.
Last week, the respected elder Hajji Musa Mohammednur inspired aggrieved crowds in Eritrea‘s capital and shook the confidence of the regime. This was the second, and last, time he will have done so in the past... more
Afrofuturism reimagines the past and envisions what can be. If fact follows fiction, the future will belong to Africa and our storytellers.
Clockwise from top left: Sanford Bigger’s “Bam”; a bodypainting work by Laolu Senbanjo; the cover of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death; Janelle Monae’s album The ArchAndroid; poster from Black Panther; Awol Erizku’s “Girl With A... more