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Queen of Katwe: A contemporary African story worth seeing twice

[Some weeks ago,] Disney hosted the South Africa premiere of Queen of Katwe; a movie based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the…

The WhatsApp Interview: Simphiwe Xulu; artist on the brink of cracking the digital da Vinci code, cautious to accept the ‘Zulu Warhol’ moniker.

Simphiwe Xulu is a proud son of Eshowe, KwaZulu Natal. Raised by a matriarch, with superwomen for sisters, he’s a cautious radical who straddles the ideal, the real…

#FavePodcasts – Another Round talks to NPR’s Audie Cornish…

I am obsessed with podcasts. I think they are a revolutionary alternative to mainstream media. While being deliberate, curated and interest-based content, they are free of censorship and…

#RIPPapaWemba

#RIPPrince

Self Care: My Bag of Tricks

My last blog was about my nostalgia for the warmth and comfort of community. The familiarity of gathering around that old Philips TV set, sharing in laughter when…

Nostalgia

On Community, Self Care & Other Stories

I was a kid during the era of big old bulky television sets with wooden vernier, extended tubes at the back and huge bunny ear antennas. We had one…

The Book of Phoenix: Oral Tradition Reimagined, Printed, Bound and Served Good.

I recently read my first ever African-Speculative-Fiction title, The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor. This was my second attempt. I had found the book dissociating and I felt…

Musings: Growing up with, and loving Peugeot

I met my stepdad when I was probably five years old. He had come on that official-meet-the-kids-you-will-be-sort-of-fathering visit, and he came in a Peugeot 404. I remember being…

Nigeria turns down the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill. WTAF?

A socially just society is one where men and women are not ranked, but linked, connected, complementing each other as equals. Yes it’s true that we men are…

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