Tag: Issue 114

Western media, Chinese media: where is African media?

Let’s hand the pen to ourselves

African communication professionals have started a movement to rebrand the continent. Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda at the first-ever Global Africa Forum on Communications (GAFCOMM) on 21 – 23 August 2019, they affirmed their intention to build a platform for thought leadership, growth ideas, and sharing of the best success stories.

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Bringing our art back will be the beginning of a new dawn

European countries must return looted African art

There are almost 90 000 African artworks in French Museums. The swift return of African artefacts would provide an economic boost for countries on the continent and stoke a sense of national pride which would help create greater cultural productivity on the continent.

Many of these artefacts which sometimes are not even displayed in European museums, collect dust and they could instead be used to inspire the African continent.

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The top five interviews with Toni Morrison

Hit play and soak in icon’s knowledge and wisdom

Toni Morrison, the African-American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University, died at the age of 88. The author of Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Jazz won both a Nobel and Pulitzer prize for her fiction and was the giant of African American literature. Morrison was the first African American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize, for “novels characterised by visionary force and poetic import,…

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Book review: Period Pain

Kopano Matlwa gets South Africans to ask the important questions

In 2007, South African writer Kopano Matlwa burst onto the literary scene with the publication of her debut novel Coconut, which went on to win the European Union Literary Award. Spilt Milk was her second novel, which won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in 2010. Our books editor, Kay-Dee Mashile, reviews Matlwa’s latest novel, Period Pain, which was recently shortlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

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The power of telling my own story

A step towards normalizing homosexuality through a stage play

As a young homosexual man of colour, there is always a great story to tell. That’s what inspired my production for the festival. Titled Mme, my play is inspired by the life I have shared with my mother. It particularly follows one event of my life, my sexual identity and how my mother treated me during the time she learned about it. Though the production follows a relationship of a single mother and her son, in reality my parents are still together.

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Nokutela Mdima-Dube: The original Mother of the Nation

The pioneering black woman the world forgot

Nokutela Dube (1873 – January 1917)) was ahead of her time, she was the first South African woman to found a school. She was born to Christian converts at a missionary station at Inanda, near Durban. Her school, Ohlange Institute was founded in 1900 in Natal Province, the first school ever to be established by black teachers. It is still in existence today. A true legacy.

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Book Extract: Parcel of Death

The biography of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro

Parcel of Death recounts the little-told life story of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, the first South African freedom fighter the apartheid regime pursued beyond the country’s borders to assassinate with a parcel bomb, in 1974. He is also hailed by many as the ‘godfather’ of the June 1976 uprisings. Tiro’s anti-apartheid speech in 1972 saw him and many of his fellow student activists expelled, igniting a series of strikes in tertiary institutions across the country.

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