Tag: Issue 119

The Nigerian press, the public sphere and sustainable development: Engaging the post amnesty deal in the Niger Delta

Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

The coalescence of effective media and the public sphere is a synergy that brings about democracy, sustainable development and good governance. Irrespective of its shortcomings, the Nigerian media has been described as a bastion of people’s agitation, which impacts on the public sphere, a realm where private individuals meet to address societal questions with the state. This is the case with the Nigerian press, whose duties and ideals have been called to action in the wake of the amnesty deal in the Niger delta.

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Linton Kwesi Johnson gave poetry back to the people

Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

The dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, this year’s recipient of the PEN Pinter Prize, is the third consecutive black winner of the gong instituted in memory of Nobel-winning playwright Harold Pinter. Johnson, popularly known as LKJ, follows in the wake of British poet Lemn Sissay (2019) and Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2018).

It is no exaggeration that LKJ, who went to Britain from Jamaica at the age of 11 to follow his mother, part of the Windrush generation, did more than most to make black “cool” in Britain and beyond. In his music and poetry, he not only threw orthographical conventions by the wayside

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The world is dancing to South Africa’s Jerusalema

Master KG’s hit a feel-good song for all!

A South African song combined with a dance that began in Angola, has captured the imagination of people throughout the world. Amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, Jerusalema has had 50 million views on You Tube and has got groups of people dancing in many parts of the world.

South African born and bred artist, Master KG has both young and old individuals, all over the world dancing to his latest single called Jerusalema.

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Cyclone in Indian village stirs memories on tip of Africa

Reflections of a Habshi Yemeni Kokni Batavian African

Borli was not the only place that felt the destructive wrath of the mighty Nisarga. The Cyclone set off from the heart of the Arabian Sea before unleashing its ferocity along the west coast of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Nisarga meted out harsh treatment to some of Borli’s neighbouring villages such as Morba, Saigoan, Shrivardhan and Sarwa, from where many Cape Town families originate.

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