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An African Feminist Manifesto

Our latest issue, An African Feminist Manifesto, considers the imperatives for Black African feminism(s) in our uniquely uncertain times. plus more.
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Like Water Like Sea Olumide Popoola
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The Swimmer

‘Here I was on a Sunday morning, sober, alone, in the river without doing anything, just lying on my back, the water holding me.’ An excerpt from Olumide Popoola’s novel, Like Water Like Sea.

This Week’s Essentials

Our top analyses, debates, ideas and stories of the week.

Tinubu

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NYSC

THE MINISTRY OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS

End NYSC Already

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) began as a conciliatory post-war programme aimed at nation-building. But now, it is a softer, but no less punitive drafting system with adverse consequences on young people and Nigeria’s finances.

Notes on Absence

THE MINISTRY OF MEMORIES

Don Jazzy

the MINISTRY OF BUSINESS X THE ECONOMY

Like Water Like Sea Olumide Popoola

THE MINISTRY OF ARTS / MUSIC DEPT.

The Swimmer

‘Here I was on a Sunday morning, sober, alone, in the river without doing anything, just lying on my back, the water holding me.’ An excerpt from Olumide Popoola’s novel, Like Water Like Sea.

Haile Selassie I

the MINISTRY OF MEMORIES

Haile Selassie I and Pan-African Diplomacy

Perhaps a latecomer to ​​pan-African ideology, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I was nevertheless unique in his contribution to pan-Africanism. He urged all those working for a united global Africa to consider pan-Africanism as not an end unto itself, but an indispensable means toward a broader horizon of a new humanity free from imperialism and exploitation.

Tinubu

THE MINISTRY OF POLITICAL AFFAIRS

Frida Orupabo

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / PHOTO DEPT.

Haiti

the MINISTRY OF WORLD AFFAIRS

‘Pour le Pays, Pour la Patrie, Mourir est Beau’

Haiti was once a success story of enslaved Africans who withstood French and, subsequently, American imperialism. So much has changed since. Reflecting on Haiti’s national anthem, the ‘Dessalinienne’, I found irony in the descent into madness my country is currently experiencing.

Noo Saro-Wiwa

THE REPUBLIC INTERVIEWS / FIRST DRAFT

Books Lagos

REPUBLIC READING

7 Nigerian Books Set Outside Lagos

In our latest book recommendation, we have compiled a list of seven books that will take you outside Lagos. These selections offer glimpses into other parts of Nigeria, guiding readers on a journey through the various settings that shape the nation’s socio-cultural life.

Toyin Ojih Odutola

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Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Theories of Place

The Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale brings together artists who are diverse in their styles, influences, affiliations with place, and interpretations of nationhood and history. Among them is Toyin Ojih Odutola, whose artistic instincts already bypass easy conceptions of place, belonging and history.

Like Water Like Sea Olumide Popoola

The Swimmer

‘Here I was on a Sunday morning, sober, alone, in the river without doing anything, just lying on my back, the water holding me.’ An excerpt from Olumide Popoola’s novel,...

Bobrisky

The Perfect Target

Bobrisky’s swift descent from social prominence to the confines of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is a stark reminder that no amount of wealth or status can fully insulate LGBTQ+ individuals...

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VOL. 8, NO. 1
AN AFRICAN FEMINIST MANIFESTO

Now Available: Our February – April 2024 Print Issue

Featuring: 
Ololade Faniyi on decolonial African feminism; Kéchi Nne Nnomu on Frida Orupabo; Kai Mora on African Women in Abrahamic history; Peace Onafuye on Buchi Emecheta; plus more.

THE LATEST IN PRINT
VOL. 8, NO. 1
AN AFRICAN FEMINIST MANIFESTO

Now Available: Our February – April 2024 Print Issue

Featuring: 
Ololade Faniyi on decolonial African feminism; Kéchi Nne Nnomu on Frida Orupabo; Kai Mora on African Women in Abrahamic history; Peace Onafuye on Buchi Emecheta; plus more.

African Feminist Manifesto

vol.8 no.1 / EDITOR'S FOREWORD

‘An African Feminist Manifesto’

For whom is the transformative potential of feminism new? Our latest issue, An African Feminist Manifesto, considers the imperatives for Black African feminism(s) in our uniquely uncertain times, plus more.

Feminist

COVER ESSAY

An African Feminist Manifesto

Decolonial African feminist thought is equal parts rage and radical care. It is a collaborative and unbiased call to action that insists on justice, self-determination, and autonomy, building on the legacies of foremothers to create our lifelines for our future and the ones that come after us.

Frida Orupabo

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / PHOTO DEPT.

Abrahamic Tradition

THE MINISTRY OF MEMORIES

A Womanist Reading of African Women in Abrahamic Tradition

Though the presence of Abrahamic tradition within global Black consciousness often finds expression through male-dominated narratives, a closer examination uncovers Black women at the very centres of the most path-altering moments in the tradition, offering analogues with which Black women have interpreted, reimagined and reclaimed their past, present, and future.

Second Class Citizen

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / BOOKS DEPT.

50 Years of Buchi Emecheta’s Second-Class Citizen

In 1974, Buchi Emecheta’s novel, Second-Class Citizen, was published. While this novel has inspired a generation of African writers, the themes Emecheta explored—such as Black immigrant life in the UK and the ills of a patriarchal society—remain as relevant today as ever.

Strange Departures

A 40-Year-Old Japa Story

From the ‘Checking Out’ of the 80s to today’s ‘Japa’ wave, Nigeria’s enduring struggle with brain drain has lasted far too long. Despite promises of change, the nation continues to grapple with familiar challenges that drive its citizens abroad in search of more; more opportunities, more peace of mind, and the ability to be more.

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ARTS & CULTURE

Like Water Like Sea Olumide Popoola

The Swimmer

‘Here I was on a Sunday morning, sober, alone, in the river without doing anything, just lying on my back, the water holding me.’ An excerpt from Olumide Popoola’s novel,...

Bobrisky

The Perfect Target

Bobrisky’s swift descent from social prominence to the confines of Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is a stark reminder that no amount of wealth or status can fully insulate LGBTQ+ individuals...

Nigeria Imaginary

Nigeria Imaginary

Our latest issue, Nigeria Imaginary, considers the restorative potential of Nigerian art and invites readers to explore the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale, plus more.

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HISTORY

Remembering Kampala

For much of the sixties, Kampala was at the centre of literature in Africa, its status propelled by Makerere University and Rajat Neogy’s Transition Magazine. However, in the seventies, the...

Haile Selassie I

Haile Selassie I and Pan-African Diplomacy

Perhaps a latecomer to ​​pan-African ideology, Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I was nevertheless unique in his contribution to pan-Africanism. He urged all those working for a united global Africa to...

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Nigeria Protest

Nigeria Now and the Art of Protest

As Nigerians face economic and social challenges, it is important that they express their grievances through protests. However, certain groups have resorted to a different form of ‘protest’, which is...

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Aya Care

Aya Care’s Sudden Fame

After going viral on social media, the women-led team at sanitary pad provider, Aya Care, found themselves at the centre of a renewed discussion about menstrual hygiene in Nigeria. What...

WORLD AFFAIRS

ECOWAS

A Sahel-less ECOWAS

The announcement by Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger of their exit from ECOWAS, 24 years after Mauritania’s exit in 2000, threatens to de-Sahelize the regional bloc. It marks more fundamental...

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