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

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Ndidi Dike

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Ndidi Dike’s Thesis on the Nigerian Condition

‘Nigeria Imaginary’, the theme of the Nigeria Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale, is a daring call to not just imagine Nigeria as a restored entity but to also dream its future into reality. Through Ndidi Dike, viewers experience the distinctly Nigerian desire to connect what Nigeria once was, what it is now and what it might become.

Toyin Ojih Odutola

the MINISTRY OF ARTS / VISUAL ART DEPT.

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.

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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.

Frida Orupabo

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / PHOTO DEPT.

The Disruptive Potential of Frida Orupabo’s Metamorphic Women

To encounter a body in collage is to momentarily believe the human form is physically and even gesturally incapable of coming up against its own limitations. Frida Orupabo’s collages do this so well. They haunt the viewer with fond, familiar and unexpected shapes.

Books Writers

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‘I Like Narratives That Take Me on a Quest’ Pede Hollist’s First Draft

Sierra Leonean academic and author of So the Path Does Not Die, Pede Hollist, wants more people to know about the diversity of Sierra Leonean literature: ‘I wish people are aware of the efforts by Sierra Leoneans to write in the country’s national languages, and the financial struggles to support young writers through workshops, retreats, prize-bearing competitions, professional editors, and competitive publication outlets.’

Books

REPUBLIC READING

7 Books That Will Take You on a Trip Around Africa

In our latest book recommendation, we have compiled a list of seven books that will take you on a trip around Africa. With vivid descriptions and relatable characters, these books will take you to historic cities and sites in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, and other parts of Africa.

APC Fuel Subsidy

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APC’s Unspoken Rules of Fuel Subsidy

During Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the All Progressives Congress heavily criticized and campaigned against removing the fuel subsidy. Now the ruling party finds itself dealing with the aftermath of its own fuel subsidy removal.

Oyindamola Depo-Oyedokun

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The Road to the Country

A Song for the Forgotten

Despite the existing literature, the Biafran war remains a criminally underexplored event. The Road to the Country by Chigozie Obioma makes that canon a little less bereft.

Angola

Angola Wants a Pan-African Court of Justice

Angola has become the first country to ratify the Malabo Protocol, paving the way for the creation of a true international African court of justice. What does Angola hope to...

Eastern DRC

The Prolonged Suffering of Eastern DRC

Since Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s descent into cyclical violence in 1996, the conflict has been entangled in regional and international interests and incoherent interventions.

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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.

COVER ESSAY

Frida Orupabo

THE MINISTRY OF ARTs / PHOTO DEPT.

The Disruptive Potential of Frida Orupabo’s Metamorphic Women

To encounter a body in collage is to momentarily believe the human form is physically and even gesturally incapable of coming up against its own limitations. Frida Orupabo’s collages do this so well. They haunt the viewer with fond, familiar and unexpected shapes.

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

The Road to the Country

A Song for the Forgotten

Despite the existing literature, the Biafran war remains a criminally underexplored event. The Road to the Country by Chigozie Obioma makes that canon a little less bereft.

Flowers for Wande Coal?

Flowers for Wande Coal?

Wande Coal has had a mixed music career and while his latter projects may not have the same rave, there is no doubt about his legendary status, or is there?

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BUSINESS & THE ECONOMY

Tinubu’s Fight or Flight Economy

TINUBU’S FIGHT OR FLIGHT ECONOMY

One year into the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration, Nigerians are faced with serious economic hardship leaving many to constantly worry about remaining in Nigeria or leaving for greener pastures.

Pelumi Nubi

Pelumi Nubi’s Epic Solo Drive

Pelumi Nubi’s drive from London to Lagos illuminates the challenges and triumphs of free movement within West Africa, offering a compelling glimpse into the region’s push for economic integration and...

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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POLITICS

APC Fuel Subsidy

APC’s Unspoken Rules of Fuel Subsidy

During Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the All Progressives Congress heavily criticized and campaigned against removing the fuel subsidy. Now the ruling party finds itself dealing with the aftermath of its own...

The Saga of the Kano Emirate

The Saga of the Kano Emirate

In Kano, a tussle for the emirate’s throne between Muhammadu Sanusi II and Aminu Ado Bayero has revealed the shaky legitimacy of traditional Nigerian monarchs. How their once inviolable thrones,...

Tinubu

Tinubu’s Year of Unstable Policies

In its first year, the Tinubu administration has been characterized by hasty decisions and haphazardly thought policies, a situation that has greatly stalled Nigeria’s progress.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

A Medical Miracle in Cameroon

A Medical Miracle in Cameroon

The rollout of the new malaria vaccine in Cameroon has made some Cameroonians hopeful, while others worry about its true purpose.

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...

Skin-Bleaching

The Menace of Skin-Bleaching in Nigeria

Cosmetic endeavours aimed at achieving lighter skin have led to the development of different skin-bleaching beauty methods that leave the body open to grave health repercussions.

WORLD AFFAIRS

Angola

Angola Wants a Pan-African Court of Justice

Angola has become the first country to ratify the Malabo Protocol, paving the way for the creation of a true international African court of justice. What does Angola hope to...

Eastern DRC

The Prolonged Suffering of Eastern DRC

Since Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s descent into cyclical violence in 1996, the conflict has been entangled in regional and international interests and incoherent interventions.

Tinubu Coup Belt

Tinubu and West Africa’s Growing Coup Belt

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s re-election as ECOWAS chairman shines light on his first geo-political test which is the handling of the recent coups in West Africa, a situation that can...

A Fanonian Perspective on Israel and Palestine

A Fanonian Perspective on Israel and Palestine

The perpetual timelessness of repeating historic mistakes can only be combated with timeless, prudent and even prescient logic. Frantz Fanon’s work provides an important perspective to understand the ongoing genocide...

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