So you think you know Africa Quiz 2013!

May 13, 13 So you think you know Africa Quiz 2013!

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There is a lot of writing on this website. We have many contributors contributing many contributions, but very rarely do we ask the readers any genuine questions that aren’t a lay-up to some useful piece of argumentation or, better yet, a witty anecdote. So here is the second quiz in our series. Good luck! Once completed, the quiz will show your results and a rating, along with correct and incorrect answers.     [mtouchquiz...

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The “So You Think You Know Africa?” Quiz!

Jul 23, 12 The “So You Think You Know Africa?” Quiz!

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There is a lot of writing on this website. We have many contributors contributing many contributions, but very rarely do we ask the readers any genuine questions that aren’t a lay-up to some useful piece of argumentation or, better yet, a witty anecdote. So here is our first offering in interactive African intellectualism. Do the quiz, see how knowledgeable you are, or aren’t, and more importantly, show your friends to see if you’re smarter than them!   [mtouchquiz...

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How to celebrate Osama’s death

May 06, 12 How to celebrate Osama’s death

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The night Osama bin Laden’s death was announced (2 May 2011), I was nearing the end of my exchange programme in Washington DC. Because I lived a short 20 minute walk away from the White House, a group of us decided to become a part of history and see what was happening down the road. It seemed that everyone in the area had the exact same idea as within minutes, before Barack Obama could even finish his national security speech, thousands of people had gathered around Pennsylvania Avenue. Students made up the majority of the crowd who saw the announcement as a good reason to drink in public, climb up camera poles, chant “USA” and even attempt to scale the gates of the most famous residence in town. Needless to say, there were more snipers on top of the White House than usual that night. I tried to capture the atmosphere with this video....

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Nigeria’s not so golden celebrations

Having been fortunate enough (although some may argue unfortunate enough) to travel to Nigeria early last week, it can be said that 1 October 2010 was as much an anticipated date in Nigeria as 11 June 2010 was in South Africa. The country’s capital and “centre of unity”, Abuja, was awash in green and white and buzzing with celebration and debate, as the largest black population in Africa geared itself to celebrate 50 years of independence. Although Nigeria is not the only state to boast its golden jubilee this year, this West African powerhouse requires our attention: as I was so kindly reminded, if one pictures Africa in the shape of a gun, Nigeria is strategically positioned at the trigger. For good or for bad. Prior to departing on Arik air for Lagos I braced myself to be confronted by an ethnically divided state, a “house divided against itself”, as all my preparatory reading had strongly warned me. On the contrary, I was welcomed and overwhelmed by the patriotism of the people. From the hats, t-shirts and other trinkets marketing last week’s events, to the excessive draping of sweaty airports in national colours, the celebrations leading up to 1 October seemed to decoratively fill these fissures in Nigerian society much as the World Cup did for South Africans. Even if only for a few days. In the midst of celebrations, however, Nigeria’s golden jubilee was marked by reflection and debate as its people were forced to ask themselves, “What are we celebrating?” Where Nigeria was once the Big Brother in the region, other West Africans are time and time again proving their competence, stability and reliability. From the common taxi driver to the party activist, Nigerians are calling for change. For too long, they argue, Nigeria has channelled its efforts toward the rest of Africa in a Father Christmas like fashion, asking nothing in return. Although questions concerning these alleged altruistic actions can surely follow, space permitting we’ll accept this rose-tinted view.  In the...

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