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South Africans celebrate Rolene Strauss Miss World Victory
Tue, 12/16/2014 - 09:55

BBC: South Africans are celebrating after Rolene Strauss was crowned as Miss World 2014, becoming the third South African to win the title. President Jacob Zuma said she had "demonstrated the capability of South Africans to shine on the world stage". For further reading click here.

China: An 'Africatown' in Guangzhou
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:44

FRANCE24: With twelve million inhabitants, Guangzhou, in southern China, is the third largest city after Shanghai and Beijing. Like the rest of globalised China, it attracts people from all over the world, among them many Africans. They are drawn there for trade and business but struggle to integrate into Chinese society, where prejudices still run deep. For further reading click here.

Francophonie: Do we still need an organization of France’s former colonies?
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:40

africasacountry: The 15th Summit of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) was held in Dakar last month. The organization, which boasts a membership of 57 countries (mostly former French colonies) has as a primary objective, “to promote the French language and cultural and linguistic diversity.”  However, both as an institution and as a concept, Francophonie is rooted in French colonial history and Françafrique murky political and economic dealings.  For further reading click here

‘Timbuktu’ Director on the Burdens and Blessings of the Label ‘African Filmmaker’
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:38

NYTimes: Only one African director has ever won the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, and that was the South African Gavin Hood in 2005. So the Mauritanian Abderrahmane Sissako is well aware that his “Timbuktu,” a drama about that fabled desert city struggling under harsh Islamist rule, would seem to be an underdog in this year’s competition. For further reading click here

Photographing More Than Just Crime in South Africa
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:37

VICE: Photographer J​odi Bieber has spent the past 20 years shooting some of South Africa's darkest corners. Through her work she's examined domestic violence, body image, and the lives of disaffected youths growing up in city slums. But despite the subject matter, she's been careful not to become complacent with the image of Africa as a place of total chaos. Rather she's taken care to seek out the country's duality, and balance its harsh realities with moments of levity from the daily lives of regular people. For further reading click here

Douala’s Streets Become A Runway
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:33

okayafrica: Every three years in Douala, Cameroon, contemporary art centre Doual’art hosts artists from all over the world as part of the Salon Urbain de Douala (SUD). Doual’art was founded in 1991 by Marilyn Douala Bell and Dider Schaub with the aim of supporting the production of contemporary art in Cameroon. Participants in the triennial event create experimental, multi-disciplinary public works relating to themes of urban life and society in Douala. For further reading click here

 

Olajumoke Adenowo: Nigeria's star architect on how she made it
Sun, 12/14/2014 - 19:31

CNN: She enrolled at the University of Ife at just 14. Five years later, she had her first degree in architecture, and by 23 she was employed and designing her first building. Three years later, she set up shop solo, and two decades on she is one of Nigeria's most accomplished architects. Always an overachiever, the ambitious builder -- once described as the "face of architecture in the Nigeria" -- has dedicated her illustrious career to reimagining her homeland's landscape. For further reading click here.

Grace Mugabe profile: The rise of Zimbabwe's first lady
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:07

BBC: Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe has taken centre stage as the ruling Zanu-PF party holds an important meeting on the future leadership of the country. BBC Africa's Zimbabwe correspondent Brian Hungwe charts her rise. For further reading click here.

African Diasporas, Playing With the Past
Mon, 12/08/2014 - 16:06

NYTimes: Omar Victor Diop, a Senegalese photographer, was feeling out of place during an artist residency in Málaga, Spain, when he discovered the seminal series “The Image of the Black in Western Art.” In it, he found centuries-old Western paintings from the Menil Collection in Houston that depicted people of African descent from the Renaissance to the emergence of the slave trade. For further reading click here.

African Books for Western Eyes
Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:25

NYTimes: My close friend Mercy, when she heard about my novel, congratulated me: I had found out “what the white people wanted to read and given it to them.” Mercy had a point. The idea for my book may have been independently inspired, but the approval of “white people” was crucial. Success for an African writer still depends on the West. For further reading click here.

 

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