2007

La République et sa Bête : à propos des émeutes dans les banlieues de France

par Achille Mbembe

La France est un vieux pays fier de ses traditions et de son histoire. Sans son apport sur le plan de la philosophie, de la culture, de l’art et de l’esthétique, notre monde serait sans doute plus pauvre en esprit et en humanité. Voilà le côté limpide, presque cristallin de son identité.

Whither University?

Last month a group of academics from Tanzanian, Kenyan and Ugandan universities met to discuss and reflect on the state of academia in our countries. What is the state of our universities? Are they still the sites of generating knowledge? Do academics still pursue truth? Are our universities still the symbols of nationalism that they were in the 1960s?
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How Kenya exploded in my heart

by Petina Gappah

My friend Yvonne once told me that it was only when she lived in my country’s capital that she understood which city Nairobi was going to be when it grew up. Harare in the 1990s was funky and groovy and uncluttered and happening. Zimbabwe in the 1990s was a country in which people still dreamed and planned with the reasonable expectation that their dreams would come true, and if they didn’t, they could downgrade them to less ambitious, but still acceptable versions.
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Writing Nervous

by Brian Chikwava

One can argue that great literary works are rarely about good sentences or syntax. Given a good literary mind, these are insignificances that will normally sort themselves out. More often than not, it is the pulse of the mind behind a piece of work that either turns it into a shoddy bundle of words, or a creation that will find resonance across cultures and connect peoples experiences in ways unenvisaged before. Such minds have been seen in geographically disparate corners of the world: Nawal el Saadawi in Egypt; Augusto Roa Bastos in Paraguay; Abdullah Hussein in Pakistan; Ngugi Wa Thiongo in Kenya; Boris Pasternak in the Soviet Union; Steve Biko in South Africa; the list is endless.
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Binyavanga Wainaina with the WEF and Queen Rania of Jordan

Binyavanga Wainaina responds to an invitation from the World Economic Forum

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Khulile Nxumalo with himself

What is the film all about?

The film is a contemporary recount of the daughter of Credo Mutwa of the burning of their house in 1976, on how she has carried the burden that is either a falsity or a truth for the past thirty years and her opening a can of worms, as if to exorcise a ghost, through searching for some semblance of the truth in her immediate community, and ultimately through a confrontation with her father.
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CHIMURENGA 11 – CONVERSATIONS WITH POETS WHO REFUSE TO SPEAK

HOUSE OF TRUTH AT DOKUMENTA 12 IN KASSEL, GERMANY

BIBI BAKARE-YUSUF AT THE CHIMURENGA FACTORY – 28 NOV 2007

Pics by Noncido, Leroy & Stacy

CLEMENTINE DELISS AT THE CHIMURENGA FACTORY