Reflecting Rogue: An Extract

Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist, published by MFBooks Joburg. RRP: R240. Available at all good bookstores. A mothering feminist’s life  A celebration, meditation and roll call During a panel with four feminist writers, moderator Mohale Mashigo, Yewande Omotoso and Nnedi Okorafor, at the 2016 Open Book Festival in Cape Town, Kabura Nganga […]

Kenya Groans Under the Weight of a Rapacious Elite

  Firoze Manji A few days after the elections held in Kenya on 8 August 2017, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced that the incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta, son of Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya, had won by a margin of 9% against his main challenger, Raila Odinga, son of Oginga […]

The Seeds of the Imagination: Colin Kaepernick’s Gift

  In his response to his friend Fredric Jameson’s essay “American Utopia,” Slavoj Žižek makes a case for what is all too often lost in the uproar and turmoil caused by a historical event. What is forgotten, Žižek argues, are those “seeds of the imagination” that first created the conditions that made the event possible; […]

In Search of Lost Time

  Grahamstown is a madeleine cake. A sleepy student town where its history as a centre for English colonial expansion in the Eastern Cape remains apparent on its streets, and in its architecture — in its material, physical and social structures.   It is a place where time can stand still as easily as it […]

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