Category Archives: Leadership

Resisting working ourselves to the bone: for black girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough

Resisting working ourselves to the bone: for black girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough

Tweet By: Siphokazi Magadla* In the past few weeks I have been raving to several friends on email, whatsapp, BBM, facebook and even at random dinner conversations about Melissa Harris-Perry’s book “Sister Citizen: shame, stereotypes, and black women in America/for colored girls who’ve considered politics when being strong isn’t enough” (2011). In this ambitious project Harris-Perry… Continue Reading

Fostering Development: African Solutions for Africa?

Fostering Development: African Solutions for Africa?

Tweet By: Gilbert Omware* A cry rings out through the pages of time and the experiences of the present day. It is a call to arms and everyone in Africa must respond to this cry. We must respond with action and not only speech. We must respond with solutions for ourselves by ourselves. It always… Continue Reading

Putting the “white” back into the White House: Race baiting, Barack Obama and memories of Jim Crow

Putting the “white” back into the White House: Race baiting, Barack Obama and memories of Jim Crow

Tweet By: Merrian* When I saw this picture with the inscription “Put the white back in the white house” I was dismayed.  Not surprised, but definitely disappointed. Regardless of how one feels about the politics of the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who also happens to be black: one thing is clear in… Continue Reading

Telling HERstory: Nomzamo Winfreda ‘Winnie’ Madikizela-Mandela and the politics of ‘celebration’

Tweet By: Gcobani Qambela*, Bose Maposa** and Nadia Ahmadou*** Writing on “Birthdays, Legacies, Love, Leadership: Letter to Nelson Mandela” Esther Armah in the Huffington Post takes us to Philadelphia in 1996 where Winnie Madikizela Mandela was the keynote speaker at the Million Woman March. Armah notes that some White American liberal women questioned the legitimacy… Continue Reading

Governance of Security in Post-Hegemonic World: defining a normative role for Africa

Governance of Security in Post-Hegemonic World: defining a normative role for Africa

Tweet   By: Thembani Mbadlanyana*  The demise of a bi-polar world inaugurated an astounding change in global geo-politics. Much of the post-Cold War period has been characterised by a dismissal phase of declining prosperity, increased insecurity and incomprehensible complexities and as such, considerable attention has been given to issues of global governance and security. This… Continue Reading

Audacity of Peace: ‘Boko Haram’ and the Plight of a Nation

Tweet By: Steve Arowolo* I grew up in the North Central part of Nigeria, in an area that is predominantly populated by Muslims. This is because my father, an Anglican church elder had reason to live and work amidst people of different religious and ethnic orientation. Growing up was peaceful and I am filled with… Continue Reading

SoapOperatization of Politics in Madagascar II: can the real Malagasy people please stand up?

Tweet by Domoina* & Ketakandriana** Between 2009 and 2012, the global political world has undergone important changes: the Arab Spring has definitely changed the face of politics in Arab world, France passed from Right to Left, the United Kingdom had a new prime minister, Obama came to power and now he’s ending his first mandate.… Continue Reading

Sentenced to the good life: notes from Norway, lessons for South Africa?

Sentenced to the good life: notes from Norway, lessons for South Africa?

Tweet A few weeks ago, on the 23rd of August, 2012 I attended a South African government funded ‘Women’s Forum’ in the rural South African town of Lady Frere. The event was ‘Women only’ but I managed to gain entry by virtue of the fact that I went to listen to my sister who was… Continue Reading

Urban Policy, Environment and Development: the challenges of urban policy makers

Urban Policy, Environment and Development: the challenges of urban policy makers

Tweet In Dakar, the capital of Senegal, as well as in other major Senegalese cities, torrential rains have caused important human deaths and severe financial and material losses over the last week (http://www.afrik.com/article26806.html).  According to the Ministry spokesperson Adjutant Mbaye Sady Diop, this situation is due to the defective “city’s drainage system”. At the same… Continue Reading