Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, born in 1900, was the Nigerian daughter of a returned slave who lived in the Yuroba Region. Well educated with a colonial education and a Christian background, she was radicalised through the actions of the British occupation of Nigeria: its racism, sexism and economic violence.
A few months ago, JoanMcAlpine caused huge amounts of controversy with her first column for the Daily Record. The unionists went into a tizzy over it, calling for her head on a plate. The article in question likens the situation of Scotland to that of a woman within a traditional marriage.
I watched the Kony2012 viral video and response with mounting horror. A slick, professional propaganda film, heavy on emotional pull demanding US intervention in Central Africa gained a visibility that most activist campaigns can only dream of. The campaign has been critiqued in a variety of places from a variety of angles, yet one must …
I came across Kony 2012, a few hours ago, but boy did I come across it. suddenly it exploded all over my social media, with three posts on Facebook, five tweets and a thread on Reddit. I’ve very vaguely heard of Joseph Kony before,but suddenly his name was everywhere, associated with a very slick video.
There is an interesting anecdote doing the rounds at the moment, written by Field Ruwe, a Zambian novelist and journalist currently based in California. It tells the story of a chance meeting on a plane between Ruwe and ‘Walter’, a former IMF official now working in a similar capacity for another organisation.
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