Aaron Bady: Once is a Mistake, Twice is JazzDecember 2015
Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 is essentially an unfinished metal structure.
Myrrh in the Time of the AnthropoceneSeptember 2015
Boundaries of Nature: Each time my friend reaches for his resin, he taps into a global knowledge honed over millennia, a true people’s pharmacopeia.
The Alchemy of CinemaSeptember 2015
The documentarian on white savior narratives, making enemies of gunrunners and governments, and nonfiction film as art.
The EdgeMay 2015
She studied her face, looking for any change. A bad person. A cheat. A lesbian. A cheating, barren lesbian.
Claire Nielsen: Apartheid’s Final OutpostFebruary 2015
In Orania, South Africa’s last remaining white-only town, the country’s history of racial segregation and white supremacy lives on.
Mitigating the SilenceFebruary 2015
The author couldn’t find a single press in the world devoted to publishing African poetry. So he created one.
First there was a little crackle as the pin scratched the record and then the voices would begin to sing or talk and would float into the surrounding inky darkness.
Nick Turse: Pirates of the Gulf of GuineaSeptember 2014
In the face of rising maritime insecurity, AFRICOM claims success and Obama embraces a strongman.
Documenting ProximityAugust 2014
A mathematician destined for a plum job in finance drops everything to become a freelance journalist in war-torn Congo.
Nick Turse: As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South SudanAugust 2014
The limits of America’s African experiment in nation building.
Nick Turse: The U.S. Military’s New Normal in AfricaMay 2014
A secret African mission and an African mission that’s no secret.
Nick Turse: U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in AfricaMarch 2014
Documents reveal blinding pace of ops in 2013, and more of the same for 2014.
The WidowNovember 2013
The husband did not stop until he reached the ocean. Did not turn to wave at the woman he would widow.
Nick Turse: The Pivot to AfricaSeptember 2013
On the startling size, scope, and growth of U.S. military operations on the African continent.
from A Forest of a Thousand Daemons: A Hunter’s SagaSeptember 2013
Without a doubt, my friend has told you the tale about my parents, and about the various things that I experienced when I visited the Forest of Irunmale.
The WatchSeptember 2013
Everyone is hoping that the just declared new country will be lucky, that the rioting and murdering will not break out as predicted by the expat at our bar the night before.
Jesus Owes Me MoneyAugust 2013
What I’m about to tell you Pastor John doesn’t know.
Mozambique’s Mining BoomtownMay 2013
The discovery of a massive coal basin in Mozambique has kicked up a frenzy of investment, but this steroidal economy comes with a cost.
Blak PowerMay 2013
They are just everywhere, walking, rushing, running, toyi-toying, fists and machetes and knives and sticks and all sorts of weapons and the flags of the country in the air, Budapest quivering with the sound of their blazing voices: Kill the Boer, the farmer, the khiwa.
The Worst Thing That HappenedApril 2013
“Don’t worry, it will be okay, these things happen for a reason,” Ma Bille said. “As I always say: the worst thing to happen to you is for the best—”
Scott Ross: Kony2013March 2013
One year later, the LRA leader is still at large—but the controversial viral video has changed America’s relationship to the International Criminal Court.
The Lump in Her ThroatFebruary 2013
I don’t like the box they have put Papa in; I would have gotten him the fancy kind with polished wood and golden handles.
Farewell, AfricaJanuary 2013
According to Cornish, the pool, an infinity pool, would be able to recreate the event of Africa sinking into the sea.
A Man of the PeopleDecember 2012
He takes her hand, careful to keep his eyes away from her dominant breasts, her full pouty lips, and they begin in the living room.
Joseph Gergel: Nigerian Nostalgia ProjectNovember 2012
A massive collection of pre-digital photography shows a nation in transition—and manages bring Facebook-level connectivity into a gallery space.
Medina Dugger: Images from UndergroundNovember 2012
Young Lagosian photographers examine the corners of their city that often go unseen.
Glenna Gordon: LagosPhoto 2012November 2012
A month-long photography festival aims to capture the spirit of one of Africa’s biggest and busiest cities.
Hipstamatic RevolutionSeptember 2012
Avoiding the simplistic narratives of Afro-pessimism and Afro-optimism, photographer Peter diCampo uses photo-apps to represent everyday Africa.
If you must travel, travel by Amtrak. Trains are safe, buses are not. I mean safe from raids by the INS.
TaxCast: Capital Flight in Africa and Europe, Usain Bolt’s Taxes, and Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on InequalityAugust 2012
Capital flight in Africa and now in Europe, Olympian Usain Bolt fails to champion his tax affairs, and Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on tax and inequality.
Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” WarJuly 2012
Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history.
The Rappers of RutshuruJuly 2012
Making music in war-torn Eastern Congo
Nick Turse: Obama’s Scramble for AfricaJuly 2012
Secret wars, secret bases, and the Pentagon’s “new spice route” in Africa.
Laura Seay: Old Ideas for the New AfricaJune 2012
Obama's "new" Africa policy prioritizes security over democracy. But the continent is changing rapidly, and U.S. policy needs to adapt--here's why.
Photography and Other TruthsMay 2012
South Africa's Pieter Hugo on negotiating representations of Africa, the searing controversy surrounding his work, Nick Cave, and his friend the late Tim Hetherington.
The House That Doe BuiltMay 2012
Can Liberia's celebrated president win the trust of her people?
Lagos Photo FestivalDecember 2011 A selection of work from the 2011 Lagos Photo Festival by forty photographers from around the world.
Picturing AfricaDecember 2011 Lagos Photo Festival founder Azu Nwagbogu on combating Afro-pessimism, the dialogue between Africa and the West, and depicting the “other Africa” of industry and intellect.
Those Who Answered to AbrahamAugust 2011
“It is bad that a man who has swum in the great River Niger should be drowned in its small tributary.”
Contested TerritoryJuly 2011 On July 9, southern Sudan is scheduled to become the world’s newest country. Rebecca Hamilton discusses the impact of this change on the rest of the region.
Would you run in the Olympics for the country that occupied your birth country and refused to allow its independence? The subject of a forthcoming documentary on his contested homeland, the Western Sahara.
Lamu SquatMarch 2011 They fix passage across the channel for three hundred shillings; Meroe haggles. The motorboats have long since skimmed into the dusk, the passengers smiling and laughing at the platitudes of the Lamuans.
June’s winter, ivory-rinsed blue, // a wild dog tugs a sock of skin /
down an impala’s stick-leg penciling skyward
Kitintale SkateboardersJune 2010 Faced with a lack of concrete, these Ugandan skateboarders took matters into their own hands and built what was likely the first skatepark in East Africa.
Aiding Is AbettingApril 2009 International author and economist on ending western aid to Africa, what Bono and Geldof don't get, and the stifling of African independence and entrepreneurship.
WaitingBy E.C. Osondu (Winner of the 2009 Caine Prize for African Writing)
My friends in the camp are known by the inscriptions written on their t-shirts. Acapulco wears a t-shirt with the inscription, Acapulco. Sexy’s t-shirt has the inscription Tell Me I’m Sexy. Paris’s t-shirt says See Paris And Die.
When Rain Hits This City Already FlounderingBy A. Igoni Barrett
The sergeant dealt him a series of rapid-fire slashes across the face with his whip, and then dragged him to the edge of the flooded pit.
Nicholas Kristof: The Crisis of Our TimesJune 2005 "What I learned from him was that you could perhaps better tell the story of a place by writing of a tiny village as a sort of prism into the bigger issues the culture was facing."
foreign gods, inc.By Okey Ndibe, from the novel-in-progress "foreign gods, inc."
To be more specific, we own a Wolof god of justice and an Ewe goddess of fertility,”