In memoriam: Professor Ian Taylor

A collective tribute to a true friend of Africa and a wonderful teacher. On 22 February 2021, we lost Professor Ian Taylor. Ian has been a world-renowned scholar who made outstanding contributions in the fields of International Relations, African politics and China-Africa studies. Besides his remarkable academic achievements and output, Ian was an extremely passionateContinue reading “In memoriam: Professor Ian Taylor”

Zambia’s Financial Crisis

Alex Dano examines the causes of the fragile economic situation in Zambia and discusses how the Republic can navigate their way out of it.  After missing a payment of more than 40 million USD last month, Zambia is on the brink of defaulting on its foreign debt. Whilst struggling with their external debt load, Zambia borrowed loans from numerous commercial banks in 2012 in anContinue reading “Zambia’s Financial Crisis”

SARS: A Summary, Update and Message from Peers

Jannah Babar reflects on the #EndSARS movement with testimonies generously offered by Nigerian students at the University of St Andrews.  The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which was originally instated in 1992 to combat armed robbery and other serious crimes, has now become interchangeable with accusations of police brutality and indemnity (Parkinson, 2020). Interestingly, the crimes which SARS sought toContinue reading “SARS: A Summary, Update and Message from Peers”

Mahraganat: the Egyptian street music the government doesn’t want you to hear

Livian Stokes explores the origins and spread of Mahraganat, a popular style of street music that authorities believe serves as a threat to traditional Egyptian attitudes.  Throughout history, Egypt remained a cultural center of the Arab world, largely due to its music scene. Those familiar with Arabic music will certainly know of Umm Kalthum, a legendary classical singer of 1950s Egypt. She is a staple of any Arabian music playlist. ButContinue reading “Mahraganat: the Egyptian street music the government doesn’t want you to hear”

Private Collection Tour: 10 Artifacts from the DRC

Kiran Hughes walks us through a few pieces from a private collection of artifacts from the Democratic Republic of Congo, detailing each piece’s history and purpose.  Cultural Artifacts from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Selected items from the collection of Richard Hughes, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.  Context and descriptions excerpted from “Power and Passion: Traditional African Art”, a catalogue for a privateContinue reading “Private Collection Tour: 10 Artifacts from the DRC”

Tourism and Conservation: A Fragile Partnership in Danger

Alex Dano sheds light on the dangerous impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s safari parks, which not only provide economic stability to the region, but also protect endangered species vital to the food chain, and ultimately, our health. Africa’s safari parks offer a fair transaction: tourists are provided an intimate experience with unmatched natural wonders while AfricansContinue reading “Tourism and Conservation: A Fragile Partnership in Danger”

Behind the Veil of Tanzania: An Exploration of Censorship in a Retreating Democracy

Katherine Hughes analyses Tanzania’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting President John Magufuli’s abuse of power and widespread censorship, suggesting his filtering of information is vital in securing his reelection this month. On April 29th, 2020, the Republic of Tanzania, like all other states around the globe, filed an official report to the World Health OrganizationContinue reading “Behind the Veil of Tanzania: An Exploration of Censorship in a Retreating Democracy”

The Erasure of Black History in British National Curriculum

Kiran Hughes expounds on the need for the decolonization of British national curricula and for the incorporation of Black and African histories within the education system.  October in the United Kingdom is Black History Month. This means that for four weeks out of the year, charities like English Heritage pull out portraits of Britain’s forgotten Black and African figures, news channels spotlight stories about Black people and events that haveContinue reading “The Erasure of Black History in British National Curriculum”

A Lost Decade: The Chaotic Ecstasy of 1970s Nigerian Psychedelic Rock

Livian Stokes details the lost decade of Nigerian psychedelic rock, its key figures, and the dark political turmoil that influenced it.  Imagine swarms of young men in bell bottoms and women in colorful printed dresses and long dangly earrings dancing to a thrumming bassline and a raging guitar solo. The drums enrapture the crowds with a steadyContinue reading “A Lost Decade: The Chaotic Ecstasy of 1970s Nigerian Psychedelic Rock”

Developing Compatible Financial Infrastructure within Africa’s Informal Economies

Sam Henderson proposes a three-part solution for African economies to maximize their potential by building an infrastructure centered around their informal nature. In the past, we have seen how the mere mention of growth has led to the formation of exuberant expectations causing companies to be pumped with money, inflating markets before a crash. So why have we not seen an influxContinue reading “Developing Compatible Financial Infrastructure within Africa’s Informal Economies”