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Nigeria’s Nollywood By Pieter hugo. Pictures of the Nigerian film industry.

see the serie Hienas by pieter hugo

Pieter Hugo is a white South African who presents an image of Nollywood as something grotesque and exotic to the classy patrons of white elite art spaces. This is colonialism of the lens.

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Xitsonga – Origins of the Language and Naming Practices

Xitsonga has Bantu and Nguni influences, and is also known as Tsonga, Thonga, Tonga (slightly different from the Tonga now commonly spoken in Zambia). Shangaan and Changana. 

According to the 2011Census of South Africa, speakers of Xitsonga constitute 4.5% of the population (2 280 000 people), and are settled in Limpopo, Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

Xitsonga naming practices can be understood in 4 categories: a) names connected with misfortune or accusation, b) names connected with places or manner of birth, c) nicknames (or names given in light of a person’s eccentricities or other personality traits) and d) names connected to animals. 

Please take note that these ABCs don’t contain names that begin with letters C, E, G, I, J, O, Y and Z.

Information by Nombuso Nkambule | Illustration gifs by Thandiwe Tshabalala


Sengoku Basara - The Last Party ED    

The child is not dead
The child lifts his fists against his mother
Who shouts Afrika ! shouts the breath
Of freedom and the veld
In the locations of the cordoned heart

The child lifts his fists against his father
in the march of the generations
who shouts Afrika ! shout the breath
of righteousness and blood
in the streets of his embattled pride

The child is not dead not at Langa nor at Nyanga
not at Orlando nor at Sharpeville
nor at the police station at Philippi
where he lies with a bullet through his brain

The child is the dark shadow of the soldiers
on guard with rifles Saracens and batons
the child is present at all assemblies and law-givings
the child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers
this child who just wanted to play in the sun at Nyanga is everywhere
the child grown to a man treks through all Africa
the child grown into a giant journeys through the whole world

Without a pass

Ingrid Jonker - Rook en Oker, 1963

wedding goth/pan-african grunge


i dont know much about theology but calvinism seems legitimately evil

fwiw calvinism was one of the cornerstones of afrikaner identity (and its churches endorsed apartheid )


In honor of International Literacy Day, I compiled a list of some of my favourite books written by African authors (with the exception of the book about Fela). There are many books I could’ve added to this post but these were the first that came to mind.

There’s no order to this list and each comes highly recommended as they, in some way, changed me for the better. If I had to pick a favourite it would undoubtedly be Zimbabwean writer Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions simply because it was the first book I read in which I related so deeply to several of the characters - and still do. From Nyasha’s struggle with depression and being caught between two cultures she feels alienated by, to Tambu’s hunger for a world beyond her circumstances. Ugandan author Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino and Song of Ocol comes in a close second, it’s just about as cheeky and blunt as I am in some parts and, perhaps a little out of narcissism, is why I enjoyed it.

Between these 18 books you’ll find everything from the personal to the political, and everything in-between. There’s love, there’s romance, there’s struggle, there’s strife, there’s beauty and there’s ugly too. No story is as simple as their titles may suggest, just read Camara Laye’s L’enfant Noir (The African Child) that explores the author’s early childhood in Guinea under French colonisation, or South African writer Sol Plaatjie’s historical novel Mhudi written in 1919 that placed a woman at the center of a story that deals with survival, displacement and early European colonisation in South Africa.

For anyone interested in reading these books, I found some of them available online (not all are complete):

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