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Africa news and analysis from The Nation
July 2, 2019
Namwali Serpell’s Postcolonial Epic
The Old Drift
tells the multigenerational story of Zambia coming into being.
June 28, 2019
‘I Want LGBT Africans to Be at Home Everywhere’: A Q&A With Chike Frankie Edozien
The author of the memoir
Lives of Great Men
discusses the skewed coverage of gay life in Africa.
June 21, 2019
How the US Shapes Queer Activism in Liberia
Outsiders have both helped and harmed Liberia’s LGBT community.
June 4, 2019
‘Blood,’ the Anthem of Sudan’s Revolution, Takes on New Meaning Amid Violent Repression
A new generation of musicians and artists has been inspired by—and is inspiring—the uprising.
May 28, 2019
In a Painful Setback, Kenya’s High Court Upholds Antigay Laws
LGBT activists say they will continue their campaign to dismantle the colonial-era legislation, inside and outside the courtroom.
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May 15, 2019
The Soccer Fans That Toppled a Government
From Algeria’s soccer stadiums, fans launched an uprising that brought down President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
May 6, 2019
Where Did the South African Left Go Wrong?
The ANC has failed to tackle poverty and inequality—and will win the presidency anyway.
May 2, 2019
The Trump Era Calls for an ‘American Spring’
It’s time that our president—like the autocrats he is propping up across North Africa and the Middle East—finally be held accountable.
May 1, 2019
Ethiopia’s Economic Miracle Is an Environmental Tragedy
Ethiopia’s rivers and lakes are now drying up at terrifying speed.
May 1, 2019
Why South Africans Are Talking About Land Expropriation
A quarter-century after apartheid’s end, cities are overcrowded, and black citizens own a tiny fraction of their country’s farmland.