This week’s links: French citizenship for WWII soldiers, book recs, and more

Here’s a run-down of the interesting links we mentioned during this week’s episode of Ufahamu Africa. First, France gave citizenship to 28 veterans of WWII and “other conflicts” who were of African origin: 23 Senegalese, 2 Congolese, 2 Central Africans and 1 Ivorian.  Quartz Africa writer Lily Kuo (@lilkuo) writes:  Many of them were from Senegal, a … More This week’s links: French citizenship for WWII soldiers, book recs, and more

Ep15. A conversation with Dr. Lahra Smith on refugees and migrants in the Horn of Africa

In this week’s episode, we speak with Georgetown University professor Lahra Smith. Her book, Making Citizens in Africa: Ethnicity, Gender and National Identity in Ethiopia, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013. Dr. Smith has taught and conducted research in refugee camps in East and Southern Africa, and has ongoing research on civic education … More Ep15. A conversation with Dr. Lahra Smith on refugees and migrants in the Horn of Africa

This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more

In remembrance of the April 1994 genocide in Rwanda, we interviewed Kivu Ruhorahoza in our latest episode. We also talked about what a bad week it was for opposing presidents in Uganda and Zambia. Starting with Uganda, outspoken scholar Stella Nyanzi (@drstellanyanzi) has been arrested. She was charged with cyberharrassment and offensive communication. Her arrest followed critical … More This week’s links: jailing opponents in Uganda and Zambia, LGBTQ rights in Tanzania, music from Rwanda, and more

Ep14. A conversation with Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza on memory, audience, and art more broadly

In remembrance of the genocide in Rwanda in April 1994, in this week’s episode, we speak with Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza (@KivuRuhorahoza). His debut film Grey Matter, which came out in 2011, won the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. His second film, Things of the Aimless Wanderer, … More Ep14. A conversation with Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza on memory, audience, and art more broadly

What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: rhinos, music and poetry in Gambia, term limits in Benin, Africa newsletters, and more

Agatoni asked in this week’s episode: Did you know that rhino horns actually grow back? This week, South Africa’s constitutional court dismissed an appeal by the government to keep the ban on rhino horn trade in place. The trade was originally halted in 2009 and now, anyone with a permit will be free to trade rhino … More What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: rhinos, music and poetry in Gambia, term limits in Benin, Africa newsletters, and more

Ep13. A conversation with Constantine Manda about increasing authoritarianism in Tanzania

In this week’s podcast, we speak with Constantine Manda (@msisiri), a doctoral student in political science at Yale University who hails from Tanzania. We talk about recent events in Tanzania, including the firing of Tanzania’s information minister and the arrest of rapper Nay wa Mitego, and how these events signal growing authoritarianism in the country since the … More Ep13. A conversation with Constantine Manda about increasing authoritarianism in Tanzania

What we’re reading this week: authoritarianism in Tanzania, academic freedom in Malawi, genocide and justice in Namibia, and more

Related to the last episode‘s focus on seeking justice for descendants of the colonial genocide committed by Germans in present-day Namibia, there’s some good reporting in Deutsche Welle on the Namibian government considering suing Germany over reparations to compensate the genocide’s victims. If our episode was the first time you heard about the genocide in Namibia, … More What we’re reading this week: authoritarianism in Tanzania, academic freedom in Malawi, genocide and justice in Namibia, and more