Ep45. A conversation with Abdulbasit Kassim on religion, Boko Haram, and more

In this week’s episode, we talk about conflict in Cameroon, work by the writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, land restitution in South Africa, and Nanjala Nyabola’s new book. This week’s featured conversation is with Abdulbasit Kassim, who visited Northwestern University’s Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa earlier this week. Kassim is a PhD student in the Department of Religion at Rice University, where his research focuses on the Intellectual History of Islam in Africa, Contemporary Islamic Movements in Africa, Postcolonial African States, African Religions, and the International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa. He is the co-editor of The Boko Haram Reader: From Nigerian Preachers to the Islamic State. The Boko Haram Reader is an unprecedented collection of primary source texts, audio-visuals, and nashids translated into English from Hausa, Arabic, and Kanuri. It traces the history and evolution of the Boko Haram movement. Kassim’s segment begins at 5:53. … More Ep45. A conversation with Abdulbasit Kassim on religion, Boko Haram, and more

Links this week: new Africa podcasts, media freedom in Tanzania, and more

One of the first things we mentioned in this week’s episode was two new podcasts we thought our listeners would be interested in: On Africa with Travis Adkins (@TravisLAdkins) and Into Africa with Judd Devermont (@JDevermont). Long-time listeners may remember that Judd was on Ufahamu Africa during our first season, when we talked about the Biafran War. … More Links this week: new Africa podcasts, media freedom in Tanzania, and more

Ep44. A conversation with Anthonia Kalu on writing and African storytelling

In this episode of Ufahamu Africa, we talk about a new West African currency, media freedom in Tanzania, and an Ethiopian satellite that will launch soon. This week’s featured conversation is with Dr. Anthonia Kalu, a professor of comparative literature and gender and sexuality studies at UC Riverside. In our chat we talk about kola nuts, cross-cultural digital possibilities, writing, and African storytelling. Her interview begins at 6:44.  … More Ep44. A conversation with Anthonia Kalu on writing and African storytelling

Links this week: Ethiopia’s new female president, #BecauseWeBleed protests in South Africa, and more

In this week’s episode, we featured a chat with Jennifer Kyker on the mbira, gender, and music from Zimbabwe’s liberation movement. Much of the conversation referred to her 2014 article, “Learning in Secret: Entanglements between Gender and Age in Women’s Experiences with the Zimbabwean Mbira Dzavadzimu.” Somehow, we didn’t get a chance to talk about her excellent book, Oliver Mtukudzi: Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe, published by Indiana University Press.

At the end of the episode, we asked for a music (in lieu of a book) recommendation and Jennifer Kyker told us about an artist who came to be known through songs he wrote during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle: Comrade Chinx, aka Dickson Chingaira; Kyker specifically pointed our listeners to his “Nzira Dzemasoja” (which she translated to as “the path of soldiers”, and based in Mao’s principles of moral military combat): … More Links this week: Ethiopia’s new female president, #BecauseWeBleed protests in South Africa, and more

Ep43. A conversation with Jennifer Kyker about the mbira, gender, and more

Welcome back to Ufahamu Africa. This week’s episode is the first in Season 3. We are excited to announce a new co-host, Rachel Beatty Riedl (@BeattyRiedl), an associate professor of political science and director of the Program of African Studies at Northwestern University. We’ve also brought back the weekly roundup of things we’re learning and reading about the continent to open the episode.

This week’s episode features a conversation with Jennifer Kyker, an associate professor of music and of ethnomusicology at the University of Rochester. We talk about the mbira, an instrument you’ll hear featured in this week’s episode. Kyker is the author of a book on popular music in postcolonial Zimbabwe, Oliver Mtukudzi: Living Tuku Music in Zimbabwe, published by Indiana University Press. Our chat begins at 6:44. … More Ep43. A conversation with Jennifer Kyker about the mbira, gender, and more

Ep42. A conversation with author Petina Gappah on politics, writing, and more

This week’s episode features Petina Gappah, a writer and international lawyer from Zimbabwe. Thanks to the efforts of Chipo Dendere, Petina visited the Five Colleges earlier this year and we had a chance to sit down and talk. In addition to chatting about her forthcoming historical novel on David Livingstone’s companions, we talk about Gappah’s award-winning book The Book of Memory, and her two collections of short stories, An Elegy for Easterly and Rotten Row. In our conversation, she shares why she became a writer and her approach to writing.  … More Ep42. A conversation with author Petina Gappah on politics, writing, and more

Ep41. A conversation with Jennifer Tappan about health and medicine in African history

In our second episode during Black History Month, I chat another historian of Africa: Jennifer Tappan, Associate Professor of African History at Portland State University. Her research focuses on the history of medicine and health. This week we talk about her book, The Riddle of Malnutrition: The Long Arc of Biomedical and Public Health Interventions in Uganda. We also talk about a new project she’s started on the history of yellow fever in Africa. … More Ep41. A conversation with Jennifer Tappan about health and medicine in African history