What we’re reading this week: Somalia’s new president, Design Indaba meets IKEA, and more

Following up on the Somalia election earlier this year, UCLA PhD candidate Safia Farole wrote a piece for The Monkey Cage about what the election means going forward. Farole draws connections between new president Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s previous experience as a bureaucrat in the United States and the broader role the Somali diaspora will play in Somalia’s political and economic future. Farole’s post reminds me of the work of Dr. Chipo Dendere, who has a line of research on remittances and politics and is also a guest on this week’s episode.

There’s some exciting news from the Swedish furnishings company Ikea. In collaboration with Design Indaba, a team of leading fashion designers, architects, and illustrators from across the African continent will produce a flagship collection for Ikea in 2019. Design Indaba’s Instagram feed features a few sneak peeks and I’m already in love with what I think is a rug

In Africa is a Country this week, University of Florida PhD candidate Oumar Ba reviews Yale anthropologist Louisa Lombard’s recent book, State of Rebellion: Violence and Intervention in the Central African Republic. Ba notes that State of Rebellion is accessible to a broad audience while also challenging how writing for a wide audience can sometimes lead to superficial narratives.

If you haven’t already read it, there’s a great interview of Ufahamu Africa’s matron saint Chimamanda Adichie in The Guardian. She’s just published a new book, entitled Dear Ijeawale, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. The new book is an extension of a letter to a friend who inquired how to raise a feminist. 

Don’t forget that Ufahamu Africa is taking a break this week, but we’ll be back to regular programming Saturday, March 25.


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