We apologize that this week’s round-up of reads is publishing so late. It’s hard to shake Spring Break and get back to reality.
To weather the recent cold (hahahaha), I’ve been listening to the live recording of Congolese music we played in our latest episode. If you liked the music and find yourself on your way to Kinshasa, check out Chez Beki/Quick Poulet’s Facebook page to see what’s on the schedule. We also recommend our earlier episode featuring a conversation with Dr. Laura Seay, an expert on Congolese politics.
We talked in the last episode of tragic news from Ethiopia. Earlier this month, a landfill in the capital Addis Ababa collapsed, killing at least 113 people. The New York Times reported earlier this week on the event, linking the constraints the Ethiopian government faces in providing rubbish services to the anti-government Oromo Protests.
Most of our conversation in the studio last week was about the recent controversy surrounding remarks made by Chimamanda Adichie on trans womanhood. Watch her remarks in the original interview. And then read Adichie’s Facebook post that followed. But most definitely read what this transwoman reporter had to say about the controversy and the broader historical context in which this is embedded.
Check out the Africa-related posts this week on The Monkey Cage at The Washington Post that we mentioned:
- Nominee for politics blog title throwing most shade: Morocco’s King just named a new prime minister in case you forgot who’s in charge.
- Dr. Amy Patterson of University of the South draws on her research on health governance in Africa in her can’t-miss Monkey Cage post that examines what the consequences would be for global health if U.S. President Trump’s proposed budget was adopted.
And here are a few other great pieces we didn’t have a chance to talk about in the last episode:
- Homegrown technology is being used to help millions at risk from a devastating famine in Africa
- Previous Ufahamu Africa guest Priscilla Semphere has a new piece at HuffPo: Blacker Than You: Daniel Kaluuya, The Place of Race and the Race Of Place
- How do you have an African business summit and not have any Africans attend? Have it in the U.S.