Ep47. A conversation with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about student protests at KNUST in Ghana

Don’t miss our first episode featuring an interview conducted at the African Studies Association annual meeting last week. We chat with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about recent student protests at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where George is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Political Studies. Lauren was on campus during the protests visiting Ghana for research; she is the Arthur F. Bentley Chair and Professor of political science at Indiana University at Bloomington. 

In addition to telling the story of how the KNUST protests unfolded and the grievances students had that led to the protests, George and Lauren talk more broadly about what the protests (and state response) mean for academic freedom, democracy in Ghana, and more. Their segment begins at 6:51. … More Ep47. A conversation with George Bob-Milliar and Lauren MacLean about student protests at KNUST in Ghana

Ep46. A conversation with Evan Mwangi on translations, literature in African languages, and more

For the first time ever, Kim and Rachel are together to record this week’s episode, which includes a conversation with Northwestern University’s Evan Mwangi. Professor Mwangi talks about his most recent book, Translation in African Contexts, and the debates about literature in African languages. He also tells us about his next book, which will be about animals in African literature. … More Ep46. A conversation with Evan Mwangi on translations, literature in African languages, and more

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