What we’re reading this week: Nigeria’s missing president, a marathoner in exile, and more

Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari is still in London, where he has been since January 19th. The 74-year-old’s trip was meant to be a short leave that included some medical check-ups. He was scheduled to return to Nigeria in early February. His prolonged absence reminds us of the long absence of Nigeria’s former president Umar Yar’Adua, … More What we’re reading this week: Nigeria’s missing president, a marathoner in exile, and more

What we’re reading this week: WEB DuBois, the lack of African children’s books, and more

This week’s episode marks the end of our Black History Month series. Sadface. February 23rd was WEB DuBois’s birthday and in advance of that, there has been renewed interest in some hand-drawn data visualizations in The Georgia Negro: A Social Study, published in 1900. Anne Quito at Quartz provides some more information about the data … More What we’re reading this week: WEB DuBois, the lack of African children’s books, and more

What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: Somaliland, Umebinyuo’s poetry, Sinkane’s album, & more

The self-declared independent nation of Somaliland has submitted a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and the secretary of Homeland Security asking for an exemption from President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned entrance to the U.S. by migrants from seven Muslim-majority countries as well as refugees. According to a government press release, Somaliland’s foreign minister … More What we’re reading (& listening to) this week: Somaliland, Umebinyuo’s poetry, Sinkane’s album, & more

What we’re reading this week: Swahili, listener question, and more

We hope you heard our latest episode. We start with following up on our AFCON episode a few weeks back — the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon won the 2017 African Cup of Nations. (Just like we hoped.) Read this great short history of the Cameroonian national team. Fun fact: Everyone on the Cameroonian team who played in the 2017 AFCON final … More What we’re reading this week: Swahili, listener question, and more

From Episode #5: What we’re reading this week

We started off this week’s podcast episode talking about U.S. President Trump’s executive order banning entry to all refugees and to nationals of seven majority-Muslim countries. There is a great resource for those affected by the (now temporarily lifted) ban titled, “Resources for Sudanese Americans and Sudanese in America / موارد للأامريكين السودانيين والسودانيين بأمريكا” … More From Episode #5: What we’re reading this week

From Episode #4: What we’re reading this week

Gambia finally saw Yahya Jammeh, its president of 22 years, leave office after he refused to step down following his loss in the December 1st elections. (His departing plane was stuffed, including two Rolls Royces, a Mercedes-Benz, and other cars and luxury items.) The new president, Adama Barrow, was sworn into office in the Gambian embassy in … More From Episode #4: What we’re reading this week