Links this week: Tanzania expulsion of UNDP official, anti-malaria vaccine, podcast and book recs, and more

Kenyan Mary Keitany broke the women’s world record for the marathon earlier this week at the London Marathon. Fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race. Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa finished 12th, and crossed the finish line with his arms crossed overhead, a symbol of protest in solidarity with the Oromo Protests in Ethiopia. … More Links this week: Tanzania expulsion of UNDP official, anti-malaria vaccine, podcast and book recs, and more

What we’re reading this week: Chimamanda Adichie, Ethiopia’s collapsed landfill, Morocco’s new Prime Minister, and more

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, … More What we’re reading this week: Chimamanda Adichie, Ethiopia’s collapsed landfill, Morocco’s new Prime Minister, and more

Ep11. Insights from the African Women’s Leadership Conference

We go long in this week’s episode, when we feature excerpts from a fireside chat held during last month’s African Women’s Leadership Conference at Smith College. We are excited to share some of the insights from the conference speakers: Wambui Mwangi (@wambui_mwangi) is a Kenyan writer, scholar, and artist with a passion for post-colonial theory and … More Ep11. Insights from the African Women’s Leadership Conference

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

Ep2. A conversation with Priscilla Takondwa Semphere on storytelling

Takulandirani! (That’s “We welcome you,” in Chichewa.) This week we launch the #SecondSaturday series, when we chat with an author about their book. Our guest is Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, who talked about her book, Ekari Leaves Malawi. Priscilla is a student at Smith College who also writes for the Huffington Post. Our conversation with Ms. Semphere begins at 4:12. Listen … More Ep2. A conversation with Priscilla Takondwa Semphere on storytelling