To commemorate Lunar New Year, this week’s episode focuses on China-Africa relations. In the news wrap, we talk about China-Africa trade, some recommended reads and a podcast on China-Africa, as well as Russia-Africa relations, reports of an extended US travel ban for some African countries, Isabel Dos Santos’s Angolan assets seizure, and more.
Our featured conversation is with Jamie Monson (@jmonson1), Professor of History and Director of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University (@MSUAfrica). Her research focuses on Chinese development assistance to Africa. She is a specialist on the TAZARA railway, a development project built in Tanzania and Zambia with Chinese development cooperation in the 1970s. We talk about her book, Africa’s Freedom Railway: How a Chinese Development Project Changed Lives and Livelihoods in Tanzania, and her related documentary, TAZARA stories. The new documentary film relies on oral history interviews to share people’s experiences with the introduction of the TAZARA railway. We also talk about seeing technology from the user’s perspective and inequalities in academic partnerships across regions. The segment with Jamie Monson begins at 13:42. … More Ep84. A Lunar New Year conversation with Jamie Monson on China-Africa relations, seeing technology from the user perspective, and more
In the newswrap this week, we talk about Ethiopian politics, Zambia’s third term debate, elections in Namibia, and more.
This week is another African podcast mashup special — featuring a conversation with Ufahamu Africa’s own Kim Yi Dionne (@dadakim) in commemoration of World AIDS Day this weekend. Kim is a professor of political science at UC Riverside and an editor of The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. She is also the author of Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. This week’s conversation with Kim is shared courtesy of the Africa Past and Present Podcast, hosted by Michigan State University historian Peter Alegi (@futbolprof), who was a guest on Ufahamu Africa in Episode 3. Peter talks to Kim about her book on AIDS in Africa, the role of village headmen in AIDS interventions, what turns Malawians out to vote, podcasting, and more. Their segment begins at 9:11. … More Ep81. Another Africa Podcast Mashup: Kim Yi Dionne on AIDS interventions in Africa, podcasting, and more
Ufahamu Africa is excited to launch its fourth season with a roundtable discussion about mobile money in Africa, its challenges, opportunities, and potential for social and political transformation. Co-host Rachel Beatty Riedl moderates the conversation with three Mandela Washington Fellows who participated in the Young African Leaders Initiative at Northwestern University earlier this year: Patton Kalunga of Zambia, Amadou Abdoulaye Sylla of Senegal, and Ngah Tse Ngah Benoit of Cameroon. Rachel and co-host Kim Dionne open the episode catching up on news in southern Africa, including protests in Malawi, xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and the death of former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe. They also talk about new research that listeners should check out and they share congratulatory messages for some of Ufahamu Africa’s earlier guests. … More Ep74. A conversation with Mandela Fellows from Zambia, Senegal, and Cameroon on mobile money’s challenges and opportunities
In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Dionne read her review of Erin Accampo Hern’s “Developing States, Shaping Citizenship.” The review was published as the twelfth and final installment of the African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular, and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage, a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post. … More Bonus: A review of Erin Hern’s book on public service provision and political participation
While we didn’t have a new episode this week, we do have some links to things we found interesting in the news: There is a new Marvel comic book coming out that is the first set in a real African country — Nigeria — featuring an African superhero. Ngozi, the superhero in Nnedi Okorafor’s “Blessing … More Links this week: Nnedi Okorafor news, Black Americans and DACA, Zambian road costs, and more
Here’s a run-down of the interesting links we mentioned during this week’s episode of Ufahamu Africa. First, France gave citizenship to 28 veterans of WWII and “other conflicts” who were of African origin: 23 Senegalese, 2 Congolese, 2 Central Africans and 1 Ivorian. Quartz Africa writer Lily Kuo (@lilkuo) writes: Many of them were from Senegal, a … More This week’s links: French citizenship for WWII soldiers, book recs, and more