In 2016 after attending my first Re:publica, a techie conference in Berlin, I wrote of a need for Africa to have what I called a “collective thinking space” where like-minded actors on the African continent would converge to share ideas and inspire each other. The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa, 2017 (FIFAfrica17) which was held in Johannesburg, South Africa which I … [Read more...] about “Fake News” and Internet Shutdowns in Africa – What is to be Done?
Fredric Jameson, a contemporary American Marxist and literary critic opened his influence work on The Political Unconscious (1981) with that slogan: “always historicise.” Jameson’s view is that all works of literature are received by the reader with already read status – even new text, he argues, is read with a hangover of unconscious prejudice and interpreted under the … [Read more...] about Grace Chiumia is a Victim of Malawi’s Defective Political System
It has become very common in the increasingly narrow global sphere to hear people correcting one another that Africa is not a country. Indeed, Africa is a continent with 50 plus countries; countries with distinct cultural traditions, regional and national dialects. There are estimated 1,500 – 2,000 languages spoken in Africa. These are important issues if one wants to fully … [Read more...] about Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space
Malawi President, Peter Mutharika recently called for and attended national prayers asking God for good rains in the current rain season. At the moment most of the districts in Malawi are experiencing a dry spell, some have not had any rains. The worry could soon turn into fear should the dry spell continue. Malawi prides itself as “God-fearing nation” so these prayers were not … [Read more...] about Will God Save Malawi from Hunger?
German philosopher, cultural critic and poet Friedrich Nietzsche argued that “whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” He added: “and if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Not that our political leaders are monsters but Nietzsche’s argument is similar to the argument that people, especially … [Read more...] about Malawi: government condemns and ignores corruption