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Who is an Mswahili? Am I?

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This semester I am again studying in the Swahili department at St John’s University where we work. This time I’m doing a third year course ‘Theory and Traditions of Oral Literature’. I missed the first lecture because of a room and time change and when I turned up for the […]

Richard Dowden on tribalism

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From Richard Dowden‘s Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles: Three words come to mind when people try to explain the failure of Africa’s first generation after independence: leadership, tribalism and resources. They are not bad starting points, but they do not fully explain why Africa, free at last, endowed with enormous […]

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From 'Terrão de Cima' by Renato Stockler, 2014.

What do you make of this image? Where does it take you? City Wonder (introduction/all posts) is a series of visual meditations on the city, exploring themes like creativity, ecology and decay/renewal. Each image is a window into a realm or mindframe; an invitation to an ethos or concept; a meditation on histories […]

City Wonder 10

'House on a River (Old House I)' by Egon Schiele, 1915.

What do you make of this image? Where does it take you? City Wonder (introduction/all posts) is a series of visual meditations on the city, exploring themes like creativity, ecology and decay/renewal. Each image is a window into a realm or mindframe; an invitation to an ethos or concept; a meditation on histories […]