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Mugabe is gone: what do Tanzanians say?

Last night Robert Mugabe finally gave his resignation to the Speaker of the Zimbabwe Parliament, and impeachment proceedings against him were stopped. This morning, I asked some local friends from our street what they thought about it. Everyone’s been following it, but with all the moving pieces it’s been hard […]

The Trump victory, and TB Joshua

Everyone’s talking about the Trump victory. It’s not just the US for whom there are consequences; the US’ trade deals and foreign policy are all up for grabs, but there’s also a symbolic nature to the office Americans are so fond of calling ‘the leader of the free world’. Here in […]

Building on Mark Durie’s truth and love

Mark Durie writes in Eternity, ‘A truly Christian response to the multi-faceted challenge of “Muslims behaving badly” must embrace both truth and love in equal measure.’ He goes on to outline what truth and love involves. In the middle, Durie says: Truth will also acknowledge that many Muslims vehemently reject […]

Learning from Olufemi Taiwo (part one)

I’ve only read the introduction to Olufemi Taiwo‘s How colonialism preempted modernity in Africa but just the outline of his argument is intriguing. He thinks that the ‘standard story of colonialism [as] the spoilsport who destroyed, distorted or altered African forms of social living’ neither accounts for the agency of African […]