Notes on Corona in Africa

Notes on Corona in Africa

Blog / By ZAM Reporter

A weekly overview of interesting analysis and findings on the coronavirus in Africa.


  1. Can we dance? | Elnathan John’s lecture in 12 quotes

    “I am not interested in revolutionary speeches by corrupt and ineffective leaders who have lived, along with their families in stupendous wealth while their countries have remained beggar nations.”


  2. Kinshasa, DRC | When chaos provides art

    A new documentary shows the city as an assault on all your senses. It's loud, smelly, full of contrast, tasty and hot. And there is street art everywhere.


  3. Angola | The Artwashing of Sindika Dikolo?

    Angola | The Artwashing of Sindika Dikolo?

    Blog / By Africa is a Country, Delinda Colier & Marissa Moorman

    Coverage of the #LuandaLeaks revelations have steered clear of the art world dealings of Isabel dos Santos’s husband, and art luminaries have largely defended Dokolo’s reputation.


  4. ‘The Law should be Unbound’

    ‘The Law should be Unbound’

    Blog / By Ayọ̀ Adénẹ́

    If the courts in Nigeria were working, they’d take the case of 47 men accused of homosexuality, scrutinize it, then tear it apart.


  5. South Africa | Rugby and Rainbows

    South Africa | Rugby and Rainbows

    Blog / By Sisonke Msimang

    Reflecting on white joy, black celebration, and the meaning of the Springbok win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


  6. Essay | Blacks from Elsewhere and the Right to Abode

    Sorrowing over the treatment of migrants, the Cameroonian philosopher calls for Africa to adopt a pro-migration stance, phase out colonial borders and become ‘a vast space of circulation’.


  7. Book Extract | One Day in Bethlehem

    Book Extract | One Day in Bethlehem

    Chronicle #41 / By Jonny Steinberg

    Imprisoned before the end of Apartheid for a crime he did not commit, Fusi Mofokeng finds a changing nation.


  1. Pride Photo Award Winners Announced

    The winners of PRIDE PHOTO AWARD, an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity, were announced last Friday, November 1, 2019, in Amsterdam. 


  2. Mugabe Was Not A Revolutionary

    Mugabe Was Not A Revolutionary

    Chronicle #41 / By Melusi Nkomo

    In the future, when history is written about Robert Mugabe, it will not be about a black man raised by a single mother, who defied all odds in racially segregated Southern Rhodesia to pursue an education at the highest levels. Neither will it be a history of an articulate black African teacher-turned-politician who spent around a decade in prison for challenging white colonial racism and working for the betterment of black Zimbabweans. It will be for the four decades that Robert Mugabe was at the helm of power in post-colonial Zimbabwe, in which his rule was anything but admirable.


  3. Image: Tsoku Maela, WHAT IS URS IS MINE, from the series Be Glad U R Free


    Blog / By Tsoku Maela

    An old man with 9 fingers and twelve toes once told me a story while we shared a blanket and an oil lamp at a pastoral congregation one night. 


  4. Essay | How to read about Africa

    Essay | How to read about Africa

    Chronicle #41 / By Wim Bossema

    On 21 May 2019 after suffering a stroke, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (48) passed away. On Thursday 24th October, 2019, a celebration of his life and works will be held at Studio ZAM. Guests will focus on two of his brilliant essays: ‘How to Write About Africa’, about the framing of ‘Africa’ in Western media, and ‘I Am a Homosexual, Mom.’

    As a kick-off for that meeting Dutch journalist Wim Bossema, who has been writing on ‘anything African’ since 1980, mainly for the Dutch daily de Volkskrant, shifts his focus from writing to reading.