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Coloniality, Cold War Politics and the agitation for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir.

Erudite post by Mukoni Ratshitanga. Worth the read.

Mukoni Ratshitanga

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NOTE: I wrote the first version of the article below on Sunday June 14 following the South Gauteng High Court’s interim order to the Department of Home Affairs preventing Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, from leaving South Africa pending consideration by the courts of an application for his arrest brought by a nongovernmental organisation. I have updated the article in view of developments since June the 14th. The thrust of the argument presented earlier remains the same though it is elaborated in some areas.

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Coloniality, Cold War Politics and the agitation for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir.

Mukoni Ratshitanga

Not since the International Criminal Court issued an indictment for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in March 2009 has the world witnessed such intense and concentrated global media reporting and commentary on the issue as in the hours after 14h00 South African time on Sunday June 14.

This followed a…

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Posted by on June 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Would your ancestors be shocked by “traditional” marriage?

the adventures of cosmic yoruba and her flying machines

I saw this post on Cracked; 5 reasons ‘traditional marriage’ would shock your ancestors, and I knew I had to something similar. Nigerians today have ideas on marriage in the past, especially about how women behaved as wives, that may not be the reality. I’ll be focusing on Yoruba people here because that is what I am more familiar with but please note that different cultural practices exist among Yoruba people. So what was commonplace among say the Egba may not have been common among those from Ilorin. Nonetheless, the more I learn from this history hobby of mine the more I am surprised at the how different things apparently were, not only according to historians, scholars etc but also according to my mother and friends with similar interests.

Without further ado here are my reasons as to why your ancestors would be shocked by “traditional” marriage with a…

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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Beneath the surface: In search of Afrikan knowledge & greatness

Beneath the surface: In search of Afrikan knowledge & greatness

Conversation Zimbabwe

I moved back home a couple of months ago. I had spent the last two years yearning to return, but I have found my short time back quite difficult and rather triggering to say the least. Most people will quickly jump to the conclusion that this is in part related to the country’s economic situation and even the political situation but it is actually more to do with the socio-cultural environment that the country presents to a young returnee of strong Afro-consciousness convictions.

I am especially saddened by the blatant self-perpetuation of anti-black ideology that exists in Zimbabwean society and subsequently Zimbabwean thinking particularly when we speak of how we value, or rather, don’t value Afrikan traditional philosophies and indigenous knowledge systems. In his book Peau noires, masques blancs (Black Skin, White Masks), Martinique postcolonial theoretician Frantz Fanon points out how colonialism entrenched the belief that the culture, history and…

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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Uncategorized