CONNECTING THE DOTS
- I find the word ‘peasant’ to describe a rural subsistence farmer very jarring, yet my Ugandan friends use it quite casually. What's going on?
- No court in Africa has ever overturned a presidential election result in favour of the challenger. Judgements have always favoured the incumbent candidate, the candidate sponsored by the ruling party, or the presumptive winner.
- Povertyin Africa is not only a function of income, it is also a function of time. Because African women do the bulk of domestic chores, men have the time to love sports; they have time to have hobbies and acquire addictions.
- The most unexpected factor that predicts Olympic success is the participation of women in sport, which acts as a proxy indicator on the status of women in the country.
- A sprawling city means that distances between neighbourhoods are long and transport costs are high. That ends up acting as a brake on the ability of cities to reap the benefits of growth.
- You might imagine that a university or college education would give you a broader, more cosmopolitan worldview; that the more educated you are, the less parochial you would become. The data suggests otherwise.
- The inequity in resource allocation is clearer when you consider that it is just a tiny minority of people who make it to higher levels of education in the first place.
- Charcoal demand remains high even in wealthier households in urban Africa. People are happy to continue cooking using charcoal - even when they can afford not to - and spend the extra money in eating meat for example
- The low number of PhDs per capita in Africa reflects its opportunity cost. The estimated cost of a doctoral degree is $50,000, enough to finance five classrooms that would benefit about 400 pupils
- By sending troops, developing countries like India, Brazil, Ethiopia and Rwanda are bargaining for a seat at the table with what they have. They may not have the money, but they have the bodies.
- How African Courts Uphold All Incumbent Victories – And Entrench Electoral Cheating
- The Most Cosmopolitan African Is The Illiterate Villager. Seriously
- Is The Term ‘Peasant’ Derogatory? What A Word Can Tell Us About A Country’s Political Imagination
- Oldest African Football Clubs: Some Are More Than A Hundred Years Old
- What Has Men’s Love Of Sports Got To Do With Women Collecting Firewood? You Will Be Surprised
- Losses on cereals account for about 25% of the total crop harvested in Africa; it's up to 50% for fruits and vegetables. But some of the big problems of rural poverty and hunger could be solved with a few small logistical fixes
- It is part of a broader reactionary mode of governance, which teenagers are already aware of – that citizen initiatives are ignored until they pose a direct threat to property and the public peace.
- Pan-Africanism is not new, but it has long been an elite project, with the majority of ordinary people having no stake in it. Now, social media offers a way to forge a new sense of solidarity, unmediated by state imaginations.
- Older towns are oriented in such a way that the bustling town centre is separated from the main highway. You have to get off the main highway to get into the town centre. This is not accidental
- It is only the weak and disenfranchised who find refuge in claiming a universal humanity. The powerful have no particular need to.
- On South African Twitter, the top 10 trends are shared almost equally between radio shows and television shows. One is a weekly party held on Sundays - and that gives us a small hint about South African 'celebrity culture'
- Eastern Africa has some of the richest bird life in the world; DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have more than 1,000 individual bird species each, everything from flamingos, ostriches and peacocks to falcons and hawks.
- Students are "emerging from institutions of learning with half-baked skills and fully formed aspirations - a toxic combination by any standard."
- Unequal power dynamics make women unable to negotiate for safe sex, or have access to sexual and reproductive health services. But gender norms also discourage men from seeking treatment and sticking to treatment schedules
- Almost all of Nigeria’s top trends (nine out of the top ten) were related to radio shows. Radio commentary lends itself well to the social banter and chatter that characterises Twitter
FROM THE ARCHIVES
- Some of the 'happiest' countries in Africa also have high FGM rates, they score badly on representation of women in politics, and female folk tend to be treated badly in these countries. A contradiction?
- One reason is that while in Europe and the Americas, African slaves were taken to work in plantations and industries, in the Middle East they were mostly domestic labour.
- The beautiful First Ladies probably become some kind of political bling, to make up for an autocrat's democratic deficit. Democratic presidents, on the other hand, don't need to put a shine on their legitimacy. They get it at the polls.
- With an annual growth rate of 2.14%, Ghana's population will grow from 23 million in 2010, to an estimated 43 million in 2040.
- Recent years have been fairly good for African leaders, because since 1910, at least 30 prime and presidents have been killed while in office. It happens less often these days