New wave of African sci-fi will inspire innovation

By Jonathan Dotse Science fiction helped accelerate Western development. It could do the same in Africa, says Jonathan Dotse. The Industrial Revolution sparked the first wave of modern science fiction narratives, which used the power of creative storytelling to explore the implications of unfolding technological developments. Science and speculation drove those stories and narratives, allowing …

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Nigeria’s young authors are not always ‘heirs’ to their literary forebears

Tiziana Morosetti, University of Oxford Chigozie Obioma’s Man Booker Prize nomination for The Fishermen follows by more than ten years that of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus in 2004. No other Nigerian writer has made it to the prize in between. The similarities between Obioma and Adichie are striking. Both writers were in their 20s …

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Should Shakespeare be taught in Africa’s classrooms?

Chris Thurman, University of the Witwatersrand Should William Shakespeare be taught in Africa’s schools and universities? It’s a question that emerges, sometimes flippantly and sometimes in earnest, when conversations about post-coloniality and decolonisation turn to literature and culture. It’s a useful and necessary question that I – as a scholar who teaches and writes about …

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South African students must be given the chance to read what they like

Shannon Morreira, University of Cape Town University curricula in South Africa are still largely European or American in origin and focus. In some spaces, though, academics are starting to shift the terrain by introducing an African-centred curriculum. In the past few months, the state of the curriculum at South Africa’s universities has become a hot …

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Africa News Headlines for 5 March 2015

Amid Record-Breaking Poaching, Wildlife Experts Seek to Smash a Black Market Source: Live Science Cooperation vital to combating wildlife crime, says UN Assembly President Source: UN News Centre Ringling Bros. phasing out iconic elephant acts by 2018 Source: Boston Herald/AP 635 dagga plants seized in foreign national’s farm Source: Swazi Observer As heroin trade grows, …

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