“Why an Africa Day?”

A column on Afrika Day written a week after the 50th anniversary of the founding of the OAU.

First Published in the City Press on June 2, 2013

Afrika as known to the world of 1688

Afrika as known to the world of 1688

 

About a week ago, smack dab in the middle of Africa Day, I saw a tweet by a mom sharing how her little girl made an Emperor-has-no-clothes-observation: “why is today Africa Day when every day in Africa is just that

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“I am an African” an iconic speech by a former president of the ANC

“I am an African, and I set my pride in my race over against a hostile public opinion”.

Sounds familiar?

Nope, it’s not former South African’s president Thabo Mbeki’s most memorable speech. It is in actuality the beginning of an iconic speech in 1906 by one of the founding fathers of the ANC, Pixley ka Seme, and perhaps forms some of the inspiration for Mbeki’s more famous oration.

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Reconciling our Past. And Future

This Reconciliation Day article reflects on some of the causes of the decline of the Zulu military might prior to Blood River.

First Published in Sunday Independent December 16, 2012

An early MK flyer

An early MK flyer

Today is a glorious day; some will say.

Besides the more obvious political platitudes that engulf Mangaung today (at the ANC’s elective Conference of Dec 2012), some will point out that today is the day that the ruling party’s armed wing Umkhonto We Sizwe (MK) was formed in the days when it was still a party-non-grata in 1961.

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My TEDxSoweto Talk, inspired by my late uncle Zwelakhe

My TEDxSoweto Talk, inspired by my late uncle Zwelakhe Sisulu

Entitled “Dreams of My Tata”, in this homage to uncle Zwelakhe, Shaka uses the power of imagination to travel into the future and brings back visions of a prosperous and affirmed Africa – the Africa we want, the Africa we must create”

The Farce of Nationalism

The Farce of Nationalism

Let me not to the sensibilities of true nationalists admit impediment, but jingoism is of a by-gone era, and it’s time we left it there…

An examination of why nationalism is outdated in Afrika today.

Published in Jucy Africa on May 25, 2012

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The Never Ending Refrain…

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The Never Ending Refrain…

An examination of the discourse related to Africa and its Leadership today

Prepared for Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship Course, August 2011

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