Real Solidarity

First Published in City Press in August 2014. In memory of my hero, William Lynch Jr

Years before President Obama became the first person of colour to be elected to the highest office in the USA, the city of New York had its own Obama-Moment in the form of David Dinkins, the first and only black man to become Mayor. This was way back in 1990, around the time that Mandela was being unveiled to the world.

Dinkins and his deputy, Bill Lynch, also a black man, were huge supporters of the Anti-Apartheid movement and responsible for the huge ticker-tape parade that New York City held in Madiba’s honour when he started his 8-city tour of the US there in June of that year.  Over 700,000 people came out that day.

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On a high-note [Essay]

Memoirs of a trip to New York in the summer of Hurricane Irene.

September 2011

There are few things that elicit as deep a primal a sense of exhilaration in a man than noticing the woman beside you shuddering.

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“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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