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Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe: 90 Years of Struggle, Suffering & Sacrifice

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Today, 27th July 2017, marks the 90th birthday anniversary of Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe, the forgotten, ignored and erased ‘Mother of Azania’ who has endured unspeakable suffering, struggle and pain. She will celebrate her 90th birthday, as usual, in private, at

SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FAILS (BLACK) WOMEN

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Ignorance against violence and abuse of women is as real as the air we breathe. To a great extent, I am evidence of that horrible reality. Sometime last month I stumbled upon a picture on Facebook with the caption “please

REFLECTIONS ON THE 58TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PAC OF AZANIA!

We, the Africanists should always take guidance from the concrete ideas of Mangaliso Sobukwe and learn from his practical experience as a leader and the first president of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania. From his early twenties, Sobukwe

BASTARDIZING BANTU BIKO AND HIS LEGACY IS CHEAP POLITICS !

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In recent years there’s been serious contestations for and about the legacy of Bantu Biko; concerted efforts by both intellectauls as well as politicians to approprite Biko for their own agendas. Various groups and individuals, whether political, social or grassroots,

NGŨGĨ WA THIONG’O LECTURE: WHY WE WANTED ‘WHITES’ TO EXCUSE US!

Kenyan author Ngugi wa ThiongÕo, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at UC Irvine, is on the short list for the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, for xxx(add phrase or blurb here from award announcement; 

Chancellor quote? Christine writing and getting approved quote).

Ngugi, whose name is pronounced ÒGoogyÓ and means Òwork,Ó is a prolific writer of novels, plays, essays and childrenÕs literature. Many of these have skewered the harsh sociopolitical conditions of post-Colonial Kenya, where he was born, imprisoned by the government and forced into exile.

His recent works have been among his most highly acclaimed and include what some consider his finest novel, ÒMurogi wa KagogoÓ (ÒWizard of the CrowÓ), a sweeping 2006 satire about globalization that he wrote in his native Gikuyu language. In his 2009 book ÒSomething Torn & New: An African Renaissance,Ó Ngugi argues that a resurgence of African languages is necessary to the restoration of African wholeness.

ÒI use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a peopleÕs spiritual life,Ó he has said.

It is always interesting to read the headlines that follow after students contest spaces. One of the media outlet reports, “Acclaimed writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o interrupted during UCT lecture”. I must admit, I could not help but laugh a bit.

BELEDE – Pan Africanist Feminism

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Belede Vabaza (Mazwai) and her age mate companions of female, militant journalists such as Ruth Bengu, Zodwa Mshibe, Castalia Moleke, Thembeka Mbobo and others, brought radical changes in the newsroom and on the newsprint with their challenging writings. They put

(WHY?) #FEESMUSTFALL IS A THREAT TO THE STATE

(Photo Credit: Thando Sipuye) The #FeesMustFall movement, with its call for ‘Free De-colonial Education’, is portrayed as senseless hooliganism, and thus perceived as a potential threat, not only to universities and education in South Africa, but also, a threat to the

KEEPING OUR LEGACY ALIVE: TRIBUTE TO ALI MAZRUI!

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This year on 12 October marked the 2nd annivesary of the passing on of an African academic, intellectual, giant and thinker, Professor Ali Mazrui. Mazrui was a scholar from Kenya who studied in England and the United States of America.

THE 1976 STUDENTS UPRISING IN CAPE TOWN!

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Senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, senzeni na, sono sethu, sono sethu yintoni na, sono sethu yintoni na, sono sethu, sono sethu bubumnyama….!!!! Sizowodubula ngoMbayi-Mbayi ayabaleka dubula ngombayi-mbayi, sizowadubula, dubula,

WHITE RACISM: THE COMPLICITY AND HYPOCRISY OF BLACKS!!

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Privilege and proximity to whiteness speaks. A position of privilege and relative proximity to whiteness not only gives you a voice to speak in this country, it also provides you with an inter-national audience, ministerial interventions, public outrage, debates and