On Africa

My latest piece for 3 Quarks Daily is titled: Some thoughts on Africa 2.0 


The term “Africa 2.0” has been used to describe this new face of Africa. In my mind I see Africa 2.0 as a giant construction site. So much is going on simultaneously: sketching, assembling, pulling down, and dredging; and arguments and debates, some threatening to turn violent. Architectural plans are emerging and disappearing and changing as construction is going on, and accidents happen every now and then. 

But much as it looks like the tower of Babel, it isn’t. While there remain different languages – literal (linguistic), legal, ideological – there’s also the unifying ‘pidgin’ of hope, enthusiasm and hitherto-unseen opportunity – and technology is playing an important role in translating differences across borders and barriers.


Here are my previous articles for 3 Quarks Daily, over the last 2 years (in random order):

5 things you didn’t know about Africa (Africa; satire; stereotypes)

Notes from a Journey with Barack Obama  (politics; race; America)

Spilling ink on Africa’s fires (literature; stereotypes; media; representation)

Things Fall Together: Nigeria’s literary scene in the 21st century (literature)

Revisiting Dan Hoyle’s ‘Tings dey happen’ (theatre; Niger delta; oil)

Voices and Visions of Nigeria: Iya Seun (profile)

Between Wole Soyinka and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (terrorism; England; racism) 

Going places, seeing things, writing back (travel; memoirs; writing)

We are all Africans (literature; fiction; identity)

A marketplace of media ideas (media; internet; freedom of speech)


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