Eight most outstanding African fiction books of 2015

January 5, 2016

By Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire

Republished from ThisisAfrica


As the new year begins, TIA’s contributor Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire takes us through a list of the most outstanding books released in 2015.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Photo: av-magazine

2015 has been another good year for African literature as a number of outstanding books hit the shelves this year. The year has not, however, seen a large number of highly anticipated books in the way the year 2013 did – NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel, We Need New Names (May 2013); Taiye Selasi’s debut Ghana Must Go (March 2013); and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (May 2013) all came out that year.

UNSCR 2242 & the Role of Women in Countering Violent Extremism

Photo Courtesy of Georgetown University

November 18, 2015

By Vicky Karimi

Republished from Georgetown Univerisity Blog

The Great Lakes and Horn of Africa region is facing new security challenges. Foremost among these is terrorism and violent extremism. The regional nature of existing conflicts in the area, porous borders, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, migration and displacement, as well as youth exclusion and vulnerability all contribute to this emerging security threat. As is the norm in situations where peace and security are compromised, women constitute a majority of the victims of these attacks, be it through injuries or deaths. Underlying structural gender inequality, marginalization and societal ties also place women squarely in the spaces where terrorism and violent extremism are nurtured and demonstrated.

Waiting to be local

Image via UK Telegraph

November 17, 2015

By Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

Republished from Africa is a Country

The predicted El Niño rains start in September. Kampala is wet in the afternoons and sometimes in the nights too. The traffic jams are jarring. It is wise to stay home. It is wise to stay home because you resigned from your three part-time university teaching jobs in Kampala to move to London for a fellowship at the African Leadership Centre. Does it matter to the British visa and immigration official who will allow or deny you entrance?

It is wise to stay home because you do not want to explain the shame and embarrassment of having to wait for three weeks to be judged fit to live in London, to friends who are demanding on social media for a photo of you in Trafalgar Square. You are stuck here waiting, for your passport to be returned to Kampala from Pretoria where UK visa and immigration decisions are made, so you can fly into the term that is already two weeks underway.

This election is about prejudice against certain social classes

November 16, 2015

By Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire

Republished from Daily Monitor

In Summary

Some of you arguing that Shs1 m monthly pay is unrealistic actually wouldn’t survive on the same. Do you think you are more human, have more needs?

The campaigns for the 2016 presidential election are now in high gear and candidates’ propaganda machines are taking positions. It is not an easy task, to find honest and genuine conversations amid the propaganda noise, especially on social media. Most of the propaganda is coming from the moneyed camps in the race, but once in a while, it is possible to tell what informs the positions and responses given to issues being raised by the candidates.
One of the many issues that led to heated conversations online is the promise to primary school teachers by Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate Mr Warren Kizza Besigye that in his government, he will pay them a monthly salary of Sh1 million. To understand the responses to the promise, we must go personal, because the personal is always political, just as the political is always personal, and as this election shows us, partisan as well.

Politics Trumps Economics in Africa’s Regional Integration

ECOWAS representatives meet to discuss a proposal for a shared currency among the group's member states. Dakar, Senegal, September 4, 2015. (Cemil Oksuz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

November 6, 2015

by Moses Onyango & Jean-Marc Trouille

Republished from The Global Observatory

Africa, traditionally the world’s poorest continent, is undergoing profound changes. It has experienced higher than normal economic growth rates for over a decade, bringing benefits such as new infrastructure and improved standards of living. Hoping to sustain this growth, African policymakers have looked to trade liberalization and more integrated markets, with regional bodies at the forefront. While the regional response has considerable promise, member states need to commit to genuine reform to achieve long-term results.

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