11 Tips to Wield Power: ‘Die Hoof Meisie’ Monica Geingos

I had to share this. It’s been a while since I came across a public official whose message resonated with me in such a powerful way and on so many levels. The public official in question is Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos; a qualified lawyer with extensive high-level executive experience in the financial sector. She…

Viral Corruption: When Anger is Justified

Last year on a  Friday like this one I walked into one of the bigger public hospitals in Pretoria to visit my maternal grandmother. We found her face resting on her left hand. Her breathing laboured, her eyes glazed and unmoving. My mother checked her pulse and it was still there, pumping. I was relieved…

Africa: Stories in The Mist

Storytelling is not an easy skill to master. For the past few weeks I have been writing and re-writing stories searching for the best one to tell , but none has stuck.  Even though the times we now live in, offer a daily buffet rich with an abundance of subjects and issues to campaign, complain…

Why are (most) African Leaders Silent on Media Freedom?

The people would be forgiven for thinking that most African leaders are not committed to building liberal democratic institutions as many of them consistently fail to defend the right to freedom of expression within their borders. A recent media freedom conference held in London organised by the government of the United Kingdom and Canada, is…

ON: THE LOVE DIARY OF A ZULU BOY

A memoir by Bhikisisa Mncube A few months ago I was part of a social gathering in which the Master of Ceremonies suggested we play a game to break the ice. The game consisted of passing the bottle to each other around a circle to the beat of the music, and when the music stops…

Coconut: Soothing oil for growing Afros

I do not know how to make it pretty. I do not know how to mask it. It is not a piece of literary genius. It is the story of our lives. It is our story, told in our own words as we feel it every day. It is boring. It is plain. It is…

EXCUSE ME WHILE I WRITE: THE WORLD IS WHAT YOU ARE.

Late last year I picked up VS Naipaul’s book exploring the origins of African beliefs from my archives, The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief (2010). I bought the book back in 2011 in preparation for a trip to West Africa. While I travelled with it, I never finished reading it until I picked it…

THE AFRO: WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH YOUR HAIR?

I was just reluctantly pulling out from the softest kiss, still relishing the sweet-tasting impression of our lips dancing together when he asked a question that snapped me out of my reverie “What can you do with your hair?” I looked back at him as he moved off the bed to adjust the air conditioning…

LATVIA, YOUR FLAG IS ON MY LIPS, CONGRATULATIONS!

Latvia is a country, right? Imagine if I had to pitch an advertising campaign congratulating Latvia on the  successful  conclusion of its maiden Presidency of the  European Union (EU) in June this year, since it joined the union in 2004. If someone randomly came up to me and asked what my concept would be: it…

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Africans & etc

Good Morning, Coffee, anyone? I wanted to start this week’s blog by writing about the recent e-tolling saga ( formally known as the Electronic Toll Collection or ETC) in Johannesburg which has had Johannesburg motorists up in figurative arms. I wanted to note and remember with you what happened in Johannesburg’s streets after the ETC,…