Wednesday, 30 January 2019

The Movie ‘Detroit’: Tales of a Wretched Night

'I ask again, how do we depict the wretched? Can we by telling untold stories, ‘un-wretched’ those who have been made wretched? Can we by hearing the unheard, imagine new worlds?' Read more

Monday, 3 September 2018

Child, You Are Black

This is not a poem
I have no pretty words
To talk about death, despair and discrimination
This is for those Africans who think their pain is greater…

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‘Nigeria’ was never colonised

I often hear people say that Nigeria should be recolonised. I argue here that Nigeria was never colonised. Come with me on a short journey as I explore how use of language affects how we differentiate truth from the fiction of the past, how we perceive present reality and how we trace out a future from our yesterday’s tomorrows.

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Using African history as a tool for Change | Zeinab Badawi | TEDxEuston

In 1963, Professor Hugh Trevor Roper said:  'Perhaps, in the future, there will be some African history to teach. But at present there is none, or very little: there is only the history of the Europeans in Africa. The rest is largely darkness...indeed we may neglect our own history and amuse ourselves with the unrewarding gyrations of barbarous tribes in picturesque but irrelevant corners of the globe: tribes whose chief function in history, in my opinion, is to show to the present an image of the past from which, by history, it has escaped..'

In this video Zeinab Badawi counters the ideology of the above statement, while also examining why this ideology is destructive as part of a historical and persistent infantilisation of Africa and Africans. Listen.