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Great Athletics Doubles

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Athletics is a truly international sport. At the 2017 IAAF World Championships over 200 countries had athletes participating. At any given time during the championships, participants could be sharing the stadium with athletes from a such a vast array of countries, the UN would be put to shame. Athletics has often provided the backdrop against which some of the greatest examples of the triumphs of the human spirit have played out. Among these triumphs, I believe that athletes who enter for more than one event in their individual capacity provide some of the best athletic inspirations.

The Definition of She

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She

‘She’ is defined by what she is not allowed

What

What she is not allowed to inhabit

Joy!

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‘Each morning redefines impossibility

Each morning says “Here I am. Again”

Each morning means I am possible

My Favourite African Divas & Their Songs

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Cesária Évora singing Sodade

Cesária was a Cape Verdean singer. Nicknamed the “Barefoot Diva” for performing without shoes. She helped bring the amazing musical legacy of her homeland to the world’s attention. ‘Sodade’ means longing, longing for this land of mine.

Love AFRICA

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Walk down the forested paths of the Congolese forest,

Watch the twinkle of the soft stars reflected in the Nile.

Be dazzled by the splendour of a Benin masked festival.

Marvel at the colour and smells of a Moroccan market.

And then learn to love Africa.

Borderlands and the Colonial

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Every time I convince myself to stop talking about the colonial, something happens to drag me back. In a way, I suppose my continuous return to the colonial is a microcosm of the Africa’s relationship with the rest of the world. A reflection of ever-prevailing anti-blackness.

Speaking of Africa, Again

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I read a fascinating article a few days ago, asking whether it was time to change the name of ‘Africa.’ I must admit that after reading it, I was convinced that the name of the continent should be changed.

Black Women & the Promised Land

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Black women who overcome draw a line in the sand,

for the next generation to step over, over, over,

till we get to the Promised Land…

What Makes African Fiction, ‘African’?

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I remember listening to a talk by Chimamanda Adichie, where she said some of her writing had been criticised for not being African enough. I wonder if the quota of starving children and ‘savage’ rituals had not been met.

Cry, Beloved Country by Alan Paton

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This is one of my favourite books. The writing is exquisite to the point of pain. The story is laden with layers as deep as ancient crevices, exploring the extent of human frailties and the depths of human emotion.