Now Watching: "The African" - New Episode of "She is Alex" Web Series

Eritrean/American comedian and former Al Jazeera producer Eritria Pitts just recently brought back She is Alex, an autobiographical web series in the vein of Issa Rae’s Misadventures. In this new episode, main character Alex meets up with an old friend Robert brought up in Wisconsin whom after a life-changing experience in Senegal now likes to also be called Femi. The terrible cringe of being “out-Africaned” plays out hilariously. You can also watch an interview […]


Ruramai Musekiwa presents The Sibahle Poster Series to celebrate phenomenal African women

The month of August is here, which in South Africa means a confusing array of spectacle meant to commemorate the day 9th August 1956 when 20,000 South African women marched and petitioned then prime minister calling on his government not to extend the issuing of passes to African women. “The Women’s Day march was a political event, a breathtaking example of political solidarity across race, class and creed,” says BD Live […]



Kenyans On Twitter: Turning Hashtags Into Movements

Black Twitter’s Kenyan contingent #KOT is one of the most vocal digital communities out there. Time and again they’ve publicly challenged CNN’s reporting, and recently went head to head with their next door neighbors Ugandans on Twitter (#UOT) in a twitter brawl of memes which all started like this. South Africans too have felt the wrath of #KOT when South African Fikile Mbalula reportedly said, “South Africa wouldn’t be like Kenya […]


5 Things I Learned at The MTV MAMAs 2015

2015 marks ten years since MTV Base Africa’s first ever broadcast, and the first MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) staged in Abuja in 2005. For the occasion the stops were pulled out and it showed in the production – a suave, sparkly affair held on Saturday July 18th at Durban’s ICC. Ring side at the awards this weekend I picked up on a few things, but these five struck me […]


PHOTOS: After Afropolitan Exhibition + Conference in Brooklyn, NY

What a blast we had at the After Afropolitan Exhibition + Conference this past Saturday, February 21. Co-created by afriPOP, The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), Weeksville Heritage Center, artists Daapo Reo and Aisha Bell-Caldwell, the day featured speakers included Taiye Selasi, Binyavanga Wainaina, Sean Jacobs of Africa Is a Country, Wunmi, Minna Salami (Ms. Afropolitan), Gbenga Akinnagbe, and many more. Whew, what a beautiful afternoon (and evening) […]


Ankara Press Publishes Valentine’s Day Anthology

Romance fiction publisher Ankara Press plans to treat readers with a free-to-download anthology of love/romance stories on Valentine’s Day. It is called the Valentine’s Day Anthology and Ankara have collected the works of 7 contemporary African authors for this distinctive collection, including founding editor of the Kwani? Trust Binyavanga Wainaina, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chuma Nwokolo, and Toni Kan. According to Ankara’s blog, they wanted to celebrate the day of love by showcasing the […]


African-Americans "have it good," Compared to Africans -­ Akon tells Al Jazeera

If relations between Africans and African-Americans can be described as tense at times, some of Akon’s views as told in his recent Al Jazeera might not help matters. In this Saturday’s episode of Talk To Al Jazeera, the five-time Grammy nominee tells Folly Bah Thibault that African-Americans should acknowledge “the rights… and the blessing they do, you know, have actual access to.” Elsewhere, he asks why dissatisfied African-Americans don’t “just go back […]


Princess Zahara, art by John Agbaje

Watch: Trailer for Animated African Fantasy Series, "The Spider Stories"

Sometime in early 2013, we stumbled upon a Kickstarter by brothers John and Charles Agbaje of Elite Studios. Through their blog the Central City Tower, the duo sought funding for an 11-minute pilot for their animated high fantasy adventure series The Spider Stories. The Spider Stories follows the story Princess Zahara, who was forced into hiding after her kingdom was invaded by the Hawks, a ruthless, corrupt kingdom with whom […]


Denying Racism in Cape Town Is About Lack of Empathy

I was on radio the other day, trying to explain to Shado Twala, well-known radio and television personality here in South Africa, how racism personally affects me. I had this great chance to finally tell a wider audience what it feels like to live in a city that denies you so much because you’re black. But I focused too much on how I’d been getting hostile looks from strangers, and […]



WATCH: 'Poverty, Inc' Shows How Aide is Big Business in Africa

We’ve been discussing this issue of aide to Africa since way back (See: TOM’s Shoes to the Rescue?). Now comes a documentary tackling the same issues progressive Africans have been debating for years and years: does aide really help or hamper the countries it serves? Poverty, Inc investigates how the West has given rise to a vast multi-billion dollar poverty aide industry. “Yet the results have been mixed, in some […]


Why Plan a Wedding When There's No Groom?

So I keep seeing women planning their weddings. That’s normal, it’s wedding season in South Africa. But what I don’t get is those ones who have planned their wedding down to the last bit of minutiae – when they are not engaged, or even have a significant other in their lives. Confession – I’ve been guilty of something similar as well, in the past. Especially when it comes to music. […]


The African Abroad: 14 Songs That Rocked 2014

The African Abroad is a column featuring the random musings of AfriPOP! founding editor Yolanda Sangweni. 2014 was the year that kept on giving, musically speaking. From Those of whose love affair doesn’t only involve African music got even more high the minute D’Angelo dropped a surprise album mid-December, and Mary J. Blige dropped a stellar album (this, for me, hasn’t happened in a long time). Here are 14 musical […]


MTV Base Round Table Asks 'Who Are South Africa’s Hottest MCs of 2014?'

As we watch the last few sunsets of 2014 disappear over the horizon, MTV Base has (bravely) undertaken the task of putting together a panel to determine who South Africa’s Hottest MCs of the year are. The channel invited some of South Africa’s music industry colossi to join a roundtable discussion on November 14th at The Sheds in Johannesburg to draw up list of the 10 top emcees in South […]


Futuristic Comic Book Series Outcasts of Jupiter Now on Tapastic

A few months ago the Coker CoOp – a partnership between Nigerian born siblings Shofela, Shobo and Funlola Coker that produces “original indie comics, statues, jewellery, indie games and more” – began this incredibly successful Kickstarter to produce the first issue of their comic series Outcasts of Jupiter. The Cokers gained so much public support that they surpassed their Kickstarter goal by nearly $4,600 and although, it ended months ago, […]


Blaming Kelly Khumalo Won’t Bring Back Senzo Meyiwa

South African football player Senzo Meyiwa is dead and no amount of blame will bring him back. In deaths unrelated to violent crime, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi also died in an accident, and the boxer Phindile Mwelase died last week from match-related injuries, which sent her into a coma. In the aftermath of what must surely be one of the most devastating and tragic weekends to have hit the […]