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This paper explores the link between exile and national redemption in Ben Okri’s The Famished Road (1991) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus (2003). Although exile constitutes the dominant interpretive concept as it relates to the scandalous and the breaking of a vicious cycle of...
Toxic waste is chemical compounds that, when ingested or inhaled, can cause physiological impairment and, in extreme cases, death. It is also known for its detrimental effect on the environment when disposed of in an unsafe manner. Yet, countries in the Gulf of Guinea continue to be targeted by...
Ostensibly an exhibition on a beloved and widely used ‘South African’ cotton textile isishweshwe, the multi-year Isishweshwe Story: Material Women? exhibition at the Iziko Museums’ Slave Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa, provides an interesting portal through which to explore the manifestation,...
This article examines the use of musical figures in a Kiswahili play, Tendehogo. Written by an eminent Tanzanian playwright named Edwin Semzaba, the play recounts how slave trade was conducted by Arab traders in East Africa during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It tells about the...
This article analyses the 2015 intervention of Specialized Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection (STTEP International Ltd), a South African private military company (PMC), against Boko Haram, the Islamic terrorist group in Nigeria. The origins of PMCs are highlighted before an in-depth...
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