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Pambazuka News (English edition): ISSN 1753-6839
CONTENTS: 1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Jobs
CHINUA ACHEBE: A NON-ROMANTIC VIEW
Achebe was certainly a great writer. But not all his works are
masterpieces; and the idea that he is the ‘father of African fiction’ is
romantic and naive.
CHINUA ACHEBE AS A MORAL STANDARD
Achebe fought to dissipate and disabuse the numerous misconceptions that
the rest of the world held about Africa and its peoples. He was an
incredible truth teller and moral bearer of our time.
ACHEBE OPENED THE DOOR FOR US
As a successful author and editor of the influential and prestigious
Heinemann Educational Books African Writers’ Series, Chinua Achebe opened
the door to many African writers
‘THINGS FALL APART’ AND THE CASE AGAINST IMPERIALISM
When Chinua Achebe showed the horrors of colonial rule in ‘Things Fall
Apart,’ the narrative easily became the African story that impinged itself
on our consciousness. The novel epitomized the case against imperialism
THE FEAR OF ‘THINGS FALL APART’
Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ brought us face to face with our own story for
the first time ever in the history of modern writing. It barely scratched
the surface, but it opened the doors in the hearts of many other African
writers to start telling their stories.
EXPERIENCES FROM BELOW
Organized grassroots movements and Kenyan elections
Should social movements take part in national elections they are unlikely
to win due to the fierce competition, shameless manipulation of voters by
clever politicians and the heavy finances required? Patrick Schukalla
sought the views of a Kenyan social justice activist
MATERNAL HEALTH: NO DOCTOR ON SITE
Contrary to some media reports, Haiti is far from being on the road to
recovery. The situation of women’s access to healthcare is particularly
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3 Comment & analysis
A TRIBUTE TO CHINUA ACHEBE
‘The lasting and befitting honour that the Lions and the Lionesses of
Africa can bestow on Chinua Achebe is to write their own history’
ACHEBE BROUGHT ANTI-COLONIAL AFRICAN LITERATURE TO THE WORLD
His novels and essays revealed the impact of the West on culture and society
Achebe will be remembered for his literary contributions and his fierce
criticism of colonial and post-colonial African society. His books will
remain a mainstay of libraries and classrooms for many generations to come.
NEITHER ENEMY NOR FRIEND OF THE SUPREME COURT
An open letter to Kenyan Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga
On March 9, the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld the contested victory of
Uhuru Kenyatta as president of Kenya and William Ruto as his deputy,
without giving any reasons. The full ruling is expected in the coming days.
Here is the reaction of one citizen
4 Advocacy & campaigns
BASHIR APRIL LIE: DOZENS REMAIN IN DETENTION
Many prisoners, including women and children, are still held in custody
most of them without charge.
DEPLOYMENT OF LEONEAN TROOPS TO SOMALIA IMPERIALIST
Pan-Afrikan Community Movement
The Sierra Leonean army will be doing the biding of America’s proxy-war in
Africa as mercenaries. This is a case of Africans paid to kill other
KENYA: NOW CIVIL SOCIETY TARGETED IN HATE CAMPAIGN
Civil society organisations working in Africa call to end intimidations and
hate campaigns against civil society organisations in Kenya
JOB ADVERT: HEAD – HORN OF AFRICA, SAFER WORLD
Based in Nairobi
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prevent and reduce violence conflict and promote cooperative approaches to
security. We believe that everyone should be able to lead peaceful,
fulfilling lives, free from insecurity and violent conflict. We work with
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countries in Africa, Europe and Asia.
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