Perspectives

English

Afrofuturism = Radicality

Analysis

For some time now, I’ve been trying to find new forms to address Afrofuturism. Making a factual introduction doesn’t interest me anymore, and I believe Wikipedia does it better.

By Mawena Yehouessi

How Did the African Future Begin?

Analysis

How did the African future begin? It began with machines and pictures of machines. For most of us, it began in childhood.

By Imraan Coovadia

But Africans Don’t Do Speculative Fiction!?

Interview

While stories about the “fantastic” have a long tradition in oral and written storytelling in Africa, the continent is rarely associated with speculative fiction.

By Chiagozie Nwonwu

Moving Past Afrofuturism

Interview

Speculative-fiction author Rafeeat Aliyu speaks to writer, photographer and activist Masiyaleti Mbewe about a vision of the African future that Mbewe draws from her life and experiences in various African countries, including Zambia, where she was born, and Namibia, where she’s currently based.

By Rafeeat Aliyu, Masiyaleti Mbewe

The New Image of Africa in Black Panther

Analysis

Wakanda, the fictional home-country of the superhero Black Panther, might be set in Africa, but the terms of its representation were crafted in Hollywood. The child of Marvel and Disney, birthed by American director Ryan Coogler, is not, strictly speaking, an African project. Yet the movie sparked a special interest across the continent.

By Ainehi Edoro

Perspectives #03/2018: Through the Looking Glass: Images of African Futures

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Against a background of political and cultural disruption, Perspectives approached writers to inquire, speculatively or not so speculatively, into an African future. The result is an eclectic mix of contributions and conversations across the arts, culture, philosophy and politics. They offer glimpses of African futures – fantastic, idealistic, or sober, but always self-confident – that place the continent at the centre of a world to come.

A Double Challenge: LGBTI Refugees and Asylum Seekers in South Africa

Interview

South Africa remains a major destination for migrants on the African continent. However, as Victor Chikalogwe relates, expectations of a safe new home-away-from-home have been dashed for many refugees and asylum seekers. Queer African migrants who come up against the xenophobic and homophobic attitudes that are prevalent in South African society often experience the same kinds of social and economic marginalisation they had hoped to escape in their home countries.

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