Global Issues

Mfoniso Udofia. Image credit Marc J. Franklin via Playbill The New York Theatre Workshop recently staged a successful run of two plays, “Sojourners” and “Her Portmanteau,” which are two parts in a cycle of nine installments in the “Ufot Family Cycle,” by Nigerian-American storyteller Mfoniso Udofia. These two productions introduced us to Ukpong and Abasiama, a Nigerian couple [...]
Fri, Jul 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
My photographic work is and always has been deeply personal to me. The majority of my childhood was spent in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. I grew to be comfortable with being marked as different, whether in Lusaka or in Washington D.C., and found hip hop as a point of [...]
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 12:58:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
When Liberia’s Minister of Education, George Werner, announced last spring that he was inviting foreign education companies and non-profits to run our public schools, our country came under the international spotlight, both in Western media and for education activists. The Minister and the supporters of the government’s plan excitedly championed the [...]
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Still from ‘Isoken’ You are bound to be inundated by all manner of readings of Isoken, Jadesola Osiberu’s new Nollywood rom-com, the majority of them feminist. Those readings will recapitulate society’s pressure on single women. They will critique the near-universal acceptance in Africa of marriage as the crowning achievement of a woman. They will point out subtle and blatant patriarchies. They might [...]
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Slides from my recent talk at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida [...]
Sat, Jan 31, 2015 5:22:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
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We recently completed the first part of a research project that aimed to test whether or not real-time mobile data could be used as a means to predict future macroeconomic trends like interest rates, inflation and GDP per capita in African countries. While the paper itself makes no definitive conclusions, [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 11:48:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
In 2000, the CIA made many predictions about the world. One of them was this: “Aids, famine, and continuing economic and political turmoil means that populations in many [African] countries will actually fall.” While most of their predictions were fairly prescient, this one was way off. Not only is most of [...]
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 8:52:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Diaspora Demo Day
This past weekend I attended Diaspora Demo Day, the inaugural startup competition organized by the people at TipHub and held at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.. The day was not without its hiccups but for a first-time event really exceeded my expectations. As the name implies, Diaspora Demo Day is [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 5:22:00 PM, Continue reading at the source

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