African Diaspora

Diaspora diaries and football politics

As with football, Africa risks losing its best and brightest to more advanced and  monied nations, says Ronak Gopaldas.
Football and politics have always enjoyed a fascinating relationship. During this year’s World Cup the political subtext was especially elevated, given the geo-political significance of the event being hosted in Russia. But beyond the obvious diplomatic undercurrent, the tournament brought a number […]

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    The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

The romantic rewriting of Haile Selassie’s legacy must stop

Yohannes Woldemariam trawls through the history books to expose the truths of Haile Selassie’s 44-year reign over Ethiopia.

Emperor Haile Selassie, who ruled Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, died in 1975, but he lives on through the romantic lyrics of the late Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley and Ethiopian pop star, Tewedros Kassahun, better known as Teddy Afro.

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    #PfalReflections : Watch out world, we are coming for everything !

#PfalReflections : Watch out world, we are coming for everything !

Nomonde Ndwalaza describes the Programme for African Leadership (PFAL) Forum in Mombasa, Kenya in one word: Lit!

This year’s Programme for African Leadership (PFAL) Forum – which saw old and new PFAL-ers converge to Mombasa, Kenya for three days was a great way to close off what has been an incredibly challenging and affirming year at the London School of Economics […]

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    How representations of Africa by NGOs impact diaspora community’s identity and engagement with international development

How representations of Africa by NGOs impact diaspora community’s identity and engagement with international development

Dr Edward Ademolu outlines how his interest in the politics of visual representation particular in the development/humanitarian spheres evolved.

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What role, if anything, do representations of Africa by NGOs have on identity and engagement with International Development, by African diaspora communities?” Do they, readily accept development representations as visual documentaries upholding authoritative truths about Africa […]

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    Seeing and Being Development’s ‘Other’: Representations of Africa and Diaspora Audiences

Seeing and Being Development’s ‘Other’: Representations of Africa and Diaspora Audiences

Dr Edward Ademolu outlines how his interest in the politics of visual representation particular in the development/humanitarian spheres evolved.

As a young child in the 1990s my introduction to international development was through watching the performative biennial telethon ‘Red Nose Day’ of Comic Relief, a major UK charity. This high-profile event armed with prosthetic noses, mainstream contemporary music, and […]

Somalis in the First World War

As a new exhibition commemorates the Somali effort during the First World War, LSE’s Joanna Lewis analyses how scholarship of the Great War is increasingly encompassing the global contribution of the conflict.
This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-18).  In London, one of the most famous WW1 memorials can be found in Hyde […]

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    Africans winning the World Cup? What ‘decolonisation by integration’ could teach us about black French identity

Africans winning the World Cup? What ‘decolonisation by integration’ could teach us about black French identity

Following claims that Africa actually won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, students Arbie Baguios (MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies), Ynis Isimbi (Msc Development Studies) and David Yamron (MSc Development Management) explore French identity and its colonial past. 

 

France just won the World Cup. But the fact that at least 15 players out of their 23-strong team are of African descent has […]

Book Review: Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr

Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
This book opens with a meditation on how Africa’s fate has long – since Antiquity – been decided from the outside. Its central thesis calls for the continent to move forward in a new way, locating itself at the centre. ‘Se penser, se répresenter, se projeter’ [To […]

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    ‘They say we don’t pay taxes’: Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’: Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

Geraldine Asiwome Adiku argues for effective means to make undocumented migrants become documented in the UK, as the state is benefiting from them despite not officially recognising them.

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’, Yaa Mansa1, a middle-aged Ghanaian woman told me when we met in London on a wet Wednesday evening in December of 2014. We met in a […]

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    How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

Andrew Rogers’ Being Built Together project found 240 black majority churches in Southwark, south London, the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa, it is believed. Here Rogers looks at how this relates to the broader picture of church growth and decline in the UK, finding that urban religious landscapes have changed dramatically over recent […]

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