See also:
- Chimamanda Adichie


African review of books
African Literature on the Internet
African Literature and Writers on the Internet



voices from Africa - video clips

A few selected video clips featuring some of the many strong voices from Africa, and clips with a different view on the continent than often heard in the media. If you are interested in the African continent and development issues, please allow yourself the time to watch these clips. Please note: None of the clips are produced by Crawfurd Homepage. I do not neccesarily agree with all that is said, but am simply providing a little space to make these points and thoughts more widely known. Several of these inspiring clips comes from the fantastic archives of TED.com. More links to come later -and suggestions are welcome :-)

How (not) to write about Africa

Binyavanga Wainaina - narrated by Djimon Hounsou

Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina wrote his satirical and thought-provoking essay in 2005. Director Jesse Dylan and his company FreeForm has worked with Binyavanga and the Beninois actor Djimon Hounsou to create this filmed performance of the essay. Read the original essay here: How to Write about Africa

Also view the comments from the author in this youTube clip: Response to 'How to Write About Africa'


Will the real Africa stand up?

BBC World Debate

As part of the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Africa Progress Panel, the APP (Africa Progress Panel) organized a debate moderated by the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi. The debate aims to draw attention to the state of Africa in 2010: the year of the World Cup on African soil, 10 year follow-up on the Millennium Declaration, and 5 year post the Gleneagles G8 Summit commitments. Four panellists address issues in front of an informed audience consisting of experts on African governance, economics, social and political affairs, including distinguished African figures. The panellists are:

  • Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel
  • Petina Gappah, Zimbabwean writer, Winner of the Guardian First Book Award
  • Linah Mohohlo, Governor of the Bank of Botswana
  • General Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria and APP Member

View more videos from Africa Progress Panel and visit the websitewww.africaprogresspanel.org



Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on doing business in Africa

We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity. As the first female Finance Minister in Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala attacked corruption to make the country more desirable for foreign investment and job creation. Now as a director of the World Bank and head of the Makeda Fund, she works for change in all of Africa.


Chris Abani on the stories of Africa

In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that “what we know about how to be who we are” comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.



Dambisa Moyo on her vision for Africa & what's wrong with aid

Economist and author Dambisa Moyo talk to CBC about the need for more innovative solutions to Africa's development and why aid has failed (May 25, 2009). More info on the controversial author at dambisamoyo.com


George Ayittey on Cheetahs vs. Hippos

Ghanaian economist George Ayittey unleashes a torrent of controlled anger toward corrupt leaders in Africa -- and calls on the “Cheetah generation” to take back the continent.


Newton Aduaka tells the story of Ezra

Filmmaker Newton Aduaka shows clips from his powerful, lyrical feature film "Ezra," about a child soldier in Sierra Leone.


Eleni Gabre-Madhin on Ethiopian economics

Economist Eleni Gabre-Madhin outlines her ambitious vision to found the first commodities market in Ethiopia. Her plan would create wealth, minimize risk for farmers and turn the world's largest recipient of food aid into a regional food basket.


Don't miss the brilliant TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie which is found on a seperate page.

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