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Welcome to African Century Journal Blog

  This space is  for contemporary commentary by our editor, Dapo Ladimeji,  on  important but also sometimes the fleeting and ephemeral events of life. An opportunity to give an African gloss on these events which so often feel important at the time but quickly flow with tide towards  the beach of incidental memories and to note those events that are truly important but may be concealed by the mist and noise of the day’s trivia.        

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Denise Ferreira de Silva – ICA talk – 25 August 2018

Saturday 25 August 2018 – Went to Institute of Contemporary Arts in The Mall, London to listen to Denise Ferriera da Silva. Quite a good sympathetic crowd. She was seeking to interface between Western philosophical canon and Black oppression, seeking interstices and cracks in the facade to reconstitute and expose the hidden oppression. She began her tale with a long disquisition on Marx’s theory of value. Here she focussed on the formula: $price =P = c +y +z Where…

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Amartya Sen, immigration, identity and self reflection

There is a widely broadcasted event of Armatya Sen being interrogated at Heathrow by a some what slow and ill informed immigration officer. In Sen’s immaculate wit we can all enjoy the moment. Well of course we would recognise the great man, have read his books or columns about him. Recall the 2016 event: “Mr. Sen, now a professor at Harvard, was awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions to the field of welfare economics. He…

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Omar Victor Diop – Liberty/ Diaspora – 11 August 2018

At an exhibition of African photographs (Liberty/ Diaspora)  by Omar Diop  at Autograph. Inadvertently the exhibition confirmed a critical problem facing the Arts of Africa and the diaspora but particularly of Africa. We have lost our visual language and many of our artists have succumbed to the myth that western visual language is universal. As a consequence they struggle to find a way to speak. Over and again they find the western vocabulary does not signify what they wish…

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welcome to March 2018 issue

    With this new issue we welcome Dr Wesley Morris to our editorial board. A proper introduction will be presented later. It is a clear core focus of this issue  how Western academic and literary  establishments deal with data, factual data, about Africa. Many Western authors appear to openly invite criticism on the basis of prejudice. Their  strident offensiveness appears to seek such a response so clearly they are prepared for this. What they appear not to expect…

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Candace Owens, Black Lives Matter and liberal views of racism

There is a major issue highlighted in the social confusion arising from this lady that is not being addressed. One of the core challenges of  Black America intellectual debates is its unwillingness to follow the argument strictly.  Focussing on the apparent conclusion it accepts or discards an argument accordingly. This tends to lead to discussions that are dialogues of the deaf. There is an important point that Candace makes and which is by no means exclusive to her that…

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Trevor Manuel at Winnie Mandela ‘s funeral – great hypocrisy

Trevor Manuel made a rabble rousing speech at Winnie Mandela’s funeral. His heart went out to the poor and outcasts of South Africa and he did not hesitate to point figures and mention names. It is not normal to use someone else’s funeral to launch one’s own new political agenda,having previously announced his retirement from politics.(Note 1) It dishonours the dead. Winnie’s funeral should have been about her not about Trevor Manuel’s  new political ambitions. He mentions her name…

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‘ Young Guns’ at Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

  This was a show curated by Andrew Lamprecht at the Sulger-Buel Gallery. I had met Christian Sulger-Buel earlier in 2017 at the Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House in  October 2017, and he invited me to the Gallery opening on 28 Feb 18.  Despite the horrendous weather I felt I should go. Christian warmly welcomed me and many others who came. It was  an enormous opportunity to bridge generation gaps as many of these young guns had  no…

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Gallery opening – Royal Photographic Society

An interesting evening at Royal Photographic Society  International Photography Exhibition 160 awards   1 March. Because of the weather we are fewer people than normal but it was fun.  These photographs were enticing and captured the imagination. Each series  spoke to some emotional story and conveyed the extra-odinary power of simple photographs. Nothing fancy nothing photoshopped, just demonstrating the power of seeing. Many of those who attended lived nearby and were unlike myself and a few others not members of…

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Shami Chakrabarti & On Women

Went to a Prospect Book Club Event (Monday 19 Feb 18) –  Shami Chakrabarti was speaking about her  views on feminism et al  as part of her book launch of her book ‘On Women’. I have always found Chakrabarti to be a earnest and well meaning lady. She runs on her judgement and sense of fairness  rather than any deep analytic thought. In many ways she arrives at admirable positions: that the rights of women should not be seen…

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Angus Deaton on US poverty – E pur si muove!

It is certainly welcome news to be able to write a positive follow up. Without mentioning either Adam Smith or neo-classical economics by name, Deaton  has put a huge dagger into their backs in an op-ed article in New York Times (Note 1).  He categorically states ‘…it is time to stop thinking that only non-Americans are truly poor.’ Trickle down and work incentives simply do not prevent extreme poverty and if they do not prevent it in US they…

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