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The List: A peek at the Stevenson library

Stevenson gallery staff took to Instagram to share a small selection of literature guiding their “respective journeys towards listening, learning and confronting bias”

Many Africa ‘experts’ still don’t get the need for African voices and perspectives

Thirteen years after Binyavanga Wainaina’s satirical essay, many 'experts' on Africa continue to fail to comprehend the need for African voices

​How to write about Binyavanga

Writing about Binyavanga, as is writing about Africa, is about what is left off the page

A life spent rewriting Africa

Binyavanga Wainaina was an exceptional writer, activist and human being

Binyavanga Wainaina dies, aged 48

The Kenyan writer and activist died on Tuesday night after suffering a stroke

Wainaina declares: ‘I am gay, and quite happy’

Binyavanga Wainaina, one of Africa's leading literary figures, has outed himself in response to a wave of homophobic laws across the continent.

Winds of change at the press of a button

Binyavanga Wainaina: two years ago, when we heard that Jacob Zuma was running for president, we were upset.

Woozy in a wobbling world

If faith is the oxygen of a young state, faith in a viable future, there is very little oxygen in Kenya right now.

Africa: Bent out of shape

Binyavanga Wainaina: Nowhere on the planet are there countries as oddly shaped as in Africa.

Beat me Barack!

Information about Obama's grandfather could begin a strange game

The quiet despair of a dying nation

Binyavanga Wainaina: To win an election, our political classes released the beast. This beast is exactly as bestial as something out of Revelations.

If only Ngugi wa Thiong’o knew

Did Ngugi wa Thiong'o read Harold Robbins? Did he know what kind of mind-blowing sex you could have in LA with cocaine rubbed on your genitals?

C’mon everybody let’s do a Kibaki

This whole year a new virus has been spreading to countries where elections are taking place. It is called "Doing a Kibaki".

Throwing fuel on a dying fire

Mugabe's primary source of power becomes the power we give him. The man is bouncing around Zimbabwe with the energy of a five-year-old.

Put your best ideas forward

It is time to effect change through constructive enterprise

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A bowl of warmth in a time of need

Soup for the Sick is nourishing hundreds of people too ill to cook for themselve

Q&A Sessions: George Euvrard, the brains behind our cryptic crossword

George Euvrard spoke to Athandiwe Saba about his passion for education, clues on how to solve his crosswords and the importance of celebrating South Africa.

Why prisoners are a priority in vaccine rollout

Inmates comprise a vulnerable group in society and they are meant to receive Covid-19 vaccines earlier than the general population. This has sparked debate locally and globally

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