Shakila Kamatali

Blame Facebook...or yourself

Psychology studies have acknowledged to a certain degree that social media use can be bad for users’ mental health. Studies have found that spending time on social media platforms, like Facebook, “passively consuming information” can leave people “feeling worse”,...

Saturday, September 8, 2018, 10:14 PM

Lauryn Hill: on eschewing the box

Music takes up a big part of my days. Walking around without my earbuds makes me uneasy, probably a signal of an unhealthy relationship with gadgets, but that is a story for another day. Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite musicians; Lauryn Hill.  On the celebration of the 20th...

Sunday, September 2, 2018, 12:02 AM

Digging deeper: the psychology of faith

Belief in a god or gods is central to the lives of billions of people, and with the recent sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, people are interrogating yet again organized religion. Pope Francis is the third pope to deal with the scandal of sex abuse in the church; this is abuse that is...

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 12:59 AM

China’s growing footprint in Africa

The “Made in China” label has become synonymous with less expensive purchases. By the 1980s when China opened its economy to international trade and investment, it came to dominate the lower-end manufacturing sector. Low wages were at the heart of China’s success. The majority of...

Saturday, August 11, 2018, 9:03 PM

Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis: History’s ripple effects

On the surface of what has been dubbed the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, one would think it is simply a clash of two cultures and languages in the bilingual nation, but it goes deeper and farther back than that. Since late 2016, Cameroon has faced an increasingly violent uprising in the bilingual...

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10:54 PM

The Good Immigrant

The World Cup is over but there is still discussions going on about what happens off the field for many players who took centre stage during this year’s tournament. One recurring discussion has been around football players of dual nationality or from immigrant families, whose identity is...

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 9:09 PM

#JusticeforNoura movement in the face of slow legal reform

Sudanese women have been organizing and struggling for both their own autonomy and power for decades. They are also are behind the social media campaign #justicefornoura for a teenager’s plight, Noura Hussein, who was sentenced to death in May after stabbing her husband when he...

Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:01 PM

New Blood to Upset Old Guard in Ethiopia

This week Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed visited neighbouring Eritrea, where he was received warmly his host, President Isaias Afwerki marking a historic event for two countries that have been at war for the past twenty years. This is among the many reforms that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed...

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10:04 PM

Theorising the liberation of African countries from the CFA Franc

Many countries across Africa were celebrating their Independence Day recently, including Rwanda, which makes us look back on how far we have come and the still present colonial forces that shape the nations on the African continent.  This brings us to the debate about the CFA Franc -...

Sunday, July 8, 2018, 12:40 AM

The failure of statehood in a global world

We wake up to news every day, every month about yet another refugees and migrants’ crisis. The U.S has upheld a travel ban for many majority Muslim countries, the Algerian government is expelling sub-Saharan migrants and refugees, mostly coming from Mali, Cameroon and Nigeria, and abandoning...

Sunday, July 1, 2018, 1:43 AM

The World Cup: A tournament non football fans can get behind

If you’re like me and don’t care for football until the World Cup arrives, then, willingly or not, it becomes the center of every discussion. My interaction with sports is one of a bystander who once in a while looks up to see what the fuss is about. The fuss is usually a meme-able...

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 12:42 AM

Policing of Women’s Bodies in the Name of Culture

An article was recently published and it played into the same old narrative about how girls and women should dress, and in this case the article expressed concern about the dress code of teenage girls in secondary schools, or more accurately how they spurned school dress codes to wear short...

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 11:57 PM

A reflection on Karl Marx in the 21st century

Now more than ever we are talking about artificial intelligence and robots, and their impact on business and the future of work. Surprisingly, or not, Marx’s economic theory based on the labour theory of value: that the value of a good is the necessary labour time to make it, tackles...

Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10:16 PM

Outrage in the age of Newsfeeds

Open Facebook or Twitter, and you are likely to be greeted by a bottomless feed of outrage over one thing or another. There are societal forces driving the rise in news content that incites moral outrage despite the fact that the world isn’t really getting worse. But people have incentives...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Glamourising entrepreneurship

The perception of entrepreneurship has shifted in recent years. While at university, more people were inclined to work for a big corporation than start their own business, now it seems that the opposite is becoming the norm. The older generation still prizes formal employment, but the new...

Sunday, May 27, 2018, 5:21 AM

The Solai dam tragedy signals the downside of privatisation

Recently in Kenya, a dam located on private farmland where flowers, macadamia nuts and coffee are grown, burst after heavy rains in the area. The Patel dam was one of a number of dams on a sprawling farm near Solai, but none of the dams had a permit according to a Water Resources Management...

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2:54 AM

Separating the Art from the Artist

I discovered Junot Díaz on of all places YouTube. It was by coincidence, but after that he quickly became one of my favourite authors. His self-awareness, the joy he took in his nerdiness, and his literary prowess were refreshing. The Pulitzer-prize winning author took on even greater significance...

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 10:28 PM

The limits of social media movements

Closing in on eight months since the #MeToo campaign unleashed a torrent of emotion, especially on social media, that gave women the permission to disclose current and past experiences of sexual harassment and assault, we question whether gender dynamics have really changed, both locally and in...

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:06 PM

‘Making it rain’ in your 20s

Your 20s are full of firsts: first full time job, first time handling your finances or fiancés, it is really a time for exploration and experimentation. But while adulting comes with all this independence, it’s important to get your finances in order in your 20s to set up a good foundation....

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 11:20 PM

Time heals all wounds.... or does it?

A girl scrolls the gallery of photos on her phone and she comes across the one picture, black and white, of her grandfather. He stands grinning, but the picture is faded so she can’t really be sure if she’s not imagining it, projecting her feelings on a frozen frame. Twenty-four years...

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

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