Africa / African / Children / Culture / Tradition

Justice, Equality, Non-Sexism, Non-Racism, and Democracy Is What They Stood For – But Progressive Black Manhood Needn’t Mean Turning Into White Women in Drag

One of the ideals of the national freedom struggle in South Africa was to create a just, equal, non-sexist, non-racial, and democratic society. This is an ideal the Xhosa man of the abaThembu who became an international icon for progressive statesmanship and his fellow travelers stood for. We have not achieved that society yet. But … Continue reading

Africa / African / Culture / Tradition

Feelings and Thoughts of the Happiness of Seeming Opposites on Reconciliation Day, December 16 2013

Much has been said and written about the man. And much more will be in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. It’s exhausting. It’s energising. It’s depressing knowing how much a man and his comrades can do for you without you even recognising your debt for their sacrifice; how small, selfish, in your … Continue reading

Africa / African / Images / Masculinity / Men

Two Views of A Tree: We Become What We Do, Hear and See

    Here are two views of a tree.  Now it is my intention to write about the Traditions Panels I convened in Ghana as part of International Conference on African Studies held at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, October 24-26, 2013. Quite an important moment, I think. The best pitso of the three I have … Continue reading

Africa / African / Race

The Dangers of an Unthinking African President of South Africa

Part of the title of this post is courtesy of a so-so satirical take from the blog siyandawrites.com by Siyanda Mohutsiwa on the blooper by President Jacob Zuma when he indirectly remarked to Gauteng drivers not to “think like Africans in Africa” and pay their e-tolls. “Think like Africans in Africa?” Really? I don’t get it. As opposed to Africans in Europe? … Continue reading

Africa / African / Tradition

Reimagining the Idea of African Traditions

Tomorrow night I will be in Ghana. I will be attending the International Conference on African Studies, which has the theme “Revisiting the First International Congress of Africanists in A Globalised World”, taking place at the University of Ghana, from October 24 to 26. I proposed and will be convening a series of panels under … Continue reading

Africa / African / Boys / Children / Gender / Masculinity / Men / Violence / Women

Dealing with Emotional Trauma is Not for Bourgeoise Mamas’ Babies

Men have hearts – believe it or not. Men’s hearts, like women’s, can get really badly hurt. Unlike women, men are not as adept in doing the work that heals a heart. I wouldn’t be able to say stuff like that when I was in my teens and twenties, given to acting all smooth as … Continue reading