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Why black boys continue to kill one another and how to end it.

by Femi Akomolafe

In another episode of what has become a menacing trend in London, on the 20th of January, 2017, a business studies student, Djodjo Nsaka, 19, was found collapsed with a knife wound outside his university halls of residence near Wembley Stadium. He died at the scene. In the summer of 2000, two black juveniles, Danny…



The Gambia: Yahya Jammeh’s exit from power, another step forward for Africa’s democratic maturity?

by Femi Akomolafe

On the 21st of January, 2017, 22 years after he seized power in a coup, The Gambia’s ex-president, Yahya Jammeh, flew out of Gambia into exile. This is no doubt another giant step towards Africa’s political and economic stability. Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, his challenger at the polls following the country’s…



Questionable Black History in the British Curriculum

by Femi Akomolafe

By: Femi Akomolafe When the teaching of black history begins with slavery, it ignores the humanity of black people, just as their humanity was denied in the past. The history of Africa taught in British classrooms today centres on slavery, and the humanitarian aid that western countries send to Africa – the typical ‘single story’…



Injurious Aid

by Femi Akomolafe

The damaging impacts of the negative portrayal of Africa for humanitarian fundraising By: Femi Akomolafe Advertising misery is central to aid agencies’ fundraising operations. Human misery is their principal fund earner. For years, humanitarian organisations have raised funds for their missions in Africa by broadcasting images of African children and women in state of utter destitution…