Tag Archives: Africa

1974: Author Awarded Avocado

The opening of Walter Abish’s 1974 novel, Alphabetical Africa: Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex’s admonition, against Allen’s angry assertion: another African amusement . . . anyhow, as all … Continue reading

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2010: Johannesburg

Zanele Muholi: Mbala Zulu, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

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1799: Nine Family Heads

In the late 18th century, a physician from northern Africa named Saidi Saeed Abdoul Naim assembled this book of practices for dealing with physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. It also includes sections on secret alphabets, divination by sand, magic, and … Continue reading

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1956: Portrait

Seydou Keïta: Untitled (1956)

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15th Century: Portrait

Bronze portrait: Nigeria, 15th Century; photo from this post on Where’s Malko.

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17th Century: Satan

Zämänfäs Qeddus: How Satan came (again) looking like four women and St. Michael trod on him; a page from the late 17th century Gondar Homiliary. This Homiliary was created in Gondar, Ethiopia, during a period of artistic flowering in the … Continue reading

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1972: Boycott Gulf

An anti-colonialist poster from the early 1970’s produced by the Pan-African Liberation Committee in Brookline, Massachusetts: “There are but two sides in a war—she fights on the side of African freedom – Gulf finances the other.” At the time, Angola … Continue reading

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