Video: Djimon Hounsou Tells Us How To Write About Africa

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In the well-known essay "How To Write About Africa," Binyavanga Wainaina facetiously sets the guidelines for successful "Africa talk." There is no comedy without tragedy and both are apparent in Wainaina's painfully true words. The humor and tragedy are also present in this video of Djimon Hounsou reciting the essay to a nameless young white girl (in a hotel room?). Hounsou has amnesia, he musta forgotten about his role as the noble savage Solomon Vandy in that Hollywood film that adheres to 95% of Wainaina's 'advice', Blood Diamond. As mentioned before, sometimes funny is sad.


How Technology Is Playing a Crucial Role in the #EndSARS Protests

Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.

It has been more than a week since young people in Nigeria took to the streets to demand that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, infamously known as SARS, be scrapped for good. Created in 1992, this police unit was originally set up to beat back armed robbery, the use of firearms and rising cases of kidnappings that grew in the late eighties. However, the unit went rogue, becoming more notorious for its savagery than actual crime-fighting. With a rap sheet ranging from profiling, harassment and assault to, in more extreme cases, slaughtering innocent citizens, these quasi-officers have unleashed terror on the nation for more than two decades.

Their victims are predominantly young Nigerians profiled on appearance—whether they drive exotic vehicles, use the latest gadgets, have their hair dyed or locked, or have piercings. In some cases, working in tech often gets conflated with financial fraud. For people who don't meet the absurd criteria, the mood of the officer can often become the difference between life and death.

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