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Lesotho: Sometimes There Is A Void

Lesotho: Sometimes There Is A Void

The Africa blogging project is down to the southern tip of the continent and Lesotho, a country with about two million people and the second-highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. The country is surrounded by South Africa, which is how Zakes Mda ended up there –...
Botswana: Cry of the Kalahari

Botswana: Cry of the Kalahari

Botswana is a small country, with 2.2 million people who would probably be in great shape if it weren’t for the high incidence of HIV/AIDS. It has a stable government, a literacy rate approaching 90%, and a GDP per capita of over $16,000. The nation’s big...
Namibia: Unfinished Business

Namibia: Unfinished Business

Namibia was under the rule of the Republic of South Africa until it achieved independence in 1990, with the help of a civil war. This book is an academic text that evaluates the state of the nation’s democracy. I don’t normally read political science...

Zimbabwe: We Need New Names

My African book project is starting to wrap up with We Need New Names: A Novelby NoViolet Bulawayo. It’s a coming of age story about modern Zimbabwe, involving a young girl whose childhood is spent in a nation in disarray. She eventually leaves for the United...

Malawi: Growing Up In Malawi

Malawi is a small, young, and poor country. The nation has about 18 million people, almost 70 percent of whom are under age 24. No surprise, there aren’t a lot of cultural exports. I came across a UK indie band called Lake Malawi, but it’s not the same...

Madagascar: Lords and Lemurs

Alison Jolly was an anthropologist who specialized in lemurs. This put her in a unique position to study the very different groups of people in Madagascar, forming the centerpiece of Lords and Lemurs: Mad Scientists, Kings With Spears, and the Survival of Diversity in...