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Edible art from 57 Chocolate in Ghana
Dreaming big (source)
- Song of the week: Run, don’t walk, to listen to “Republique Amazone,” the debut album from new West African supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique. Angélique Kidjo, Kandia Kouyaté, Mamani Keita, Mariam Doumbia, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Mouneissa Tandina, Nneka, Pamela Badjogo and Rokia Koné all in one place!
A favorite shot from fabric shopping in Ouaga last weekend
- Video of the week: this is a beautiful homage to Dakar from Senegalese-French rapper Booba.
Thinking of this beautiful view in Durban on a rainy day here in Berkeley
- Enthusiasm for universal basic income is spreading, with new pilot projects recently announced in Scotland and Finland. An interesting argument for the positive effects of UBI is that it already exists for the 1% in the form of capital income.
Sharing this great image from the African Studies Association to wish all my readers a happy New Year!
The Mail & Guardian‘s editorial cartoonist has been on point about Zuma lately
- Zimbabwe is descending deeper into economic crisis as shortage of dollars have forced the reintroduction of a domestic currency. Rudo Mudiwa writes a moving account of daily life amongst cash shortages in Harare. For background, check out the excellent long-form essays on Zimbabwean law and politics by Alex Magaisa at The Big Saturday Read.
- Here’s a new graphic from UNICEF addressing common myths about cash transfers. If you’re interested in learning more about social protection and welfare policy, check out the excellent short course offered by the Centre for Social Protection at the University of Sussex next June. I attended this year, and can attest to its quality.
- Video of the week: I’m choosing to believe in Sinkane’s message of positivity in his glossy new video for “U’Huh.” Okayafrica has a great summary of the Sudanese-American singer’s work.