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Any person who makes everyone happy is not real, and the Mandela that does so is not the real Mandela but the one the world has constructed, removing the parts of the man some people did not like.

Many use this Mandela to project themselves as real defenders of his legacy while not living according to his values and disregarding what he stood for.

Like hypocrites in religion, they only extract what makes them happy from Mandela and disregard the rest.

It is an image of a very liberal Nelson Mandela who expected South Africa to be perfect within a very short space of time.

It’s an image of a man who is a messiah, who delivered freedom and democracy to South Africa single handedly.

This cropped out image of Mandela from the real one is ingrained in the minds of those who resist transformation and economic freedom of black people Mandela fought for.

These anti-transformation, anti-justice and very ignorant people use this image to protect what they have.

They easily tell people to “get over apartheid” which Mandela spent his life fighting against.

Extract from South African student activist and writer 's piece “There is a Mandela we should all reject and hate”.

Any op-ed piece about Nelson Mandela that doesn’t take on the usual peace-loving, always smiling, ‘Rainbow Nation’ messiah format will undoubtedly be met with great criticism and anger from those who were sold and bought into this image of the late anti-apartheid leader and human rights activist (seriously, just read the comments under the article).

But the fact of the matter remains that Mandela did not become a pivotal anti-apartheid figure by establishing himself as everyone’s favourite docile father-figure. From with his early days as a lawyer and later with the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela was a radical who was deemed a terrorist by the West and co-founded the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Zulu for ‘spear of the nation/people’). During and after his time spent incarcerated on Robben Island, Mandela made many statements that would not sit well with many who in turn seem to calculatedly omit when reflecting on the importance of Madiba’s legacy.

This is not to say that we cannot or should not refer to Mandela’s social and political views and policies when analyzing the current state of the ANC. It’s clear that in many ways, the current ruling party has failed to deliver on promises made as far back s the 1990s. The danger lies when people use Mandela’s words against each other, for their own gain, or as a means of erasure. Citing the term ‘rainbow nation’ as a case for why affirmative action is irrelevant (because apartheid is over and we’re all equal now) is not only ignorant but spits in the face of justice and true reform.

Too often, leaders not from the West are often cast in one-dimensional roles that make them out to either be heroes or villains with no in-betweens when we know that history and politics are always exceptionally complex.

As Hasane so aptly puts it, there’s a difference between ‘getting over apartheid’, and forgiving as a necessary part of the healing process but in no way forgetting the atrocities and injustices of the past. We’d also do well to remember that Mandela was no saint, nor was he perfect in any way. There is no single Mandela story.

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Great Concern As Parents of Missing #Chibok Schoolgirls Tragically Pass Away.

This headline is so shocking and heartbreaking it’s almost unbelievable. 11 parents of the missing Chibok schoolgirls have died or have been killed in the three months since their abduction.

According to a report by AP, seven of the girls’ fathers were among over 50 bodies that were brought to a hospital in the area after an attack on the nearby village of Kautakari this month. Four more parents are said to have died from heart failure, high blood pressure and other illnesses many blame on the trauma sustained from this incident.

Speaking out on this issue, community leader Pogo Bitrus has said, “one father of two of the girls kidnapped just went into a kind of coma and kept repeating the names of his daughters, until life left him.”

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been heavily criticized for his slow response and the ineffective manner in which he has been handling both this situation and the greater Boko Haram threat, met with some of the victim’s parents and their classmates on Tuesday where he promised to continue efforts to bring back the girls alive.

Meanwhile, the town of Chibok seems to be in more and more danger as Boko Haram continue to gain ground in the surrounding area. Over the weekend, the terrorist group launched several raids in northeastern Nigerian towns and villages where they also attacked an army base in the strategic town of Damboa. This particular attack saw as many as 15, 000 civilians fleeing the area as a result.

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“Candy Girl”, Marihenny Rivera for Cosmopolitan South Africa July 2014

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EVENT: This is Lagos Presents: “Lagos Sessions”.

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Lagos, This is Lagos is spearheading a brand new music, culture and lifestyle series that aims to fuse daily life situations through music.

Inspired by the city’s booming and diverse entertainment culture and Nigeria’s leading role in both the African and world music scenes, and birthed out of the Goethe-Institut’s global mission to develop local creative talents, as well as encourage cultural exchange between international and local artists, The Lagos Sessions will provide support to both established and emerging artists through a series of concerts that provide a more intimate connection between the performer and audience.

The first edition of Lagos Sessions is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6PM prompt. Attendance to the concert is free.

Some of my favourite Lupita Nyong’o magazine covers.

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NEW MUSIC: Y’AKOTO - Perfect Timing.

With a new album a little over a month away from release, German-Ghanaian singer Y’akoto (nee Jennifer Yaa Akoto Kieck) has given us our first taste of her sophomore effort Moody Blues with the single and accompanying video for her song ‘Perfect Timing’.

Coated with a little bit of modern jazz, a soulful blues-y essence and charming pop catchy-ness, the uber cute Y’akoto takes us on a mini-tour of Accra atop her road bike (BMX riders are becoming synonymous with the city), followed by a band of stylishly dressed followers as she relays a story of a lost opportunity for love, lots of bad luck and how she’s learned to let go.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
How do you feel about non Africans using African people as their main subject in art such as photography or paintings?
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Again, not something I feel I can give a straightforward answer to, it depends on the context. But I often approach such images with a highly critical mindset.

NEW MUSIC: Waje ft Tiwa Savage - Onye.

Anyone who knows me knows just how much, and how hard, I stan for Nigerian women in the music industry. Not only do many of them continuously put out fresh content, but when it comes to creativity, they rarely seem to lack in that department.

In the latest collaboration between Waje and recent MTV MAMA Award winner Tiwa Savage, they take their cues from both Western and traditional Nigerian influences putting a modern spin on the 1950s housewife trope and adding some flavour to something I’m referring to as the ‘pounded yam maiden’.

The result? Lots of humour, cuteness and pretty damn good acting.

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Nope, Racism is Not the “Old” Anything.

For his 21st century protest inspired video, not only does he quote Nelson Mandela and refer to him as ‘Mr Madiba’ (I rarely hear non-South Africans use that name), The-Dream visits the Cape Town township of Langa (the same one Solange filmed this video in) to capture a music video that would be the soundtrack to this TIME Magazine cover

But the conscious message in his song us overshadowed not by the questionable placement of the child at the beginning with ‘AFRICA’ painted largely on his chest, or the grey and hazy tint of the video, nor by the billows of smoke that occasionally fill the screen, but by the allusion to faux-protest group FEMEN and signs that boldly state “classism is the racism”.

Because it isn’t.

Black people’s struggles are not the litmus test for all systems of oppression. Blackness is not something that can be transferred to anyone that isn’t. Saying that classism is somehow a replacement for racism is not only ignorant to the fact racism still exists (or isn’t the ‘old’ anything), but that the relationship between classism and racism isn’t one of parallel lines that never meet, but one that often intersects.

With him referencing Mandela and Marvin, filming this video in a country where the legacy of apartheid still looms, and relating the violence in Chicago to what’s happening elsewhere, it’s surprising and shocking that such a statement would make it into such a video.

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Trekked to #BoKaap last week #vscocam #capetown (at Bo-Kaap, Cape Town)

First time ever noticing this #longstreet #latergram #capetown #vscocam (at Long Street, Cape Town)