No Credit Check Payday Loans

Current Affairs, Featured

My first peer review academic article on Chinese-African encounters is out

This paper analyses the context in which a group of African workers interact with their Chinese employers within a specific ethno- graphic space: Chinese-owned shops in Kampala, Uganda. By exploring enjawulo, the locally embedded cultural, social and economic notion of work and labour, I reveal how relations between Chinese employers and Ugandan employees are shaped […]

Continue Reading

Featured, Movies about Africa, Movies about South Africa

Rough Aunties (2008) for rough times

  Heartbreaking and nerve wrecking, even eye-jarring, Rough Aunties is an inconvenient documentary set in post-apartheid South Africa. It is a movie that explores the type of subject matter which has, somehow, fallen through the cracks of development-related discourse. Rough Aunties tells the story of a group of women (Jackie, Mildred, Eureka, Sdudla, and Thuli) […]

Continue Reading

Current Affairs, Featured

Full Transportation Guide of Kampala for Foreign Tourists

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, the country Winston Churchill once called the Pearl of Africa. With over one million foreign tourists visiting the Ugandan capital every year, the city has a reputation for being a tourist-friendly African metropolis. Visitors who wish to interact with locals in order to learn about the Ugandan culture might find it convenient to use the transportation system in Kampala. There are three options available – matatus (mini-buses), boda-bodas (motorcycles), or special hires (private taxis). This short guide is designed to introduce you to the normative rules that are attributed with each mode of transportation.

Continue Reading

Current Affairs, Featured

Renowned Cape-Verdian singer, Cesaria Evora dies at 70

Renowned West-African singer, Cesaria Evora passed away on Saturday in her native country of Cape Verde of cardiorespiratory insufficiency and hypertension. Credited for putting Cape Verde on the world map, Evora was often known as the “Barefoot Diva”. She always sang barefoot, a way for her to express her solidarity with poor women all over […]

Continue Reading

Featured, Movies about Africa

African film : new forms of aesthetics and politics

While it is true that everywhere from Hollywood to Nollywood producers have their say in what goes into a film, nowhere are they as arrogant and paternalistic as in African cinema funded by France

Continue Reading

Featured, Suggested

bin Laden in a Romanian church

Posted on 03 May 2011

As expected, the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed made it around the world in a heartbeat. In the light of this event, some Romanian journalists did some research and discovered that there is a church in the western part of Romania (Timisoara) where an image of Osama bin Laden is actually painted […] Continue Reading

Comments (2)

Current Affairs, Featured

In memoriam Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros

Posted on 25 April 2011

As a journalist, I instinctively hope that the deaths of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were not in vain. But I also know that the products of their work are the long-lasting testimony of lives well lived. Continue Reading

Comments (1)

Current Affairs, Featured

Modern human cultures and languages born in Africa

Posted on 17 April 2011

All modern languages have an African origin, recent study shows. Continue Reading

Comments (1)

Book Reviews, Featured

Tourism and Migration in a globalized world

Posted on 14 December 2010

I just finished reading a very interesting report published last year by the World Tourism Organization. It’s called Tourism and Migration: Exploring the Relationship between Two Global Phenomena. As the title of the report suggests, the authors are interested in dealing with the relationship between tourism and migration, given the fact that both phenomena involve […] Continue Reading

Comments (0)

East Africa, Featured

Urban Developments in Dar es Salaam

Posted on 14 December 2010

Dar es Salaam, the main economic center of Tanzania, is one of the most congested cities I have ever been to and lived in. Traffic in the city is, for the lack of a better word, a real clusterfuck. If you expect to drive from Maktaba Street (downtown) to Mikoceni B, via Ali Hassan Road […] Continue Reading

Comments (1)

Current Affairs, Featured

African women go after hot masculine men

Posted on 09 December 2010

The Economist recently ran a story on women’s tastes towards men based on a series of scientific studies recently published in academic journals. To cut to the chase, Professor Lisa DeBruine, of the University of Aberdeen, published a paper in which she argues that women in developing countries with precarious health conditions (which basically means […] Continue Reading

Comments (0)

East Africa, Featured

One brain drain phenomenon you haven’t heard of

Posted on 08 December 2010

Brain drain and Africa are old acquaintances. For as long as we have heard of post-colonial Africa, we’ve known of people leaving the continent, willingly or not (or better said because they had no other choice), in search for a better place. And the problem with a phenomenon like brain drain is that it is […] Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Current Affairs, Featured

The Brenda Fassie story (2005)

Posted on 17 October 2010

Brenda Fassie is, arguably, one of the greatest African singers of the last 20 years. Widely considered the Queen of African Pop (in South Africa and beyond), Fassie is often seen as one of the most remarkable artists who has successfully appealed to a wide audience made of both disfranchised, poor people and middle-class Africans, […] Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Book Reviews, Current Affairs

The Clothes of Nakedness – power, deceit and struggle in a West African city

Posted on 11 October 2010

Benjamin Kwakye is, by all means and purposes, a literary force to be reckoned with.  Born in Accra, Ghana, Benjamin Kwakye attended the Presbyterian Secondary School (Presec), Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. He currently works and lives near Chicago. His first novel, the one I just finished reading, is called The Clothes of Nakedness. Set […] Continue Reading

Comments (1)

Book Reviews, Featured

Where is Home?

Posted on 07 October 2010

It doesn’t often happen that I finish reading a book and then I end up starring at my ceiling thinking to myself: this was a hell of a book. Every time it happens, I feel this strange feeling of exuberating joy and I feel so happy with myself despite the fact that I had no […] Continue Reading

Comments (0)

SEE MORE ARTICLES IN THE ARCHIVE

Quote of the Day

With literature, sometimes a book is presented in the media as being say, a Muslim story or an African story, when essentially it’s a universal story which we can all relate to it, no matter what race or social background we come from. (Shawn Johnson)

 

This Vanguard reportage deserves to be seen.

I don’t normally post things that are not Africa-related but this young man from Taiwan is simply amazing. Lin Yu Chun participated in a Taiwanese version of the American Idol called Super Star Avenue, singing the song I will always love you by Whitney Houston. I’ll keep it short: his version of the song is clearly better than what Mrs. Houston is capable of singing right now. Some dubbed him the “Susan Boyle of Taiwan” and there might just be something of this young man. Check it out yourselves. I’m sure you’ll be surprised as well.

To all of us who have experienced the adventure that is a boda-boda (motorcycle-taxi in East Africa, primarily in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and DR Congo)








Creative Commons License
A Romanian in Africa by Codrin Arsene is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at csarsene@gmail.com.

google

couk