A response to Xolela Mangcu’s article ‘Beware of agents provocateurs’

By Athi Mongezeleli Joja Professor Xolela Mangcu professes nothing but half baked truths and his article in the City Press titled, ‘Beware of agents provocateurs’, is another of his erratic soliloquies. I say ‘truths’ because his fixation with “icons” is never truly about them, but himself and the compradorial agenda he’s imposing on their ideas. One …

Xolela Mangcu, the Uncle Tom of our times?

By Ncedisa Mpemnyama Xolela Mangcu is a professor. I am a student. He is a black man. I’m a black man too. Mangcu is an elder. Some people these days call me elder – I believe they mean that with all its annoying ramifications. Mangcu thinks he’s wise. I think so too – generally I …

Can we trust Ngugi and Mangcu with decolonisation?

By Sisipho Fongoqa & Lindsay Maasdorp On Friday, March 3, the literary giant Ngugi wa Thiong’o was hosted by the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) lecture series ‘Great Text/Big Questions’, where he gave a public lecture at the Baxter theatre. The event is the first in a series and aims to centre decoloniality. Decoloniality is …

Friday Letters: My Argument on Education

By Lihle Nyanda Hotep To me education begins with decolonization, decolonization start from within therefore there is no decolonization which can be brought through institution. Know Thyself is more powerful than education. When you send a child to school that child no longer belongs to you but to the system, so here are my suggestions. …

Where is the ‘African’ in African Studies?

Featured Image: Outside the University of Cape Town. Photo: Ian Barbour. By Robtel Neajai Pailey Black Opinion republishes this article on African studies in light of the conversations on the decolonisation of curricula in South Africa. Last week, I was invited by Eritrean-Ethiopian masters student Miriam Siun of Leiden University’s African Studies Centre to give one …

Decolonisation must be decolonised

Featured Imaged: Dr Sharlene Khan is a Senior Art History and Visual Culture Lecturer at Rhodes University. Photo: Rhodes University website By Athi Mongezeleli Joja ‘If one has to be “the black” in or a particular context in order to designate a racial and a racist formation, then the rug that sleeps away beneath one’s …