Africa

Things fall apart in Denis Johnson’s latest novel of madness and anarchy in Sierra Leone

28 March 2015 9:00 am

‘I’ve come back because I love the mess. Anarchy. Madness. Things falling apart.’ The lines belong to Roland Nair, one…

Alexandra’s Fuller’s parents are the stars even when their daughter is divorcing, in this sequel to the bestselling Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Double ouzo, hold the Coke,’ Mum ordered at the Mkushi Country Club bar, during spanikopita night. ‘My daughter’s a lesbian.’…

Hope springs eternal: a 1954 Morris Minor at a Catholic mission station in Moipo, South Sudan

Having oozed optimism for a decade, I am a bit down about the Hopeful Continent

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Juba I discovered a 1954 Morris Minor parked outside the Catholic mission station in Mopoi, South Sudan. The car had…

Do I really care about Ebola? Do you? Does Oxfam?

31 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s strange how quickly we all forgot about Ebola. Speak for yourself, you might say — and I will. Until…

It’s all kicking off in the Islamic world. Nothing at all to do with Islam, of course

24 January 2015 9:00 am

They have been burning churches and murdering Christians again in Niger. You’d think that they’d have more immediately pressing concerns…

I want to do for field rations what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Hell’s Kitchen My ambition to open a fish and chip shop in Mogadishu has not happened yet, though I remain…

The parks are empty and the landscapes are yours

If you want a real safari, head to Botswana

3 January 2015 9:00 am

As a boy camping with my father on safaris deep in the African bush, there were no tents involved; we…

I cannot imagine living in a world without lions

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Laikipia We are privileged to live with lions on the farm. We hear them most nights. We encounter them frequently.…

Actually, Bob, they do know it’s Christmas (we checked)

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Yeah, Bob, they know The answer to the rhetorical question posed by the Band Aid single, ‘Do they know it’s…

Panic about Ebola in Africa – not here

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Got Ebola yet? Early symptoms are very difficult to distinguish from either winter flu or, indeed, a particularly bad hangover.…

The US military should be winning wars, not fighting Ebola

11 October 2014 9:00 am

In the case of America, the answer is now practically everything – except perhaps winning wars

What are the Chinese up to in Africa?

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Few subjects generate as much angst, or puzzlement, among Western policymakers in Africa as China’s presence on the continent. In…

How green policies hurt the poor

5 April 2014 9:00 am

How green policies hit the poorest hardest

Before you talk about 'Lessons from Rwanda', read this

5 April 2014 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, I was a witness to the Rwandan genocide. Those who speak of lessons from it are deluded

Why I won’t let my children learn French

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why I won’t let my children be taught French

A secret from my African childhood has become a deeper mystery

22 February 2014 9:00 am

About 55 years ago, when I was about ten, my younger brother Roger and I discovered a slave pit in…

Britain has many major problems - racism isn't one of them

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Britain has less prejudice than the countries where I’ve lived before – and more people taking offence

I don't love money, but I love the risks it makes me take

18 January 2014 9:00 am

On the flight into Kinshasa, I sat next to an elderly Englishman who was pallid with fear. He revealed that…

There's a global morality gap — and it's getting wider

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The world can now be divided between post- and pre-enlightened countries