Africa United?

I’ll be honest. I love that Shakira song. It’s trite and filled with stereotypes from grass skirts to bumshaking dances – and I know I shouldn’t like it. For as Brendan O’Neill points out at Spiked Online it captures everything that is wrong and patronising about this “African” World Cup… Ever since the opening ceremony, … More Africa United?

In Today’s Predictable Headlines: World Cup in Doubt

I went to bed listening to the BBC World Service. After years covering wars in Africa, there are still some stories that are so shocking they make it difficult to sleep. This was one of them: Players in Togo’s national football team have told of their shock when gunmen fired on their bus as they … More In Today’s Predictable Headlines: World Cup in Doubt