World Cup Memories

A month after the end of the World Cup, I think it is about time I close a few tabs on my browser that have been holding particularly memorable reflections on that delirious month in the early summer. Here are a few quotes. I like this from the English novelist Tim Parks, in the New York Review of Books. First, a nice observation about FIFA’s attitude to cheating: “After the Germany–England game, the German goalkeeper spoke of how he had …  ( continue reading

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This time for South Africa

Marcus Gilroy-Ware talks to South Africans as well as Achille Mbembe and Sarah Nuttall about what comes next now that the tournament is over.  ( continue reading

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Relive the World Cup II

with Rapcha, Quachez et al as they discuss the closing group stage matches in Sheng.  ( continue reading

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Relive the World Cup I……

with Rapcha, Quachez et al as they discuss the closing group stage matches in Sheng.  ( continue reading

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The people’s game

A radio conversation including Achille Mbembe and Duke scholar Laurent Dubois on the World Cup and South Africa  ( continue reading

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Not everyone likes it

By the time the ball is nestling at the back of the net, David Villa is already halfway to the touch line at which he will do his torero-inspired arm sweep. It is simple, direct, and beautiful. Not everyone likes it. read more  ( continue reading

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Bottoms, Busstops and Identity part I

There is gross abuse of yansh (bottom) in this place! That was my friend Kunle’s first impression of South Africa ten years ago. I remember that comment now thinking about Doung Jahangeer and the DALA city walk. Let me come back to all that. This morning l listened to a Europe-based German-Nigerian artist and then to Yinka Davies. It is unfair to compare the two in terms of talent as Yinka is simply an anjonu (powerful sprit living in forests). …  ( continue reading

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Football pictures by Lerato Maduna

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Audio: Akenji Ndumu et Valerie Bony en conversation

Akenji Ndumu explique son pilgrimage a Abidjan  ( continue reading

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More than just a game

by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo Growing up, football and the Super Eagles in particular was the only sense of nationality we had. We excited ourselves with talks of The Super Eagles being the best team in the world. We repeated to the point of becoming stale, tales of how Bebeto the Brazilian wept after we won them in the Semi Finals of the Atlanta Olympics. We decorated our walls with large coloured posters of Nigerian footballers and preferred note books that …  ( continue reading

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  • Olufemi Terry

Olufemi was born in Sierra Leone of Sierra Leonean and Vincentian parentage. He grew up in Nigeria, Britain and Cote d'Ivoire before attending University in New York City. He holds a B.A degree in Political Science, a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University's Tisch School and a Creative Writing M.A. from the University of Cape Town. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa, where he writes fiction and works as a freelance writer, analyst and editor of African political and economic trends.