“Global Africa”, a term that was popularised by Kenyan scholar Ali Mazrui, refers to the African diasporas of enslavement and colonialism, encompassing Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East.

My recently published Global Africa: Profiles in Courage, Creativity and Cruelty contains 100 essays written over the last three postapartheid decades. They seek to capture the zeitgeist, covering historical and political figures, technocrats, activists, writers, public intellectuals, musical and film artists and sporting superstars...

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