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Over the next four or five weeks I’m going to be writing about my experience of doing theatre, as an actor and as a producer. The point of this is not to indulge in autobiography, but to try to give some idea of what doing theatre is like especially when things go wrong.

To those of us who lack understanding of constitutional matters, Lesotho Constitutional Court’s ruling last February confirmed one of the characters of the Ninth Amendment to Lesotho’s Constitution; that is, the fact that the Amendment is not just undemocratic but it is anti-democracy, and anti-democratic. This is one of the reasons for the deep resentment …

One of the many verbal delights in Dipo Faloyin’s book emerges in the wit and bite of his section headings. Part Two of the book, to which I now turn, is titled “By the Power Vested in Me, I Now Pronounce You a Country.”

In my multi-part review of Dipo Faloyin’s Africa is Not a Country: Breaking Stereotypes of Modern Africa, I have reached the point where the author begins to discuss colonial history and its part in forming or mal-forming the Africa of today. Before I review that part of the book, however, I want to discuss Faloyin’s …

AS I move towards reviewing Dipo Faloyin’s exceptionally fine book, I want to indulge in a personal anecdote, one that reflects the book’s subtitle “Breaking Stereotypes of Modern Africa.” When I was around nine or 10 years-old I got into the habit of helping an elderly female neighbour with tasks such as dusting her tiny …

This week I’m going to move towards reviewing a 2022 book by Dipo Faloyin; “move towards”, because I’ll begin with a meander, and because Africa is Not a Country is a long book (350 pages) in very small print which will take me quite a time to get under my already too-tight belt.

A few weeks ago these pages carried a substantial piece by Mokhosi Mohapi titled “A reversal of our traditions and culture”, written in the form of an open letter to the government of Lesotho. The first sentence of Mohapi’s article took me by surprise, as he stated: MPs and Senators’ primary role is to protect …

Last week I was talking about how jokes, or humour generally, can help get one through the most desperate situations (although it’s like taking a paracetamol for a headache; a much, much stronger resort is faith). I used the example of how Polish Jews, trapped and dying in the Warsaw ghetto, used humour to get …

Lindsay Brown’s work, sub-titled “The power of the gospel in the world’s universities”, documents how members of IFES (the International Federation of Evangelical Students) travel the globe, this way and that, to promulgate the Christian faith on campuses where this is often a perilous thing to do. To date, IFES has affiliated organisations in over …

Last week I was talking about the way in which British English and American English may use different words to denote the same thing, for example, “pavement” (British) and “sidewalk” (American).

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