Len Taunyane and Jan Mashiani participated in the 1904 Olympic marathon in St. Louis. But their story is far bigger than that, and tainted by an unanswerable silence
Author Archive | Sean O'Toole
What is the best way to represent Lagos without actually showing it? Nigerian artist and designer Karo Akpokiere thinks it’s through drawing
Storyteller and animation entrepreneur Roye Okupe has come up with a superhero for Africa’s new millennium
Energy is not singularly the preserve of the empathetic state, but a profitable growth sector. Tshwane’s failed prepaid smart metering system offers a case study of what happens when technology and finance are applied to a pressing need
In 2014 Cape Town was awash with yellow branding. Why, and was the euphoria worth it?
In 1975 an avant-garde shopping mall in Cape Town’s affluent southern suburbs opened and marketed itself as “the place for people”. Now derelict, the building’s failure and possible demolition is being fiercely debated
Founded by Cameroonian entrepreneur Bonaventure Ndikung, SAVVY Contemporary is a Berlin exhibition space devoted to art, networking and eating
In his first English-language interview, Togolese- Canadian novelist Edem Awumey talks about the many literatures that inform his exile-influenced writings
Journalist and writer Ryszard Kapuscinski has been praised as a conjuror extraordinaire of modern reportage, and also dismissed as a profound and dangerous racist. By Sean O’Toole *This article originally appeared in issue 2 of Cityscapes Magazine.
In 2009 a group of Nigerian artists, most of them photographers, decided to set off on a road trip to Mali—with unexpected consequences. Lagos is closer to Bamako than Barcelona is to Berlin. Extrapolating from this fact, if a journey between Johannesburg and Cape Town takes an uneventful 15 hours by car—roughly the motoring time […]