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We’re here to challenge the common misconception that Africa is a country, whilst appreciating the identity of each nation. Through each episode we’ll explore key historical moments which have shaped the continent, in an easily digestible, satirical (and shady) format with your hosts Chinny and Astrid. We're also on Instagram as @itsacontinentpod and Twitter @itsacontinent. Sources are posted in each episode note. As we are an independent podcast, please consider buying us a coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent or supporting on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/itsacontinent

It's a Continent It's a Continent

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We’re here to challenge the common misconception that Africa is a country, whilst appreciating the identity of each nation. Through each episode we’ll explore key historical moments which have shaped the continent, in an easily digestible, satirical (and shady) format with your hosts Chinny and Astrid. We're also on Instagram as @itsacontinentpod and Twitter @itsacontinent. Sources are posted in each episode note. As we are an independent podcast, please consider buying us a coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent or supporting on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/itsacontinent

    Malagasy Uprising

    Malagasy Uprising

    In this episode we're in Madagascar, one of Africa’s island countries and the fourth largest island in the world. We explore the Malagasy Uprising which took place between 1947-1948. The uprising saw thousands of Malagasy people fight the French to regain ownership of their country. The French government had suspicions that the uprising wasn’t just caused by Malagasy groups, but also their European rivals: Britain and America. Following the uprising, France soon regained control of the country, as they were adamant that "the future of Madagascar would be inseparably linked to France's future."

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    https://en.unesco.org/womeninafrica/sites/default/files/pdf/Gis%C3%A8le%20Rabesahala_Women%20in%20African%20History_Comic%20strip.pdf

    https://en.unesco.org/womeninafrica/gis%C3%A8le-rabesahala/biography

    The 1947 Malagasy Uprising - https://libcom.org/library/1947-malagasay-uprising

    Revolt in Madagascar - https://www.historytoday.com/history-matters/revolt-madagascar

    Madagascar: The 1946-48 Rebellion by Stephen L. Weigert

    The long-term effects of colonial repression in Madagascar by Omar Garcia-Ponce and Leonard Wantchekon

    Malagasy or Madagascan? Which English term best reflects the people, the culture, and other things from Madagascar? By Riavo G. Voarintsoa; Andriamiranto Raveloson; Rondrotiana Barimalala; Onja H. Razafindratsima

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/africa/madagascar/articles/facts-about-madagascar/

    • 24 min
    Queen Nzinga: Angola's Protector

    Queen Nzinga: Angola's Protector

    Queen Nzinga was one of the greatest female rulers of the continent, ruling over the Kingdoms of Ndongo and Matamba (modern day Angola). She was made famous by fighting against the slave trade and European influence. In this episode, we're taking it back to pre-colonial times and discuss how Queen Nzinga fought off Portuguese invasions and slave raids for more than 30 years. Apologies for the sound quality - we're currently recording from home!

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    It's a Continent stands in solidarity with the #EndSARS movement in Nigeria. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Nigeria Is Murdering Its Citizens

    Sources for further reading:

    UNESCO - Women in African History

    Anna Nzinga Facts

    How Queen Nzinga of Angola fought and held off Portuguese control for over 30 years

    Queen Nzinga: A Courageous Ruler who Set Her People Free

    QUEEN NZINGA (1583-1663)

    42 Powerful Facts About Nzinga, Africa’s Fierce Warrior Queen

    Videos: 

    Queen Njinga Mbande - African Women You Need to Know

    • 27 min
    South Sudan: Forging a New Nation

    South Sudan: Forging a New Nation

    South Sudan gained independence from the Republic of Sudan in 2011. In this episode, we discuss South Sudan’s arduous road having struggled through two civil wars spanning over 20 years. South Sudan’s current state of affairs has very much been influenced by its relationship with the Republic of Sudan, in particular, conflict over regional borders and oil revenue.

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p08qsvj8?fbclid=IwAR1ZemhK1r4jyJ1iQ0rtkzicqkRefTTdU32iXnuLhWBjW1n4ERmegOWpVDA
    https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/07/09/9-years-south-sudan-still-nation-waiting
    https://www.discoversudan.de/en/sudan/history/anglo-egyptian-rule
    https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/12/06/when-success-becomes-a-burden-challenges-of-nations-building-in-post-liberation-south-sudan/
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14069082
    Sudan and South Sudan: All-out war? John Lunn and Gavin Thompson
    After the comprehensive peace agreement in Sudan by Elke Grawert
    The comprehensive peace agreement and the dynamics of post-conflict political partnership in  Sudan by Ahmed Einas (2009)
    https://www.britannica.com/place/South-Sudan/Continued-problems-with-Sudan
    https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/southsudan/overview
    The Sudan, Egypt and Britain, 1899-1916
    https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/12/06/when-success-becomes-a-burden-challenges-of-nations-building-in-post-liberation-south-sudan/

    • 24 min
    South Africa's Black Consciousness

    South Africa's Black Consciousness

    Steve Biko was a revolutionary and activist often regarded as the father of the Black Consciousness Movement, empowering black South Africans in the fight against apartheid. Biko was viewed as one of the first prolific anti-apartheid icons, and is viewed as a political martyr. In this episode we'll look at Biko's story, his impact and his legacy.

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    Sources for further reading:

    List of Apartheid South African assassinations

    List of people subject to banning orders under apartheid

    Articles: 

    Steve Biko - Britannica

    Group Areas Act of 1950

    Steve Biko: The Black Consciousness Movement

    University Christian Movement (UCM)

    Black Consciousness, Black Theology, Student Activism and the Shaping of the New South Africa #SteveBiko

    Black Consciousness Movement (BCM)

    TRIBUTE TO STEVE BIKO: Twenty-five Years On

    Journals: 

    Black Consciousness, Black theology, student activism, and the shaping of the new South Africa by Professor N. Barney Pityana, 9 October 2012, South Africa

    • 36 min
    Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis

    Cameroon's Anglophone Crisis

    Following Germany's defeat in WW1, Cameroon was split and handed over to France and Britain - with the majority of the country under French rule alongside a small British minority. Upon reunification, this uneven split has lead to the country facing a socio-political issue involving minority English speakers and the declaration of the self-declared state Ambazonia. In this episode we discuss the history of Cameroon and how this separatist movement came to be. Don't forget to leave us a review on your podcast platform! We're on Instagram as @itsacontinentpod and Twitter @itsacontinent

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    VJ Day: The forgotten African soldiers of the Burma Campaign

    Queen to honour Ghana's fundraising WW2 veteran Pte Joseph Hammond

    The Foumban Constitutional Talks and Prior Intentions of Negotiating: A Historico-Theoretical Analysis of a False Negotiation and Ramifications for Political Developments in Cameroon - Michael Fonkem Achankeng I

    The anglophone problem in Cameroon yesterday and today in search of a definition

    Why Britain was Reluctant to Annex Cameroon

    Cameroon: Government is secretly negotiating with the Ambazonians

    The Anglophone Problem in Cameroon

    COLONIAL BACKGROUND TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUTONOMIST TENDENCIES IN ANGLOPHONE CAMEROON, 1946-1961

    Cameroon's Separatists Relaunch Attacks to Reject State Reconstruction Plan

    • 36 min
    Western Sahara - Africa's Last Colony

    Western Sahara - Africa's Last Colony

    Western Sahara is often described as Africa’s last colony. Since 1884 the people of Western Sahara, the Sahrawis, have been fighting to regain access and ownership of their country from their former coloniser Spain, and most recently Morocco. The United Nations describes Western Sahara’s current situation as an ‘incomplete process of decolonisation,’ however, their ability to bring it to an end has yet to yield positive results. In this episode, we explore Western’s Sahara’s story and the people and organisations involved in its past, and those who continue to determine its future.

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    Sources for further reading:


    Book: Western Sahara - Anatomy of a Stalemate? - 2nd Edition
    Documentary: Life is Waiting
    Is one of Africa’s oldest conflicts finally nearing its end? - https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/is-one-of-africas-oldest-conflicts-finally-nearing-its-end
    Journal: The Western Sahara Conflict: Myths and Realities by John Damis
    Journal: The Western Sahara Conflict: towards a constructivist approach to self-determination by Mohamed Daadaoui
    https://www.britannica.com/place/Tindouf
    https://www.britannica.com/place/Sahrawi-Arab-Democratic-Republic
    https://www.rightlivelihoodaward.org/laureates/aminatou-haidar/
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14115273
    https://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/resolving-regional-conflicts-the-western-sahara-and-the-quest-for-durable-solution

    • 28 min

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