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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 on Instagram: @itsacontinentpod, Twitter @itsacontinent and our website is itsacontinent.com. Like what you hear? You can support here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent

It's a Continent It's a Continent

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    • 4.6 • 121 Ratings

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 on Instagram: @itsacontinentpod, Twitter @itsacontinent and our website is itsacontinent.com. Like what you hear? You can support here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent

    Algeria’s Search for Reparations

    Algeria’s Search for Reparations

    Our final episode of the season takes us to Algeria. We discuss the lead up to the Algerian War of Independence and the drastic actions France took in an attempt to retain power over the northern African nation. We also discuss the consequences of this conflict - including the mistreatment of Algerians in France, and those of Algerian descent demanding for official recognition of their treatment enshrined in law. See you in the new year! 

    Follow us on IG: itsacontinentpod and Twitter: itsacontinent. Pre-order It's a Continent (2022) on Amazon, Waterstones and Foyles

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    Hosts: Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

    Artwork by Margo Designs: https://margosdesigns.myportfolio.com

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    African Pride

    News articles:

    https://www.dw.com/en/confronting-frances-colonial-past-harkis-eye-reparations/a-59491421

    https://apnews.com/article/europe-france-emmanuel-macron-781e0129b136872988d17b2ce804eddb

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/macron-s-attempts-to-address-hurt-of-franco-algerian-history-proving-an-uphill-battle-1.4712089

    • 27 min
    Lesotho: Africa's Enclave

    Lesotho: Africa's Enclave

    The Kingdom of Lesotho is a country enclaved within South Africa. The country’s formation stemmed from the work of King Moshoeshoe I (1786-1870) who founded the Basotho nation and helped define what it meant to be Basotho. In this episode, we’ll explore the country’s formation, its complicated relationship and history with South Africa, and recent political challenges which have shaped the nation.

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    Hosts: Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

    Artwork by Margo Designs: https://margosdesigns.myportfolio.com

    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    Warm Nights by Lakey Inspired: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/...

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    Sources for further reading:


    https://www.britannica.com/place/Lesotho
    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/flag-of-lesotho-facts-history-and-design
    Dreams for Lesotho - Independence, Foreign Assistance, and Development by John Aerni-Flessner
    https://lestimes.com/its-time-to-give-women-a-chance-ramakoae/
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/jul/02/matsepo-ramakoae-and-lesothos-lost-chance-to-elect-its-first-female-leader

    • 26 min
    Vera Chirwa: Malawi's Fearless Fighter

    Vera Chirwa: Malawi's Fearless Fighter

    Vera Chirwa was Malawi’s first female lawyer and became a founding member of the Malawi Congress Party and the Nyasaland African Women’s league. Chirwa’s belief in multiparty democratic rule came at a time when a dangerous despot, Hastings Banda ruled a newly independent Malawi. In 1982, Banda ended up charging Vera and her husband Orton with treason, and the following year the court sentenced the couple to death. In this episode we look at Vera Chirwa's life and her drive to keep going despite being held as a prisoner of conscience in horrendous conditions.

    Trigger Warning: this episode contains descriptions of police brutality and solitary confinement which some listeners may find upsetting.

    Follow us on IG: itsacontinentpod and Twitter: itsacontinent. Pre-order It's a Continent (2022) on Amazon, Waterstones and Foyles

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    Visit our website: itsacontinent.com

    Hosts: Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

    Artwork by Margo Designs: https://margosdesigns.myportfolio.com

    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    Warm Nights by Lakey Inspired: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/...

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    Sources for further reading:

    Fearless Fighter: An Autobiography – by Vera Chirwa 

    Meet Malawi’s first female lawyer who fought for a multi-party system and spent 12 years on death row

    CELEBRATING VERA MLANGAZUWA CHIRWA – BLACK HISTORY MONTH

    Malawi campaigner still fighting

    • 28 min
    Benevolent Imperialism with Kehinde Andrews

    Benevolent Imperialism with Kehinde Andrews

    To recognise Black History month in the UK, we're joined by the academic, activist and author Professor Kehinde Andrews. Kehinde is a professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University and has written several books, his latest being ‘The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World.’ In this episode we discuss black British identity, immigration, and how colonisation has shifted into its current form: benevolent imperialism.

    Kehinde's projects include the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity, and Make It Plain, the home of black radical thought. In 2017 Birmingham City University became the first university in Europe to launch an undergraduate Black Studies degree course. Current offerings are undergraduate and MA courses.

    Follow us on IG: itsacontinentpod and Twitter: itsacontinent. Pre-order It's a Continent (2022) on Amazon, Waterstones and Foyles

    We're on Buy me a Coffee too: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent

    Visit our website: itsacontinent.com

    Hosts: Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

    Artwork by Margo Designs: https://margosdesigns.myportfolio.com

    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    Warm Nights by Lakey Inspired: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/...

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    • 52 min
    Museveni's Hold on Power (Part 2)

    Museveni's Hold on Power (Part 2)

    We're back in Uganda for the second part of our episodes focussing on Yoweri Museveni. This time we discuss the way his government silenced Bobi Wine's activities during the 2021 elections through excessive force and sanctioned killings. An internet blackout took place in Uganda, limiting reporting on internal conditions; however the Red Pearl Movement and social media has allowed Uganda's story to be shared with the international community. This episode looks at the extreme and violent measures taken by Museveni's administration to ensure his hold on power.

    Trigger warning: police brutality.

    Follow us on IG: itsacontinentpod and Twitter: itsacontinent. Pre-order It's a Continent (2022) on Amazon, Waterstones and Foyles

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    Visit our website: itsacontinent.com

    Hosts: Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

    Artwork by Margo Designs: https://margosdesigns.myportfolio.com

    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    Warm Nights by Lakey Inspired: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/...

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    • 26 min
    Museveni's Rise to Power (Part 1)

    Museveni's Rise to Power (Part 1)

    Yoweri Museveni is a name you may have heard of during Uganda’s most recent elections where he was up against his main political rival Bobi Wine. This presidential election was entangled by fraud, threats, and sanctioned killings - but how did Ugandan politics get to this point? This episode is the first of a two-parter. We’ll look at Yoweri Museveni's rise to power: how his positioning as Uganda's liberator and increased stability for the nation gave way to a ban on other political campaigns and the removal of Presidential term limits. Museveni has remained in power for more than 30 years. 

    Follow us on IG: itsacontinentpod and Twitter: itsacontinent. Pre-order It's a Continent (2022) on Amazon, Waterstones and Foyles

    We're on Buy me a Coffee too: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent

    Visit our website: itsacontinent.com

    Hosts: Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

    Artwork by Margo Designs: https://margosdesigns.myportfolio.com

    Music provided by Free Vibes: https://goo.gl/NkGhTg

    Warm Nights by Lakey Inspired: https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired/...

    Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0

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    Sources for further reading:

    ‘POPULISM’ VISITS AFRICA: THE CASE OF YOWERI MUSEVENI AND NO-PARTY DEMOCRACY IN UGANDA

    After three decades in power, Uganda’s Museveni is running for president again

    Uganda's Yoweri Museveni: How an ex-rebel has stayed in power for 35 years

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

RicLeP ,

Love it!

African history is not an area where I have a great deal of knowledge so wanted to give It’s Not a Continent a try and I am pleased I did. I quickly warmed to the show, the hosts are great and obviously enjoying themselves when producing the episodes. Despite touching on heavy topics such as slavery and segregation at no times do I feel preached too, for me the balance feels just right – they show the importance of remembering, understanding and learning from these topics but set it off perfectly against their natural charm humour. I really like both hosts, how they bounce off each other, the running jokes throughout the episodes, the passion, it’s top stuff. I think it’s so important we all have a global view of history and this podcast does a fantastic job of highlighting the diverse countries of Africa.

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