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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 supporting on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/itsacontinent or buying us a coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent

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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 supporting on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/itsacontinent or buying us a coffee https://www.buymeacoffee.com/itsacontinent

    Nyerere's Tanzanian Vision

    Nyerere's Tanzanian Vision

    In this episode, we're in Tanzania discussing its stint in socialism. The country's first post-independence President, Julius Nyerere, introduced the Arusha Declaration. A vital element of the declaration was the introduction of Ujamaa which means family-hood in Swahili. Ujamaa focused on freedom, equality and unity. He believed that colonialism had brought capitalism and individualistic thinking into Tanzania and across the African continent, and capitalism went against pre-colonial traditional African culture, which was more community-oriented. Nyerere was an iconic figure and was often considered to be Africa's conscience. 

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    Hosts:

    Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

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    Sources for further reading:


    https://www.britannica.com/biography/Julius-Nyerere
    https://www.britannica.com/place/Tanganyika
    https://www.juliusnyerere.org/about/category/biography
    https://www.theguardian.com/news/1999/oct/15/guardianobituaries
    https://oxfordre.com/africanhistory/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190277734.001.0001/acrefore-9780190277734-e-473
    http://www.africanfeministforum.com/bibi-titi-mohamed-tanzania/
    https://newafricanmagazine.com/3234/
    Political Thought and the public sphere in Tanzania: freedom, democracy and citizenship in the era of decolonisation by Emma Hunter
    Julius Nyerere’s influence and legacy: From a proponent of familyhood to a candidate for sainthood by Simeon Mesaki  and Mrisho Malipula
    Deconstructing Ujamaa: The Legacy of Julius Nyerere in the Quest for Social and Economic Development in Africa by Bonny Ibhawoh and J . I. Dibua
    Africa has forgotten the women leaders of its independence struggle

    • 32 min
    Somalia's Scientific Socialism

    Somalia's Scientific Socialism

    In this episode we discuss Somalia's socialist government between 1969-1991. This movement was led by Mohamed Siad Barre, a Somali Communist politician. Under the Supreme Revolutionary Council, Barre transformed Somalia into a one-party Marxist-Leninist communist state, renaming the country the Somali Democratic Republic and adopting a concept called scientific socialism, with support from the Soviet Union. Whilst Barre’s rule had initial success: modernisation, nationalisation and anti-tribalism, defeat in the Ogaden War triggered Somali rebellion and dissatisfaction. You can find sources below.

    Please excuse any background noise in this episode, recording via Zoom has its challenges!

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    Hosts:

    Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

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    Sources for further reading:

    “Buried in the Sands of the Ogaden”: The Horn of Africa and SALT II, 1977–1979

    Somali Democratic Republic

    Permanent Mission of the Somali Republic to the United Nations

    Siad Barre and Scientific Socialism

    Socialist Somalia: The legacy of Barre’s military regime

    • 29 min
    Chad: Legacies of France's African Empire

    Chad: Legacies of France's African Empire

    In this episode, we discuss France's relationship with its African colonies, specifically Chad. Chad became part of the French empire during the Scramble for Africa and successfully gained its independence in 1960 following the empire's disbandment. France's response to this change was to form alliances with its former colonies in order to maintain some of the political and economic benefits they had garnered during their colonisation. These alliances still stand today, with the French government providing military support, overlooking human rights violations, and influencing Chad's currency. Franco-African relations poses an interesting question, whether France can ever leave Africa?

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    Hosts:

    Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

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

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    Sources for further reading:


    https://www.britannica.com/place/Chad/History
    https://www.encyclopedia.com/reference/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/french-equatorial-africa
    France's Wars in Chad: Military Intervention and Decolonization in Africa
    https://newafricanmagazine.com/16585/
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14898197
    https://www.ft.com/content/cea9cdd9-c500-41bc-a2ae-2e4c01eaf2e8
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8091373.stm
    https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/aug/14/president-deby-chad-greatest-threat-to-stability
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/world/africa/france-airstrikes-chad.html
    https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/africaatlse/2017/07/12/the-cfa-franc-french-monetary-imperialism-in-africa/

    • 35 min
    Namibia's 'Forgotten' Genocide

    Namibia's 'Forgotten' Genocide

    The Herero and Namaqua genocide is still not widely discussed or taught. Between 1904-1907, hundreds of thousands of Herero and Namaqua people were starved and tortured to death in response to a rebellion against German occupation and theft of land in Namibia. In this episode we discuss racist and fascist ideologies which led to this event (and later on, the holocaust), medical racism, and reparations that Namibians continue to demand from Germany to this day. Trigger warning: torture. We describe graphic details around concentration camps, which some may find upsetting. Sources are below.

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    Hosts: 

    Chinny: Twitter/IG: chindomiee 

    Astrid: IG: astrid_monologuesx

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

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    Sources for further reading:

    Herero and Nama Genocide

    German-Herero conflict of 1904–07

    Namibia's reparations and Germany's first genocide

    The 20th Century’s First Genocide: Not the Holocaust, but the Herero

    Germany moves to atone for 'forgotten genocide' in Namibia

    Opinion: A mere €10 million for Germany's colonial-era genocide in Namibia?

    What Germany owes Namibia

    'Not enough to say sorry': British firms should pay reparations for slave trade, say Caribbean nations

    The forgotten genocide

    • 28 min
    Nigeria Revisited with Lape Banjo

    Nigeria Revisited with Lape Banjo

    We're back with an early Christmas present - a bonus episode with Lape Banjo! Lape is a British Nigerian broadcast journalist who has worked across both UK and African networks and is currently a reporter with Sky News. She has a passion for African culture and politics and has previously worked at political organisations, including The Economic Community of West African States, and UNICEF. In this episode we revisit Nigeria in its present day, discussing the impact of diasporans returning to the country, Nigeria's strong cultural impact, the emergence of a middle class, corruption and accountability and the impact of social media on grassroots campaigns such as #EndSars.

    You can check out Lape's work on her Youtube Channel and she is on Twitter @Lape_B

    See you next year for season 3!

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    • 50 min
    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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    Sources for further reading:


    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

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