Category: An African Election

September 20, 2012 / / An African Election

Ask a simple question, get incredible answers.

That’s what happened during yesterday’s tweet-up when the R and National Black Programming Consortium‘s AfroPoP.TV asked African feminist activist/scholars Minna Salami (a.k.a @MsAfropolitan) and Yaba Blay (a.k.a. @fiyawata) to offer their Twitterfied thoughts on African feminisms and their influence in Ghanaian policies and politics. How feminism and gender play out in Ghana’s 2008 election is a question that is touched on in Jarreth Merz’s documentary, An African Election.

During the lively discussion with our fantastic guest tweeters, the R asked them about how the race is constructed in African feminisms versus how it’s constructed in Western, specifically US, Black feminism/womanism. Their answers are after the jump.

Read the Post An African Election: African Feminisms With Minna Salami And Yaba Blay

September 18, 2012 / / An African Election
September 14, 2012 / / Africa
September 14, 2012 / / An African Election

With eighteen more days left before the public-media premiere of Jarreth Merz’s An African Election, the R and National Black Programming’s AfroPOP.TV had a wonderful tweetversation this past Wednesday about the philosophy of Pan-Africanism, which is the founding principle of Ghana’s politics. We invited Dr. James Peterson, who’s Director of Africana Studies and an associate professor of English at Lehigh University and was so kind to guest-tweet. Suffice to say, we had a rollickingly fun, late-evening chat not only about the tenets of Pan-Africanism, but also its limitations, Latinidad, and gender politics, thanks to all of you Racializens who joined in!

Read the Post An African Election: Pan-Africanism and Ghana’s 2008 Election

September 13, 2012 / / Africa

What does it mean when citizens have the right to information? For a democracy to function, citizens must be able to make informed decisions, both in their daily lives as well as at the ballot box. As Ghana approaches its election season, the debates around transparency and access are at an all time high — but none is more watched than the Right to Information Bill (the RTI for short).

Democracy is a very simple concept with a very complicated execution. The creation and continuation of democracy is normally messy – entrusting the people to be informed and active participants in a society is a challenge for nations much further along in their histories. Between decolonization, military coups, and transitioning to Democracy, Ghana finds itself on the forefront of defining a new way toward democracy.
Read the Post The Right to Information: A Building Block of Democracy [An African Election]

September 11, 2012 / / Africa
September 6, 2012 / / An African Election