Yunus Momoniat
Yunus Momoniat is a researcher and writer at South African History Online and an occasional political commentator.
African tourism – lessons from COVID-19

African tourism – lessons from COVID-19

  Imagine the ideal tourist destination: a magnet for people from all over the world, safe, full of beautiful natural sites, with urban delights such as music concerts and theatres, friendly locals, and perhaps even opportunities for business-minded individuals. These features would only be possible in a well-run state that is politically stable, with a […]

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A grim future awaits states who do not procure energy

A grim future awaits states who do not procure energy

Book review The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa Edited by Andrew Emmanuel Okem and Lucky E Asuelime Routledge, London and New York; 2018 In pre-industrial society, one used wood and fire for heat and light, gathering wood from the environment on a...

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

National Liberation Movements as Government in Africa 

Liberation movements begin as war machines animated by the desire for justice and, if successful, end up as governments clinging on to power…

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Book review

Book review

The Political Economy of Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Edited by Andrew Emmanuel Okem and Lucky E Asuelime. Routledge, London and New York; 2018

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Senility, a doting mad wife and an indulgence in spies

Senility, a doting mad wife and an indulgence in spies

Book review: In the Jaws of the Crocodile: Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Rise to Power in Zimbabwe. By Ray Ndlovu, Penguin Books, 2018 In the Jaws of the Crocodile is an exciting account of the coup that shuffled Robert Mugabe off his throne so that Emmerson Mnangagwa could...

The ancient libraries of Africa

The ancient libraries of Africa

Africa: the written word Africa’s great libraries are stories of state formation and empires, and of people who thirsted for knowledge Reading and writing are miraculous activities; they transform the human condition, making possible new modes of social life. In a world which is slowly approaching total literacy, it can be difficult to recall that […]

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What are the odds?

What are the odds?

SDG 9: Innovation, infrastructure and sustainable development Africa’s lack of infrastructure is becoming particularly noticeable in an era of technological innovation By Yunus Momoniat Even in 1972, when the term “sustainable development” was first used, there was an inkling that industrialisation – which is the only means of supplying the necessities of life to large […]

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A salutary lesson in historical scholarship

A salutary lesson in historical scholarship

Book review By Yunus Momoniat Mahmood Mamdani’s seminal book, published in 1996, represented an important turning point in African Studies. In it, he challenged many beliefs long-held by Africanist scholars and made bold proposals that at the time cast a new light on the nature of colonialism and its effects on, and consequences for, Africa. […]

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Sidestepping the political

Sidestepping the political

Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 4th Estate, London, 2017 When a friend asked writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to produce a manual that would help new mothers raise their children as feminists, she seized the opportunity. Her response, a booklet of 15 suggestions, is a kind of postmodern version […]

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What are cartoons meant to do?

What are cartoons meant to do?

Book review Taking African Cartoons Seriously: Politics, Satire, and Culture Edited by Peter Limb and Tejumola Olaniyan, Michigan State University Press | East Lansing; 2018 Aristotle noted that man was a social animal, but also that we are the only species that...

Yunus Momoniat
Yunus Momoniat is a researcher and writer at South African History Online and an occasional political commentator.
African tourism – lessons from COVID-19

African tourism – lessons from COVID-19

  Imagine the ideal tourist destination: a magnet for people from all over the world, safe, full of beautiful natural sites, with urban delights such as music concerts and theatres, friendly locals, and perhaps even opportunities for business-minded individuals....

The ancient libraries of Africa

The ancient libraries of Africa

Africa: the written word Africa’s great libraries are stories of state formation and empires, and of people who thirsted for knowledge Reading and writing are miraculous activities; they transform the human condition, making possible new modes of social life. In a...

What are the odds?

What are the odds?

SDG 9: Innovation, infrastructure and sustainable development Africa’s lack of infrastructure is becoming particularly noticeable in an era of technological innovation By Yunus Momoniat Even in 1972, when the term “sustainable development” was first used, there was an...

Sidestepping the political

Sidestepping the political

Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 4th Estate, London, 2017 When a friend asked writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to produce a manual that would help new mothers raise their children as feminists, she seized the...