Africa

Remembering Tristan Voorspuy, who was recently killed in Kenya

11 March 2017 11:00

After he left the Blues and Royals in 1981, the young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape…

How Boris and Britain can help Africa to thrive again

8 October 2016 10:46

It’s almost 60 years since Ghana became independent from Britain. The world celebrated as the sun began to set on…

Pope Francis condemns Catholic ‘fundamentalists’ and hints at support for use of condoms against Aids

30 November 2015 23:45

Pope Francis has used another mid-flight press conference to make a statement of significance to millions of Catholics. Asked if the Church…

Football’s elite deserve the foulness of Fifa

3 June 2015 9:57

My favourite moment in the crisis engulfing football’s governing body, Fifa, came with the intervention of a man called Manuel…

Like everyone else, I want to think Bob Geldof’s awful – but I can’t

19 November 2014 12:04

Band Aid 30 is officially the fastest selling single of 2014. Yet this attempt by successful musicians to heal Africa…

Yes, Bob Geldof, Africans know it’s Christmas. Do you know it’s time to pack Band Aid in?

19 November 2014 10:19

In this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow, our leading article looks at the Band Aid 30 single and why it’s time for Bob…

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

18 October 2014 21:40

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay…

Happy ‘anti-slavery day’ to Clapham Christians, et al

18 October 2014 17:29

October 18 is ‘anti human-trafficking’ day by 2007 Act of European Parliament; along with ‘anti-slavery day’ by 2010 Act of UK Parliament.…

The Rwandan genocide story that the BBC didn’t tell

17 October 2014 17:00

On Saturday 200 UK-based Rwandans, including many genocide survivors, protested outside the BBC offices in response to the documentary ‘Rwanda’s…

Looking for a cure to Ebola? Try a western lifestyle

8 October 2014 18:31

There is something depressing about the fact that it has taken a sick Spanish nurse to put Ebola back on…

I thought I had contracted Ebola. Life doesn’t get much scarier than that

30 July 2014 14:00

Juba After an all-night rainstorm in Juba I woke to see the mosquito that bit me in the dark. Now,…

The campaign against FGM must ignore intersectionality

25 February 2014 17:58

Two terms have been bouncing around a lot recently: FGM and intersectionality. Julie Burchill dealt with the latter in the…

Will China kill all of Africa’s elephants?

13 February 2014 14:30

In 2010, Aidan Hartley, our ‘Wild Life’ columnist and Unreported World presenter, asked in his feature below: ‘Will China kill all…

Education is the only way to save the black rhino

21 January 2014 15:20

Could legalising the trade in rhino horn – and allowing sport hunting – be the solution to Africa’s rhino poaching…

Being a ‘National Treasure’ appears to be a license to talk rot

26 September 2013 11:36

Take, for instance, the curious case of Sir David Attenborough. The poor booby is another neo-Malthusian. Which is another reminder…

I salute the Queen’s neo-colonial stance against the persecution of homosexuals in Africa.

11 March 2013 13:42

Is her Majesty the Queen really at the forefront in the struggle for gay and lesbian equality? Or does she,…

There is nothing new about Islamism in Africa

22 January 2013 13:12

The Algerian hostage crisis is over and the Prime Minister has warned that the focus of the al-Qaeda’s franchise has…

Mali could be the gamble that defines Hollande’s presidency

17 January 2013 18:16

The crisis in Mali is yet another unintended consequence of the Arab Spring. Specifically, they are a result of the…

Wole Soyinka: Boko Haram must be destroyed

18 November 2012 17:46

The Books Blog has an interview with Wole Soyinka, the Nigerian author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in…

Wole Soyinka: Boko Haram must be destroyed

18 November 2012 17:16

Born in 1934 in Nigeria, Wole Soyinka is the author of more than twenty plays, ten volumes of poetry, two…

Should literature be political?

8 October 2012 17:46

‘Should literature be political?’ Njabulo S Ndebele asked Open Book Cape Town the other day. Ndebele, a renowned academic in…

Africa’s growth spurt

12 September 2012 10:32

When South African police opened fire on striking miners at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine, it had all of the hallmarks…

South Africa: Mired in corruption?

21 August 2012 11:36

On the 5th of August Mary Robinson delivered the annual Nelson Mandela lecture in Cape Town. It should have been…

Happy birthday V.S. Naipaul

17 August 2012 10:41

Given it’s V.S. Naipaul’s birthday today, we’ve dug out from the archives a 1979 Spectator review by Richard West of A Bend…

Interview: Nick Makoha’s shame

20 July 2012 8:30

“My shame was my father wasn’t there,” says Nick Makoha, the London poet who represented Uganda at the recent Poetry…