NYAC – Do You Want a Revolution? Activism Across the Continent

On this episode, the Ladies of NYAC chat with Ntokozo (@Ntokozo_Moloi), an activist involved in the #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa, and Zoé (@ztsamudzi), a first-generation Zimbabwean-American Ph.D. candidate and activist from Oakland, CA, about activism and building movements. We recount when activism was first awakened within us and discuss our early encounters with activist movements. Using current movements across the African continent such as the #OromoProtests in Ethiopia, the #ThisFlag movement in Zimbabwe and #FeesMustFall movement in South Africa as examples, we answer the following: How does one mobilize people and build a sustainable movement? How can divisions within a movement be overcome? Can activism strategies be deployed when there aren’t enough bodies? How can Pan-African activist alliances be formed and nurtured?

Resources:

Oromo Protests in Ethiopia
www.buzzfeed.com/aliciamelvillesm…Ym9Nok#.sbYm9Nok
www.buzzfeed.com/hannahgiorgis/me…XPmQM8#.qe39wqoY

This Flag Movement in Zimbabwe
foreignpolicy.com/2016/07/15/why-a…ion-in-zimbabwe/

FeesMustFall Protests in South Africa
www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/…31093938509.html
feesmustfall.joburg/2016/10/09/pan-…or-black-power/

Social Pan-Africanism
www.ted.com/talks/siyanda_mohut…_a_voice_on_twitter

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Reading/Watching/Listening to
– Steve Biko’s I Write What I Like (Book)
– Alexander G. Weheliye’s Habeas Viscus (Book)
– Solange’s A Seat at the Table (Music)
– Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Decolonizing the Mind (Book)
– Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Petals of Blood (Book)
– South African Jazz e.g. Simphiwe Dana (Music)
– A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (Music)
– Jesmyn Ward edited The Fire This Time (Book)
– Emeli Sandé’s Long Live the Angels (Music)
– TVLand’s Younger (TV Show)
– Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (Documentary)
– James Baldwin’s Go Tell it on the Mountain (Book)
– Season 2 of CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (TV Show)

The show was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye.

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