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About John Matshikiza
John Matshikiza who born in South Africa was a trained actor, writer and director. A joint collection of columns written by his father and himself, With the Lid Off, was published in 2000.
Articles by John Matshikiza
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No to TTIP
Senegal's capital, second home to our African columnist John Matshikiza, resounds with historical echoes and political signals.
(This article was first published on 18 March 2003)
Africa needs a radically different vision of its future from that on offer from the developed world. It should look to the Songhai Centre, where Godfrey Nzamujo has built that most realisable utopia, a sustainable African village.
In the contrast between Benins roaring capital and the mysteries hanging round the town of Ouidah you catch the double profile of Africa today.
The ears of our South African columnist are buzzing with talk of black elites and black empowerment. But to his clear eyes, racial and social inequalities still dominate the lives of the countrys black majority.
Ugly, formless gold rush city requires great dreamer to shape its rainbow future.
A decade after his return from exile, and eight years on from the countrys first free election, our South Africa-based columnist looks back in wonder and forward in hope.