Miss Rona — Lefu le holo ke ditsheho

In Sesotho we say; “Lefu le holo ke ditsheho” —even in death or tragedy, we continue to laugh. This is counterintuitive if we view laughter as a sign of pleasure. Although it is true that we laugh when we are happy or amused, we also laugh when we are nervous, when we are scared, confused…

Advertising// code-switching to tell you, you are OK

Code-switching is the practice of shifting the type of language you use or the way in which you express yourself, usually in the context of a single conversation. For generations, people who are multi-lingual have engaged in code-switching as a way to better express themselves. An NPR podcast by the same name—Code Switch—outlines the following…

Tattoo Histories and Social Functions

I have long since yearned to write an article on the art of tattooing, the symbolic practice. Tattoo culture today is rife, and by rife- I mean popular. The history and tradition of the “tattoo” has always fascinated me. I write here from the perspective of a tattooed person, perhaps what some might consider to…

Instagram & Identity: the Queer Online Experience

Being queer in South Africa is complicated. Despite having one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, South African society remains rife with homophobia – and in a country where ‘corrective rape’ is common, the consequences are often physical. Overt expressions of queerness are unsafe in public, but also often in private too; pervasive…

Come We Go Chop // Yung Nollywood, Pan African new media cultures and postmodern virtual encounters

Genevieve Nnaji, Ini Edo, Omoni Oboli, Oge Okoye, Stephanie Okereke, Monalisa Chinda, Uche Jombo, Rita Dominic, Dakore Egbuson, Stella Damasus. Names one may be quick to overlook or read past, however, names that belong to individuals who have become near institutional entities in our current day to day virtual world encounters, visual language systems and…

Re-democratising Influence

The beginning of social media and the influencer economy resulted in the democratisation of influence. The power that was once in the hands of kings, queens, and nobles swiftly made its way to the hands of A-list celebrities, then finally to the hands of the masses; the ‘ordinary’ people. Whilst social hierarchies are constantly being…