Posts published by: Heike Becker

Letters of Stone: An exhibition - the fate of a Jewish family in Berlin

Exhibition Poster Letters of Stone. Photo: Heike Becker.
Photo: Heike Becker.

Steven Robins’ long-term project of tracing his family’s past from South Africa to Berlin and back has recently taken a productive new turn with the opening of an extraordinary exhibition at the Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain Museum in Berlin.

The exhibition, conceived by Stellenbosch University Anthropologist Robins and the …

A man called Hope: the legacy of Namibia's Andimba Toivo ya Toivo

Namibia has seen an unprecedented outpouring of grief following the death of liberation struggle hero Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo on 9 June 2017. Toivo was part of a generation that bore Southern Africa’s long struggles against apartheid and colonialism. The article gives a brief biography of this inspiring man …

Revolution 2.0: Thomas Sankara and the Social Media Generation in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a fascinating example of how a long history of socio-political mobilization, the resurgence of interest in a murdered former revolutionary leader, and the digital connections of the social media age have recently coalesced in a successful revolution.


Graffiti, Ouagadougou, December 2014; Photo: Heike Becker
Graffiti, Ouagadougou, December 2014; Photo: Heike Becker.


Long-time strongman Blaise …

Digital commons and contemporary African struggles

“Bring back our internet,” was a rallying global cry from Cameroon for almost three months after the country’s government blacked out Internet services in the provinces inhabited by the country’s Anglophone minority in late January 2017. The Cameroon Internet shutdown was ostensibly aimed at stifling rising dissent, which …