BLACK TO THE FUTURE

There has been much talk of late about a re-engineering or re-imagining of the African continent. From economic development spurred by expanding  mobile smart phone markets to a new era of media led by African-made films and music, Africa is experiencing a renaissance.

The phenomenon has been termed Afrofuturism.  Sanford Biggers, an American artist  defines it as

“an emergent literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past.”

In the  BBC documentary: Is Science Fiction Coming To Africa? Or Is It Already Here?

South African sci-fi author Lauren Beukes hosts a discussion on science fiction and afrofoturism with: 

Ghanaian sci-fi writer Jonathan Dotse,

South African director Neill Blomkamp (District 9)

Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu (Pumzi),

Nigerian-American novelist Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death).

 

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