African Monsters is an anthology that “explores old African myths and monsters in short stories and art.” In this special Halloween episode, we interview contributing authors Nerine Dorman and Toby Benet on their chosen African monsters and discuss the mythology surrounding these creatures, identity and death, the nature of writing in general, and how authors explore these various topics. Listen to “Episode 4 – African Monsters (Halloween … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4 – African Monsters (Halloween Special) [Show Notes]
On this episode of Citizen Historian, you heard an interview with Dr Benjamin Rosman of the CSIR at The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. We discussed AI, robotics, machine learning and all that other neat stuff, and also how this applies to Africa as part of the developing world – and of course the big robotic elephant in the room: the dangers of … Continue reading Podcast Episode 2 – Do Robotic Elephants Never Forget? [Show Notes]
PART II – The History of Zoos & Animal Welfare Organisations This is Part II of the Conquerors to Custodians series where we will explore a brief history of zoos, and detail the various facilities and organisations that manage and monitor them. Read Part I here. We’ll start this article with a brief history of zoos and animal parks in general and then as applies … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part II)
AND WE ARE LIVE! Citizen Historian has officially launched a podcast! Find us now on iTunes by searching “Citizen Historian” or through your favourite podcast app! https://itunes.apple.com/…/p…/citizen-historian/id1406860035 Our first episode is about African Superheroes where we interview the creators of South Africa’s first true superhero: Kwezi! Thank you to Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech for the amazing interview! If you liked what you heard, please leave us a positive review and … Continue reading Our Podcast has Launched!
PART I – Introduction There is so much to discuss on a topic like this, especially for someone like me who, although currently a historian, grew up working on a conservation facility with my family, and still works in this field on occasion. This article is not a quick pop-sci piece, this is a lengthy essay discussing the merits of zoological facilities and the issues … Continue reading From Conquerors to Custodians: In Defence of Zoos, Ambassador Animals, and Captive Breeding (Part I)
On this episode of Citizen Historian, you heard an interview with Loyiso Mkize and Clyde Beech from Kewzi comics where we spoke about heroes, villains, popular culture and how this all applies to Africa and her growing cultural movements. Listen to “Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero” on iTunes Kwezi Links Kwezi Comics: http://kwezicomics.com Kwezi Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kwezi_flyboy Kwezi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kwezicomicbook/ Loyiso Mkize: https://www.instagram.com/loyisomkize More Info & … Continue reading Podcast Episode 1 – Rise of the African Superhero [Show Notes]
I am a huge fan of the Folklore Podcast. I find the host, Mark Norman, to be an eloquent writer and speaker and his podcasts contain some incredibly detailed pieces of research. Recently he uploaded a show on vampires and their folklore, but shortly after this first of two episodes there was an outburst of mob violence in Malawi that saw nine people killed as … Continue reading African Vampires and the Folklore Podcast
170 years ago today, 26 July 1847, the West African country of Liberia declared independence. Continue reading Liberia – Africa’s “little America”