Engineered consent in Swaziland

Imagine you’ve started your first job after a year’s unemployment of endless number of job applications, after finishing your engineering degree. You are excited, not least because you have had no source of income while unemployed and because several of your friends speak of their newly found jobs on Facebook and LinkedIn.

What you are met with is an unsigned contract of employment with no job title and no mention of wage rate or working hours. Read more of this post

Orwell er fra Swaziland

Mkho DlaminiEr du træt af at læse bøger, rapporter eller artikler, om hvordan fattige afrikanere bør reagere på deres fattigdom, skrevet af midaldrende, middelklasse-professorer, -forfattere, -NGO-ansatte eller journalister (som mig)?

Er du træt af at få vist et generaliseret billede disse afrikanere (som bor i 50 forskellige lande, og taler tusindevis af forskellige sprog), så vi ubevidst kommer til (fejlagtigt) at tro, at de er stilletiende, hjælpeløse ofre, som altid har brug for vores hjælp og vejledning? Read more of this post

The voice of the poor and oppressed in Swaziland

Mkho DlaminiAre you tired of reading books, reports or articles by middle-aged, middle-class professors, authors, NGO-employees or journalists (like me) about how poverty-stricken Africans feel about or should react to their poverty?

Are you tired of seeing these Africans (who after all live in over 50 different countries and speak over 1000 languages) represented in a generalized way or in a way where we subconsciously (but falsely) come to believe the fact that they are silent, helpless victims that need our help and guidance? Read more of this post

New book points towards a new Swaziland

There are not enough books coming out of Swaziland to describe what is after all a unique culture and society that is, in its present absolute-monarchy-dictated form, in many ways brutally detrimental and stifling to its population.

Literature from Swaziland, in both English and siSwati, is a relatively recent phenomenon and those who have had the courage to challenge the status quo of poverty and repression in Swaziland in their fiction, such as Sarah Mkhonza, have often been harassed, ordered to stop, and exiled. Read more of this post