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Luso Mnthali
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A freelance writer from Malawi. I have a BA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and an LLB from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Africa is one of my passions, as is writing. So writing about Africa, and bringing to light the complexity and diversity of my beloved continent is my mission, and combines those loves. Not all things are positive here, but I believe knowledge gains you admittance into the circle of truth and beauty.

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Fever Pitch: What the World Cup Means to Africa

Posted June 10, 2010 | 11:19:19 (EST)

Listening to South African President Jacob Zuma and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, you'd be forgiven for thinking that they are the world's biggest Afrocentrists, and the bane of all Afro-pessimists existing out in the world today. The Sunday before the biggest sporting event in the world...

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Proud to be Malawian, But Not Proud of Gay Verdict

Posted May 24, 2010 | 18:11:06 (EST)

I guess the first thing I'd say is that I am proud to be Malawian. I have never asked anyone to be ashamed of where they're from, and I hope I never will. In this past week someone did just that, and said I should be ashamed to come from...

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Touch Me On My Studio

Posted April 8, 2010 | 18:25:11 (EST)

Few things in politics are funny, and when it comes to racial politics, even less so. But last night something happened on South African television screens that has changed the landscape, I think, for the better. If ever there was a way for politics to er, get fresh,...

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Erykah Badu's Nude Video: Leaning Too Far Out The Window or Seated Just Fine?

Posted March 31, 2010 | 18:50:21 (EST)

When it comes to artistic expression, and making us talk about boundaries, social mores and group-think, I believe that some artists get it right. Erykah Badu is just one such individual. In her video for the song Window Seat she strips off her clothing in a public and...

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What's Next for Gabby Now That the Oscars Have Come and Gone?

Posted March 15, 2010 | 13:18:03 (EST)

Looking radiant and very much at home on the red carpet, Gabourey Sidibe could be the poster child for serendipity. In almost no time at all her life has been changed forever. A week has passed since the 82nd Annual Academy Awards where she was up for Best Actress, and...

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Separation Anxiety -- Why South Africans Can't Let Go of Their Favourite Toy

Posted March 3, 2010 | 07:36:35 (EST)

Welcome to South Africa. It's beautiful and on the Atlantic coast the sun glints on perfectly blue waters. Surfers are out en masse, and couples with their dogs are running or walking on the white sandy beaches. It's where the beauty hurts your eyes, and your ears. It's where you...

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When Movie Stars Were Super Heroes

Posted February 17, 2010 | 11:10:25 (EST)

When I was young I thought Wonder Woman was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. I didn't know she was a real person who was just an actor, and who was just human, like me. I didn't even know her name. Even when the credits rolled,...

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The First Polygamist and his First, Second and Third Ladies

Posted February 2, 2010 | 09:47:34 (EST)

Recently, South African President Jacob Zuma attended a meeting of world leaders at the Swiss mountain resort of Davos, for the World Economic Forum. There he was asked whether he treated his wives equally. "Yes, absolutely," he said laughing, "totally equally." Trying to quiet claims by women's rights groups that...

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