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Should we laugh? – Part 2

Last week I promised a joke that puts the boot into patriarchy. Here it is. It’s called “How Men Think.”As she sat by him, he whispered, eyes full of tears,“You

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The woman who dared to dream

I and perhaps more than a few members of the public had been looking forward to the outcome of the BNP electoral race for party leader with both excitement and

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Reinstate Tree Planting Day

Before we go into this week’s topic on trees, I have a short but interesting story to share with you.When I was a young boy growing up in a village

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A mockery to the constitution

Conventional wisdom tells us that good political societies are built on the principles of constitutionalism. This entails upholding the rule of law, regular elections and the principle of separation of

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Rereading Prester John

There is a small novel of 1910 called Prester John. It is by John Buchan, private secretary to the British High Commissioner to South Africa. It has drawn interest amongst

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Should we laugh? – Part 1

A few years ago the late, great Pius Adesanmi, who wrote many scathing satirical sketches about his home country, observed: “Nigeria is a joke with an unending capacity for self-regeneration

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The language of African literature

The debate over the language of African literature has continued to generate significant interest ever since the emergence of African literary writing in European languages. This exciting debate on the

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Privatise Lesotho’s roads

I received a lot of negative feedback following last week’s opinion piece. I was criticised for being a bit on the negative side by comparing Lesotho to Botswana. Some people

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Negativity: Part 3

I’M going to tail off my discussion of this subject by discussing the book Hope Without Optimism (2015) by Terry Eagleton.To remind you of what I said two weeks ago,

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I stand with factory workers

A friend of mine, Daniel Tsikoane, was excited when he found a pair of jeans written “Made in Lesotho” in Johannesburg, South Africa. We had a moment to reflect on