Occasional Papers

This section lists papers commissioned by AfricAvenir or authored by AfricAvenir members and its affiliates and friends. Some of the papers listed here may have previously appeared in other AfricAvenir publications, e.g. if they were published in the framework of a specific project or book. A complete listing of all papers can be found in the |+| Download Section

Reinhart Kössler/Henning Melber: German–Namibian denialism: How (not) to come to terms with the past

Largely unnoticed by most Namibians, the local German-language daily Allgemeine Zeitung provides a forum for colonial apologetics. Reinhart Kössler and Henning Melber examine recent comments and readers’ letters in this newspaper, exposing the reactionary... |+| read article

‘We have come back home…’ - Statement by Chief Alfons Kaihepovazandu Maharero

Statement by Chief Alfons Kaihepovazandu Maharero, Chairman of the Ovaherero/ Ovambanderu Council for the Dialogue on the 1904 Genocide (OCD-1904), on the Occasion of the ‘Requiem of the Martyrs’ at Heroes Acre, on October 05, 2011.  Director of... |+| read article

Saunders Jumah: German denial of Herero genocide

The Germans’ inhuman treatment of the Namibian delegation is only the most recent in a long history of injustice and disrespect towards African peoples. It is more than time, writes Saunders Jumah, for Africans to stand together, demand fair and equal... |+| read article

‘Book of condolence in the memory of victims of German genocide in Namibia, 1904-1908’ – extracts

To mark the occasion of the restitution by the Berlin Charité Hospital of the first 20 mortal remains of Namibian victims of the German genocide, the German NGO Coalition presented the Namibian delegation with a Book of Condolences, in which... |+| read article

Hans-Christian Mahnke: African Cinema, what it is, what challenges it encounters and possible ways forward

African cinema, Namibia based film activist Hans-Christian Mahnke writes, is an expression of a cultural identity, African cinema is the search for an own specific style and a way to overcome alien influences. In addition, African cinema plays... |+| read article

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