The corporate media loves to explain complex political situations through shiny figures — and in Africa, the latest is Bobi Wine, Uganda’s biggest pop star and leading opposition figure. But understanding the country’s strongman politics takes a lot more than parachuting in for a weekend.
Sam Broadway is a masters candidate studying journalism and Africana studies at New York University. He is a former Peace Corps volunteer, having served as an educator in Rwanda from 2013 to 2015. His primary academic interests are Sub-Saharan African politics, socialism, and documentary photography, particularly in Ghana, Uganda, and Rwanda.
In today’s Ghana, the socialist ideas of the country’s first president Kwame Nkrumah have been declared irrelevant by the major parties. But a new generation is reviving them and giving them an organizational home.