The end of the year brings with it all sorts of compilations, lists and summaries of the good, the bad and the ugly of the year that’s coming to an end. And On Africa is no exception to this – see here the top-10 stories of 2009 (in English and in Spanish/español), and the ten photos that summarise 2010 (although without photos 😦 since the links broke when I transferred from Maneno to WordPress earlier this year and I have not fixed it yet…).
This year, I have compiled a list of the most viewed original posts written this year (according to WordPress). What this means is that the list excludes posts written in the past (the post most viewed this year is this one on Conguitos, a politically incorrect Spanish brand of sweets, written in march 2010). Also excluded are those posts that serve as self-promotion for pieces published for other media but to which I have made reference here.
So, whilst technically incorrect, the list makes this up in relevance, for these posts reflect better some of the most important news and stories in the African continent and beyond; with some exceptions – South Sudan independence, the war in Côte d’Ivoire (both these stories have op-ed pieces devoted to them and can be viewed on the «Other Work» section), as well as cultural notes. What is there includes: Zambia’s presidential election, Bin Laden’s death, Kenya’s invasion of Somalia and the «Arab spring» among others…
Enjoy these stories, leave below any comments you may have, and have a wonderful festive season and end of the year and beginning of 2012!
On Africa’s eleven top posts in 2011
1. Otro 12 de octubre (in Spanish)
2. Lumumba: el asesinato más importante del siglo XX (in Spanish)
3. Zambia’s presidential election – a reflection on the power of silence
4. What Foucault has to say about Bin Laden’s death
5. There’s a new war raging in the Horn of Africa, does the EU know about this?
7. Hip-hop: soundtrack of the revolution
8. ¡Música para el sábado! Spoek Mathambo – ‘Control’
9. And then there were… Nando’s
10. Any lessons for Africa from the Fukushima accident?
11. Where do you start telling the story of the North African protests?