In the Words of Katarina

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In the Words of Katarina
Reviews and reflections by a Swedish woman of Ethiopian origin living in South Africa. Some posts are serious, others are not (you be the judge). One or two, not more, in Swedish. Text and photo by me if nothing else is indicated.
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  • Thank God, you were born white - Africa is a Country's #WhiteHistoryMonth 2 weeks ago On one of the last days of AIAC’s first #WhiteHistoryMonth, I found myself getting increasingly annoyed in the queue to board the last flight from Murtala Mohmammed International Airport, Lagos to Johannesburg. Behind me stood two South Africans, who were giggling and entertaining each other...
  • The darndest things 1 month ago I knew the name of the street my friend lives on and thought I’d recognise her house when I saw it so I didn’t bother to call and ask her for the exact address before heading to her place a recent Sunday afternoon. As it turned out I didn’t, and after having passed every house on the street...
  • Ondskans hypnotiska kraft 2 months ago "Jag lyssnade på min första radiodokumentär i början av 80-talet i Foskros, norr om Idre. Vi hade ingen TV i vår vinterstuga så om vi inte läste, åkte skidor eller spelade Monopol så var det radion som gällde.Den här dagen var jag ensam hemma och det var min tur att diska. Jag satte...
  • For thirty years a man, for twelve years a thing - 12 Years a Slave by Steve McQueen (2013) 2 months ago I am one on whom providence Has worked its magic reversals.Behind me are silent storiesLike a storm. I have worn History round my neck like chains.(Extract from the poem Diallo's Testament by Ben Okri, 2013)Shorter version published by 'Africa is a Country' Steve McQueen’sthird feature 12 Years a...
  • When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie met Sweden (incl. reactions) 2 months ago "Last Sunday the Göteborg International Film Festival and International Writers’ Stage Gothenburg co-hosted a conversation between Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Swedish film critic Jannike Åhlund (JÅ). It got weird quickly..." (Read the full post here)(Article published by...

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