Alex Duval Smith
Alex Duval Smith is a freelance foreign correspondent based in South Africa
24 March 2013 07:34 PM
Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author and dissident who has died at the age of 82, learnt early in life that words can lead to a lot of pain. It happened when he was at secondary school in colonial Nigeria. Turning to a fellow pupil, he asked in his native Igbo language: ''Nyefe M ncha ahu'' [pass me the soap]. For not using English, Achebe's English headmaster gave him a beating he remembered all his life.
21 December 2012 05:22 PM
Abducted girls are finding refuge and rehabilitation in an academy in Uganda
28 November 2012 07:20 PM
Demand in Far East for horn's medicinal qualities drives killings to record levels
09 October 2012 12:00 AM
President swaps colonial language for English after being inspired by Rwanda's example
22 September 2012 12:00 AM
The renegade politician Julius Malema will appear in court on fraud, money laundering and corruption charges next week.
19 September 2012 12:00 AM
Striking platinum miners agreed to go back to work last night, ending a six-week industrial dispute that claimed 43 lives and put President Jacob Zuma's government under severe strain.
07 September 2012 12:00 AM
South African workers demand talks on pay before accepting agreement
04 September 2012 12:00 AM
The South African force's killing of 34 striking miners, and the arrest of hundreds more, are all too reminiscent of the bad old days of white rule, victims' families tell Alex Duval Smith
01 September 2012 12:00 AM
The ruling party of Angolan President Eduardo Dos Santos looked to be headed for an easy parliamentary election win yesterday.
01 September 2012 12:00 AM
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 3 Jimmy Carr's controversial Oscar Pistorius joke goes too far at the Q Awards
- 4 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo shot dead at war memorial
- 5 Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella