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
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more