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
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Council tenant wins right not to be sent to Milton Keynes
- 1 Germanwings Q&A: Why would the cockpit door have been locked and would there have been no way to get in?
- 2 Andreas Lubitz: Who is Germanwings co-pilot who 'locked out captain and crashed flight 9525'?
- 3 JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
- 4 Germanwings crash: Descent may have been 'deliberate, suicidal choice' by pilot, claims experts
- 5 Woman held in psychiatric ward after (correctly) saying Obama follows her on Twitter