Africa

Barber Shop Chronicles assembles some of the finest comic talents around

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The National Theatre could hardly resist Barber Shop Chronicles. The play shines a light on a disregarded ethnic community, black…

Boris Johnson: This is a moment of hope for Libya. We can’t afford to miss it

13 May 2017 9:00 am

This devastated country can have a great future – but it must compromise

How the lords of poverty are squandering foreign aid

29 April 2017 9:00 am

How corrupt UN aid barons keep Africans poor, sick and hungry

Tristan Voorspuy died as he lived – boldly

11 March 2017 9:00 am

After he left the Blues and Royals in 1981, the young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape…

Remembering Tristan Voorspuy, one of the last stylishly mad people in Kenya

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia On Tristan Voorspuy’s hell-for-leather riding safaris across Kenya’s savannah, he cracked a bullwhip at predators that tried to eat…

‘There is an uneasy feeling in the pit of average stomachs that trouble is coming...’

11 February 2017 9:00 am

 Laikipia plateau, Kenya My great-grandpa Ernest Wise was an engineer who sailed to South Africa towards the end of the…

How to cure depression

28 January 2017 9:00 am

‘If life is a race, I feel that I’m not even at the starting line,’ I said to the doctor…

Living next door to a Kray twin

14 January 2017 9:00 am

We had my parents-in-law Gerry and Jean to stay with us on the farm over Christmas and being in a…

Room and board in the elegant grounds of ­Ezzahra

A match made in heaven

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Chess fan William Cook takes a masterclass in Marrakech

Gambia: an African Benidorm ruled by a tyrant

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Gambians are leaving their country in droves as a result of the policies of Yahya Jammeh, the country’s overbearing president

300 warriors, 10,000 cows: living through a farm invasion

19 November 2016 9:00 am

 Aero Club of East Africa   The world looked so clean and untroubled during the flight in Bob’s light aircraft…

Zadie Smith’s latest dance to the music of time

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Zadie Smith explores themes of identity, freedom, rhythm and time with much skill and grace, says Ruth Scurr

Corrupt politicians won’t drive me off our farm

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Kenya A woman’s bottom cheered me up recently. The lady was walking ahead of me in a Kenya street and…

What’s a travelling oenophile to do?

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Nothing beats drinking Château d’Yquem in a tropical paradise

Ethical eating should replace gluttony as one of the seven deadly sins

24 September 2016 9:00 am

We need to update the seven deadly sins. Take out gluttony — what’s wrong with the odd bit of gorging?…

Zimbabwe will sink into horror and depravity unless Mugabe quits now

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Zimbabwe’s president is still breathing but his regime is near its end

Joan Iyiola and Anna-Maria Nabirye in ‘They Drink It in the Congo’

Almeida’s new play blames Britain for the ills of the Congo – when the problem is clearly aid

3 September 2016 9:00 am

In the 1980s, supermarkets stocked a fruit juice named ‘Um Bongo’ with the strapline ‘They drink it in the Congo!’.…

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

There’s never been a better time to be alive. Why can’t we recognise that?

How hunting and shooting help wildlife – and not just in Africa

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Hunting and shooting helps wildlife, here and in Africa

Tyrone Huntley (Judas) and Declan Bennett (Jesus) in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Excellent – even if Jesus is a bit sulky: Jesus Christ Superstar reviewed

30 July 2016 9:00 am

An inspired decision to stage Jesus Christ Superstar in a summer theatre in Regent’s Park. The action takes place outdoors,…

In praise of Rhodesia

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The Spectator readers’ party was as always a swell affair, with long-time subscribers politely mingling with ne’er-do-wells like myself, the…

Me, a gun-toting gangster? I take it as a compliment

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Kenya As soon as I pulled out of town, I knew I had made a mistake taking on the new…

What do we gain by burning ivory?

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Burning stockpiles of ivory was meant to wipe out poaching. After nearly 30 years, is it working?

A weird, druggy, space-age Bollywood mash-up: Emma Rice’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

What an extraordinary debut for Emma Rice: Globe's Midsummer Night's Dream reviewed

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The Globe’s new chatelaine, Emma Rice, has certainly shaken the old place up. It’s almost unrecognisable. Huge white plastic orbs…