"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um... The pictures of what Gulu looks like-- wow. Some super offensive captions in there.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:14:00 AM

Anonymous John Ness said...

There's no evident investigation in the piece about Bono as to *where* in Africa they tried and failed to make clothes. Besides one passing reference to Kenyan beads, the message is, We tried making high-quality clothing in "Africa," and we failed.

Does anyone no where Edun's textile operations were?

Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:53:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still don't get the purpose of this site.


Saturday, September 18, 2010 11:23:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Uh, it's mocking people who go on short-term study abroad trips to "Africa" and come back thinking they understand the continent/are one with its people/not knowing the difference between a country and a continent.

@John_Ness I have no idea. Readers?

Saturday, September 18, 2010 3:06:00 PM

Blogger ewaffle said...

According to "The Daily Mail" Edun had factories in Tunisia, Tanzania and Kenya. While "The Daily Mail" is not much of a source for anything other than salacious pictures of footballer's wives there is at least one Kenyan blog--from a very libertarian viewpoint--that seems to say that there was a factory in Kenya.

I didn't post urls because I am not sure what the policy is here for commentators.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 7:15:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Feel free to post links. I believe the article's point is that the bulk of manufacturing is now done in China.

Saturday, September 18, 2010 9:26:00 PM

Blogger ewaffle said...

The sites where Edun manufactured products in Africa seem to be moving targets although this is a 2007 article from "Time" that puts factories in Lesotho, Uganda and Tanzania

Sunday, September 19, 2010 3:06:00 AM

Anonymous Nate said...

Wow, that Gurl Goes to Africa site is mean-spirited . . . the whole message comes across as: seriously, fuck those people for wanting to help! Don't they know they can never transcend their privilege?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010 12:39:00 PM


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