African Sentinel

Oxford Dictionary


  • 1 a soldier or guard whose job is to stand and keep watch: soldiers stood sentinel with their musket


  • station a soldier or guard by (a place) to keep watch

The African Sentinel is a pan-African quarterly publication founded by a vision of creating a renaissance around Africa-focused long-form and cross-border investigations; as well as visibilising of critical but unseen stories, histories, and countries.

The publication was grant-funded for the first issue by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) and SIDA.

Beyond investigative reportage, analysis and commentary, the Sentinel —whose name implicitly refers to a ‘guardian or watcher’— was envisioned to break real and imagined conceptual boxes inherent to the thinking, authoring and delivery of investigations, characterised, too often, by the common reality of African writers reduced to fixer status, and investigations limited to low hanging fruit (demand-side corruption focusing on politicians).

In both a passive and active sense, the Sentinel hopes to carve out a space —and guard the route— for a legacy: the rise of the African investigative writer, armed and ready to pursue their calling.

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