Ryan Lenora Brown

Ryan Lenora Brown is the South Africa correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. She has written for The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, and U.S. News and World Report.

The South African Building That Came to Symbolize the Apocalypse

Ponte City, Africa’s tallest apartment block, is a mainstay of movies about the end of the world—but it was once an apartheid-era architectural triumph.

The Struggle to Build an American Suburb in Uganda

Akright City promised an alternative to the African cities once designed for the colonial elite. But it has become something it was never meant to be.

An African Take on 'Sex and the City'

Nicole Amarteifio’s popular show about well-to-do young women in Ghana is back for a second season.

In Johannesburg, a New Bridge Must Also Address Apartheid's Legacy

The city has an ambitious plan to redress historic inequities through mass transit and redevelopment.

How Johannesburg's Most Neglected Buildings Ended Up Splashed With Pink Paint

A group of artists hoped to spark a debate about housing, architectural preservation, and history. But did they cross the line from protest to vandalism?