New African

Articles from No. 504, March

Advances and Concerns in Africa's Health Systems: Despite Africa's Economic Growth in Recent Years, Healthcare Remains One Area Where the Continent Struggles. Governments Are Faced with the Challenge of Coming Up with Solutions That Will Help Maintain a Healthy and Thriving Society. New African Examines Areas Which Remain a Main Source of Concern, and Those Where Improvement Has Been Made. Report by Belinda Otas
As Africa continues to develop economically, so has the need for quality, affordable healthcare increased. Over the last few years, the emergence of the middle class on the continent means many can afford private healthcare, which is in high demand...
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Africa Reacts: At the Heart of the Revolution in North Africa Has Been the Undeniable Role Played by the Social Networking Sites-Facebook, Twitter and Blogs. New African Went on a Cyber-Search to Find out How Africans South of the Sahara Were Reacting to the Events in the North through the Social Media
* I can tell you that there will never be a Tunisia in South Africa. We have a constitutional democracy here; every person has the right to say what he wants and to vote. It is impossible. I repeat: it is impossible." President Jacob Zuma in an...
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Africa's Destiny Lies in Africa's Hands
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is no stranger to Africa and its political and economic dispensation, during and since his premiership. Think of the Zimbabwe land reform saga, Britain's record in Sierra Leone's civil war, or the formation...
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Capacity Builders Celebrate: The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Africa's Premier Capacity-Building Institution, Celebrated Its 20th Anniversary at a High Level Conference in the Rwandan Capital, Kigali, on 8-9 February. Our Editor, Baffour Ankomah, Was among the Several Hundreds of Participants at the Celebration. This Is His Report
ANNIVERSARIES ARE A TIME FOR celebration and stocktaking. How good or otherwise have the past year or years been? Could anything have been done better in the past year or years? How could things be improved to ensure that there is a brighter future...
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Drama at Taylor's Trial
As Charles Taylor's trial at the Special Court for Sierra Leone draws to a close, an epic drama has erupted thanks to the contents of two leaked US embassy cables published by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The two cables appear to suggest that...
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ILFA Celebrates Fifth Milestone: An Innovative Model of Legal Cooperation between Africa and the West, Called the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), Has Silently but Firmly Been Sweeping across the Corridors of Top International Law Firms for the Past Five Years. It Will Be Taking New Intakes in March, Reports Yoletta Nyange
THE INTERNATIONAL LAWYERS FOR Africa (ILFA) programme is an award-winning pro-bono initiative that aims to equip African lawyers with additional skills and expertise in areas of international, commercial and corporate law, during a 3-month work placement...
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Is Nigeria Ready for Fair and Clean Elections? with Just Weeks before General Elections, Most Politicians Appear to Have Failed to Convince a Sceptical Nigerian Electorate That They Are Prepared to Play the Game Honourably. but Will the 9 April Polls Prove That Africa's Most Populous Country Has Finally Metamorphosed into a Stable, Progressive Democracy? Osasu Obayiuwana Finds Out
AS KNOWLEDGEABLE OBSERVERS OF THE COUNTRY'S political landscape are acutely aware, the period running up to general elections is a characteristic mix of the not-so-good, the downright ugly and, of course, the unpredictable. Whilst the undisputed...
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Is Raila Odinga Losing Friends Fast? Hyped as Kenya's Most Flamboyant Politician, Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga Enjoys a Huge Following at the Grassroots. His Personality Both Excites and Elicits Cultish Personification. but 2011 Hasn't Started Very Well for Him. from Nairobi, Wanjohi Kabukuru, Reports Why
RAILA ODINGA'S GRASSROOTS popularity did not come by mere chance, and neither was it inherited from his father's long dalliance with Kenyan politics. (Odinga is the son of the first vice-president of Kenya, the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.) His current...
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Making Ghana a Destination of Choice for Business: An Ambitious E-Ghana Project Aims to Make Ghana a Destination of Choice for Business by Creating an Enabling Environment Necessary for the Growth of the ICT Sector and Supporting Local ICT Businesses and IT-Enabled Services. Sam Ohene Reports
Ghana's e-Government Project was initiated with the support of the World Bank, as part of a wider e-Ghana Project. It is conceptualised as a public-private partnership to design, finance, build, operate and transfer an e-government application for...
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Neglected Indigenous Food Crops Could Be a Saviour: Underutilised Food Crops (Also Called Neglected or Indigenous Crops) Can Save the World, Especially Sub-Saharan Africa, from Hunger. So Why Have African Scientists Rarely Looked to Their Neglected Indigenous Crops to Provide Solutions to Their Food Needs and for Export? Curtis Abraham Went to Find Out
THE UN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), which is headed by the Senegalese-born Jacques Diouf, estimates that over 800 million people do not meet their daily required energy needs from their diets. But that is not the worst...
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Polio Eradication or Control?
Although cases of polio are reportedly at an all-time low worldwide, the disease remains endemic in Nigeria and there have been recent new outbreaks in a few other African countries, prompting fresh calls for an increase in efforts to help eradicate...
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Reaching for the Stars: After a Diary of Disappointment Spanning Several Decades, Ghanaian Football Is the Envy of the Continent Once Again. What's Responsible for the Black Stars' Resurgence of Form? Our Football Editor Osasu Obayiuwana Travelled to the Country to Find Out
UNTIL THEIR WORLD CUP DEBUT at the 2006 finals in Germany, Ghana's Black Stars were one of the inexplicable mysteries of the African game. How could a country that had won four African titles--winning their first in 1963 and their last in 1982,...
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The Egyptian Awakening: As 30 Years of Pent-Up Anger Erupted, the Egyptian People Showed Who Really Wielded Power by Overthrowing Their Longstanding Leader, Hosni Mubarak. Onyekachi Wambu Analyses the Egyptian People's Revolution That Came on the Heels of the Earlier One in Tunisia, and Asks: Will Lessons from North Africa Reverberate throughout the Continent?
EGYPT BECAME THE FIRST "STATE" IN HISTORY WHEN Pharaoh Narmer united Upper and Lower Egypt to launch the dynastic period 7000 years ago. It was here, amongst other innovations in writing and architecture, that the building blocks of states were cemented...
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The Other Africa ... the Continent through the Eyes of a French Photographer
Philippe Sibelly (pictured, right), a French photographer living in London, was challenged by his Senegalese friends, shocked by the negative reporting of Africa by the British media, to go to Senegal to see the "Other Africa", unreported by the British,...
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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Looking at the Situation in Burundi Less Than Six Months after the Country's Electoral Marathon in 2010, One Must Be Forgiven for Feeling a Hint of Pessimism, Reports Jamila El Abdellaoui
BURUNDI HAS COME A LONG WAY and is widely hailed as a "success story". But at the end of 2010, the United Nations Group of Experts on DRCongo reported that Burundi's rebel group, the National Liberation Forces (FNL), has taken to the bush in the eastern...
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West Africa's Dubai? Ghana Has Made Tremendous Advances in Recent Years and as It Celebrates 54 Years of Independence on 6 March, It Is on Course to Achieve Most of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This Is Adapted from a Piece Written by Dr Kandeh K. Yumkella
In the 1970s and 1980s, Ghana was considered an economic basket case. The economy and commerce were in the doldrums and, as the country changed hands from one military junta to another, the intelligentsia voted with their feet by moving to neighbouring...
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What Does 'Middle Income Status' Mean for Ghana? Ghana Attained a Middle Income Status in November 2010 When Government Statisticians Discovered That the Economy Had Been Undervalued by 60% and the Gross National Product Now Stood at $31Bn, Reports Clair MacDougall from Accra
When Ghana joined the league of African oil-producing nations on 15 December 2010, President John Atta Mills set forth his ambition for the nation to move beyond its economic dependence on raw materials and become a "prosperous industrial nation" with...
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What Lies Ahead for Africa's Newest Nation?
South Sudan overwhelmingly and peacefully voted for independence last month in a referendum that resulted in 99% of its people voting for secession. Come 9 July, they will be celebrating formal independence. However, as Regina Jane Jere discovers,...
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Where Next? as the Dust Settles, It Has Become Apparent That Egypt's "Youth Revolution", as It Is Now Popularly Called, Is Just the First Stage towards the Full Economic and Political Emancipation of the Egyptian People. but Will the Revolutionary Winds Blow South across the Sahara? from Cairo, Gamel Nkrumah Reports That It Is Unlikely That the Winds Will Cross the Sahara and Explains Why Egypt Was Ripe for a Revolution
Egypt had long become a synonym for the proverbial neo-colonial state, America's chief ally in the Arab world and North Africa. Cairo, under the government of President Hosni Mubarak, was the cornerstone of the US political agenda in the Arab world....
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Why Ghana Is Flying High
Ghana's former president, John Agyekum Kufuor (pictured right), tells Henry Bonsu why the country is now doing well on all fronts. His eight years in power, he says, laid a solid foundation for future growth. Q: When you look at Ghana--and your...
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Why Vote? Why Must the African Vote for Any Political Party to Come to Power? I Have Thrown Away My Voter's Card and until I See a True African Leader with the Spirit of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, I'm No Longer Going to Waste My Time and Dirty My Thumb with Poisonous Ink in the Cause of Voting for Anybody
You know, I really think I have psychic powers. Seriously. I think when it comes to African politics, I can predict the future. I say this because for several years now, I have been advocating a new way for Africans to elect their governments. I have...
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