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Articles from September

'419' Claims First British Death. (Nigeria)
Jerry Stratton, a 47-year-old American, has become the first person in Britain to be officially reported as having committed suicide after losing "his life savings" to Nigerian "419" fraudsters. A London coroner's court was told on 9 August that Stratton...
A Cry for Sierra Leone: 'As I Write and Cry, I Reflect on the Big Questions Back Home, Whether We Should Have Elections or Not. All Sierra Leoneans, Both Old and Young, Must Feel a Sense of Shame for Betraying Mother Sierra Leone'. (Commentary)
I recently returned home to Sierra Leone from a visit to Ghana. Once beset by coups and corruption and the inevitable violence, Ghana held an election at the end of last year, which was won by the opposition party. The change of government was peaceful...
African Union - Forward Ever, Backward Never: The African Union Must Not Be the OAU with a Different Name, Just as the EU Is Not the EEC by Another Name. (Continental Viewpoint)
The African Union is finally born. The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) is becoming history. Much has been written on the OAU's failure. Given the global context of a vicious Cold War, it has done well on the whole by staying alive and trying to...
Africa's Gladiators: The Continent's Qualifiers for Next Year's Football World Cup in Japan and Korea Are Now Complete. Ola Sheyin Traces Their Qualification Routes and Chances. (Football/World Cup)
The five African countries going to Japan and Korea are officially the continent's best five. Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Senegal (in that order) were the countries that emerged as victors from last year's African Nations Cup jointly...
Another African Gunned Down by Police. (Senegal/Germany)
The African and Black German community are planning a major demonstration on 8 September to protest against the killing of yet another African by the German police, this time a 26-year-old Senegalese mother of two. It happened in the early hours...
AZT in the Dock. (South Africa)
The South African high court will be the scene early next year of yet another epic legal battle over an Aids drug. And once again, President Thabo Mbeki's name has been dragged into it. Annet Hayman, widow of a KwaZulu Natal lawyer, James Hayman,...
Babatunde in His Element: 'Ask Not What Africa Can Do for You, but What You Can Do for Africa.' (Arts)
Babatunde Olatunji, the Nigerian master percussionist/composer based in America, has experienced many birthdays, but his recent 74th must be one of the most memorable. Born 7 April 1927 in Ajido, a village some 40 miles outside of Lagos, he has spent...
Great Lakes: Beyond Double Standard. (Opinion)
"I am not sounding war drums here against any ethnic group, rather I am expressing my own fear for the future of our Great Lakes Region. I see the thick dark clouds of death and destruction looming in the horizon as people lose trust in one another...
Hereros Sue Germany for Reparations. (Namibia)
"Jan Cloete [mixed race] of Omaruru, states under oath: 'I was in Omaruru in 1904. I was commandeered by the Germans to act as a guide for them to the Waterberg district, as I knew the country well. I was with the 4th Field Company under Hauptmann...
How America Ran, and Still Runs, the Congo War: America's Covert Activities in the Great Lakes Region Exposed! (Cover Story 1: Great Lakes Region)
Last September, New African reported: "...America has a military base in Rwanda, and top American marine officers are involved in intense training of the Rwandan military elite. The US has also offered substantial military supplies to Kigali." Last...
Lake Victoria Rescue Begins. (Tourism/Environment)
A year after approval by the Swedish Parliament, the initiative by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) to support the restoration of Africa's largest freshwater lake, Victoria, has finally begun. "Things are starting...
Maa Fra, Ghana's Mother Theresa: We Know Mother Theresa of Calcutta; Please Meet Maa Fra of Dormaa-Ahenkro, Ghana's Mother Theresa. (the Interview)
Mother Theresa of Calcutta, India, who passed away in 1997 was (and still is) recognised and remembered internationally for devoting her entire life to the care of the sick and the needy. At Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, a 77-year-old...
Mankind's Oldest Home? (Chad)
"It is like finding the Holy Grail," says the French ambassador to Chad, Jacques Courbin, one of the few persons to have held the object in his hands, a six-million-year-old skull found on 19 July in Chad's Djurab desert which, without a doubt, belongs...
Morgan Freeman.Along Came a Spider. (the Profile)
Morgan Freeman, who plays Alex Cross in the recently released Along Came A Spider (made by his own production company, Revelations Entertainment, in association with Paramount Pictures), has established himself as of America's most admired actors....
Mozambique's 80-Year-Old Splendour. (Tourism/Environment)
It is the fanciest hotel in town and it has clearly seen better days. But Mozambique's 80-year-old Hotel Polana is not giving up, and in fact has recently been spruced up in anticipation of an influx of tourists from South Africa, Europe and elsewhere....
Readers' Letters
To Mrs Townsend, with love Reactions to Baffour Ankomah's piece on Mugabe's approach to the land issue have been many. This rime I would like to react to the letter of Mrs Townsend entitled "Shame on you, Baffour" (NA June). She would like that...
Somalia Is Rising from the Ashes!: Peter Kimani, One of Our Kenyan Correspondents, Recently Returned from a Trip to Somalia. Though Life Is Still Hard, He Saw Enough to Gladden the Hearts of the Optimists. (Cover Story 2: Somalia)
In the popular imagination, Somalia is hell on earth. In fact, the images still haunt: armoured cars, machine guns, dead American soldiers being dragged in the streets of Mogadishu, total anarchy, collapsed state structures. This June, the American...
So, Only Africans Have Sex?: The Former Science Correspondent of the Sunday Times (London) on How Western Illusions over Africa Underpin Aids Science. (Insight)
Human beings generally mean well, but their capacity for self-deception seems to know no bounds. I found last month's New African articles on the horrors of the slave trade particularly sickening, because of the way the authority of religion, science,...
The Adult with Sickle Cell Disease. (Medical Themes)
Prof F.I.D Konotey-Ahulu, one of the world's foremost authorities on sickle cell, who doubles as the Dr Kwegyir Aggrey Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cape Coast (Ghana), continues his series on sickle cell, by concentrating...
The 'Diabolical Job': Former Belgian Police Officer Describes How He and His Brother Disposed of Lumumba's Body. (Cover Story 3: Lumumba)
Years after cutting up the bodies of Patrice Lumumba, Maurice Mpolo and Joseph Okito into pieces and "making them disappear" in sulphuric acid, the Belgian police commissioner, Gerard Soete, wrote a book about it, tided "The Arena: The Story of Lumumba's...
Truth and Reconciliation in Town. (Ghana)
Ghana is going the way of South Africa by setting up a truth and reconciliation commission as part of the new government's efforts to "heal the festering sores within [the country's] body politic". To be called The National Reconciliation Commission...
Truths We Ignore at Our Peril: Vote for Mel Lastman and Andrew Natsios. I Would. (View from the Editor)
There is a Yoruba proverb that roughly translates like this: "Truth came to market and could not be sold, yet we buy lies with ready cash." I know you already know about a certain Mr Mel Lastman, the mayor of Toronto, who, in July, decided to make...
What Price the Caine Prize?: Is So Much Glitz and Publicity for an Individual Short Story Akin to Condescending Acceptance That This Is All That Today's African Is Capable of? an Unwitting Condescension? (Arts)
This could have been a short story about a youngish man called Helon Habila who has just returned home to Lagos as a naira millionaire in search of a computer. But it is not. This is about how Habila's new-found wealth may get in the way of Africa...
Why Is America Afraid of Reparations? (the Neem Tree)
From this month, Cameron Duodu's hitherto "Opinion" column has changed to "Under the Neem Tree". In African villages, the main meeting place for discussions is under a shade of a tree -- in West Africa, usually a Neem Tree. Such discussions often produce...