New African

Articles from Vol. 516, April

'Aid Is a Dirty Word, like Colonialism': There Are at Least a Million People in the West Who Live off the Aid Industry. They Have a Vested Interest in Perpetuating It. but It Will Disintegrate over Time and Die Slowly, Says Yashpal Tandon Pictured Right, the Ugandan Policymaker, Political Activist, Professor, Author, and Public Intellectual. Welt-Sichten Interviewed Him
You have written that the aid effectiveness journey since the Paris Declaration in 2005 was misguided from the beginning. Why is that? Because it was conceptualised by the donors, and not by the people that were supposed to be assisted. It was not...
Ama Ata Aidoo: A Personal Celebration: Whether in Her Short Stories, Books for Children, Novels, Plays or Essays, Ama Ata Aidoo (Main Picture), the Ghanaian and African Literary Icon Who Turned 70 on 23 March, Speaks to the Most Urgent Issues of Our Times. "She Is a Writer for All Seasons," Says Kenya's Most Famous Author, Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
I HAVE KNOWN AMA ATA AIDOO FOR many years. We share many personal friends who, in their different ways, have made an impact on our lives: Ime Ikiddeh, Grant Kamenju, Parsali Likimani, and Micere Mugo. The first three have passed on, but their memory...
Business Fighting Poverty
FOR NEARLY 100 YEARS, AFRICA HAS been a key driver of Anglo American's business success. Almost 4o% of our assets remain in South Africa. Three of our seven main business groups (platinum, iron ore and thermal coal) and two of our key associates (diamonds...
Commodities Continue Their Relentless Surge: The World Is Experiencing What Is Known as a Commodities "Super-Cycle". Just What This Means for Africa Is a Complex Subject. Stephen Williams Prepared This Report
WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, THE PRICES OF MOST metals and mineral commodities - as well as the "softs" that include cotton and food crops - continue to soar. And oil, on the back of increasing nervousness concerning Middle East supplies, is also recording...
Farewell, Odumegwu Ojukwu: At the Time of Ojukwu's Death on 26 November 2011, His Name Resonatec across the World. but, Unlike in June 1957, When His Declaration of Biafran Independence Led to Civil War in Nigeria, His Passing Away Evoked Widespread Feelings of Sadness and Regret among Nigerians Our Associate Editor Mercy Eze Looks Back on Ojukwu's Legacy and Enigmatic Life
NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF AFRICA has the death of a "rebel" provoked such a wave of reaction as that of the former Biafran war leader Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who passed away in a London hospital on 26 November 2011, at the age of 78, having suffered...
From Berlin to Brussels: Will Europe Underdevelop Africa Again?
Africa is in trouble. Its future is once again on the table, and it is Europe that holds the aces. Although it is not the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, which balkanised Africa among 13 European powers to guarantee a source of raw materials and markets,...
'I Am No Idiot!', Mutharika Tells Donors
An African proverb admonishes that "if your fingers are in somebody's mouth, you don't hit him on the head". But don't tell that to Malawi's president, Bingu wa Mutharika. His country is ever dependent on foreign aid, especially from the West, but...
ICC Gets First Conviction after 10 Years in Existence
At last, the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose focus on Africa has received wide criticism, has finally got its first conviction - an African, of course! The Congolese rebel leader, Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, was found guilty on 14 March on three...
ICC Justice the World Reacts: Here Are What Some Powerful Voices and a Section of Our Readers Have Said, for and against the Goings-On at the ICC. What's Your View?
Barack Obama US President As the International Criminal Court announces the names of six suspects alleged to have participated in the post-election violence that threatened to tear Kenya apart three years ago, I encourage all Kenyans to take...
Kwame Anthony Appiah, the 'Postmodern Socrates', Gets His Honour
The first African to get a PhD in philosophy from Cambridge University in the UK was of Ghanaian-British descent, named Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah. A pure genius, Kwame Anthony Appiah, as he is better known, has been described by Stanford...
Less Talk, More Action
A time comes when less talk and more action is needed. And it is now! After ranting and raving ad infinitum about "the myth of beauty" that the modern black woman has been led to buy into (that we need to relax or weave our hair to be considered beautiful...
Olympics the Game Get Dirty!
It was the sprinting clash of the century - and it lasted for less than 10 seconds The eagerly-awaited showdown between Ben Johnson (pictured left) and Carl Lewis in the 100m at the Seoul Olympic Games on 24 September 1988 had everything - including...
Sierra Leone: The Shape of Things to Come?
On 6 February, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - recently given a second term in office - abruptly withdrew his executive representative from Sierra Leone following a request by the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma (pictured). Michael von...
Somalia: The Path to Prosperity
THE PAST EIGHT MONTHS HAVE seen Somalia and the rest of the Horn of Africa in the global media spotlight. The drought which began in July last year affected large areas, and led to acute food and water shortages, mass displacement and tens of thousands...
The Defensive Shield: The Warrior Instinct Is Ritualised and Celebrated All over Africa. at Least Four African National Flags Contain Weapons or Shields. but African Military Capabilities Are Not Always the Force They Should Be
After 52 years of independence, the Nigerian military's special forces cannot independently undertake a mission to extricate trapped kidnap victims. Can you imagine the Israeli military behaving like this? The Israeli state is only 12 years older than...
The ICC Indictees - All African: Currently, 120 Countries Are States Parties to the Rome Statute. of These, 33 Are from Africa, 18 from the Asia-Pacific, 18 from Eastern Europe, 26 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 25 from Western Europe and North America. but Surprise, Surprise, All the ICC Indictees So Far Have Been Africans! below Is the Roll-Call
President Omar al-Bashir (SUDAN) The Sudanese leader was indicted on 4 March 2009 on five counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of war crimes with regard to the situation in Darfur, Sudan. On 12 July 2010 he was additionally charged with...
The Sad Rise of Boko Haram: Boko Haram, Nigeria's Latest Terrorist Group, Has Been Bombing Its Way into the Headlines in Recent Months. Zach Warner (of the NGO, Human Wrongs Watch) Traces the Group's Antecedents to the Economic, Political and Religious Frustration of Northern Muslims, and Says the Group Will Not Be Defeated Unless the Frustration Is Addressed
WHEN YOU GET A SITUATION where a bunch of people can go into a place of worship and open fire through the windows," Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka lamented in a recent interview with the BBC, "you've reached a certain dismal watershed in the life of the...
The Two Sudans: Elusive Peace? North and South Sudan Will Not Find Durable Peace So Long as the Marginalised Population in the Border States Continues to Die. There Must Be Stability in Abyei, the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile, Eastern Sudan and Darfur, Writes Christopher Zambakari
IT IS NINE MONTHS SINCE THE Republic of South Sudan became independent. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005 brought an end to the brutal civil war (1955-1972; 1983-2005) that engulfed Sudan for extended periods after its independence...
The Uses of Protocol-Diplomacy: What Did President Barack Obama Tell President John Atta Mills of Ghana When the Ghanaian Visited Washington DC in Early March? Welcome to Protocol-Diplomacy!
Diplomacy is one of the most fascinating aspects of modern life. My late wife, Beryl, who was for a time, one of the executives at the Ambassador Hotel in Accra, once told me this story: As she was waiting for a lift to go to the fourth floor, she...
Togo, Growing Influence: In October 2011. Togo Was Elected to a Non-Permanent Chair on the United Nations Security Council, Seen as Both International Recognition and a Reward for the Country's Democratic Progress since 2007
RECEIVING THREE-QUARTERS OF the UN member states' votes for ascension to the UN Security Council was a clear reflection of international appreciation for Togo's diplomatic drive to sponsor worldwide peace and reconciliation. As well as providing...
Uneasy Neighbours? for the Past 12 Years, South Africa (Especially under Former President Thabo Mbeki) Has Been a Strong Supporter of Zimbabwe, Particularly after Zimbabwe's Controversial Land Reform Programme Started in 2000. Now, as Tichaona Zindoga Reports from Harare, the Relationship Appears to Be Going Pear-Shaped
IN MANY RESPECTS, ZIMBABWE AND South Africa, divided by the Limpopo River, make perfect neighbours--socially, economically and politically. Both countries have histories steeped in liberation struggles, and are ruled by former liberation movements....
Why Kenya Is Fighting in Somalia: There Is More to Kenya's Incursion into Southern Somalia Than Meets the Eye. from Nairobi, Wanjohi Kabukuru Reports That Kenya Has Long Planned to Create a Jubaland Enclave in Southern Somalia for Its Own Security and Economic Interests. "Dislodging Al Shabaab Extremists," as Kenya Explained Its Military Push, Appears Just a Convenient Excuse
WHEN THE KENYA DEFENCE Forces (KDF) made their foray into Somalia late last year, it was made to appear as if they were retaliating for the attacks carried out on Kenya's tourism sector by the Al Shabaab terrorist group based in Somalia. Al Shabaab...