New African

Articles from December

30 Years of Pan-African Fashion ... Kenya's African Heritage Festival. (Fashion)
When Alan Donovan, the American designer, first arrived in Kenya in 1970, he found fashion and modelling still areas very much restricted to European imports and Asian sarees. He started recruiting African models and produced the first show in Kenya...
A Price, Not a Prize
Is the world so poorly supplied with genuine peace workers that the Nobel Committee, in its 100th year, has to turn to the UN? To give the prize now to the UN, on recent history and performance, is at best an insensitive gesture or plain propaganda...
Arm-Twisting Africa: ...Startling Revelations at the GATA African Gold Summit in Durban. (Cover Story 2: Gold Special Report)
While the gold price appears to be calm and placid on the surface, powerful forces war behind the scenes to shape it. The stakes are stupendously high, as the state of the gold marker and the price of gold do not exist in a vacuum. Virtually every...
Chiluba, the Single Man. (Feature: Zambia)
After the recent divorce from his wife of 33 years, President Frederick Chiluba steps down from the presidency at the end of the year as one of the most eligible bachelors in Zambia. But treating the divorce lightly in public, has earned him the wrath...
Even the Forests Are Being Privatised. (Kenya)
Legend has it that the 5,000 or so Ogiek who live in 35,000 hectares of East Mau Forest in western Kenya are fashioned from the soil of the forest, which God scooped up from the Mau Escarpment at the time of creation. But if the Kenya government...
Forgive and Forget? but We Are Westerners! (Not in Black or White)
Forgiveness is a virtue that the West preaches constantly to non-Westerners. To Africans, they chant: forgive and forget -- most of all forget -- the past. But they want retribution: a body for a body. Blair and Bush have no right to look President...
For the Record: Anthrax. Biological and Chemical Weapons. Terrorists. You Bet. (American Tragedy)
After the tragic events in New York on 11 September, one is tempted to believe that "terrorists" invented anthrax and biological and chemical weapons. In the circumstances, two pre-September 11 articles published by the British daily, The Times, and...
Kufuor's Balance Sheet. (Ghana)
January marks exactly one year since President John Agyekum Kufuor came into office, ending President Jerry Rawlings' 19 years at the head of the country. And despite Kufuor's best efforts over the past year, the debit side of the balance sheet still...
Letters
Of natives and Whoopi Goldberg Stella Orakwue and Leslie Geoffe's articles (NA, Oct and Nay) inspired me to share my thoughts. The two articles left me thinking deeply about the connection between origins and racism pervading contemporary thought....
Mine All Mine: Pusch Commey, the Prodigal Son, Returns Home with One of the Biggest Stories of the Year He Forgot to Report -- GATA's All Revealing Gold Summit in Durban on 10 May. It Is Worth Every Ounce in Gold. (Cover Story 2: Gold Special Report)
Things are happening to Africans that Africans don't understand. The economy suffers without explanation. There are constant layoffs of mine workers in Africa with tremendous consequences -- economic turmoil in towns, villages and families. The spin...
More Than 100 Black Men. (the Interview: Diaspora)
Since its establishment in 1963 as a non-profit organisation, the 100 Black Men of America Inc (100 BMOA) has dedicated itself to the advancement of the African-American youth and the development of leaders of tomorrow. With headquarters in Atlanta,...
Nigeria: So Far, Still Far. (Cover Story 1: Nigeria)
After 31 months in office, the Obasanjo government can, at best, be given a pass mark. The dividends of democracy have not been fully reaped. The government is pressing on, but the journey ahead is still long. Anniversary broadcasts are normally...
Our Friend Tony (Part 1). (Baffour's Beefs)
"It's often said that Mr Blair tells people what they want to hear, but it's not really that: he tells them what they don't mind hearing, which isn't quite the same thing" -- Simon Hoggart, The Guardian, 6 Nov 2001. So, we are "a scar on the conscience...
Sacred Cows?: President Obasanjo's Reluctance to Bring Nigeria's Ex-Military Leaders to Justice Has Taken the Shine off His Stewardship. (Cover Story 1: Nigeria)
As President Olusegun Obasanjo stood in front of the world on 29 May 1999 to take the oath of office at the Eagle Square in Abuja, no tears were shed for the demise of the previous "era" that had brought unspeakable agony to the country. Sixteen...
Settling Old Scores? (the Gambia)
President Yahya Jammeh was re-elected in October despite concerns about a crackdown on the opposition and harassment of the media. Journalists, members of the opposition and even people perceived as opposition sympathisers were arrested and briefly...
The Case for Dialogue. (Cover Story 1: Nigeria)
Neither President Obasanjo nor the elected MPs saw or knew what the 1999 Federal Constitution contained before they swore to "defend and uphold" it. Now the people want a national conference to resolve all the "unresolved issues". But Obasanjo is against...
The Government vs the Khwe. (Botswana)
Representatives of the Khwe people (popularly known as Bushmen) recently visited London to raise awareness of how forced relocations, harassment, discrimination and torture have brought about the near destruction of their way of life, one of Southern...
The Zimbabwe I saw(Cover Story 3 Zimbabwe)
The Zimbabwe I saw: Professor Katama Mkangi, a Kenyan whoteaches sociology and community service at the United States International University in Nairobi, returned from his second one-month visit to Harare, Zimbabwe, with his family in September. Because...
Unhappy Tutsis. (Burundi)
As we went to press, efforts to bring Burundi's eight-year war to an end appeared to fisher as 35 people were killed in renewed hostilities, just days after a power-sharing transitional government had been installed in the capital, Bujumbura. Under...
Wanted: A Union Government; the Idea of a Union Government for Africa as Preached by Nkrumah Still Has Great Resonance for Our Times If Africa Is to Claim the 21st Century. (Continental Viewpoint)
Ancient Africa had empires and communities. Enslaved Africa had crumbling empires and communities mostly ran by chiefs. Colonial Africa was defined by the hyphenation of British, French, German, Portuguese, Belgian and Italian. Decolonised Africa affirmed...
Where There's a Will. (Tanzania)
After six years of confrontational politics, A Tanzania's ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has signed a deal with the main opposition party, the Civic United Front (CUF), to end "the politics of hate" in the country. The two arch-rivals signed...
Who Can Rescue Winnie? (South Africa)
The Economist calls her "Teflon Winnie". And she is in the news again. In mid-October, while the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela was in court (accused, this time, of 60 counts of theft and fraud, totalling one million rand), the white opposition in the country...
Why King Gold Has No Clothes: ... Manipulation of the World Gold Market Exposed! (Cover Story 2: Gold Special Report)
FLASHBACK: In September 1999, in our story on page 8 headlined "Gold: Deliberate Destruction", written by our assistant editor, Regina Jere Malanda, we reported: "Plans by Western nations and the IMF to sell their gold reserves and use the proceeds...
With Friends like These. (Cover Story 2: Gold Special Report)
How the Clinton Administration and its friends, who had publicly pledged to help Africa out of poverty, rigged the gold market to Africa's detriment. Below is Bill Murphy's speech to tbe Durban gold summit. "Two-and-a-half years ago, it was clear...