New African

Articles from No. 476, August-September

Africans Are Not Democratically Deficient
Our coverage of the Western media's biased reporting of Africa (NA, June) is still the talk of the town. Here, Samrin Siddiqui, an American Peace Corps Volunteer, says after living in Senegal for 10 months, he takes personal offence at the negative...
Becoming 'European' (2); West Indian Officers in British West Africa Were Treated as "Europeans" by the Colonial Governments. This Led to a Conflict in 1904 over Their Employment in the Gold Coast (Now Ghana)
In the first installment on this two-part series, we explored why British colonial administrators began to recruit West Indians to works as "Euporean" colonial officers in Sierra Leone during the middle of the 19th century. Despite the fact that colonial...
Beijing, Here We Come!: From 8 to 24 August, African Athletes (Both Continental and Diasporan) Will Hold the World Spellbound at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Clayton Goodwin Assesses the African Challenge
The Ethiopian 5,000m champion, Tirunesh Dibaba, has already set up the prospect of another high profile clash at the Beijing Olympics with her long-time rival and Ethiopian compatriot, Meseret Defar, by beating the world 5,000m record she set last...
'Better Days Lie Ahead', Says Tsvangirai
Morgan Richard Tsvangirai (pictured), leader of the MDC-T party, issued an open letter on 22 July, a day after signing the Memorandum of Understanding with President Mugabe and Arthur Mutambara. Below is the full text of the letter: My fellow Zimbabweans....
Big Oil Takes Responsibility; Corporate Social Responsibility Is Sometimes Viewed as the Philanthropic Impulse of Big Business. Not So, Argues Stephen Williams, Who Reports That Significant Numbers of Oil Majors as Well as Companies Operating in Other Sectors in Africa Are Realising That Engaging with Their Host Communities Is Good for Business
When industry leaders, ministers and other stakeholders gathered in Madrid in July for one of the most important of the world's oil and gas industry meetings, the World Petroleum Congress (WPC), this three-yearly event had a number of special features....
Botswana Mining Nothing, Displacing No One?
A diamond company may soon start mining in the disputed Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) in Botswana. The Botswana Environmental Department "has indicated that they do not objective to mining within the CKGR in principle," says a representative...
Coming Soon, African Security Council; at Last, the African Union Is Going Ahead with Its Own Security Council
African leaders have approved a plan to create a super peace and security council, bringing together experiences drawn from the UN with specific attention on limiting the number of conflicts on the continent. According to working documents exclusively...
Empower Yourself 10 Things You Can Do
Self-confidence is a vital tool to the joie de vivre of our thinking, feelings, behaviour, and our body's general wellbeing. It is also pivotal to our decision-making abilities and when it is low or non-existent, you are unlikely to feel empowered....
Hope Sadza Bridging the Education Divide; What Inspires a Woman to Rise from Being a Rural School Teacher, to One Who Creates the First Mature Women's University in Africa?
What inspires a woman to rise from being a rural school teacher, to one who creates the first mature women's university in Africa? New African Woman's Elizabeth B Mpfumira interviewed Dr Hope Sadza (inset) to find out how she did it. For Dr Hope...
Hope Springs Eternal: For the First Time since the Formation of the Opposition MDC in September 1999, Its Leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, Shook Hands with President Robert Mugabe on 21 July 2008,
Hope springs eternal: for the first time since the formation of the opposition MDC in September 1999, its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, shook hands with President Robert Mugabe on 21 July 2008, after they, and Prof Arthur Mutambara, signed a Memorandum...
In Vogue Token Blackness?; as the Special "Black Issue Vogue" Hit the Newsstands amid Massive Excitement, Khadija Sharife Argues That What Italian Vogue Has Done "Is the Worst Form of Tokenism-An Instrument Used to Use Minorities, to Catalyze Controversy but Not Necessarily Change Anything"
It's like icing on the cake. One had to page through almost 100 pages of the usual suspects (white models) in order to reach the 'exotica' of the day, in the much touted "Black Vogue" in the July issue of the Italian edition. (See New African Woman...
Judges at War: In What Could Be a Defining Moment in South Africa's Nascent Constitutional Democracy, Judges of the Highest Court of the Land, the Constitutional Court, Have Publicly Accused Another Judge of Improperly Trying to Influence a Decision. and It Is No Ordinary Judicial Decision as It Relates to the Political Future of the Country-The Trial of Jacob Zuma, the President of the Ruling ANC Pusch Commey Reports from Johannesburg
In a landmark issue, the judge president of the Cape Provincial Division of the judiciary, Justice John Hlophe, has been accused of having paid an "unholy" visit to two judges of the 11-member Constitutional Court-Justice Bess Nkabinde and Justice...
Juggling That Perfect "Art"; If You're a Wife and a Mother, If You're a Mother on Her Own or If You're the Husband, Then You Will Identify with the "Art" That I Am Going to Talk about. I Hope We Can All Celebrate the Joys This "Art" Bestows
It's Sunday night and peace has finally descended on the Mwangi household! My middle child is getting ready for bed. My youngest and oldest are already asleep. Hubby is downstairs reading a very interesting book about bringing up black boys in the...
Liya Kebede; Looking Good, Doing Good
She has been the face of Gucci, Estee Lauder, and Fendi et al and graced numerous high-profile international women magazine covers. Yet closest to her heart is the plight of women and children, particularly in Africa. Regina Jere-Malanda looks at...
Mounting Hope for Expelled Islanders
After 40 years of exile, the Chagos islanders, the descendants of African slaves and Indian indentured labourers, forcibly and sometimes brutally removed from their homes by the British authorities between 1968 and 1971 to make way for the American...
Nigeria Is Open for Business
President Umaru Yar'Adua visited London in mid-July and told British investors that his country was open for business. "Nigeria is more a gas country than oil, and as the government cleans up the environment for business, it is inviting investors across...
No Salvation in EPAs; the EU Is Changing Its Trading Relations with Africa, but Not Everybody Is Sure It Is for the Better. Michael Griffin Reports from Brussels
The European Union (EU) and the 76 members of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states are currently re-negotiating trade agreements that will define their future commercial relations now that the policy of preferential access to European...
Pessimism Hangs over Darfur
Simon Haselock (below), director of Albany Associates, a strategic communications consultancy which has been active in Darfur for the past two years, provides an insider's account of what is really happening in Sudan's war-torn region. Opinion is...
Putting National Interest First
The smaller MDC faction led by Prof Arthur G.O. Mutambara (the party which won 10 seats in Parliament and four in the Senate) issued a statement in Harare on 25 July, signed by Prof Mutambara, on the way forward beyond the signing of the Memorandum...
Spare the Rod & Spoil the Child? So Far This Year, 22 Teenagers, Most of Them of African Descent, Have Been Stabbed to Death in London. So Why Are Black Teenagers Killing Fellow Black Teenagers? Are They a Law Unto Themselves? Does the Fear of African Parents in the UK Disciplining Their Children Have Anything to Do with It? Kwaku Went to Find Out
The growing number of murders of young people by their peers is blighting life in London. Last year, the city recorded its highest number of teenage murders: 27. This year, that record is set to be overtaken-as at 20 July, the number stood at 22, and...
Succession Debate Creates Controversy
Zambia was thrown into a state of confusion on 3 July when word went around that President Levy Mwanawasa had died. The government did its utmost to assure the nation that he was alive. At the time of going to press, the president was still receiving...
Taylor's Prophecy Comes True; Presidents Are Not Prophets, but the Former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, Who Is Now Standing Trial in the Hague, Is Proving to Be One. Osei Boateng Reports
As the former Liberian president charles Taylor's trial enters its eighth month, it has been revealed that, since last November, he has been imploring the African Union, Ecowas, and selected African leaders to do three things that would have implications...
The Core Issue in Zimbabwe; the Majority of Commentators Here Seem to Have Very Little Knowledge of Zimbabwe and Its Politics. If You Only Rely on Information Provided to You by the Opposition, You Are Getting Only a Quarter of the Picture"-Mr Davis of Manchester, UK, Contributing to a Debate in June on the Sunday Times Website
Many things have happened in Zimbabwe since the 29 March elections, in fact since the land issue exploded in 2000. I spent six weeks in Zimbabwe between 22 March and 13 July covering the recent elections, and so-on top of my eight years of intensive...
The Indomitable Williams Sisters; since Their Professional Tennis Debut in 1994 the Accomplishments of the Phenomenal Venus and Serena Williams Have Been Astounding at the Very Least. as Elizabeth B.Mupfumira Reports, the Williams Sisters Have Not Only Turned the Game on Its Head-Their Indomitable Spirit Is Awesomely Inspiring
Watching Venus Williams stride confidently onto centre court in front of a worldwide audience of 150 million for the Wimbledon 2008 women's final last month, one couldn't help but look back nostalgically to 1998 when a lanky, awkward 17-year-old black...
The Last Mercenary?
What does the adventure of Simon Mann and his band of latter-day mercenaries who plotted to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea, teach Africa and the world? Simple. In the words of the British journalist, Alice Thomson: "Interfering Europeans,...
The Sense Behind Our Nonsense; Libation Is One of the Most Misrepresented African Traditional Practices. but It Is Extremely Important Because It Is Poured Mainly to Remind Everyone That Man Is on the Earth but the Earth Does Not Belong to Him. "Listen and Do the Same!", Therefore, Is the Basic Message of Libation
As a little child, my world was a welter of contradictions. My father, Okyeame Kwame Ade (a shortened form of Adade) was a practitioner of all the traditional beliefs of our Akyem people. He was in fact the okeyeame of "spokesman" of the queen (in...
We Are against Sanctions
The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI), the premier business organisation in the country, is made up of thousands of local Zimbabwean, British, European and other foreign companies. It says it is opposed to the imposition of further sanctions...
We Live the Revolution!; They Say We Are the "Poorest" Continent, and Yet They Will Not Leave Us Alone . They Are All over Us, Trying to Take, Take, Take! Who Steals from the "Poor"? Do Rich People Covet a Poor Man's Goods? Do They Sit and Plot How to Rob from Those Who Do Not Have?
Who are "the people" and what are "the people"? Are "the people" slow? Are "the people" thick? Are "the people" liars, mendacious, deceitful? Are "the people" base? "We the people" have spoken, but what did they say, what are they saying? "We the people"...
What's ICC Up to in Northern Uganda?; Is the International Criminal Court (ICC) a Facilitator of Peace in Northern Uganda or a Stumbling Block? Michael Bartlet Looks at the Dilemma Facing Northern Uganda, the ICC, and the Prospect of Peace
The 22-year-old rebellion in northern Uganda has killed tens of thousands and laid waste to a generation. Once described by the UN undersecretary, Jan Egeland, as the "biggest neglected humanitarian emergency in the world", the brutal war conducted...
Who Is an "Ideal" African Woman? What Is "Ideal" African Beauty?
First of all, thank you, thank you indeed for the overwhelming support through your feedback welcoming New African Woman into the world. Our desk is teeming with your encouraging letters, emails and those phone calls offering words of wisdom, constructive...
Wow Factor Chunky Jewellery
Accesorising is very much part of any woman's fashion passion. This time of the year, what's hot is chunky jewellery and simple yet gorgeous handbags. For the New African Woman, we introduce our own home-grown Nigerian jewellery and handbag designer...