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New African

Articles from No. 526, March

A Cup in the Eagles' Nest: Leaving Home Unsung, Nigeria's Super Eagles Surprise Their Supporters and Earn Their Third Nations Cup Trophy. but the Overall Organisation of the Tournament in South Africa Leaves a Lot to Be Desired, Reports Our Editor, Osasu Obayiuwana, Who Covered the Tournament
Being the only living person in the continent, to have won the Cup of Nations as a player, team captain and head coach-and with an all-Nigerian coaching crew to boot-ought to have put Nigeria's Stephen Okechukwu Keshi on the moon. [ILLUSTRATION...
A Mayor to the Rescue: A Former Nigerian Midwife Who Defied Personal Adversity to Fight for Sufferers of Sickle Cell Anaemia Has Been Celebrated at Her Installation as Mayor of London's Borough of Enfield. Mercy Eze Reports
ACCORDING TO THE WORLD Health Organisation, over 5% of the world's population now carries the genes related to sickle-cell anaemia, with more than 300,000 babies born each year [200,000 cases in Africa] having severe haemoglobin disorders relating...
And Then Came Arise TV: Nduka Obaigbena, Founder and Owner of Nigeria's This Day Newspaper Group and the Lifestyle Magazine Arise, Is Arguably One of Africa's Most Influential Media Men. but Just When Many Would Have Thought He Had His Hands Full, the Media Mogul Has Taken on One More Media Venture-Launching His Own TV Channel. Ahmed Ismail Caught Up with Him to Find out Why
THE NIGERIAN PUBLISHING PRO-prietor Nduka Obaigbena is renowned for creating a bang when it comes to his business ventures--be it launching a newspaper, a magazine, or inviting the biggest names to his events and his fashion weeks. It was therefore...
A New Scramble for Africa: The Current Interventions by Western Powers in Africa Are Neither Humanitarian nor Necessarily Security-Driven. Methinks It Is about Securing Vast Mineral and Energy Resources
A Guardian newspaper article of 11 July 2011 by Nicholas watt, headlined David Cameron joins the new Scramble for Africa--catching up with China, suggested it was a hurried catch-up trip that saw the UK prime minister visit South Africa and Nigeria...
Deepening African Unity: The OAU/AU Has Spent 50 Years Setting Up Structures and Establishing Norms of Behaviour. It Is Now Time to Implement an Accelerated Movement towards the Reality of Unity
The recent African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa kicked off the celebrations for the Union's Golden Jubilee, which will be marked in May under theme "Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance". Attending the summit reminded me of how the AU is organised...
Gas Boom or Bust? the Discovery of a Rich Natural Resource Is Usually Good Cause for Joyous Celebrations. but That Is Not So for the People of Mtwara and Lindi, in Tanzania. Richard Mgamba Reports
FIFTY YEARS AFTER TANZANIA'S independence, Mtwara and Lindi in the south of the country still remain quite under-developed; leaving its normally laid-back locals to groan that they are marginalised in the country's development process. Indeed the so-called...
Gulf of Guinea the New Danger Zone?
Judging by recent reports, the Gulf of Guinea, which spans the length of the Atlantic Ocean between Cape Palmas in Liberia and Cap Lopez in Gabon, has become the new danger zone" of piracy, disturbing international navigation and trade, especially...
Hazoume's World: Juliet Highet Looks at the Beninois Artist, Romuald Hazoume, and How His Unique Genre, Which Focuses on Problems at Home, Has Turned Heads around the World
THE LONG DARK SHADOW OF SLAVery haunts Romuald Hazoume's work like a spectre, stretching from the historic trade to its modern equivalent of exploitation of African labour and natural resources. Hazoume was born in the capital, Porto Novo, in what...
'I Am the Nile': A New African Writers Series Title Chronicles the Exploits of Africa's Great Kings and Queens of Yore
AFTER THE DEATH OF THE HEINE-mann's African Writers Series that published the work of some of Africa's great writers such as Chinua Achebe, Ayi Kwei Armah, Ngugi wa Thiongo and many others, a new imprint of African writers series has risen from the...
Is West Africa Allowing Itself to Be Recolonised? with the French Intervention in Mali, Aided by American and British Logistics Support, and Now Ecowas Forces Hurried into the Fray to Beef Up the Intervention, Is West Africa Allowing Itself to Be Recolonised?, Asks Cameron Duodu in This Part One of a Two-Part Series
IMAGINE THIS SCENARIO: BY SOME quirk of fate, the president of the United States is a hawkish figure of the Dick Cheney type. And he wants to "whup the arse" of some "rogue state" that "threatens the interests of the United States in the Middle East."...
Laying New Foundations: To Mark the 40th Anniversary of the Death of the Country's Founding Leader, Amilcar Cabral, on 20 January, a Newly Formed Think-Tank-The Benten Institute-Organised the Inaugural Guinea Bissau Economic Forum, under the Theme "What Would Cabral Do?"
GUINEA BISSAU HAS HAD A CHEQUered history, which has been widely documented. Fortunately, this tarnished reputation does not match up to the reality on the ground. A visit to its capital city, Bissau, does not give the impression of a failed state,...
Leave God out of This Debate! the Fool Says in His Heart, "There Is No God" - Psalm 14:1; 53:1
With the sudden resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 10 February, the first such resignation in 600 years, throwing the Catholic Church into a mini crisis, it is appropriate that I should concern myself this month with church and Christian matters....
Lincoln Did Not Free the Slaves! Steven Spielberg's New Film, Lincoln, May Have Won a Clutch of Gongs at the 85th Academy Awards (Otherwise Known as the Oscars), Which Were Being Held as We Went to Print. However, Lincoln the Movie Is in Essence a Masterpiece of Misinformation Because, in Reality, the Central Character of the Film Did Not Free African Slaves in the USA as the Film Claims. Leslie Goffe Reports
T0 WATCH STEVEN SPIELBERG'S new film, Lincoln--which is expected to do well at the 85th Academy Awards (the Oscars) to be held on Sunday 24 February--you would think Abraham Lincoln, the so-called "Great Emancipator", freed the slaves all by himself....
Lions with Festering Wounds: With a Second Successive Absence from the Nations Cup, Cameroon Must Confront, Frontally, the Problems That Have Made the Once-Feared National Team a Laughing Stock, Reports Francis Ngwa Niba from Yaounde
It is unbelievable but true-Cameroon's not so Indomitable Lions, the four-time champions of Africa and aristocrats of the continental game, have failed to qualify, for the second time in succession, for the Africa Cup of Nations. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Manage Your Own Affairs! Africa, You Are a Great Continent, Sometimes Drawn from Great Empires of the Past. Love the Rest of the World as Your Brothers and Sisters, Even as Your Mum-and-Dad! but, Lest You Forget, Remind Yourself to Be Your Own Protector. It Is Worth the Effort!
It was the English writer Philip Larkin who wrote a poem starting with the startling, not to say obscene, line (ungrammatical too!): "They fucks you up, your Mum and Dad". He was over-stating the case, which could have been easier defended had he kept...
'Military Intervention Is Not as Easy as It Seems'
Among the brightest stars in Ghanaian politics is undoubtedly the newly-appointed foreign minister, Hanna Tetteh. A woman of keen intellect and amazing communication skills, she has managed to rise to her current position after only 13 years in politics,...
Mo Ibrahim's Prize Should Target Youth: In as Much as the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership (MIPAAL) Is There to Encourage Good Governance, on the Ground It Is Actually Too Little and Too Ineffective to Serve as a Corruption Deterrence. Why Not Target It towards Africa's Future, Its Youth?, Writes Raymond Eyo
THIS PIECE IS ACTUALLY INSPIRED by Mo Ibrahim's interview (NA, November 2012) in which he personally admitted, and rightly so, that: "[Africa's] young people are, in a way, the greatest natural resource the continent has. It is therefore essential...
Morsi and the Egyptian 'Revolution': If a Constitution Is to Be a Living Document and Achieve Constitutionalism, It Must Have the Consensus of, If Not All the Citizens, about 90% of the Population. the Tyranny of Numbers Must Not Be Used to Engineer a New Constitution for Any Country, Especially Countries Undergoing Tenuous and Uncertain Political Transition, Writes Said Adejumobi
THE ABOVE IS MY CREED ABOUT democratic practice. The majoritarian character of democracy, which many people and theories emphasise, is its major weakness. When democracy is constructed on a majoritarian platform, it becomes a tyranny of numbers, and...
'My Jet Is Bigger Than Yours': Nigeria Never Ceases to Amaze. While the Country Struggles to Supply Four Hours of Constant Electricity a Day, the Rich Are Gorging Themselves on Private Jets. "My Jet Is Bigger Than Your Jet" Appears to Be the New Craze, While the Extravagance of Those in Government Knows No Bounds. Femi Akomolafe Reports
THE FORMER HEAD OF THE Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), one of the anticorruption agencies the Nigerian government set up to tackle graft, Madam Farida Waziri, was so astounded by the enormity of the problem she confronted when she first...
Piracy in West Africa: A Symptom of Wider Problems?
Despite what others say about piracy in West Africa, Chris Trelawny, the senior deputy director responsible for maritime security and facilitation at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the UN specialised agency (writing here in his personal...
Rwanda, a Star in Fighting Corruption: Quietly, There Is a Revolution Going on in Rwanda, in the Form of Fighting Corruption. the Zero Tolerance to Corruption in Rwanda Has Made President Paul Kagame's Country a Shining Star. Baffour Ankomah Reports
IMAGINE YOU ARE ARRIVING AT THE major airport of an African country for the first time. You present your passport to the officer at one of the immigration booths. He looks at it and tells you to stand out of the queue. You wait and wait, your passport...
Surprises and Disappointments
Who would have thought it? After Nigeria's inexplicable absence from last year's Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, the Super Eagles soared, unexpectedly, to the continental summit, at Johannesburg's Soccer City, ending a near 20-year...
The African Crisis of Mass Broken Individuals: The Trauma of Colonialism and Apartheid on the Individual Self Has Been Given Little Attention or Simply Ignored. Yet Apartheid and Colonialism Have Left Broken Individuals. This Notwithstanding, Almost All of Africa's Post-Independence Reconstruction Attempts-And outside Attempts at Help-Have Avoided Fighting the African "Crisis" of Mass Broken Individuals, Writes William Gumede
MUCH FOCUS HAS BEEN PUT ON how the trauma of colonialism and apartheid has set back the individual and national material development of African countries. In fact, the focus has often been mostly on the material trauma caused by colonialism and apartheid....
The ANC Hard Road to Travel: South Africa's Ruling Party, the African National Congress (ANC), Has Stayed More or Less Intact for the Better Part of a 100 Years. but Can the Party Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century? Asks Xolela Mangcu
SOUTH AFRICA'S ANC RIGHTLY claims the mantle of the oldest liberation movement in the world. However, since coming to power the ANC has been marked by internecine leadership battles. It is not that difficult to figure out why these battles take place--it...
The Destruction of Julius Malema: Was Julius Malema, South Africa's "Enfant Terrible", a Champion of the Poor, or Just Another Self-Seeking Political Entreprenuer?, Asks Pusch Commey
THE PAIN OF DERELICTION WAS ALL COO obvious as Julius Malema, the conquering hero of the youthful masses, recounted his bitter experiences in an interview with the City Press. His "friends" have deserted him in droves. His phone calls go unanswered....
The Lady Who Turned an Economy
Ngozi Okonjo-lweala is arguably one of Africa's most influential women. Her role as Nigeria's minister of finance and head of the Economic Team that coordinates the country's development strategy is, to say the least, challenging. But with down-to-earth...
The Tales of a Driver's Mate: I Have No Idea Where My Love for Motor Vehicles Came from. No One in My Family Had Ever Owned One. and Those Who Owned One in My Hometown Made Them Inaccessible to Those of Us Whom They Considered to Be Paupers
Kwadwo Tawia's father had worked in Accra--Achimota to be exact--and had made enough money to buy a Vauxhall 14 which he brought to Asiakwa and used as an occasional taxi, not to ply the roads looking for passengers (as other taxis did) but parked...
The Trouble with Social Media in Africa: Although There Is Increasing Internet Use and Online Activism in Africa, It Has Not Measurably Improved the Quality of Governance or Citizen Participation in Government. This Is Because the People Online Are Not a Homogenous Group of Activists Whose Only Interest Is in Selflessly Holding Government Accountable, Writes Matthew Adeiza
THE LATEST MO IBRAHIM INDEX ON Good Governance's data on internet use in Africa shows Nigeria at 38th place out of 52 countries ranked in Africa, with just 28.8% of citizen participation. This is a deterioration of 18 points from the 2006 rankings...
Two Million People Back Home! in What Has Been Described as the Biggest Peacetime Movement of People since World War II, South Sudan Has Received Nearly Two Million Returnees from the North since Its Independence in July 2011. Kate Eshelby Reports from Juba
IN THE BLAZE OF HARSH SUNLIGHT, rickety beds and suitcases are everywhere, scattered outside in the brain-numbing heat. Some cases lie open, piled with crumpled clothes. There are dusty TVs, a forlorn teddy bear, and people on mats under mosquito nets....
What Africa Can Learn from Singapore (Part 1)
Singapore, the island city-state, has achieved staggering economic success in the past 50 years. With little natural resources of its own, its food requirements almost entirely imported, with no fresh water resources to write home about, this small...
Where Goes the Egyptian Game? after a Forced One-Year Break, the National Championship Resumes. but the Consequences of the Port Said Tragedy Loom Large, Reports James Montague
BOB BRADLEY WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY FEW to see the restart of the Egyptian football league in the flesh. The American coach of the country's national team was in the empty stands of the June 30 stadium-a vast, soulless bowl, built by the military, far...
Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Bottle of Rum! ... A Brief History of Piracy
Piracy began over 2,000 years ago when sea robbers threatened the trading routes of Ancient Greece. This brief history of piracy is reproduced here by courtesy of the Royal Naval Museum Library, London. SINCE THE ERA OF ANCIENT GREECE, THE THREAT...