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Articles from No. 495, May

ACBF: The Quiet Helper
There is an African organisation which has been doing good work on the continent for almost 20 years now, but not many people know it. Now you know - it is called the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). In partnership with the African Development...
Adults Only: "Money Is like Sex: You Think of Little Else If You Don't Have It, and Think of Other Things If You Have It"-James Baldwin
Having disappeared for two months, I owe the long-suffering readers of this column more than the normal fare. So please gird your loins (pun unintended); this month is going to be something special. And what is it that has disturbed my two-month sabbatical...
A Good Woman in Europe: Augustina Osei (Pictured Right), a Dutch Politician of Ghanaian Extraction, Has High Ambitions and a Fertile Mind. A Born Optimist, She Is a Lover and Helper of People. Femi Akomolafe Interviewed Her in Amsterdam for New African
LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS held in the Netherlands on 9 March threw up a few surprises. The liberal Dutch who still believe they live in a "tolerant" country had some of the blinkers removed when the party led by the extremist Geert Wilders, the...
Au Revoir, Togo: Unable to Shake off the Nightmare of a Near-Death Experience with His National Team at the Cup of Nations in Angola, the Togolese Striker Sheyi Adebayor Bids Farewell to the International Game. His Decision Is a Huge Blow for Football in the West African Country, Reports Barney Cullum
As the country's major football personality, Sheyi Adebayor was compelled to carry the weighty burden of expectation from Togolese fans whenever The Sparrow Hawks, as the national team is called, were involved in international competition. But that...
Beware of Sugar Daddies: It Is about Time Society Made Horrible Sugar Daddies Who Prey on Innocent Young Women, Use Them, Abuse Them, and Dump Them, Pay for Their Dirty Deeds
A very good friend of mine who I shall simply call Jane had a mental breakdown recently and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. The reason? A man. But not just any man. More specifically, her Sugar Daddy! Thinking about Jane and her situation,...
Cameroon Ready to Celebrate Double Golden Jubilee: On 20 May, Cameroon Will Celebrate 50 Years of Independence with Abundant Symbolism against the Backdrop of the Ongoing Celebrations by 17 Other African Countries That Obtained Independence in 1960. and There Is Reunification Day to Come on 1 October
Unlike the other African countries with specific independence dates, Cameroon's "independence" is perceived more as a movement, which started with the independence of French Cameroon on 1 January 1960 and ended with, some might say, "another" independence...
Celebrating Africans on the British Stage; Tiata Fahodzi, an African Theatre Company Based in the UK, Has Made Celebrating and Placing Africans at the Heart of British Theatre Its Primary Goal for over a Decade. Belinda Otas Spoke to Femi Elufowoju Jr. about the Company's Journey
TIATA FAHODZI, WHICH TRANSLATES as "theatre of the emancipated", is considered to be the leading British-African theatre company in the UK. Formed in 1997, under the artistic guidance of Femi Elufowoju jr., founder and artistic director for over a...
Cleaning the Stables of Nigerian Football
Believe it or not, it has been over 13 months since the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), with Sani Lulu as its president, has been unable to explain how $236,000--inexplicably kept in an office safe, rather than in a lank account--was stolen from...
Dazzling Treasures of Africa
Understanding African art in its proper context is an artform itself. Many of the African artefacts in Western museums and private collections were specially made for religious and other rites and ceremonies, and not necessarily to be viewed as museum...
Ife in All Its Glory
Art connoisseurs in Britain and elsewhere are currently being treated to an exhibition of some of the finest art to have come from Africa, specifically from Ile-Ife in Nigeria. The exhibition, which runs till 6 June, is part of a season of African...
Island Hopping in Sierra Leone: "Falling in Love with Freetown Requires a Different Way of Seeing. Upcountry, Men Digging for Diamonds in the Riverbeds Train Their Eyes to Find the Gems Hidden in the Mud. So It Is with Freetown." Kate Eshelby Went "Island Hopping" in Sierra Leone and Brought Us This Report
IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, USE THE life jackets," the captain announces as the helicopter shudders and shakes noisily into the ink-black sky. "That always makes me laugh," shouts Ali, another passenger, above the din. "Because there aren't any." And...
Is Mariga the Real Mccoy? after Becoming the First Kenyan to Feature in the UEFA Champions League, McDonald Mariga Is the East African Nation's New Football Icon. but Can the Inter Milan Midfielder Live Up to the Promise of His Potential? Eric Odanga Finds Out
Never in Kenyan football history has a player stoked the media furnace like this 23-year old. With free-spending English Premiership side Manchester City and a slightly more cautious Inter Milan in a tussle over who was going to sign him, Kenyan...
Last Man Standing: Algeria's Rabah Saadane Is Set to Make History as the Lone African Manager at the 2010 World Cup Finals. but as Piers Edwards Found out, "Cheikh", as Saadane Is Fondly Known, Has Many Other Achievements
When the World Cup kicks off in just over a month's time, Algeria's Rabah Saadane will be the only coach to hail from the continent, with Cameroon, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria and hosts South Africa all opting for European or South American coaches....
Losing Faith: Trust in the Catholic Church Has Collapsed Following the Widespread Abuse of Children by Paedophile Priests and the Subsequent Cover-Up by Church Authorities
After such a profound betrayal, people are openly wondering whether the Church of St Peter as an institution is finished, with members drifting away to other churches and even to atheism. I doubt very much whether this will happen. Instead, the crisis...
Rethinking Africa's Growth Strategy: From 5-7 May, Tanzania Will Host the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa. It Is the First Time That This Important Event in the Global Economic Calendar Is Taking Place in East Africa. but as Muzondwasi Jere Reports, the Time Could Not Be More Opportune
THE SIGNIFICANCE OP THE THREE day World Economic Forum on Africa cannot be overstated. Year after year, for the past two decades, the forum has brought together the most influential leaders in business, government, civil society and academia, to discuss...
Statue of Controversy: Is Senegal's Brand-New "African Renaissance Monument" a Triumph of African Liberation or a Monumental Gaffe? Critics Have Condemned It but Its Supporters Have Praised the Man Behind It, President Abdoulaye Wade. Sheriff Bojang Jnr Reports from Dakar
AT THE TOP OF A 300-FOOT-high hill along the western coast near the Senegalese capital, Dakar, now stands a gigantic bronze statue called the "African Renaissance Monument". The 164-foot-high statue, a few feet taller than the Statue of Liberty in...
Sun, Sand & Samba: A Four-Week Tour of Brazil Has Helped in Instilling a Better Work Ethic in South Africa's Players. but as Piers Edwards Reports, the Road to World Cup Readiness Is Still an Arduous Trek
Hosts South Africa began their World Cup preparations in earnest, with a month-long training camp in Brazil, which was made possible after the domestic Premier Soccer League (PSL) ended in early March, the quickest finish in the country's history....
Walking into World History
This is 1958 and you are on the first trip outside your home country to attend the first Afro-Asian Writers' Conference in Tashkent, USSR. You end up meeting the Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev in Moscow, and later the Chinese prime minister, Chou...
Was Aid to Ethiopia Diverted to Rebel Groups?
Twenty-five years after the famine in Tigray in northern Ethiopia led to Bob Geldof's Live Aid concert raising over $100m for aid, and five years after the follow-up Live 8 concert--focussing on pressurising the G8 to take action on the UN millennium...
We Want Our Looted Treasures Back!
An exhibition of African art currently at the British Museum, from where it goes to the USA after 6 June, has resurrected the vexing "problem" of the return of African treasures that were looted or trafficked by the Europeans during the colonial era...
Who Burnt Buganda's Kasubi Tombs?On the Night of 16 March, an Arsonist Set Fire to the Royal Tombs of Uganda's Dominant Ethnic Group, the Baganda. by Burning It Down, the Arsonist Struck at the Very Heart of Buganda's Cultural Identity, Reports Agnes Asiimwe from Kampala
AS THE MOUNTAINOUS FLAMES rose towards the sky, more people arrived on the scene and looked on in disbelief. Some people attempted to throw buckets of water at the fire but the grass thatched dome was burning furiously, and realising there was not...
Will Goodluck Upset the Applecart? the Refusal of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to Rule Himself out of the Race for the Nigerian Presidency in 2011 Could Cause Serious Rifts in the Ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) as Powerful Northerners Seek to Replace the Ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua with Another Northerner, Reports Osasu Obayiuwana
Nuclear Security Summit Washington, 2010 ACTING PRESIDENT GOODLUCK Jonathan would be the first to confess that his ascension to the Nigerian presidency is a consequence of providence. And while the country is still in the dark about the state...
Will He? Won't He? Babangida for 2011? Adewale Maja-Pearce Is at Least One Nigerian Who Fervently Hopes Not. but the Maradona of Nigerian Politics Says: "I Am Still Doing Some Consultation and, Honestly, I Will Give You Feedback Very Soon."
GENERAL IBRAHIM BADAMOSI Babangida, who ruled Nigeria between 1985 and 1993, is many things to many people. Revered in some quarters, reviled in others, he has found it impossible to live down the singular act of annulling the freest and fairest election...
Will the World Cup Be an African Spectacle or a South African Show?
South Africa promised that the forthcoming festival of football will reflect the best of what Africa has to offer. But there are many who believe, with good reason, that the rest of the continent has been sidelined in the organisation of the tournament....
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