New African

Articles from No. 475, July

An Agent of Positive Change
Liberia's former First Lady and now senator, Jewel Howard Taylor, is a woman of many parts. A former deputy governor of the central bank of Liberia, Senator Taylor was once a financial underwriter at the First Union National Bank of USA, and later...
A National Disgrace!
Since some black South Africans decided in May to attack black African immigrants living among them, killing 65 of them in Johannesburg and elsewhere, several commentators have rationalised, in fact found excuses for that shameful behaviour, among...
An Ode to New African: It Is Not Often That a Reader, Impressed with the Sustained Good Work of a Publication, Writes an Eulogy Embossed on an African Map in Its Honour. on 13 June, New African Got More Than That from One of Its Many Admirers in Nigeria
Anyi Madubuko is a brilliant artist who lives in Jos, Plateau State, in Nigeria. He is a young man with a fine taste for good journalism. Having been an avid reader of New African for many years, he felt the best way of expressing his appreciation...
Becoming 'European': West Indian Officers in British West Africa Were Categorised as "Europeans" by the Colonial Governments and Given Better Salaries and Working Conditions Than the "Natives". This Is Part One of a Two Part Series Exploring the Fraught History of West Indian "European" Colonial Officers in British West Africa
If asked to quickly draw an image of a colonial officer in Africa, most of us would sketch a white man dressed in a stiff khaki uniform with a pith helmet shading him from the tropical sun. While our imaginary officer's size, shape, and apparel would...
Black Is Beautiful, Even Vogue Admits
Africa and the black community at large, is a bastion of beauty. It is therefore a welcome shock that for the first time in its history, the fashion-bible Italian Vogue will controversially dedicate and feature only black models in its July 2008 issue....
First Woman Vice-President? for the First Time in 51 Years of Its Post-Independence History, Ghana Is Likely to Get a Woman Vice-Presidential Running Mate in the Upcoming December General Elections. Stephen Gyasi Jnr Reports from Accra
Hajia Alima Mahama is a barrister at law and the current minister for women and children's affairs. A soft-spoken, affable lady liked by all, she is one of only four women in President John Kufuor's cabinet. And if the grapevine is any guide, she is...
Foxing out Obama?
After Senator Obama won the Democratic Party nomination, he and his wife, Michelle, gave each other a "pound" (above) in front of the cameras. Fox News anchor E. D. Hill called the act of celebration (a greeting where fists are touched typically associated...
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow? You Can Avoid Hair Breakage
Whether it was a dodgy weave or not, the unflattering pictures of the usually super sleek black British supermodel Naomi Campbell, showing what looked like a bald patch, not only made international headlines, but were received with horror in the black...
Justice Dilemma for Poll Victims: Six Months after the Events Which Greeted President Mwai Kibaki's Disputed Re-Election Victory, a Deepening Disagreement on the Issue of Amnesty for Suspects of the Post-Election Violence Is Stalling the Progress of Kenya's Road to Peace. from Nairobi Daniel Ooko Analyses the Current Political Glitches
While all is now calm on the ground, the Kenyan authorities are still struggling to fully comply with all the issues on the roadmap to peace brokered by the former UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, which ushered in the current power-sharing government....
Nothing Excels like Excellence Itself ... the Remarkable Story of Africa-And Africans (Both Continental and Diasporan)-At the Olympic Games
Africans will figure prominently among the medal-winners at the Beijing Olympic Games--that, together with death and taxes, is one of the very few certainties of life. Whether from the African continent or from the Diaspora, athletes of African heritage...
Obama a Life Inside the American Dream
For the first time in American history, an African-American has clinched the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. If the gruelling six-month primaries campaign is any guide, Senator Barack Obama, whose father was Kenyan, will give George Bush's...
Obama Has Cleared the Way for Black Achievement
On 5 June 2008, The New York Times ran an article by Marcus Mabry which recorded the views of some Africans, as well as African-Americans, on the defeat, by Barack Obama, of Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party nomination. The article...
Setting and Scoring Your Goals: Goals Are Stated Ambitions; and All Leaders Know They Must Set Them and Follow Them Up till They Are Accomplished. for, Failure to Set Goals Reduces Leadership to Management by Chance and Hunches-A Sure Recipe for Corporate Disaster
Leaders are familiar with goals. They are driven by them. Their change efforts are bent towards accomplishing them. Goals make leadership tick. Periodically, leaders sit down; think hard, size up the future to design goals that will help ensure realisation...
Show the World the Other Side of Africa
If there is another Africa then let us see it." This was the response I got from Nora, an Irish friend, when I handed her a copy of the June issue of New African which gave an extensive description of how negatively most Western media portray Africa....
Sibongile Sambo Flying High
As founder and managing director of the first 100% black female-owned aviation company in Southern Africa, Sibongile Sambo's story of success is proof that women can achieve and succeed in any field including a male-dominated one. Her philosophy...
Sickle Cell Disease Patients Should Beware of Heroin Pumps
A new report published by the UK's National Confidential Enquiry into Patient outcome and Death (NCEPOD) has raised concerns about the use of morphine and its derivatives in the care of sickle cell disease patients. The report's conclusions support...
The Economic Power of Africa's Creativeness: Diversification Is the Buzz Word When Talking about Africa's Economic Growth. Stephen Williams Reports on How the Continent's Underexploited Creative Industries Can Offer New Opportunities for Africa to Leapfrog into New Areas of the World Economy
According to a new UN study, there is huge potential in Africa's creative industries in terms of promoting economic growth and development. The study, entitled the Creative Economy Report 2008, is the first of its kind to investigate the opportunities...
The Irresistible Car for Africa: It Is Not Every Day You Have the Opportunity to Drive and Evaluate a Choice of More Than 30 Different Car Models, but That Is What Was Provided for at the Nissan 360 Event at Cascais, Portugal. New African's Stephen Williams Was There and Took to the Wheel
Beyond doubt, Nissan's 360 event held in Portugal demonstrated that the company is one of the world's most "complete" car manufacturers. From its baby Micra model to every boy-racer's dream, the iconic 350Z roadster--and with a comprehensive range...
Welcome to New African Woman
Women are changing the future of Africa. For this reason, black women, particularly in Africa, are crying out to have their story heard. In an era drenched with women's publications of all sorts, the majority of African women still find it hard to...
Who Will Save South Africa? the South Africans Who Are Attacking Other Africans Should Ask Themselves: "What Would Africans Whose Enormous Contributions Helped to Free South Africa from Apartheid, Feel, If They Could Hear That South Africans Were Now Killing Fellow Africans?", Writes Cameron Duodu
I first saw the photo on the website of the London Daily Telegraph: the colour picture of a man burning to death, with the yellow flames engulfing his clothes and body. The story beneath was about how South Africans had set upon African immigrants...
Xenophobic South Africans Have a Lot to Learn
Rarely ever mentioned in the discourse on the xenophobia against Zimbabweans in South Africa is Thabo Mbeki's revelation to Mark Gevisser (for his book, Thabo Mbeki--The Dream Deferred) "of how Zimbabwe voluntarily put its own land-reform process on...
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