New African

Articles from No. 458, January

A Fishy Business, but Senegal and Guinea Bissau Won't Be Beaten
At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002, world leaders agreed to the goal of establishing networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2012. There is still a lot to be done to reach the target but progress has been made. In West Africa,...
African Media: How Life Was 40 Years Ago (Part 2)
"Truly, the revolution that has occurred in communications over the past 40 years is totally staggering," writes Cameron Duodu. "I feel blessed to have lived through the years to see the new capabilities of ICT ... My advice to the young generation...
A Great African: Returns to the Ancestors; It Is with Heavy Hearts That We Announce the Sad Death of Our Columnist, Antonio De Figueiredo, Who Passed Away on 30 November after Three Years of Battling with Cancer of the Oesophagus. He Was 77. This Tribute Is by Our Editor, Baffour Ankomah
In the long history of Africa's fractious relationship with Europe, there have always been people like Thomas Clarkson (the English arch-abolitionist who worked his socks off for decades to see transatlantic slavery abolished) and Sir Gordon Guggisberg,...
Ancient and Modern Toumani Is a Hit: This Summer, a Sell-Out Audience at London's South Bank Queen Elizabeth Hall Had the Privilege of Listening in on a Musical Vision Whose Roots Stretch Back 700 Years, to the West African Mande Empire. Simon Lee Was There and Profiles Toumani Diabate, One of Mali's Great Artists
Toumani Diabate, the Grammy-winning Malian kora virtuoso, brought his 12-piece Symmetric Orchestra to town, realising a personal project which has been 15 years in the making. When he last performed in London with his compatriot, the late Ali Farka...
Dear Leader, Vision Is It: Without Vision the People Perish. A Vision Is a Future Reality Seen Now. It Is a Portrait of a Future That Grabs. Are You a Leader-A CEO? Then You Aren't Appointed Simply to Maintain the Status Quo and Ensure the Wind Blows on as Usual. You Are to Dream, Dare and Do
People and organisations expect their leader to have three eyes. So if you have just two, you had better seek and get the third. Otherwise, your leadership will mean nothing. The third eye is the vision eye, the ability to draw up a mental picture...
Ecobank: We Are Very Positive on Africa
The Ecobank Group has become today one of Africa's biggest success stories. It is now operating in 16 countries and intends to expand in five other ones next year as it pursues its panAfrican strategy. The group has total assets of over $3bn and a...
Ethiopia: Africa's Holy Land; the Only Country in Africa That Was Never Colonised, the First in Africa to Adopt the Christian Faith, and Containing More World Heritage Sites Than Any Other, Ethiopia Has One of the Richest Historical Heritages on the Continent. Stephen Williams Was a Recent Visitor and Provides This Special Report for New African
Although I had made previous visits to Ethiopia, they had always been confined to the capital, Addis Ababa--arguably the most important diplomatic centre in Africa with both the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa headquartered...
Ghana: New Currency in July 2007; after Suffering a Catastrophic Decline on Foreign Exchanges since Its Devaluation in 1983 at the Behest of the IMF, Ghana's Suffering Currency, the Cedi, Is to Be Retired in July 2007 and Replaced by a Rebranded and Stronger GH Cedi. Osei Boateng Reports
When Zimbabwe demonitised in mid-2006 and introduced a new currency that cut a whole lot of zeros from the then collapsing Zimbabwe dollar, there was such hue and cry and mocking abroad, especially in the Western media. No such mocking or accusations...
How IMF, World Bank Failed Africa
Welcome to how the IMF and World Bank run the show in Africa and, thus, lead our countries down the garden path. This report was put together by the London-based World Development Movement (WDM) as its contribution to the ongoing debate on what kind...
'Impressively Made and Impressively Executed': A South African Artistic Director and the Dance Company She Created in Britain Are Getting Rave Reviews. Beverly Andrews Went to Meet Her
Since its inception in 1986, Union Dance has been one of Britain's most acclaimed and innovative contemporary dance companies. Its eclectic blend of contemporary dance, martial arts and urban street moves has made the company a major draw on the international...
Kenya: Gunning for Leakey; in June 1993, a Horrific Plane Crash Almost Ended the Brilliant Career of Dr Richard Leakey, One of Africa's Most High-Profile Conservationists and World-Acclaimed Anthropologist. Nick Hordern Sifts the Evidence and Asks: Was It Engine Failure or the Work of Would-Be Assassins?
Daniel arap Moi, president of Kenya in 1993, personally made Dr Richard Leakey an Elder of the Burning Spear, Kenya's highest honour, for his contribution to conservation including his successful attempts at halting the massacre of the world's largest...
Kofi Annan: All States Need to Play by the Rules
The UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, leaves office on 31 December and hands over his mantle to the new secretary-general, the South Korean Ban Ki-moon. On 11 December, Annan delivered his final speech as secretary general at the Truman Presidential...
Nigeria: Building Deeper Bridges in Kaduna
Nigeria is infamous for religious riots which have claimed thousands of lives and properties in the past decade. But if what happened in the northern city of Kaduna in early December when the Deeper Life Bible Church held a five-day crusade there is...
Nigeria: The Agenda for Growth; Peter Odili: My Mission
Governor Odili: My mission "My mission is to steward the building of a truly united Nigerian nation through providing the requisite leadership by action, example and sacrifice. Our policy focus shall be the welfare and the wellbeing of the Nigerian...
South Africa: It Might Be the Law, but Are Gay Marriages Really African? It Is a First in Africa and a Fifth in the World. on 30 November 2006, Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, Signed into Law the Civil Union Bill, Ending Years of an Acrimonious Public Debate on Gay Marriages. Kgomotso Nyanto Reports
It all began with the constitution adopted by a post apartheid dispensation keen to stamp out discrimination in whatever form. Among others, the constitution prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Last year,...
The Allotey Formalism: The Man Who Formulated the Technique Used to Determine Matter in Outer Space, Professor Francis K.A. Allotey, Receives the 2006 Black S/heroes Award. Kwaku Reports
The Ghanaian scientist and mathematician, Professor Francis Kofi Ampenyin Allotey, was the recipient of the BTWSC Black S/Heroes Award (BSA) 2006. As part of the award, the Professor Allotey Science Prize has been launched in his honour. The presentation...
The Case against IMF, World Bank: "The World Bank and IMF Are a Product of the Politics and Economics of the 1940s with Little Relevance to Today's World, and in the Sense That Patience with Their Efforts at Tinkering and Reform Has Reached Its Limit. the Question Is Not Whether There Should Be Change but How," Argues the World Development Movement
Gathering towards the end of the Second World War in the New Hampshire resort town of Bretton Woods, 44 countries attended a conference aimed firstly at creating global economic rules that would promote stability and prevent another great depression,...
The Sex Trade in Colonial West Africa (Part 2): In the Second of Her Three-Part Series, Carina Ray Continues to Uncover the Racial Politics That Underpinned the Gold Coast Colony's Unusually Lenient Laws on Prostitution
In the first installment, we explored the deeply racist assumptions about the sexuality of Africans that underpinned the long-standing refusal, on the part of colonial administrators, to introduce stricter anti-prostitution measures in the Gold Coast....
Tussle for Obasanjo's Seat: Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Governor of Katsina State, Is Likely to Become the Next President of Nigeria after Winning the Ruling People's Democratic Party's Presidential Ticket on 16 December. Lindsay Barrett and Tom Mbakwe Report
Until late November, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua was not even a factor in the presidential race. His sudden rise to the top of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has President Olusegun Obasanjo's hands written all over it. Umaru Yar'Adua, 55, is...
When the Sun Shines on America; and I Wondered: "What in Hell's Name Are These American Politicians Doing Turning Such a Glorious Land into the Hate-Figure of the World?"
It must be particularly nice to be an American right now. I first chanced upon the beauty of the American "fall" (autumn) in the countryside near Bloomington, Indiana. If you have lived in Africa's evergreen forest before, just imagine that the leaves...
Yobe State: Nigeria's Success Story
Too good to be true Yobe State is a model for development. Monique Butt went to see how the state has transformed itself over a decade and a half. Under the stewardship of Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Yobe State has undergone extensive infrastructural...
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