New African

Articles from No. 515, March

A False Dawn Beckons: The Emergence of Debutantes at the Last Nations Cup Finals Is, Sadly, Indicative of an Alarming Decline in Playing Standards, for Which African Football Will Pay a Humiliating Price at the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil, Warns Our Football Editor Osasu Obayiuwana
Three weeks of matches in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea managed, fortunately, to produce a pulsating final, as well as an extremely worthy - even if not the most technically gifted and tactically astute-winner of the Cup of Nations, in contrast to the...
Africa Is a Lion with a Problematic Head: ... a Conversation with Ama Ata Aidoo at 70.: "When You Have a Leadership Flying Overseas for Medical Checkups, It Tells You That Things Are Not Well. Health Is Everything and If the Leadership Cannot Provide This, Then There Is a Problem," Says Ama Ata Aidoo (Pictured). Interview by Ivor Agyeman-Duah
Q. When you had the ambition as a girl in secondary school, and later, at university, to write, did you, as an imaginative person, ever think of what you could probably be doing or might have done at 70? No. I never did. I could not have because...
African Union vs the ICC: On 3 July 2009, the AU Resolved Not to Cooperate with the ICC regarding the Indictment of the Sudanese President, Omar Bashir. below Is an Abridged Version of the AU Statement
THE ASSEMBLY: TAKES NOTE of the recommendations of the Executive Council on the Meeting of the African States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). EXPRESSES ITS DEEP CONCERN at the indictment issued by the ...
Africa's Youth the African Development Bank and the Demographic Dividend: As Much as a Third of East Asia's Economic Miracle Was Due to Demographic Change
AFRICA HAS THE FASTEST-GROWING and most youthful population in the world. Over 40% are under the age of 15 and 20% are between the ages of 15 and 24 (the definition of youth). These statistics present a serious challenge. Can Africa seize the opportunities...
Ama Ata Aidoo at 70
One of Ghana's (and Africa's) most beloved voices and consummate storytellers, Ama Ata Aidoo (pictured right), turns 70 on 23 V arch 2012. In celebration of the occasion, Nana Ayebia Clarke MBE, the Ghanaian publisher who teamed up with her British...
Blood, Tears and Anger: With Many People Dying in One of the Continent' S Worst Stadium Tragedies, Egyptian Football Plunges to an All-Time Low, as Inas Mazhar Reports from Cairo
After the unexpected failure of the Pharaohs, winners of the last three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, to qualify for the 2012 finals in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea, Egyptian football has the hard i task of reversing its decline. But the poor results...
Brass Band Blues: If You Are Not Ill, Don't Drink Medicine Prepared for Someone Who Is Ill, for Even Your Mother Might Upbraid You for Being Too "Huuhuu" (Too Forward) When You Start to Throw Up. It Happened to Me
A friend who lives in Texas has the same musical tastes as myself. He loves Dexter Gordon and a few of my own jazz heroes. Yet he calls himself "Obosomfuor", which means fetish priest. It is indeed brave for an "educated" person to give himself such...
Copper Bullets Reign Supreme: Hardly Given a Chance of Winning the Cup of Nations, Zambia's Fairytale Victory Is a Heartwarming Testimony to the Power of Fortitude and Team Work, with the Hand of Providence Undoubtedly Playing Its Part, as Kennedy Gondwe Reports from Lusaka
Destiny's unswerving curve - as well as an indomitable fighting spirit - are, without question, the two ingredients that produced the elixir of success that saw Zambia lift the Cup of Nations for the very first time on 12 January at the Stade de L'Amitie...
Court Rise, Enter Your Honours! ICC Judges Are Appointed Not Because They Are the Best Legal Minds in the World, but Because of Backroom Vote Trading. as Dr David Hoile Reports, Some of Them Have Had No Legal Training or Judicial Experience at All
THE ICC's JUDICIAL DIVISION CONSISTS OF 18 JUDGES who are elected to the Court by the Assembly of States 1 Parties. They serve 9-year terms and are nor generally eligible for re-election. All judges must be nationals of states parties to the Rome Statute,...
Europe, Masters Behind the ICC: The Power of the ICC Remains with Its Big Four Funders: Germany, Britain, France and Italy. They Dominate the Court, They Make the Running and the Decisions: It Is Their Court, Just as to All Intents and Purposes They Dominate the EU Report Dr David Hoile
CHRLS PATTEN, THE FORMER EU COMMISSIONER FOR external relations, admitted: "The EU had been a strong supporter of the establishment of the ICC; we had worked for years to achieve its creation; we helped to fund organisations that themselves acted as...
Ghana Celebrates! ... 55 Years of Independence Is a Longtime in Politics: On 6 March 2012, Ghana Will Celebrate 55 Years of Independence. It Will Be a Memorable Occasion as the Country Was the First South of the Sahara to Reach Independence, Thereby Opening the Floodgates for Total African Liberation. Stephen Gyasi Jnr Traces the Journey So Far and How the Country Is Likely to Fare, Especially in This Election Year
When 55 years ago, on 6 March 1957, the then Prime Minister of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, stood at the Old Polo Grounds in Accra and uttered the memorable words, "Fellow Ghanaians. At long last, the battle has ended, and thus Ghana, your beloved country...
Ghana Oil: A Crude Awakening
To the uninitiated, oil exploration in Ghana is a fairly recent phenomenon, but in fact the first wells in the country were drilled in the 1890s. At that time, as Stephen Williams reports, local wags renamed the Gold Coast, as it was officially known...
ICC, a Tool to Recolonise Africa?
"The fact that the ICC has focused so overwhelmingly on African situations prompts questions about why the gaze of international criminal justice falls in some places and on some people and not on others. The Court's focus on Africa has stirred African...
ICC 'We Are Not Targeting Africa': The Two Top Officials of the ICC, Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and His Deputy Who Will Soon Take over from Him, Fatou Bensouda, Have Denied That the ICC Is Targeting Africa. "I Don't Think Any of Us Can Deny That the Atrocities That Are Happening in Africa Are Crimes and Therefore within the Jurisdiction of the ICC," Says Bensouda
Luis Moreno-Campo ICC chief prosecutor (stepping down in June) "I deeply hope that the horrors that humanity has suffered during the 20th century will serve as a painful lesson, and that the creation of the International Criminal Court will help...
Is Africa There for the Taking? on 19 January, South Africa's Former President, Thabo Mbeki, Gave a at a Conference Organised Institute of Social Research, in Kampala, Uganda. His Topic Was: "The Architecture and External Intervention." as Only Mbeki Could Do, "What Should Africa Do in Today's World Truly to It Was Vintage Mbeki. ' We Print Here an Abridged Version of the Speech
ADECADE AGO, AN ACADEMIC then at one of the South African universities, Xavier Rendu, wrote: "There L is a permanent reluctance among academics to call a spade a spade and a predatory (or imperialist) policy as such. In the case of French foreign policy...
Is Ghana Entering a Sweet, Golden Era?
It has been confidently forecast that Ghana's economy will easily outpace those of Nigeria and Kenya both this year and in 2013. However, growth is likely to slow from (the blistering 13.6% pace of 2011 (including recording a 17.6% rate in the second...
Is the ICC Fit for Purpose?
This year (in fact 1 July 2012 to be precise) marks the 10th anniversary of the coming into force of the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Court itself was officially established as a permanent tribunal on 11...
Nigeria We Don't Want to Be Another Greece: Despite the Outcry and Protests over the Removal of Fuel Subsidy, the Nigerian Government Insists That the Removal Is Good for the Future of the Country. "We Don't Want What Has Happened to Greece to Happen to Us," Finance Minister Okonjo-Lweala Told Parliament. and There Is Also the Grave Matter with Boko Haram, Reports Osasu Obayiuwana
USHERING IN THE NEW YEAR with unbridled enthusiasm and hope, despite the bitter-personal and national disappointments experienced in the preceding one, is a familiar but weird Nigerian character trait which years of serial economic hardship have inexplicably...
Stabbing the Messenger: If There Is Any Lesson to Be Learnt in South Africa, It Is This: "You Don't Mess with the Old Timers." They Have Mastered the Art of Patience - and the Dark Science of Politics. Julius Malema, the Enfant Terrible, Mastered None of the above. Now He Is Bleeding Badly, Reports Pusch Commey from Johannesburg
IT WAS A CLEAR POINTER TO THE exit when Julius Malema, the ANC Youth League firebrand's appeal against a five-year suspension from ANC membership was rejected by the parent body in early February. But the young man appears undaunted. In a defiant...
Suraj Wahab Ologburo: The Entrepreneur the Stove Reduce Charcoal Use by about 26,000 Tonnes Each Year, Saving Trees and Significantly Cutting [CO.Sub.2] Production
Six years ago, the entrepreneur Suraj Wahab Ologburo started Toyola Energy Ltd, a stove business, and has since produced 154,000 of these efficient charcoal stoves that are cooking meals for around 940,000 people. Many households in Ghana cook on...
The BBC African Debate: What Debate?
The BBC has been reporting news since its mother company. the British Broadcasting Company Ltd, was founded in 1922 by six British telecom companies. This year, however, the world's largest broadcaster has decided to make the news. And where else to...
The Future Looks Bright for Oil in Ghana: Ghana Started Producing Oil One Year and Three Months Ago. Stephen Gyasi Jnr Reports on What Has Happened since Then, and What Benefits It Has Brought the Country
It is 15 December 2010. The wheel tap is turned. Ghanaians go agog with ecstasy. The first gush oil is pumped officially by President John Atta Mills. The turning of the tap on the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) Vessel was a...
The Hotelier: Accra's la Villa - a Hotel for the Discerning Guest
From the outset, Nii Amaa Ollennu was very clear about La Villa Hotel's target clientele. "It's almost entirely business visitors," he explains, "and I have very many regular clients drawn from the multinational companies that are now coming to Ghana....
The Investor Tutu Agyare: 'Ghana Is an Incredibly Exciting Investment Destination'
For Tutu Agyare, the business case for investing in Ghana is compelling. But he goes further than that - the country is the ideal entry point for the whole of West Africa, he cares to acid. He speaks with both local and international experience. He...
The Politics of International Criminal Law
There is an unspoken truth about international criminal law as currently practised. It is that certain individuals from certain countries will never find themselves indicted before an international criminal tribunal. "Right, as the world goes, is only...
Tunisia
It is generally believed that it was the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia in December 2010 that sparked the Arab Spring protests across the Maghreb, eventually leading to the fall of three regimes. Bouazizi's suicide was in protest against...
Tunisia, One Year after the Spring: The Country That Gave the World What Has Come to Be Known as the Arab Spring Has Seen One Year Go by since Mohamed Bouazizi, the Fruit Seller, Set Himself Ablaze and Unwittingly Ignited a Revolution That Has Swept through the Arab World. So What Is the Position in Tunisia One Year after Bouazizi's Immolation? Kate Eshelby Went to Find Out
AHUGE BLANK WHITE SPACE looms above. "Pictures of Ban Ali used to be every-where,"says raja, A female student from Tunis. main street, sprawls of graffiti read "Tunisia is democratic and free" and "How beautiful without Ben Ali and 40 thieves". ...
Valuing African People: There Is a Tendency Amongst Africans to Endlessly Repeat Pointless Tropes Rather Than Respond to the Myriad Market Failures on the Continent (Bad Roads, Bad Education, Etc) with Innovative Business Solutions
One familiar trope in Africa is what we should call ourselves. A whole evening was spent discussing this under the provocative title: African or black? when I told a friend I didn't see the point, it provoked a furious response. Pointless exercise!...
Viva Zambia, but Shame on Suarez: Congratulations to Zambia for Winning the Africa Nations Cup, but If Mr Sepp Blatter Thinks There Is No Longer Racism in Football, He Should Only Look at What Liverpool's Luis Suarez Did on Saturday 11 February
So the African Cup of Nations (or AFCON) has ended. Good on Zambia, the eventual winners! But like most people who love African football, I tuned in to watch and support my national team, the Black Stars of Ghana. But I can't believe how badly our...
Who Pays for the ICC? If There Is Still Merit in the Saying "He Who Pays the Piper Calls the Tune", Then One Only Needs to Look at the Funders of the ICC Budget to Know Who Is Really in Control at the Hague
THE ICC's 2010 BUDGET WAS SET AT A TOTAL OF [euro]102.98m, of which [euro]99.83m (97 per cent was for the Court itself; and [euro]3.15m (3 per cent) was for the Secretariat of the Assembly of States Parties. Any examination of the ICC's budget clearly...
'Why I Hate the New AU Headquarters': Chika Ezeanya Does Not like Africa Union's New Gleaming Headquarters in Addis Ababa Because He Thinks "It Is an Insult to the AU and to Every African That in 2012 a Building as Symbolic as the AU Headquarters Is Designed, Built and Maintained by a Foreign Country."
ON SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2012, African countries collectively descended to a new low on the global index of state sovereignty, territorial integrity and actual independence of nations. On that day, Jin Qinglin, chair of the Chinese People's Consultative...