New African

Articles from No. 522, November

African Gods Came Down to Earth: At a Time of Rising Religious Intolerance on Our Continent, Rather Than Waste Energy on Events outside Our Sphere of Influence, It Is Better That Perhaps We Think about the Things We Control-Like Our Attitude to Belief. Some of Us Believe the Drama of Religion Is Here on Earth
So what do we believe? At its most basic, do we think that there are truths that only one man can see. That his interpretation of the wonder and drama of the earth is the only version we should follow. And if we do not follow this hegemonic vision...
Africans Are Full Members of the Human Race: Many Might Consider It Too Early to Put the Terrible End of Muammar Al Gathafi into Meaningful Context, Including What It Means for Africa. but That Isn't What I Think, Not by a Long Chalk!
I have been invited by Baffour Ankomah, editor of New African magazine, to write for its Lest We Forget column. An almost new writer for the New African! This sounds fun. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many, many years ago I did write an article or two...
A House Divided against Itself: The Confederation of African Football's Controversial Decision to Change the Eligibility Rules for Contesting Its Presidency Exposes the Deep Divisions within the Governing Body, Reports Our Football Editor, Osasu Obayiuwana
NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI, WHO wrote the amoral 16th century political treatise, "The Prince"--on ruthlessly acquiring power, as well as maintaining an iron-clad hold on it--would have been proud of his faithful disciples, as they followed his playbook,...
"As a Woman You Are Born with the Same Rights as Everyone Else"
The role African women play in the continent's development is indisputably one of the biggest assets helping move Africa forward. Increasingly, women are taking lead roles in both the political and socio-economic advancement of Africa. One such woman...
A Statesman's Legacy: Macharia Kamau Is a Kenyan Representative at the UN Headquarters in New York. Here He Writes in a Personal Capacity about President Mwai Kibaki's Legacy, after the Head of State Gave His Final Speech as President to the UN General Assembly Last Month. Mwai Kibaki Steps Down after Kenya's March Elections
PRESIDENT MWAI KIBAKI LED Kenya through a tumultuous to years that have left the country permanently transformed. Today's Kenya is unrecognisable from the Kenya of his predecessor, former President Daniel Arap Moi's pre-2002 era. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Can Coal Be Green? Southern Africa Has Some of the Largest Coal Deposits in the World, but Burning Coal to Produce Electricity Has Always Been Viewed as Environmentally Damaging. Now, New Research from the US Suggests There May Be a Viable Way to Reduce the Pollution. Stephen Williams Reports
REFRIGERATING COAL-PLANT emissions could reduce the levels of dangerous chemicals that pour into the air--including CO2--by more than 90%, according to new research conducted by the University of Oregon in the US. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Internationally,...
Creating Employment and Growth
Arend van Wamelen, a principal for the McKinsey global institute (MGI), was one of the authors of lions on the move: the progress and potential of African economies, a 2010 report that outlined Africa's growth surge. a new report from the MGI, Africa...
Creating Tomorrow's Footballer Today: The Katumbi Football Academy Is Central to Long-Term Plans of TP Mazembe to Control Their Own Destiny
FEW CLUBS IN AFRICAN FOOTBALL RELY ON developing their own talent, preferring to rely on poaching 'finished products' from others, for their title and other short-term ambitions. The prohibitive cost of discovering and nurturing young, budding talent,...
Dr Livingstone, We Presume: This Year Marks 200 Years since David Livingstone's Birth. as Part of the Celebrations, His Home Country Britain, and the Continent He Dedicated His Life to, Africa, Will Reflect on His Work and How He Left a Model for Black and White Co-Operation in Southern Africa. John Waterhouse Reports
DURING THE 19TH CENTURY, missionaries from Britain and other European countries made expeditions to various parts of Africa, seeing the colonisation of the continent as an opportunity to spread the Christian message. None of them affected a country...
Ghana "Is This Really Democracy?" to Show Your Support, Publicly, for Any One Party in Ghana Can Be a Very Dangerous Game. Right Now, as Ghanaians Again Prepare to Go to the Polls, I Want to Speak Out
I was only 10 years old when I left Ghana to attend boarding school in the United Kingdom so knew nothing about politics. Fifteen years later, now in my mid twenties, I returned still not knowing much about politics in Ghana. But I did know one thing....
High Noon in Ghana: With the Forthcoming Elections in Ghana Less Than a Month Away, Cameron Duodu Examines If "Extremist Rhetoric" and Allegations of Corruption Are Doing More Harm Than Good to the Country's Stable Democratic Process, Which Is Often Used as Benchmark of Democracy in Africa
THE WORD "CRUCIAL" HAS BEEN so often used in connection with elections in Ghana in the recent past that it has become devalued of meaning. As every election looms in the country, soothsayers never cease to predict that if the result does not favour...
"I Do Not See the West as Africa's Enemy"
There has been a storm of criticism over South Africa's leadership strategy that will likely culminate in heated debate at the ANC's summit next month. Adding his voice to the debate has been Moeletsi Mbeki, whose well-known views attract significant...
"It's Time to Look beyond Our Colonial Past"
Kofi Annan posits that in 2012, it's time that Africa looked beyond its colonial past to try and understand its current problems. In other words, Africa must look within itself to prosper. It's only then, Annan argues, that the continent can reach...
JLR Moots New South Africa Factory: Jaguar and Land Rover Are Two of the Most Emotive Brands in the Automotive Industry. under Their New Owners Tata, They Have Gone from Strength to Strength, and Now the Word Is That They Are Considering a New South African Factory. Stephen Williams Reports
THERE ARE PERSISTENT rumours that Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is close to announcing a decision to open a new assembly line in South Africa--great news for a country that has had little in the way of industrial good tidings of late. Should the factory...
Missing the Point of Education
Is education, from primary school through to university, designed to produce well-rounded, thoughtful individuals with an interest in the world around them; or a form of training for the world of work? Most of us would agree that it should embody elements...
Modernising Police Makes Economic Sense
Following the Marikana mining saga in South Africa, Ivor Ichikowitz, executive chairman of Paramount Group--Africa's largest privately owned defence and aerospace company--writes exclusively for New African on why armed intervention occurred in Marikana,...
Nurturing Africa's Human Capital: To Say Africa's Wealth Dwells beneath Its Feet Constitutes a Fallacy; Africa's Greatest Wealth Is Its People. No Other Continent in Human History Has Ever Possessed Such a Fantastic Force in Terms of Human Capital, Writes Mamadou Toure
ECONOMIST THEODORE SCHULTZ invented the term "human capital" in the 1960s to posit the value of our human capacities. His premise was that human capital was like any other type of capital; it could be invested in through education, training and enhanced...
Plotting the Right Trajectory: Despite Managing Mazembe to the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup Final, Lamine Ndiaye, Their Senegalese Coach, Insists His Side Still Has a Steep Mountain to Climb
MANAGING COTONSPORT GAROUA TO several Cameroonian league titles, as well as a spell in international management with Senegal, his home country, and French second division side Mulhouse, before he took charge of Les Corbeaux, 55 year old Lamine Ndiaye...
Read a Good Story
READ INTERNATIONAL BEGAN LIFE IN 2004 as a small project based at Nottingham University UK, founded by a group of friends and myself. Now there are over 1,000 student volunteers involved, operating from a network of over 50 university sites across...
Slaves of the Internet: In Some Parts of Africa, the Internet Behaves like a Beautiful Woman with Whom One Works in the Office but Whose Moods One Can Never Gauge Correctly
Is the Internet our slave or are we the slaves of the Internet? At first reading, this question might make you ask, "but what sort of question is this? Of course the Internet is our slave! What can we do these days without using the Internet? It is...
The Promise of Oil: Earlier This Year, Patrick Sendolo Was Appointed Liberia's Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy. He Talked to New African about the Increasing Evidence That Liberia, like Many of the Country's Neighbours, Might Be Sitting on Appreciable Quantities of Oil and Gas in Its Offshore Waters. Stephen Williams Reports
LIBERIA HAS BEGUN EXPLORATION for offshore oil and already there is speculation that unproven oil reserves may be in excess of one billion barrels. The government began by dividing its offshore waters into 17 blocks and The National Oil Company of...
TP Mazembe the Building of a Giant: After Conquering the African Summit, Does TP Mazembe Possess a Sustainable Plan to Stay at the Top? African Football's Editor, Osasu Obayiuwana, Travelled to Their Lubumbashi Lair to Find Out
WITH A BRAND NEW 18,000-SEATER stadium-already too small to cope with their growing army of fans--an academy systematically nurturing talented youngsters, as well as owning their own private jet, Tout Puissant Mazembe ("All-Powerful Crows") is sending...
Wise: Four Years of Innovation in Education: For the Fourth Year, Experts from All Walks of Life and around the World Gather Again in Doha for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), to Debate and Seek Solutions to the Challenges of 21st-Century Education Worldwide. New African Will Be There to Cover the Event
STATISTICS ABOUT EDUCATION IN Africa, at a time when the continent is revelling in optimistic hope, remain very sobering. UNESCO states for example, that Africa is still home to 43% of the world's out-of-school children, nearly 29 million children...
"Youth: The Continent's Greatest Natural Resource"
The Mo Ibrahim foundation (MIF) celebrates a decade of operations this year, operations that include compiling the annual Ibrahim Index of African governance (IIAG) and the Ibrahim Prize for achievement in African leadership. Hichem Ben Yaithe, editor-in-chief...
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