New African

Articles from No. 498, August-September

African Nurses and Doctors Can Now Sleep Easy
"A shift in political tectonic plates" happened in May, according to the World Bank president, Robert Zoelick, but not many people noticed it. For the first time, African and other poor countries were able to hold their own and negotiate for a fairer...
Africans and Slavery: Let's Be Grown Up Enough to Begin to Discuss Slavery - to Look at Which African States Benefitted, and Why Certain African Elites Eagerly Chose This Method to Drive Their Economies - Rather Than Try to Close Down This Discussion as Many People Are Trying to Do
The criticisms of Henry Louis Gates' recent comments on slavery reparations partly miss the point. Critics are right to dismiss Gates' suggestions regarding his ancestors of a moral equivalence between the Europeans and Africans. The Europeans organised...
A Striker's Night to Forget
Ghanaian fans have never had lukewarm feelings about Asamoah Gyan. They either love the 25-year-old striker with a passion or hate him in equal measure. Depending on which side of the divide you're on, Gyan's the man who saved the continent's bacon--by...
A Time for Reckoning and Reform
It's agonising to say that I told you so but I sounded the warning bells on this page several months ago. Expecting African football to ascend a new plateau of World Cup performance, without methodical planning and professional management from our...
At the Core Are the Meaningful Relationships and Partnerships We Have Built with Government, Communities, Universities, the Private Sector, SMEs and NGOs
* Growing local economies, empowering local communities. For many years, Diageo has been sourcing significant volumes of sorghum and barley from local farmers. For example, Guinness Nigeria has been partnering with research institutes, universities...
Bitter-But Expected-Disappointment: The Continent's Miserable Performance at the World Cup Finals Is a Direct Consequence of the Way in Which the African Game Continues to Be Mismanaged by Its Administrators, Reports Osasu Obayiuwana, Who Was in South Africa throughout the Month-Long Championship
While South Africa continues to receive well-deserved applause for the professional manner in which it organised the first World Cup on the continent's soil, there is no way to sugar-coat the bitter truth about the continent's form on the pitch--it...
'Business Unusual' Approach to Efficiency
Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini (above) who rook over as Head of Government in October 2008, has been cracking the whip in terms of the delivery of government services. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Banished is the former "business as usual"...
Diageo and Africa - A Long Term Partnership
We believe investing for growth means investing in communities.This involves making a sustainable, positive contribution to the societies in which our employees, our consumers, our local investors, our many suppliers and partners live and work. Inclusive,...
Doing a Luissuarez: "Bad Laws Are the Worst Sort of Tyranny" - Edmund Burke (1729-1797), the Irish Statesman and Philosopher Who Moved to England and Served in the House of Commons
I know some people will say I am writing this only because I am a Ghanaian. But "how for do?" as we say in Ghana. As with Martin Luther, the German protestant, who said, "Here I stand, I can do no other," this piece has to be written, so I will write...
Kenya in Space Exploration
In January this year, the Italian foreign minister, Franco Frattini, visited Nairobi with a bagful of loans for Kenya. It was not quite a case of fearing Greeks bearing gifts as Frattini was on a mission to woo Kenyan officials to sign an extension...
Making a Difference
Established in 1990, Guaranty Trust Bank has evolved over the past 20 years to become one of Africa's leading banks with a unique reputation for service quality, innovation and excellent customer service. With significant footprints in all countries...
Maternal Mortality Rate Is Unacceptable: Malawi Has the Worst Maternal Mortality Rate of Any Non-Conflict Country in the World. Statistics Show That 16 Women Die Daily from Childbirth and Pregnancy-Related Complications. While Malawian Nurses Are Leaving for the West in Droves, One Midwife, Dorothy Ngoma, Has Decided to Stay and Help. Santorri Chamley Reports
Dorothy Ngoma, the executive director of the National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (NONM) in Malawi, cannot afford to lose hope, despite the many broken promises on the healthcare system she has dedicated her career to, because mothers in Malawi...
Nigeria's Show of Shame: "Nigerians Are Too Busy Trying to Scrape a Living to Concern Themselves Unduly with What They Know Is Going to Happen Anyway and about Which They Can Do Very Little." Welcome to Nigeria Where MPs Now Let Their Fists Do the Talking in Parliament Instead of Their Mouths
ON 22 JUNE, LAWMAKERS IN Nigeria's House of Representatives threw decorum to the winds and engaged in fisticuffs. At least one member sustained a broken nose, another had his clothes torn and a female member was manhandled out of what the newspapers...
Sierra Leonean Wins Caine Prize: Olufemi Terry's Short Story, "Stickfighting Days", Won This Year's Caine Prize, Otherwise Known as the African Booker. Uchenna Izundu Went to Meet Him and the Prize Committee
MANY EMERGING WRITERS take up a sideline to pay the bills. For Sierra Leone's Olufemi Terry, journalism is the full-time paying job--fiction writing is the fun part, which will lead to the publication of his first novel. So, winning the [pounds sterling]10,000...
Sixteen Years of Yahya Jammeh
The Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, has been in power for 16 years now. He came to power through a bloodless coup d'etat on 22 July 1994 and was elected as president two years later in September 1996. He has since been re-elected twice. Only 29 and...
So Close, Yet So Far: Never Has an African Team Been Nearer a World Cup Semi-Final Than Ghana's Black Stars, Whose Praiseworthy Form Saved the Continent from Total Embarrassment in South Africa, Reports Michael Oti Adjei, Who Travelled with the Team
I am leaving South Africa with good and bad memories because we did something good for Ghana. But we could have achieved even greater things for the continent," were the apt words of striker Andre Dede Ayew, as the Black Stars ended their tournament...
Swaziland Key to Rapid African Economic Unity
As host of the 14th COMESA Heads of State and Government summit, Swaziland, as is customary, is expected to assume Chairmanship of the 19-member economic and trade regional organisation. COMESA member states form an axis stretching from Libya in...
That Was the World Cup That Was! South Africa Deserves the Highest Praise for Seeing the World Cup through in Such a Beautifully Magnificent Fashion. and Fifa Must Change the Rules to Eliminate, Once and for All, Cheating from the Otherwise Lovely Game of International Football
South Africa shut up the Cassandras in the Western media who predicted that crime of gargantuan proportions would descend upon the country and its world Cup visitors and kill many of them or steal their belongings. This would bring shame on South...
The Mandela Many Have Never Seen
The world knows him as a saint--perhaps the only living saint there is. But a new book on Nelson Mandela's years before he was jailed for life in 1964, has revealed a different face to Saint Mandela, portraying all his human vices. "These are sensitive,...
To the Beautiful One Not Yet Born: As I Prepare to Welcome My Firstborn, a Son, into the World in the Coming Days, I Can't Help but Wonder What the Africa of His Lifetime Will Be like, What Africa Will Mean to Him, and What Contributions He Will Make to the Future of Our Beloved Continent
Dear Beautiful One Not Yet Born, when I was much younger I used to stare at the map of Africa and wonder how I would ever make my way to a home that seemed so distant. Not so for you. From your earliest days Africa's soils will be underneath your feet....
Uganda: Is Paying a Dowry a Bad Idea? Does a Dowry Mean a Bride Is for Sale? Female Activists in Uganda Want the Custom Abolished and Replaced with Unsolicited, Non-Refundable Gifts. Agnes Asiimwe Reports from Kampala
You either give me 21 cows or you don't take my daughter away," an old man told a group gathered outside his homestead in Sironko, eastern Uganda. After a lot of haggling, the two parties agreed that the groom pays in installments. A shy, 15-year-old...
Uganda 'Our Attackers Will Face Justice': Two Terrorist Attacks in the Uganda Capital, Kampala, on 11 July, Have Changed Life in the Country for Good. A Defiant President Yoweri Museveni Says the Terrorists "Have Invited Problems for Themselves. We Shall Look for Them Wherever They Are and Get Them." Agnes Asiimwe Reports from Kampala
THE FIRST THREATS TO ATTACK Uganda were made by the Al Qaeda cell leader for East Africa, Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, in September 2008. According to intelligence reports, the militants promised to attack in revenge for Uganda's involvement in peacekeeping...
What Aid Does to a Country's Image
Simon Anholt is an independent policy adviser who developed the concepts of "nation brand" and "place brand" over a decade ago. Nowadays, he specialises in analysing the cultural perceptions of nations, cities and regions, and working out the implications...
What Do Diasporan Africans Owe Africa? Do Diasporan Africans Owe Africa Anything? What about Africans Born in Africa but Now Living in the Diaspora; or Those Born in the Diaspora Who Travel to Africa Regularly?
Lately, I have been meeting a lot of African-Americans who have decided to make their home in Ghana. Looking at some of what these people are trying to do got me thinking about what Africans in the Diaspora owe Africa. And you know it is not so easy...
What's Next for South Africa? as the Euphoria of Staging a Successful World Cup Dies Down, South Africa Must Confront the Tough Challenge of Sustaining a Lasting Legacy That Will Justify the Billions of Dollars It Spent on Hosting the World, Says Piers Edwards
Of all the thoughts stirred by the first World Cup on African soil, the one that leaps our is what has South Africa--having hosted the planet's best players and teams--learned from hosting the 2010 finals and how will this benefit the national team's...
Why Swaziland Is an Investor's Dream
Swaziland may be small in size and landlocked but this spectacularly beautiful country is one of the most dynamic manufacturing and exporting nations in the region with over 50 international companies located there. Swaziland's strategic location...
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