New African

Articles from No. 472, April

Africa Calling
Centuries ago Africa was forced to dispel its children to what is now the Caribbean. But some daughters of the soil are returning to find welcoming arms and their place in the sun. Five Caribbean women talk to Lisa-Anne Julien about making Africa their...
Britain: The Rise and Rise of Black Business
Black-owned businesses are a rising economic force in London. Reports by the UK Business & Enterprise department and Barclays Bank, as well as research by the London Development Agency, shows that the majority of new businesses are now started...
Castro, a Personal Tribute
I am a product of the Cuban Revolution. Namibians are eternally indebted to Cuba for being a caring nation with firm principles and a true friend of Namibia. Cubans shed their precious blood for Namibia's freedom and independence. Those of us who studied...
Castro of Africa: ... His Life and Work Are a Challenge to the Continent
In the 1970s and 80s, Fidel Castro sent 350,000 Cuban soldiers, civilians and doctors to support the African liberation struggle, especially in Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, and Sao Tome & Principe. The Cuban effort eventually...
Dangote Group
If there is any Nigerian organisation that can lay claim to "providing your basic needs", then it has to be the Dangote Group, a company that has consistently remained a market leader. The Group has over the last three decades enjoyed increasing market...
Darfur and the Crisis of Governance in Sudan: At the End of February, Leading Sudanese Scholars, Activists and Civil Society Members Convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a Major Conference on Darfur. the Event Provided a Unique Platform for Sudanese Voices to Be Heard and Reckoned With
The deep extent to which Sudanese, both in Sudan and abroad, have been and continue to be engaged in what is happening in their country, was brought into sharp focus during an international conference: "Darfur and the crisis of governance in Sudan",...
Dear Leader, Share the Burden: Successful Leaders Aren't Soloists. All Great Leaders I Know Are Good Team Players. for, No Leader Can Do the Job of Leading Alone and Yet Steer His Organisation onto the Shores of Growth and Wealth
I admit that you may manage to bring a positive shaping to your organisation and even notch up some fickle strings of success though you hold and practise a monopolistic view of leadership. But it's certain you can't birth a flourishing world-class...
Do Some Blacks Have a Problem with Obama? Those Blacks Who Still Cling to the Notion That They Should Stand in the Way of a Historic Decision by America to Elect a Black President after 222 Years, Will Be Relegated to the Rubbish Heap of History, and Will Eminently Deserve to Be There
Despite the fact that Senator Barack Obama has built a following among all races and genders--especially among the young people of America who are so dedicated to him that he is being likened to a "cult leader"--would you believe that some members...
Exactly 40 Years Ago ... This Month Is Exactly 40 Years since the British Conservative MP, Enoch Powell, Fearing a Big Black Presence in the UK, Gave His "Rivers of Blood" Speech. It Is Also 40 Years Exactly since the Assassination of Dr Martin Luther King in the USA. How Has the World Changed since Then? Clayton Goodwin Takes Us Down Memory Lane
Whatever their fear, hope and exhortation, the three prominent politicians who made the above predictions 40 years ago, realised only too well that in April 1968 the Western world had reached a crossroads in race and national identity. Today, four...
Explain That to Us, Mr Brown!
"There is something so terrible in watching a black man trying at all points to be the dark ghost of a European"--Ayi Kwei Armah in his 1968 book, The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. It was the Mexican-American comedian, Paul Rodriguez, who said:...
Fidel Castro, the Verdict ... How the West Reacted to His Resignation: It Was Amazing Watching Western Media Reaction to the News of Fidel Castro's Resignation. They Were as Fascinating on the Big TV Networks as They Were in the British Newspapers. Baffour Ankomah Has Been Going over Some of Them
Fidel Castro (born Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz on 13 August 1926) says his enemies think of him as "the great devil". And that was exactly what happened on 19 February when the news broke that he was stepping down as president of Cuba after 49 years...
Football without Spectators? in Another 10 Years Time, the African Nations Cup Tournament Will Be Unrecognisable! Europe Watch out. Those of You Who Have Not Seen It Developing-Regret It Now, Because in 10 Years Time Your Support for African Football Will Be like Supporting Manchester United after Their Treble
Some thoughts on football and this business called African football. As you all know, the African Cup of Nations was recently held in Ghana, and I am going to write like someone who watched it in Europe without the benefit of internet access or the...
Ghana: 'We Want Oil to Be a Blessing for All'; Ghana Will Join the Club of Global Oil Producers in Either Late 2009 or Early 2010 When Production Starts in the Tano Basin of the Gulf of Guinea, off the Coast of the Western Region Where "Significant" Oil Deposits Were Discovered Last Year, Reports Tom Mbakwe
Collins Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, a member of the board of directors of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) who doubles as the chairman of the finance committee of the ruling National Patriotic Party (NPP), has told New African that production of...
Mali: The Wonders of Dogon Astronomy
The intriguing knowledge of astronomy by the Dogon people of Mali was first brought to the attention of the Western world in 1977 by Robert Temple, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain, in his book The Sirius Mystery. But the...
Mixed Signals from the Niger Delta: Insurgency and Criminal Activity Continue in Parts of the Niger Delta, but the New Generation Leaders in the Region Are Doing Their Best to Encourage Peace and Progress, and Their Efforts Are Likely to Bear Fruit Sooner Than Expected, Reports Lindsay Barrett from Port Harcourt
When the Nigerian government sent David Brigidi, a former student activist and one-time senator, to speak directly with insurgent groups in the Niger Delta late last year, it was seen as a hopeful move. Brigidi was asked to tell them to give peace...
Need for African Languages on the Internet: The Glaring Absence of African Languages in Cyberspace Is of Crucial Concern, and as Bamuturaki Musinguzi Reports, If Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Is to Help Promote Development in Africa, Indigenous Languages Should Be Vital Ingredients
Many ICT experts acknowledge that linguistic and cultural diversity are realities of development and, therefore, ensuring that internet content and user interfaces are available in African languages, and adapted to cultural preferences and sensitivities,...
Nigerian Banks Spread Their Wings: Thanks to Far-Reaching Reforms Introduced in 2004 by a Far-Sighted Central Bank Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, the Nigerian Banking Sector Is Today One of the Most Vibrant in Africa and beyond. Lindsay Barett Reports on a Sector in Full Flight
The banking sector is one element of the national economic profile that has begun to reverse the popular impression that Nigeria is an unsafe place to do business and that Nigerians are generally untrustworthy. In early 2004, the central bank governor,...
Nigeria's Economy Is Still Buoyant: The Performance of Nigeria's Economy Is Always under Intense Scrutiny, Both within and outside the Country. but despite the Ups and Downs, the Economy Remains Vibrant. Lindsay Barret Reports
The distribution of financial resources from the coffers of the federal government is still the key source of recorded internal revenue in Nigeria. Government contracts continue to be the major driving force of the construction and other service...
Somaliland: No Recognition Yet; after 17 Years of Relentlessly Pursuing International Recognition, the Self-Declared Republic of Somaliland Does Not Seem to Be in Much Luck as It Prepares for Presidential Elections in August This Year. as Farhiya Ali Ahmed Reports, Recent Bids for Recognition Have Brought No Hope Either
The self-declared Republic of Somaliland, which lies to the northwestern corner of Somalia, broke away from the rest of the country in 1991 when the country descended into a civil war after the fall of the then president Mohammed Siad Barre. Since...
South Africa: Echoes of Apartheid; It Is Supposed to Be the New South Africa, the "Rainbow Nation". but the Colours of the Rainbow Still Have Racism Written All over Them and While Apartheid Has Been Legally Done Away with, Its Hangover Is Everywhere. Pusch Commey Reports from Johannesburg
The myth of South Africa as "the rainbow nation" came face to face with reality in March this year. A sickening video depicting the degradation of elderly blacks by a group of young white students was leaked to the world. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
South Africa: Sorry, No White Journalists Allowed; Were Racial Sensibilities Responsible for Black Journalists Barring White Journalists from the Re-Launch Ceremony of Their Association?, Asks Simphiwe Sesanti, Reporting from Johannesburg
The notion that black journalists in South Africa can only organise, assemble and associate when their white counterparts are present, smacks of "paternalistic arrogance" and undermines their ability to determine their redress options on the basis...
Tanzania's Pure and Beautiful Hideaways
"The scene is paradisal; secluded beaches; there is nothing but bright sunlight, a small gathering of thatched roof houses, and the expanse of lake stretching before us; I am in awe." Kate Elsheby reminiscences at the mesmerising, yet little known...
Thank You Cuba
"Without your support, we, in Namibia, would probably still be struggling to attain our freedom and independence, from under the yoke of the apartheid regime," says Namibia's founding president, Sam Nujoma, in this exclusive interview with New African....
'This Is Not My Farewell to You'
"My elemental duty is not to cling to positions, much less to stand in the way of younger persons, but rather to contribute experience and ideas whose modest value comes from the exceptional era in which I lived ... Therefore, it would be a betrayal...
Yar'Adua's New Order: When He Was Elected Last April, President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua Was Seen by Many as an Obasanjo Recruit. One Year on, the Quiet Man Has Proved Everybody Wrong by Establishing a New Order All of His Own. He Has Even Trimmed Obasanjo's Influence over the Ruling Party. Lindsay Barrett Reports
In late February, the Presidential Elections Tribunal strengthened the hand of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua when it threw out a case brought by the former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, and General Muhammadu Buhari, challenging last year's presidential...
Zambia: Chiluba's Tribulations
According to state prosecutors, the former Zambian president, Frederick Chiluba, has a case to answer over his use of state coffers during the 10 years he was in power. Chiluba denies the charge and rather points accusing fingers at the former colonial...
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