New African

Articles from No. 539, May

Apartheid's Artistic Legacy
Denied the freedom to exhibit their work, a generation of formerly neglected artists nevertheless expressed their personal pain and the collective outrage of a marginalised majority at the policies of the oppressive apartheid regime. Most were black,...
Can Africa Industralise?
A two-day ministerial meeting for African finance, economic and planning ministers jointly organised in late March by the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, drew 2,000 delegates to discuss...
COMESA Banking on Infrastructure to Spur Growth
Africa has sufficient potential to leap into the league of industrialized nations but this is held back mainly by lack of adequate infrastructure to exploit its abundant resources. In the 19 Member States under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern...
Could Britain Elect Its First Black PM in 2015?
Paul Twinomucunguzi Bitakaramire looks into his crystal ball and sees a totally transformed Britain where Napoleon's "nation of shopkeepers" have morphed into a kingdom of coders and a silicon wonderland where Java, PHP and Ruby are as compulsory to...
Does Uganda Really Need GMOs?
With its lush green forests, fertile soils, abundant rainfall and a surfeit of other sources of water, does Uganda really need GMOs? This is the debate that has gripped the land that was once described as the Pearl of Africa as the government pushes...
How the 1964 Civil Rights Act Cost Black America
Who could have foreseen that the passing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed racial segregation--would spark an exodus by African-Americans to white suburbs, and cause the decline of black neighbourhoods across America? Leslie Goffe...
Is Africa Rising with Women Leading the Way?
As African economies grow and more African women become empowered, millions more women are being left behind in poverty, deprivation and destitution. This was the theme of a recent conference in London. According to The Economist, "over the past...
Kenya: Bad Move by the Police
The Kenyan police and security services have been condemned for using colonial tactics in harassing the Somali community in the country because of recent terrorist attacks launched by the Somali Islamist militant group, A1 Shabaab. Wanjohi Kabukuru...
No Peace without Bread
Along the borders of eastern DRCongo, small-scale trade is helping to reduce poverty and empower women. In the face of enduring conflict, it could also hold the key to a more peaceful future. When Maman Sindo, a Congolese beef trader, lost everything...
Of Protocol, Platitudes and Promises
Last month's EU-Africa Summit in Brussels might have been overshadowed by disputes over who should and who should not be invited, but it was the long-standing issue regarding the European Union's trade stance that was the real "elephant in the room"....
Origins: Giving Voice to Indigenous Peoples
Many indigenous communities are still fighting for their basic human rights. London's biannual Origins festival seeks to give a voice to those communities throughout the world who have difficulties making their voices heard. Beverly Andrews reports....
Raph Uwechue-A Giant Goes Home for Good
Kaye Whiteman pays tribute to Raph Uwechue, who has died aged 79. He began and ended his career as a Nigerian diplomat, but in between published the monthly Africa magazine, one of the most successful and game-changing--publications the continent has...
Rising & Marching Forward
Just as he is not afraid to take on unremitting criticism, President Yahya Jammeh is not afraid to take on highly ambitious developmental policies either, in his quest to develop the Gambia into a middle-income country. In this, the first of a two-part...
Sacking without Sacking
President Goodluck Jonathan's government claimed in February that it had merely suspended the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and yet the government went ahead in appointing a replacement for him. Since then two high...
Securing the Value Chain
Nigeria's Petroleum Industry Bill has, as one of its central tenets, the requirement to indigenise the oil and gas industry. While the super majors continue to dominate the deepwater, upstream sector, albeit being required to partner with the Nigerian...
Sierra Leone: Radiance of Tomorrow
Sierra Leone's child-soldier done good, Ishmael Beah, has published another book following on from his first in 2007, which detailed his gruesome life as a child-soldier and sold over two million copies. Leslie Gordon Goffe met him in New York at the...
Sindiso Ngwenya
DM: COMESA has a vision of sustainable development based upon the collective action of its members. In that sense, could you give us a little genesis in terms of COMESA, the Munyonvo Declaration that was made in Uganda and, more importantly, the vision...
South African Education Is in Serious Trouble
Under apartheid, education in South Africa was deliberately skewed against the indigenous black people. Twenty years into black majority rule, education is still failing the indigenous black people. From Johannesburg, our correspondent Pusch Commey...
Spreading the Gospel in France: Gospel Music Is Undergoing a Renaissance in France, after a Dip from the "Golden Era" of the 1990s
Linda Lee Hopkins has seen every type of audience in France --those who believe in the message in her music, those who see gospel as an exotic art form and those who just want to enjoy the finger-snapping, foot-tapping beat. Sometimes, even a combination...
The Battle of Adwa: When Ethiopia Crushed Italy!
March 2014 marked 118 years of the historic victory of ^Ethiopian forces over an aspiring imperial power, Italy, soon after the shameful Berlin Conference of 1884-1885 that cut up Africa and divided its territory and resources. Pusch Commey takes us...
The 'New Biggest' Economy Holds the Key to Ending Hunger in Africa: With Nigeria Hosting the World Economic Forum This Month, Critical Issues Are Bound to Arise, Including How Nigeria's Next Move in Closing the Financing Gap in Agricultural Investment Could Be Central to the Success or Failure of the Continent's Fight against Hunger
Nigeria is not only Africa's most highly populated country. As everyone now knows, with its recently rebased GDP of $500bn compared to South Africa's $370.3bn at the end of 2013, the federal state has surpassed the latter as the continent's largest...
The Nigerian Paradox: Gloom & Bloom
Africa's most populous country appears to be experiencing both its best and worst times--being crowned as Africa's largest economy, amidst a mounting brutal terrorist insurgency which is entering its sixth year, with no signs of letting up. In the...
To Enhance Its Future, Ghana Must Protect Its Old People
Ghana has witnessed a steady growth in the number of older people within its population. Today, the country reportedly has the fastest growing number of over-60s in sub-Saharan Africa. But the country is noticeably unprepared to meet the needs of the...
Why Infrastructure Development Is Critical: Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of Nepad and Former Prime Minister of Niger, Writes on Why Infrastructure Growth Is Imperative to Africa's Economic Strengths
THE STORY OF AFRICA'S development is changing. Six of the world's fastest-growing economies are in Africa. Democratic governance has been strengthened over the last five decades, enabling a platform for stable growth and prosperity in most parts of...
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