New African

Articles from No. 562, June

A Dedication to Conservation
Dr Malik Marjan is a South Sudanese wildlife biologist and conservationist from the newly independent Republic of South Sudan. He is the founder of the Sudan Wildlife Society and was an Emerging Explorer at the National Geographic Society in Washington...
A Disappearance in Guyana
Seventeen years ago, an African Guyanese citizen, Franz Britton, aka Collie Wills, was kidnapped and presumed murdered by Guyana's Black Clothes police death squad. The government of the former president, Bharrat Jagdeo, allegedly covered up that crime....
A Prayer for the Dying
Uganda's biggest hospital's radiotherapy machine has broken down. Its terminal status is symbolic of the state of the nation's health services and perhaps even the nation itself. Independence was the closest thing modern African politics came to...
Awards Evenly Split at This Year's Ceremony: The 10th Edition of the African Banker Awards Attracted Some of the Biggest Names in Finance to Lusaka, Zambia
Segun Agbaje, chief executive of Nigeria's Guaranty Trust Bank, has been named Africa's Banker of the Year for a second time at the 10th African Banker Awards ceremony in Lusaka, Zambia. Agbaje was recognised for his leadership of a bank at the...
A World-Leading Project
Bernie Fanaroff is the Square Kilometre Array's former director and is now, following his semi-retirement at the beginning of the year, the project's strategic advisor. He spoke to Stephen Williams about this hugely ambitious project. Bernie Fanaroff...
Buhari One Year Later-The Natives Get Restless
Millions support his anti-corruption drive, and have remained patient as he grapples with empty coffers, low oil prices and insurgencies in the North and the Delta. But they need guidance rather than silence. As is obvious to even the most pedestrian...
Capacity Still the Missing Link in Development
Over the past couple of years we have seen ambitious long-term development aspirations, be it through Agenda 2063 or the recently launched Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Agenda 2030. The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) held...
Cattle Rustling, the New Conflict
Just as Nigeria and other West African countries seem to have made progress against the Boko Haram militants that have killed over 15,000 people during the last six years, another regional security threat has emerged. Conflict between nomadic cattle...
Conspiring for Change
We have all been in those discussions. Africans gathered around having lively, angry but strangely reassuring exchanges about the world. During the conversation an excellent analysis emerges about the problems confronting Africans in the world, and...
Dadaab's Citizen Refugees
Julius Nyerere famously said that no African should be a refugee in another African country. What the late Pan-Africanist president of Tanzania meant was that every African should have a right to live as a citizen in any part of the continent, not...
Debunking Development Myths
Africa needs to rid itself of the old development myths. Africa needs new ideas, new thinking and new development paths, all of which must be home-grown. Outsiders can support, provide Africans with the policy space to come up with their own proposals,...
End of a Purple Reign
With the death of musical legend Prince, there has been a lot published about his musical legacy, but strangely very little from an African perspective. Rising British Nigerian musician Sebastian Blake wanted to remedy this, since he feels he owes...
Globalisation of a Native Gash Crop
Miraa's origins as a mild stimulant, used in cultural rituals 500 years ago in East Africa, and its evolution to an export commodity with a global footprint, closely resembles coffee's rise. But prejudice, suspicion and official bans have severely...
Highlights of CDF3
There were many fascinating contributions at the ACBF's 3rd Pan-African Capacity Development Forum (CDF3). We chose three insights that we thought particularly interesting, including an interview with the executive secretary, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie....
How Apartheid South Africa Co-Opted the Liberal Press: Public Consent for Cross-Border Raids into Neighbouring Countries during the Apartheid Era Was "Manufactured" in the South African Media
The "Guns of Gaborone" declared the newspaper headline dated 16 June 1985. The article reported on the South African Defence Force's (SADF) cross-border raid on Gaborone, Botswana. The raid was aimed at African National Congress (ANC) targets in...
How I Became a Papa Wemba Fan
Cameron Duodu, an ardent aficionado of Congolese music all his life who, like most of Africa, became enchanted with the subtle guitar-playing and unbelievable displays of melodies and rhythmic changes of soukous music, here pays tribute to the late...
Is Africa Still Rising?
The question asked at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 was "Is Africa still rising?" It was answered with a resounding "yes" by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta. Declining economic growth rates in many countries do not spell the end of the "Africa...
Khan: A Moderniser or a Conformist?
The first Muslim mayor of a European capital city has taken office. The intriguing question is whether or not London's new mayor, Sadiq Khan (pictured, right), will mistake conformity for being a moderniser, Brian Chikwava writes. The dust has yet...
Literary Festivals, White Tears and the Myth of the Rainbow Project
The first literary festival I ever attended in South Africa was the Time of the Writer Festival in Durban, a few months after the publication of my first novel. In that space with writers from all over the continent, Tom Eaton, Mary Watson, Imraan...
Mad Men Dining in Lusaka
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Many restaurants come and go but in downtown Lusaka there is one that keeps on going, and to which people keep on coming--perhaps it's something in the special pepper sauce. James Jeffrey books a table. Eating in Lusaka's...
Policing the Flowers of Paradise: James Jeffrey Examines the Domestic Wars over Khat Consumption
It is estimated that 90% of Somaliland's adult male population--and about 20% of women--chew khat for mirqaan, the Somali word for the buzz it can give. In 2014, khat sales generated 20 per cent of the government's $152m budget, according to the Somaliland...
Reclaiming the Black Image: For over 40 Years, the Acclaimed Ethiopian-American Filmmaker Haile Gerima Has Rebelled against the "Hollywood Plantation System" to Recover the Voices and Images of African People
The large sign at the entrance of "Sankofa Cultural Centre" on Georgia Ave. in Washington, DC leaves no room for doubt about its sense of mission: "By and about people of African Descent". It used to be known as "Sankofa Films, Videos & Books"...
Rwanda Hosts WEF Africa and Presents the Benefits of Good Governance: Rwanda Did Not Miss a Trick When It Came to Promoting the Country to Well-Heeled Delegates from around the World at the World Economic Forum's Africa 2016 Summit in Kigali
The 1,200-odd international and African delegates attending the World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 were ferried along an immaculate, landscaped main road from Kigali's airport to an array of hotels, observing along the way new hotels and offices under...
Sisi's Egypt-A Desert Mirage? after Three Years in Power, Egypt's President Sisi Is Looking Vulnerable as Foreign Funding and Public Patience Run out over His Failure to Tackle the Country's Longstanding Economic Crisis
Popular frustrations with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have mounted in recent years. While the cause of the recent crash of an Egypt Air jet flying from Paris to Cairo that killed all 66 people aboard had not been determined while going to...
The Danger of 'Yes Sir' Politics
President Macky Sail's decision to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees into Senegal does not portend well for security. So why did he do it? Abdoulaye Wade, the nonagenarian lawyer who ruled Senegal from 2002 to 2012, is remembered by many of his compatriots...
The Man Who Captured Happiness
Malick Sidibe was born in around 1935 in Soloba, Mali, at a time when precise birth registrations were hardly a priority. He was to die in April this year after a lifetime of photographic achievements--including being the only African to be awarded...
The Pitfalls of Occupation Thinking
The late French playwright, Jean Anouilh wrote perhaps his most famous play Antigone, during the Nazi occupation of France. The play reprises the eponymous Greek tragedy by Sophocles about the clash between idealism and power, the ensuing battle for...
The Price of African Coffee
Worth over $100 billion annually, coffee is, after oil, the second most valuable commodity on earth. Export revenues account for over one-fifth of this. And yet, never before have coffee farmers in East Africa been more impoverished. Santori Chamley...
The Untransformed Media: The Reality of the South African Democracy Is a Sad Story of Promises That Were Never Fulfilled, and One of Those Is Media Transformation in the Country
In its 22 years of democracy, South Africa's number one media company has been Nasioanale Pers (Naspers), the mother body to Media24, owned by Koos Bekker, an Afrikaans male. His business interests and values are as important in this country as those...
We Have an Active Policy of Economic Diplomacy in Africa
Africa derives its name from the great Carthaginian empire with its roots in modern-day Tunisia. On attaining independence from the French in 1956, Tunisia's first president, Habib Bourguiba, played a leading role in supporting African countries in...
What Exactly Is Their Problem?
Shall we start by taking a cue from the great British journalist, Sir Peregrine Worsthorne (now 92), former editor of the Sunday Telegraph (1986-91), confessing in an article in the Daily Mail in April 1998: "Race is still a problem for some of my...
Will Kabila Hold On?
President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (pictured below) is a man in good company. Like his neighbours, Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville, Burundi's Pierre Nkurunziza and Rwanda's Paul Kagame, Kabila is manipulating the...
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