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Articles from No. 563, July

10 Must-Read Books: Adventures, Monsters and Detectives
Ahead of her appearance at Africa Writes 2016, a major festival of African Literature happening at the British Library in London UK from 1st--3rd July, Zahrah Nessbit-Ahmed, founder of the Bookshy Blog, chronicles some of the exciting happenings within...
A Continent on the Move: The World's Automotive Industry Is Searching for New Growth, and Has Determined That Opportunities Are Brightest in Africa
The automotive sector is viewed as one of the most competitive and global of all industries. The growth of automotive assembly Africa has been remarkable--with the South African car industry alone recording a 900% rise in production in little more...
A Luta Continua! after More Than 50 Years in Publishing, Walter Bgoya's Passion for Producing Beautiful Objects Remains Undiminished-As Does His Commitment to Political Activism
In the summer of 1963, Walter Bgoya, then 20 years old, set off from Kansas for Chicago. Midway, in Carrollton, Missouri, the 0.85 litre Renault Dauphin broke down, and so began a day that Walter would, decades later, describe as the most horrendous...
An Alternative View
With the European referendum taking place in the UK this summer, one of the "dog whistle topics" (called that because it is basically coded language which appears to say one thing but actually subliminally states something else to its targeted audience)...
Brexit and the Black Atlantic
Today, the UK must parse through the results of its historic EU membership referendum. Fifty-two per cent voted to leave, 48% to remain. London is in shock, Scotland and Northern Ireland too. Other parts of the country celebrate. The UK's Prime...
Can We Ever Treat Ourselves Better?
First a digression. There are some people (and I pity the Africans and "blacks" among them) who sneer at anything that remotely says that the African ancestors had not been like our present pathetic generation. That right from Ancient Egypt and after...
Earning Respect at Club Ntwari: How a Young Bujumbura Man Learned to Live First by His Wits and Then Heroically, by His Fists
When the central market in the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, burned down in 2013, a disabled man called Majambere, whose name translates as "progress" in Kirundi, the national language, lost everything. Life is rougn for anyone in Burundi born to...
East Africa's Game of Monopoly
JOHN POMBE MAGUFULI TANZANIA Until the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party unveiled him as its presidential candidate in August last year, veteran roads and works minister, Magufuli, was an unknown quantity in Tanzanian politics. His public shamings...
Eritrea-Ethiopia Tensions: As Eritrean-Ethiopian Tensions Rise Again, the Need for a Comprehensive US Foreign Policy towards the Horn of Africa, with Less Emphasis on Counter-Terrorism and Security and More on Promoting Democracy Is Vital
Fighting broke out in June in Ethiopia and Eritrea's disputed border region. There are unconfirmed reports of "significant casualties" on both sides. The 1998-2000 conflict, over the exact location of the border, led to the deaths of an estimated 80,000...
Ghana: Much Ado about Election: Once Again, Accra's Incredulous Citizenry Are Asking Why No Lesson Were Learned, and Not Much Done, to Stop the City's Perennial Flooding
On 3 June, Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama led a wreath-laying ceremony at the site where, exactly a year earlier, 154 Ghanaians lost their lives in a flood and fire catastrophe, in the country's worst disaster. A few days before the ceremony,...
Haiti and the AU: The Dilemma of African Globality: The Failed Bid by Haiti to Become an Official AU Member Opens Up Important Reflections on the State of the Pan-African Project and the Treatment of the Diaspora
The Pan-African project began in the diasporic New World following the horrors of the Middle Passage, based on three important ideas. First, an insistence on African emotional and cultural continuities in the New World, expressed in religious ideas,...
London's Black Music Scene Run by Africans: After Decades of People of African-Caribbean Heritage, Particularly Jamaicans, Dominating the British Music Scene, Continental Africans Are Now Making Big Moves in the Business
A few years ago I met an African-Caribbean music industry PR friend in Brixton, the heartland of African-Caribbean London. And he said to me: "The Africans are running the British black music scene." Apart from grime--Britain's take on hip-hop,...
'My Identity Is Not Fixed': Egyptian Feminist Activist and Writer Nawal El Saadawi Will Be in London Headlining the Fifth Africa Writes Literature and Book Festival
Africa Writes has in the past hosted some formidable women writers, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ama Ata Aidoo, and with women's writing featuring prominently this year, Saadawi will be reflecting on being a woman writer and on the challenges...
Nigeria's New Road to the East
Nigeria's 180 million people constitute a large market for consumer goods. Sadly, Nigeria's manufacturing industry has a very lean capacity, relative to this demand. Chijioke Mama reports. Insufficient generated power and poor infrastructure have...
Not Just a River in Egypt: Musicians from 11 Countries along the Nile Are Collaborating to Avert the Looming Conflict over Water
Many environmentalists believe that future international conflicts will not be over oil or mineral resources but water. And perhaps one of the places most at risk of this conflict becoming war involves the countries which border the Nile region, an...
Requirements for the Job: As AU Member States Prepare to Choose Dr Dlamini-Zuma's Successor, Don Deya Lists Key Attributes Needed for the Role
That African women will probably not be adequately represented at the 27th AU summit is made even more ironical as the theme of the Summit is "the Year of Human Rights, with a special focus on the Rights of Women in Africa". The AO Commission's chairperson,...
Shrinking Hegemon?
Kenya's star has dimmed considerably in the last few years. Wachira Maina explains how and why in this report from Nairobi. How quickly the world changes. In the six months since the election of the ascetic John Pombe Magufuli as President of Tanzania,...
Tanzania Rising
New president John Magufuli's determination to transform his country from regional laggard to integration champion has borne early fruit. But Dar es Salaam must take advantage of the recent momentum to challenge for regional dominance. Only a semester...
The ANC's Biggest Test Yet
Local government elections next month will provide South Africans with an opportunity to punish the ruling party, if they so choose. Simon Allison assesses the prospects. As local elections approach in August, South Africa's ruling party is uncharacteristically...
The Curse of the Political Elite's Dishonesty
David Cameron's government promised in 2010 to cut down migration. What happened? The migrants are coming and Europe is afraid. The UK voted to leave the European Union, a manoeuvre that it has been promised will protect the island's borders from...
The Dlamini-Zuma Succession: Inside the Politics of a Messy Race
The question of the departing chairperson's successor has been complicated by an unusual barrier: the candidates themselves. Parselelo Kantai reports from Addis Ababa. Towards the end of a trip to Russia in April this year, AU Commission chair Dr...
The Greatest and I: Stephen Tolbert III Recalls His Childhood Encounter with Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa
Strapped into my seat I sat silently facing my irritated father. He peppered aides with rapid-fire questions about money. Our Grumman Gulfstream 2 swerved, dipped, and jerked through the thick, seemingly endless cloud cover on its descent to Kinshasa....
The Hidden History of a Copper Colony: Sammy Baloji's Images Are Scarred by Congo's Painful Past
The photographic practice of artist Sammy Baloji is almost comparable to a writer crafting a collection of short stories. Renowned for his frequent use of photomontages, he often combines archival photographs of his own images, The artist skillfully...
The Last Stand? Africa's Forests Are Being Lost at an Alarming Rate, Partly Because of the Demand for Tropical Woods on World Markets-But Ghana's Experience Offers Some Valuable Lessons
African timber is an important export commodity and forex earner. This fact has led to increasing pressure on the continent's remaining forests. It is estimated that Africa loses an area of forest equivalent to the size of Belgium each year. The...
The Next Generation & the State of Play: Even as the Old Questions of Language and Audience Remain Unresolved, Digital Diasporas and Tech Tribalism Are Throwing Up New Divisions; the World Is Getting Smaller in Big New Ways
The challenge for African writers, the Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong'o famously asserted half a century ago, is a challenge of language; if violence was the weapon of physical subjugation, then language was the weapon of spiritual subjugation. Alongside...
The Problem with Our Education
My aunt recently found out how much I pay for my son's education. She was taken aback. "That is the same amount for university here in the US. Why does he need to go to a private school?" I could have replied by telling her that the same broken...
The Rise of Babu Owino: Why a University of Nairobi Student Union Leader's Bid for a Fourth Consecutive Term Sparked Days of Rioting-And Why the University Administration Protected Him
It is Saturday midmorning, 2 April 2016, when one of the most dreaded news items for motorists within Nairobi's central business district streams across the bottom of Kenyan TV screens--there is an ongoing protest by students at the University of Nairobi,...
The State of the African Union
Which way the African Union? As it ponders the choice of a new AU Commission chairperson, the executive director of the World Peace Foundation, Alex de Waal, presents his analysis. At the forthcoming African Union summit in Kigali, the main item...
Uncovering an Ancient Saharan Civilization: The Demise of Gaddafi Has, on a Positive Note, Helped Archaeologists to Explore the Country's Rich Pre-Islamic Heritage, Spearheaded by the Libyan Antiquities Department That Was Severely Neglected under Gaddafi
Colonel Gaddafi did not exactly ignore Libya's pre-Islamic past," says Professor David J. Mattingly of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester in the UK, "but he made no attempt to get ordinary Libyans to connect with...
Who Killed Tom Mboya? Declassifed Documents Raise New Questions about the 1969 Assassination of Visionary Nationalist Tom Joseph Mboya
On 5 July it will be 47 years since Tom Mboya was assassinated outside Chhanni's Pharmacy on Government Road (now Moi Avenue). Up to this day, neither the real assassin nor his sponsors are known. Mboya, who was only 39 years old when he was gunned...
You Talk about the Collapse of the West as If It Were a Bad Thing
The thinking behind former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis' DiEM25 crusade to help save the 60-year-old European Union from potential disintegration is intriguing. He, and the other activists talk ultimately about the collapse of Western civilisation....
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