New African

Articles from No. 521, October

Africa's Film Industry Embraces Transnationalism: African Filmmaking Is Exploding into a New Era. If You Cast Even a Quick Glance at the Production Companies and Funding Agencies Behind a Handful of Recent African Films, You Can See Multi-National Origins. Lindiwe Dovey, Co-Director of Film Africa 2012, Explains Just What This Trend Means
SEVERAL CO-PRODUCTION TREAties have recently been signed between African and other countries. This transnationalism is also evident in the content of numerous films, revealing a continent that is engaging with other people and places across the globe,...
Africa's Lost Tribe in Mexico
The existence of Afro-Mexicans was officially affirmed in the 1990s when the Mexican government acknowledged Africa as Mexico's "third root". But Mexico's real history shows the African presence in the country going back thousands of years. Despite...
A Peaceful Uganda Celebrates! on 9 October, Uganda Will Be 50 Years Old as an Independent Country. A Series of Activities Has Been Lined Up by the Government to Celebrate the Golden Jubilee in Grand Style. Having Gone through Shaky Periods in the Early Years of Independence, a Now Stable Uganda Has Reason to Indulge in a Big Birthday Celebration
IF THE CELEBRATION OF 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE is a time for stocktaking, Uganda has a lot to do. The country has gone through tumultuous times since attaining independence from Britain on 9 October 1962. After 74 years of colonial rule dating back...
A Tarnished Rainbow
THE FAILURE OF SOUTH AFRICA'S post-apartheid economic and social policies, and an inability to make the public service more effective, have kept racial inequalities in wealth distribution inherited from the apartheid system the same--there is a mainly...
Bidding for Growth: The Nigerian Stock Exchange Has Ambitious Plans. under Its Chief Executive, Oscar Onyema (below) It Is Aiming for Nothing Less Than to Become the International Gateway to African Markets. Stephen Williams Reports
THE CHALLENGE FOR OSCAR Onyema, who only took over the reins of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) in April last year, is to rebuild a modern institution that can serve investors and corporate organisations that are operating in the country, and those...
Black History Month (UK) 25 This Year: Black History Month (UK) Is 25 Years Old This Year. and as We Celebrate This Landmark Event, the Man Credited with Its Founding, Akyaaba Addai-Sebo (Pictured, Bottom) Salutes All Those, Past and Present, Who Have Made This Annual Commemoration a Success for over Two Decades
BLACK HISTORY MONTH, IN 25 YEARS, HAS BECOME a sustaining catalyst in the promotion and advancement of the cause of racial harmony and peaceful co-existence in a multicultural Britain and for that matter Europe. Black History Month is a force for...
Chinery-Hesse's Moment of Truth: For Someone Whose Life's Work over the Past Two Decades Is about to Face Its Stiffest Test, Herman Chinery-Hesse Is Remarkably Relaxed. His Brain-Child, an Online Shopping Mall That Will Allow African Products to Reach International Markets, Has Just Launched. Stephen Williams Learned More
MEETING WITH HERMAN CHINERY-HESSE at the African and Caribbean Business Experience 2012 Expo (see box, previous page) was a memorable experience. Surrounded by hordes of admirers, he had something of the demeaner of a celebrity, the air of a pop star,...
"Deepening East Africa's Regional Economic Integration Will Be Crucial"
Professor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile (right) has been at the helm of the Bank of Uganda as Governor for over a decade, and has presided over some of the most pivotal moments in Uganda's modern economic history. He talks frankly to Darren Moore about...
Energy to Spur Development: In the Next Five Years, Uganda's Energy Sector Will See Frenetic Action to Move Electricity Production from the Current 780 MW to 3,800 MW by 2017
WHEN AN AFRICAN WOMAN PROUDLY prefixes her name with her profession, she knows she has extra mettle. "Hon Eng Irene Muloni, MP" (pictured right) is Uganda's minister of energy and mineral development. "Eng" stands for "Engineer". She is an engineer...
Exclusive Interview Sepp Blatter: Speaks Candidly about Life at the Top, Africa's Challenges and CAF Boss Issa Hayatou
Plus How Soccerex aims to transform the development of football in the continent Why is West Africa at the top of the totem pole? This 76-year-oic Swiss man is arguably the Tost powerful figure world sport. But what lies underneath the polished...
Forgetting the "Big Man Syndrome": Just How Did Traditional Kenyan Allies, the US and the EU Lose the Kenyan Plot and Fail to See a New Dispensation Which Is Emerging in the East African Country? Asks Wanjohi Kabukuru from Nairobi
IN SIX MONTH'S TIME PRESIDENT Mwai Kibaki will be leaving the scene and as he saunters into retirement, he will be remembered for many things. One point stands out and even his harshest critics admit--his legacy as "the infrastructure president" is...
Ghana Giving Fake Medicines a Free Roam? A New System to Fight Counterfeit Medicines That Kill Hundreds of Thousands of People a Year Has Hit the Buffers in Ghana, mPedigree Network's Bright Simons (Right) Explains. Stephen Gyasi Jnr Reports from Accra
ACROSS AFRICA, EXPERTS estimate that more than 30% of malaria and tuberculosis medicines are fake and over 700,000 people die every year as a result of taking those counterfeit drugs. It is a menace that has to be defeated, and it is why an initiative...
Golden Boy Adds Joy to Golden Jubilee: Nothing Could Be Sweeter in Uganda's Golden Jubilee Year Than an Olympic Gold Medal That No One Expected, the Country's Second in 50 Years of Independence
THE LAST TIME A UGANDAN WON AN Olympic gold medal was in 1972, when John Akii-Bua, who has since passed on, brought home the doom hurdles gold medal from the Munich Olympics. AkiiBua's legendary exploits thereafter made him a darling not only in Uganda...
How the Father of Glenn Close Became Mobutu's Personal Doctor: Tells the Story of How Dr William T. Close, the Father of the Hollywood Actress Glenn Close, Became the Doctor of the Congolese President, Mobutu Sese Seko, and How Mobutu's Largesse Rubbed off in Paying for the Wedding of Dr Close's Now Famous Actress Daughter
IN 1969 THE FAMED HOLLYWOOD actress and six-time Academy Award nominee, Glenn Close, had set her sights on holy matrimony. But the budding actress, who had spent much of her childhood in the political cauldron of the newly independent Belgian Congo...
Kakira: Uganda's King of Sugar: Madhvani History in Uganda Stretches Back for More Than a Century and It Is Now a Large, Diversified Conglomorate
IN 1908, A 14-YEAR-OLD INDIAN BOY, MULJIBHAI Prabhudas Madhvani, arrived in Uganda to join his uncles, Vithaldas and Kalidas Haridas, in their shop in the town of Iganga. His quick grasp of the basics of commerce persuaded his uncles to entrust him...
Marikana and the Unfinished Liberation: Colonialism Did Three Profound Things: Firstly There Was Military Conquest, Then It Imposed a New Racial Order and Finally, It Enforced a New Economic Order on the Colonised
Triphe racial order humiliated the conquered with its petty and gross discrimination-you cannot live in this area, drink from this fountain, attend this school, or marry this person, etc. While the new economic order captured resources (land, minerals,...
Medical Scandal! ... How the US Government Used Black People as Guinea Pigs
There is a reason why African-Americans do not like to go to their doctors or even to hospital. Many fear that they will be probed, prodded, and experimented upon without their consent, and return home sicker than when they left--or may not return...
Mind Your Own Business: How Rote Learning Can Make People Say Things without Realising Their Implications Explains Why Political Discourse in Ghana Is So Full of Invective
"Full many a flower is born to blush unseen And waste its sweetness on the desert air. ... " [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Ever since I first heard these marvellous lines from Gray's Elegy Written In a Country Churchyard, recited faultlessly by Kwasi,...
President Museveni "Development Is the Destination."
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has been in power since 29 January 1986, for a good 26 unbroken years. Uganda has in that time achieved political, economic and social stability, three vital elements that had eluded it for the first 25 years of independence....
Roads, Rail and Airports to Support Rapid Economic Growth
Abraham Byandala, Uganda's Minister of Works and Transport, had a large undertaking when tackling the infrastructure and construction challenges of Uganda. Today, just over a year into his position, he speaks frankly to Darren Moore about the support,...
Slavery Atlantic Trade and Arab Slavery: It Is Estimated That about 14m Africans Were Enslaved by Arabs over a Period of 1,300 Years. It Is Time to Note What They Did, Writes Marika Sherwood
It is important to differentiate between the trade in enslaved Africans and slavery. The abolition of the Atlantic trade by British traders was certainly agreed by both Houses of Parliament. Just why this was has been a subject of considerable debate...
Slavery There Is Still Work to Be Done: It Is the Task of a United Africa to Fight for Redress from the Former Slaving Nations for the Crimes Committed against the Continent and the African People during the Slave Trade. This Is What Kwame Nkrumah Would Have Pressed for with All the Prestige of a United Africa Behind Him, Writes Kwesi Quartey
IT WAS ANOTHER BRIGHT SUNNY DAY in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28 January 2012. Two significant, yet related events were about to take place. With hardly any fanfare or unnecessary fuss, the Chinese Vice President, Xi Jinping handed over the keys to...
Soccerex and African Football: A New Romance
ANOTHER NEW EVENT IN THE FOOTBALL calendar is the Soccerex African Forum in Durban, South Africa. The annual event will be organised over the next four years, in conjunction with the Kwazulu-Natal Province and Ethekwini Municipality. The maiden forum...
"Soccerex Is Here to Stay in Africa": Duncan Revie, Soccerex's Founder and CEO, the Son of the Late England and Leeds United Manager Don Revie, Gives His Thoughts on the Organisation and Its Growing Role in African Football
What is Soccerex about and what led to its return to Africa? Soccerex started because I saw there was a gap in the market; there was no event out there, on a global scale, which brought together the business of football, in one place, at one time....
Timbuktu's Ancient Manuscripts under Threat
In June, Ansar al Dine rebels, who took control of Timbuktu following a military coup in Mali in March, started destroying ancient tombs and libraries in the city, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Before the destruction, a preservation...
Transformation of Uganda's Road Network
UGANDA'S 21,000KM ROAD NETWORK IS THE key facilitator for the development of agriculture, commerce and trade--as well as the movement of people for business, social needs, leisure and the delivery of healthcare, education and extension services. The...
Uganda at Fifty: On 9 October, Uganda Will Be 50 Years Old as an Independent Country. A Series of Activities Has Been Lined Up by the Government to Celebrate in Grand Style
Uganda fact file Location: East-Central Africa, west of Kenya, east of DRCongo. Uganda is a landlocked, fertile, well-watered country with many lakes and rivers. Area: 241,038 sq km (93,072 sq miles). Land area 197,100 sq km; water 43,938 sq...
'Visiting Uganda, an Experience You Will Never Regret': Though Landlocked, Uganda Has All the Attractions to Keep Tourists Returning Time and Again. the Minister of State for Tourism Says You Will Never Regret Visiting the Country
LISTENING TO UGANDA'S MINISTER OF STATE for tourism, Agnes Akiror Egunyu, extol the virtues of the country's tourist attractions, you will want to pack your bags and visit. "Why go somewhere else when you can come to Uganda and see it all?" she says,...
Wanted: More Investors: The Past 25 Years Have Seen Steady Economic Growth in Uganda, Even Though This Year Growth Has Dipped Greatly. the President Suggests That Ugandans Should Woo Investors as They Would a Bride
RESIDENT MUSEVENI'S MUSINGS ON THE Ugandan economy can be hilarious at times, but they do have a ring of truth, even wisdom, about them. When he came to power 26 years ago, Uganda's economy was in the doldrums. Twenty years of political and social...
'We Want Oil to Be a Total Blessing': Over 2.5 Billion Barrels of Oil Have Been Discovered in Uganda. Called the Albertine Basin, the Field Borders Lake Albert and Straddles the DRCongo Border. over 2 Billion Barrels Are Recoverable, and Will Make Uganda One of Africa's Top Oil Producers
JUST A FEW MONTHS AFTER PRESIDENT Museveni's National Resistance Army came to power in January 1986, the British oil company, BP, is said to have approached the government with the intention of exploiting Uganda's oil resources. The country did not...
Who Was the Real Meles Zenawi?
In life and in death Veles Zenawi left no room for ambiguity. He was loved and hated, admired and loathed with equal passion. And debating his legacy calls for clarity, purpose and passion too, writes Charles Abugre, who describes the late Ethiopian...
Why Did Africa Come to the London Olympics? by the Time You Read This Reflection, the Hype That Was the London 2012 Olympics Will Be Fading in Many a Memory. but the Issues Surrounding Africa's Performance (or Lack of It) at the Games Will Still Be Very Much Alive for Most of Us
Over 200 countries competed in the London Olympics, of which 43 were African, boasting an impressive combined number of athletes in a broad range of prominent sporting disciplines--track and field. And so on the night of Friday 27 July 2012, my family...
Why Idi Amin Expelled the Asians: Agnes Asiimwe Looks Back at Uganda's Expulsion of Its Asian Community 40 Years Ago, under Idi Amin's Government. Brutal as the Expulsion Was, One Beneficiary of the Expropriated Asian Properties, Says: "I Don't Think We Shall Get Another Ugandan with Amin's Kind of Nationalism."
IDI AMIN, THE FORMER PRESIDENT of Uganda, had a dream in August 1972. "I have dreamt," he told a gathering in Karamoja, northeastern Uganda, "that unless I take action, our economy will be taken over. The people who are not Ugandans should leave."...
Why West Africa Rules the Roost: Gary Al-Smith Examines the Progress of West African Football over the Last Quarter-Century and Discovers the Reasons for Its Dominance of the Continental Game, While Producing the Continent's Best Results in FIFA Competitions
IN THE LATE 19905, EL MEIRREIKH'S HAYTHAM Tambal was tipped to be the next George Weah. On becoming too hot for Sudan, Orlando Pirates of South Africa grabbed him. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] But Tambal left the Johannesburg club, at the end of the...
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