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Articles from No. 578, December

2017 PIDA Week: Regional Infrastructure Development for Job Creation and Economic Transformation
The first two decades of the 21st century ushered in real transformation of the African continent. Africa is regaining the growth momentum of the 1970s, as reflected in the 5.4 % GDP growth from 2005 to 2013, and Human Development Index shows 1.5%...
Enormous Influence of African Heritage Women: 2017 Will Go Down as the Year That the United Kingdom Changed on Many Fronts. What These Changes Will Lead to Is an Open Question but What Is Not in Doubt Is That Women of African Heritage Have Played a Decisive Part in the More Positive Changes the Country Is Undergoing
This has been the year that the United Kingdom changed. The direction and manner of that change may as yet be unclear, but it has changed. Two women of African heritage have had a profound influence on that change. While the country has drifted...
Fresh Look at an Old Story
Nigeria's Biafran War, one of the bloodiest in African history, ended in 1970 but reverberations of this seismic event continue to cast a shadow on modern politics. Peter Ezeh reviews three new books on the subject by authors who were involved in the...
How to Start a Fight in a Peaceful Country
Ghanaians are renowned for their distaste for violence--until it comes to land disputes. The current chaotic system of land ownership has enabled some to swindle others with impunity and the courts are buckling under the weight of unresolved cases....
If Spain Were Uganda
A few years ago, Spain's prime minister made a disparaging comparison between his country and Uganda. Now the wheels have turned full circle as Catalonia has opted to leave the nation and strong-arm tactics are being deployed. How would the Western...
LEWIS HAMILTON the Ace of Pace
Lewis Hamilton became the first British Formula One driver to win four world championships when he clinched the title in Mexico City, with two races of the 2017 F1 calendar still to go. By dominating a sport that has traditionally been a white monopoly,...
Mogadishu Truck Bomb: A SURVIVOR'S STORY
Faarah Adan, a freelance journalist based in the UK and US, was visiting his home city of Mogadishu when he was caught up in perhaps the world's biggest and most devastating bomb explosion of recent times. His graphic account captures all the human...
Oh for Eyes That See, Ears That Hear: Why Is There a Tendency for Africans to Skim over the Most Obvious and Critical Issues Staring Them in the Face and Instead Chase after Impossible Utopias?
I know no national boundary where the African is concerned. The whole world is my province until Africa is free--Marcus M. Garvey I don't know why, but sometimes we Africans behave much like the people described in the prophecy of Isaiah in the...
Photo of the Month
The #Celebrate Africa photography competition, sponsored by Canon and hosted by Picfair in association with New African, generated a stunning array of entries celebrating all the fascinating aspects of African life. Each month, we publish one of the...
Preserving History for Posterity
The real history of Africa, including South Africa's liberation struggle, resides in the stories of the people who helped shape that history. But these stories, often transmitted in fragile oral form, are in danger of being swept away unless preserved...
Quote/unquote
'The true worth of a race must be measured by the character of its womanhood' MARY MCLEOD BETHUNE, AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST 'Africa's regional economic entities have plans for regional integration. We are integrating stock exchanges...
Reformation without Reform: Recent Celebrations Marking 500 Years of the Protestant Reformation and the Wider Impact of Martin Luther's Revolution on Europe, and in Particular the UK, Provide Interesting Insights for Africa
Against the wider backdrop of the turmoil unleashed by the Reformation, the British break with the Catholic Church began with Henry VIII's need for a divorce from a wife unable to provide him with a male heir to protect his dynasty. Following the...
The 100 Most Influential Africans of 2017
Welcome to our annual listing of the 100 most influential Africans of 2017. This has been a firm favourite of our readers since we first started publishing the listing in 2012 and we are confident you will find this year's selection just as intriguing,...
The Decline and Fall of Robert Mugabe
When it happened, it happened at lightning speed. One minute Robert Mugabe was trying to consolidate a dynastic succession by stabbing his old-time ally Emmanuel Mnangagwa in the back, by firing him from his post as Vice President, the next, his whole...
The Majesty of Cleopatra-And Earl Cameron at 100 Not Out
Longevity is the hallmark of theatrical and film success. Here, Clayton Goodwin reviews a new take on Shakespeare's evergreen Antony and Cleopatra, and reprises the career of renowned actor Earl Cameron, now 100, with a catalogue of significant roles...
Time to Modernize
We are living in a world that is dynamic and technologically driven. Yet, our institutions of higher learning are still using methods that prepare their students for a time that has long gone. We need to look closer at not only what our young people...
Trump Ruling a Boon for African Coal: With over 600m People in Africa without Access to Electricity, Governments Have Been Struggling to Meet Development Targets. but with the US Recently Relaxing Its Opposition to the Use of Coal to Provide Power, Fortunes Could Change for a Continent That Is Sitting on 50bn Tones of Reserves
In July, the US Treasury, under pressure from President Donald Trump, announced that it would relax its opposition to Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) funding the building of coal-fuelled power plants worldwide. The Treasury said it would like...
Wheels within Wheels-The Inside Story
The dramatic and perhaps epoch-making events in Zimbabwe are still unfolding as we go to press. But exactly what has happened and why is still a matter of conjecture for most of the African and international media. Baffour Ankomah, who has followed...
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