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Articles from No. 593, April

Adjoa Andoh's Richard II Makes Stage History in UK
Ghanaian-British actress Adjoa Andoh (right) who has challenged stereotypes all her working life, has created theatrical history by co-directing and acting in the first major play in which all cast and crew are women of colour. In this exclusive interview,...
Africa Can Industrialise in a Decade
International Africa Development Forum (FIAD), Casablanca, Morocco. Moroccan banking giant Attijariwafa Bank co-hosted the sixth edition of the International Africa Development Forum (FIAD) under the theme 'When East meets West'. This was not about...
African Leaders Should Seek Treatment at Home: Africa Awaits the Day When Its Leaders Shall Take Pride in Their Own Healthcare Systems and Facilities to the Extent That They Too, like the People Who Elect Them into Power, Receive Treatment in Their Own Public Hospitals at Home
It's becoming a norm in Africa that African Presidents and top politicians seek medical treatment overseas, especially in Europe, the US and the Far East. This is a clear sign of the lack of confidence in healthcare systems they have overall charge...
Are Internet Shutdowns the New Normal?
The proliferation of internet shutdowns during periods of heightened tensions in several countries has raised fears about the freedom of expression in Africa. But the reality is more nuanced and is related largely to the nature of authoritarianism...
A Tale of Three Cities: Three Cities, Two in Africa, One in Europe, Demonstrate the Often Wide Gulf between Urban Cultures and Priorities and Those of the Areas Surrounding Them
Where do cities come from, and what makes their residents hold an outlook different from the hinterland? Three cities seem caught up in the start, the middle and the end of this riddle. The Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is becoming the epicentre...
Bio Squares Up to Challenges
Sierra Leone has had more than its fair share of calamities over the recent past, with natural disasters and outbreaks of Ebola as well as a kleptomaniac administration. How is the year-old government of President Bio coping with the huge challenges...
Cameroon Activist Wins Women's Rights Prize
Cameroonian activist Aissa Doumara has been awarded the inaugural Simone Veil Prize, which celebrates women's rights activism, by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. The 100,000 [euro] prize was created last year in memory of ex-minister...
Coming to Terms with Generation Z: The New Millennial, Aka the 'New African', as Our 28-Year-Old Columnist Finds out, Is Almost a Different Species of Human Being
In my mother's study rests an ageing DVD player and a geriatric VCR machine. The two machines have both been long retrenched from active use and I stopped noticing their existence ages back--that is, until a few days ago when one of my greatest fears...
Critical Crossroads for the Horn
The Horn of Africa is becoming one of the most militarised regions of the world as a host of global, national and regional powers vie for dominance. However, the cessation of hostilities between Ethiopia and Eritrea promises a new era of peace and...
Development as a Conflict Prevention Tool
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is primarily a regional mechanism for the prevention and resolution of conflicts among eight member states: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. The Ethiopia-Eritrea...
El Anatsui Stuns with New London Show
Londons October Gallery, devoted to celebrating the work of international artists, marks its fortieth anniversary year with a stunning new show of work by one of Africa's most celebrated artists, El Anatsui. Report by Beverly Andrews. Entitled Material...
End of the Road for Africa's Dinosaurs?
While most African leaders today respect their constitutions and step down when their terms end, a handful of the old guard refuse to relinquish office until they are pushed out. They have failed to read the times and face extinction. Anver Versi analyses...
Foreign NGOs Draw a Blank in Northern Region
Survivors of the brutal war waged by the Lord's Resistance Army in the northern region of Uganda are still mired in poverty and hopelessness despite the presence of hundreds of mostly foreign NGOs. However, local NGOs, which are much more effective,...
'Just Manage' Does Not Cut It: 'Just Manage It', a Phrase Which Is Heard with Increasing Frequency in Africa, Merely Exposes Our Deep-Seated Lack of Self-Esteem and How We Short-Change Ourselves
A friend's experiences with his builders perfectly illustrates this issue. After investing a considerable sum in his new house in an African city, he was expecting high-quality workmanship, i.e., no uneven steps, or windows or doors that don't close...
Kenya: Jockeying for State House 2022
When President Uhuru Kenyatta and his erstwhile arch-rival Raila Odinga shook hands in March last year, the country's political status quo was thrown into disarray. With Kenyatta due to step down in 2022, the country's top leadership seems to be up...
Kevin Hart Buys Amateur Nigerian Artwork
American comedian Kevin Hart has bought a hyperrealistic portrait of himself by an unknown Nigerian artist. Eli Waduba Yusuf, the artist based in Nigeria's north central Kaduna State, tweeted photos of the work and asked for retweets until Hart...
More Dangerous Than the Male?
Nigerian authors continues to enthrall and surprise the world of literature. The latest to do so is Oyinkan Braithwaite with her debut novel, My Sister, the Serial Killer. The crime novel stands most standard tropes on their heads, reversing the usual...
No Knowledge, No Progress
The world's most successful countries are also those that invest most heavily in research and development. We in Africa are lagging far behind. Yours truly was recently on a full plane from Dubai to Harare, with about 200 passengers on board. 170...
Quote/unquote
'The new administration will intensify its efforts in security, restructuring the economy and fighting corruption. We will strive to strengthen our unity and inclusiveness so that no section or group will feel left behind or left out,' MUHAMMADU...
Sall Re-Election Points to Strong Economic Growth
Macky Sail was returned to the Presidential office following an overwhelming victory over second-placed Idrissa Seek, winning with a margin of 37%. Although some contenders were barred from the election on various grounds, Sail's victory is believed...
Second Chance for Buhari to Shine
The drama of the Nigerian Presidential elections have come to an end, yet the myriad of issues that have bedevilled Africa's largest economy and most populous nation still remain. Can Buhari do better the second time around? Analysis by Lagun Akinloye....
Tana Forum Objectives
With the aim of playing a crucial role in bringing about sustainable peace and contributing to the implementation of the African Union's Tripoli Declaration of August 2009, the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) at Addis Ababa University...
The Rule of Law Is Supreme
Julius Maada Bio (right) took office as the President of Sierra Leone one year ago after winning a run-off Presidential election against Samura Kamara of the All People's Congress (APC) in March 2018. Bio's victory took many observers and pundits...
The Rulers and the Ruled
Our cover story this month focuses on the upsurge of public protests against two of Africa's most entrenched Heads of State, Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir. Both leaders, presiding over largely dysfunctional...
Time to Call out Trump
Donald Trump has clearly spelt out his racist views and seems to delight in insulting black people. He has emboldened white supremacists in their fascistic views. It is time we hit back in equal measure. "We offer a hand of friendship, but at the...
UK to Return Lock of Ethiopian Emperor's Hair
The United Kingdom's National Army Museum is reportedly set to return a braid of hair from Ethiopia's Emperor Tewodros II, looted after he killed himself following British invasion in 1868. Widely considered as the founder of modern Ethiopia, Tewodros...
Uwc Opens in Moshi
This year sees the opening of the 18th United World College (UWC), in Moshi, Tanzania, since the beginning of the movement in 1962. The philosophy behind the movement, to bring young people from all over the world together to increase understanding...
Why London Is Now a Stabbing Hotspot
London has become notorious for a seemingly unending series of fatal stabbings. The perpetrators and victims are mostly black. What is behind this upsurge of violence? London--with other major cities in the land--is in the grip of an epidemic of...
Why the DA Engine Has Failed to Fire
Although on paper the Democratic Alliance under Mmusi Maimane (pictured, right) ticks all the racial and ethnic boxes, on the ground it has failed to gain the sort of support it needed to mount a challenge to the ruling ANC. Rafiq Raji sets out to...
Withstanding Storms on All Fronts
Just as the country's man-made political and economic storms were abating, nature unleashed its own fury in the form of Cyclone Idai. Zimbabwe's long-suffering citizens have to now deal with yet another crisis. Analysis by Baffour Ankomah in Harare....
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