The Lesson I Learnt from my One-man Protest in Ibadan
Adewale Akande - 1/25/2014
Idi Ape-Akobo Ojurin-Olorunda road is known to me as a resident for the past ten years now. The road is known for the horrible traffic hold-ups due to spontaneous increase in the population of the residents with corresponding increase in the volume of motorists.
Is South Sudan A Failed State?
Sufyan bin Uzayr - 12/26/2013
Back in July 2011,after a long civil war, South Sudan split from Sudan to become an independent country. However, even though statehood was achieved and a new country was born, the efforts to transform South Sudan into a proper nation-state seem to have come to a standstill.
Memories of South Africa
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 12/20/2013
Earlier this year I had the great pleasure to visit South Africa. Compared to most Americans, the passing of Nelson Mandela brought tears to my eyes many times as I recalled being in many of the places being shown on countless news shows.
Zimbabwe’s Relentless Dictatorship
Taylor Dibbert - 8/12/2013
Three years ago, I lived briefly in Harare, Zimbabwe. Having just finished my first year of graduate school, I worked for one of the country’s leading human rights organizations. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe was and still is a mess.
Simple questions for this new APC
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 8/3/2013
In June, our conclusion as citizens and students of politics was that the most fascinating political formation in the country at the moment is the newly formed All Peoples Congress (APC). We noted also that the APC is of interest to us because it is an entity still in embryo. We shall have to call it “association” and “thing” because technically APC is still not a registered political party, and that some of us are shaking our heads for reasons we are reading around.
Is Mandela God?
Albert Brenner - 7/5/2013
It is always so amusing to witness mere mortals who have the same interests from women to TV to poker as the rest of us turned into a god by the media. The MSM is ablaze, in awe prostrated... rapturously conveying the frenzied idolization, the unfolding living-liturgy and imminent deification of a mortal called Mandela. `He is alive in us!`` ``He is the paragon of Love and Grace!````We must all be a Mandela``. ``He died in Robben Island but was resurrected to make the Miracle of the Rainbow Nation come true``.
What APC owes Nigerians
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 6/30/2013
After weeks of our national carnival of the absurd in which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and those managing it engaged in a parade, wherein factions were dancing to the tune “suspend this”, “fire that” and “I dare you”, our self-proclaimed biggest party in Africa has had its NEC and President Goodluck Jonathan has spoken.
Nigeria Should Kill Corruption Before It Kills Her!
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 6/24/2013
It has since become common knowledge which enjoys widespread acceptance that any day Nigeria is able to make up its mind to end its obscene and ruinous romance with the stubborn monster called “Corruption”, this country will automatically witness the kind of prosperity no one had thought was possible in these parts. Just imagine the amount of public funds reportedly (and un-reportedly) being stolen and squandered daily under various guises by too many public officers and their accomplices, and the great transformation that would happen to public infrastructure and the lives of the citizenry if this organized banditry can at least be reduced by fifty percent!
Look who’s ruling
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 6/18/2013
Though those that are paid to represent and act on behalf of the citizens of this great country have decided to celebrate its democracy day last month, it is this week, of June of 12, that many of us continue to believe democracy should be celebrated and reflected upon. And though most of us still privately provide for our own electricity, pay for our children’s education, employ our security staff and go the extra miles to personally reassure international partners to do business with us, we still cannot ignore those ruling the country.
African Safari Trip of a Lifetime
Joel S. Hirschhorn - 5/22/2013
The most amazing thing I learned on my first safari trip in South Africa is that elephants have the most incredible, very long black eyelashes. Second, lions could not care less about nearby trucks and people, nor lights at night. Third, though giraffes seem to walk slow and gracefully, their legs are so long that they cover long distances very quickly.
Clergy Bethrand Osinachi Ujunwa calls for unity among Christians
Nwaorgu Faustinus - 5/22/2013
The former parish priest of St. Paul’s Catholic Parish Umuodagu Ntu in Ngor/Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State, Rev. Father Bethrand has called on Christians to be united as a body.
2015: The Big Uniport Four (Jonathan, Amaechi, Wike and Princewill) and Way Out of the Rivers Macabre Dance
Eze Chukwuemeka - 5/22/2013
PREAMBLE: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.
Would CAN elect Desmond Tutu President?
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 5/13/2013
Emeritus Archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu, is arguably the most recognised African churchman in the world today. Even those who do not know his name or have a detailed knowledge of his activities and achievements will recognise the face of that ever-jovial old man Nelson Mandela once described as a ‘man in a dress’.
Africa Is Playing Against A Stacked Deck
Dr. Gary K. Busch - 4/10/2013
There is a lot of discussion in the world’s press about a new, positive, view of African development. African nations’ recent high growth rates coupled with an increased foreign investment in Africa and the development of national stock exchanges and African international banks have given rise to the popular idea that the continent may well be on track to becoming a global powerhouse.
State of Emergency in Education in Nigeria?
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 4/4/2013
An important event last year was the reopening of schools for most Nigerian children. They will be resuming today as you read these notes, and it is important we reflect on the sate of education in the country where many students do not have the chance to acquire a high school diploma online due to lack of access to a computer.
Time for state of emergency in education
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 1/20/2013
An important event last year was the reopening of schools for most our children. They will be resuming today as you read these notes, and it is important we reflect on the sate of education in the country. I say most, not all, because in reality many other schools opened two weeks ago in conformity to the British school calendar. Why are some schools in an independent Nigeria following the British school calendar? A passerby might ask.
Reclaiming Nigeria’s true identity
John Obiechina - 1/2/2013
How I wish it's possible for the Nigerian government to declare a day of reflection where every citizen of Nigeria will be given the opportunity to THINK and reflect on our history, struggles and aspirations as a people.
Sheila Solarin and the rest of us
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 11/17/2012
A few weeks ago we got news of the death of Mrs Sheila Solarin, wife of the late author, educationist and social activist, Dr Tai Solarin. Mrs Sheila Solarin was very much but not just the wife of her husband. In her own right, she deserves a special mention and recognition for her contribution and achievement as person and personality. Since her death, we have indeed read a lot of tributes from both private and public sectors of the country. Showing respect, expressing appreciation and offering any form of support we can to her family is the least in these circumstances.
Do Foreign Players (China and India) Pose Competition to U.S. Policy in Africa?
Kester Kenn Klomegah - 11/4/2012
In this interview, Dr Scott Firsing who is a visiting Bradlow fellow at the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) and a senior lecturer in international studies at Monash University in Johannesburg, and holds a Ph.D that focused on US-South Africa relations from 1994-2008, discusses with Kester Kenn Klomegah from Buziness Africa media about the significance of Hillary Clinton's tour to Africa, existing challenges and future perspectives of U.S.-Africa cooperation.
NIGERIAN SWEEP Osobgo, Jonathan, Generations
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 10/19/2012
I. Made in Osogbo for Nigeria
It is a common practice amongst social scientists and political philosophers that occupy themselves with the thought of how best to manage or improve their countries and world to seek and study model places that they could use as examples to embody their ideas, and to convince those that should care about what to aspire, to become. Nowhere is perfect, hence, models are hard to find.
Thinkers are therefore, forced to find their models in three ways: mostly by digging into the past, sometimes by cutting and pasting pieces from various states or even...
Fears and Certainties of 2015 today
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 9/5/2012
For many people these are clearly uncertain times, it is the same everywhere you look in the world. In Nigeria, however, uncertainty is the norm, it is neither a temporary nor a new phenomenon.
Promoting Russia’s culture in Africa
Kester Kenn Klomegah - 8/30/2012
Countries such as China and the United States are promoting their interests in Africa through the use of soft power. Is Russia missing out? The intensification of non-political contacts between Russia and Africa may contribute to increased interest.
Can we share in their glories?
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 8/22/2012
Take a Nigerian and you have a survivor, take two Nigerians and you get two competing survivors, take three Nigerians and you get a series of contradictions. That in part is the story of Nigeria in the just concluded successful London Olympics. It is also in part the story of this Nigeria as a whole, this rich but poor country where things start great but end teeny, this land of many titles but little deeds, this nation full of places of worship but neither known as a haven nor for godliness.
A question of honour for INEC and NBA
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 7/28/2012
The honour of two apparently distinct and different bodies INEC and the NBA has been clearly challenged by two of their stakeholders and for everybody’s sake these two bodies cannot afford to pretend that the challenge was not thrown.
Nigeria: The joy of normalcy
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 7/21/2012
To each is own, there are many countries in the world wherein the hope of the people is to excel and lead in one thing or the other. In these countries, people feel great when their fellow citizens make discoveries in science and the world looks towards them for great arts. They are proud when their national flags are hoisted as wining flags in games and sports. They derive their joy from electing public leaders that set a tone for great transformations, individuals in these countries are happy because they feel they too are part of history.
The International Dimensions of the Conflict in Eastern Congo
Dr. Gary K. Busch - 6/10/2012
The African territory which includes Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC has been in virtually a state of war since 1995; that is at war with each other. This has engaged the national armies, militias, ‘civil defence’ groups, looters, pillagers, child abductors and abusers, rapists and murderers. Each category is not mutually exclusive. Virtually every category contains most if not all of the sociopathic designations. One can add to this the United Nations Peacekeepers whose range of social debilities accurately mimics those whose peace they are purported to be keeping.
Too easy to blame just Jonathan
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 6/4/2012
With his recent declaration intent to change the name of University of Lagos in honor of the winner of June 12 1993 presidential elections, Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has again confirmed what many of us of think of him and his administration: he is leading an error-prone presidency.
Edwin Clark versus Nigeria
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 5/9/2012
Part of the significant changes that came with the emergence of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan in Nigerian national discourse are the metamorphosis of and the new role assumed by Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clarke. By the way, we must point out straight away here that there are many in the country that will argue that other significant changes have not been many since the president got into office, as said, that is just by the way.
Interview with Fr. Boniface Duru
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 4/19/2012
About a decade ago, Boniface Duru, a priest from the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria, residing in Rome, founded an NGO called Azione Verde, which has for many years now offered scholarships to many brilliant but less privileged children and free medical services to a lot of rural dwellers in Nigeria. In this interview with Nigerian Journalist and Writer, UGOCHUKWU EJINKEONYE, Fr. Duru speaks on the activities of his group, the state of education and healthcare delivery in Nigeria, and the future programmes of his organization.
If Mitt Romney were Nigerian
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 3/27/2012
Hard as mere students of politics and especially those chronic political junkies in the rest of the world might try, it is practically impossible to ignore American politics. As a means of detoxicating ourselves from the binge consumption we went through during their 2008 elections, many of us have resorted to stay away from American domestic news and to mind our business this time around. It is however now clear that such is not going to be the case, they have won again, we cannot resist the temptation and against our wishes and decision we are now being drawn back to peep into their business.
Goodluck Jonathan’s golden opportunity
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 3/10/2012
Students of strategy and history will agree that in all forms of government rulers are motivated by and subsequently judged based on the legacy they live behind them. Whilst in power they strive to shape their legacy through their deeds and the statements they make.
The Bitter Chocolate
John Obiechina - 2/22/2012
Many children especially in the western world enjoy chocolate. In fact, it has gradually become an indispensable favourite as far as beverage is concerned.
How old is Peter Esele?
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 2/8/2012
There is a new generation of Nigerians rearing their dynamic heads and determined to put their mark on their country. Age is an important element that unites them, for they are young and indeed they define themselves as young, there are also a lot other socio-economic and political elements that delineate them.
Adewale T Akande - 2/3/2012
I. Boko Haram: The Dilemma of Human Ignorance, Religion Fideism and Failure of Leadership
What would the ghosts of Kano say?
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 1/26/2012
Scientist and atheists may not agree but most people believe that after death there is a soul that lives on. Many are convinced or at least hope that the dead continue to, in one way or another, show some interest in the lives and vicissitudes of those that are left behind in the world.
This Jonathan must go
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 1/17/2012
Observers and participants now all agree, the ongoing strikes and protests across Nigeria though caused by the country’s federal government’s decision to remove petrol subsidy is no more just about petrol price. Whatever happens and no matter how these strikes and protests end, Nigeria will never be the same again.
Boko Haram: The Dilemma of Human Ignorance, Religion Fideism and Failure of Leadership
Adewale T Akande - 12/30/2011
Without mincing words, I am using this opportunity to console the souls of innocent citizens that lost their lives, commiserates with the families of those who lost their loved ones and wish those injured speedy recovery from the “absurd” (according to the White House) and “senseless” bomb blasts by the islamist group called Boko Haram. It was the first bloody Christmas ever experienced by Nigerians since 1960.
Africa’s dominant State: the Dilemma of Democratization and Disintegration
Salih O. Nur - 12/28/2011
After more than five decades of violent conflict and millions of deaths, Sudan’s southern region has voted for secession in a referendum on self-determination early this year. Sudan, once Africa’s largest state, broke-up into two entities giving birth to an ethnically and religiously distinct state constituting one-third of its territory.
Lagos is speaking, who is listening?
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 12/10/2011
Our notes will be incomplete if we do not pause to invite some reflections upon the recently concluded Local Government elections that took place in Lagos, the economic and financial capital of Nigeria.
From Green-White-Green to Black-Red-Black
John Obiechina - 11/30/2011
At the dawn of Nigeria’s independence, the founding fathers and of course, zealous Nigerian citizens looked forward to a bright future. Amidst this great ceremony that catapulted to its climax on the 1st October 1960 was the triumphant public ascension of the Nigerian flag with a conspicuous decoration of just two colours- Green and White. The two batches of green colour symbolize our heritage, our large vegetation- big enough to feed the whole nation and even the world at large. While for the white colour, it means peace. And peace would always come if the greens were given its statutory position.
Nigeria at 51: Time to Re-organise a Dis-organised Society
Adewale Akande - 11/8/2011
This is the time to re-organise a blessed land with a repeatitive leaders of selfish motives. It is undemocratic and detrimental for leaders to think more about themselves as individuals or about their small families, clans or tribes and do not think at all about the people they are representing. Humanism means proper regard and compassion for people.We just have to do something to bring the country back to its feet.
Post Revolutionary Stagnation in the Horn of Africa
Amanuel Nayr - 10/31/2011
The Horn of Africa has not enjoyed a decade of peace and stability since the end of European colonialism. Border wars, independence struggles, and local power and resource conflicts have kept the region in turmoil.
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 10/31/2011
I. Nigerian leaders are the best in the world
At fifty-one, Nigeria is definitely is old; old enough to deal with some hard facts of life regardless of how unpleasant or mind numbing these might be. If Nigeria were human and a woman, at this age her prospects of finding love and conceiving children will belong to realm of tales and miracles. If Nigeria was a man, at this age, his prospects of achieving his boyhood dreams of playing for the national team will be based on a misconceptions of what happens in the Eagles camp.
Whether man or woman, anyone lucky enough to reach the go...
Gaddafi: The vulnerable “mad dog” without nuclear weapons
Preeti Nalwa - 10/27/2011
It would not be a cliché to repeat the oft quoted Reagan’s famous one liner about Gaddafi – “the mad dog of the Middle East”. It will not be a cliché because what he said in 1986 turned out to be eerily prophetic.
The Way forward for African Renaissance-Democracy, not Electocracy
Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu - 10/21/2011
Today African nations are groaning under several versions of undemocratic governments and non governmental organizations of all imaginable dimensions and motivations are clamoring and competing in advices on how to deepen and broaden democratic practice for African nations. However, the truth is that at best, what the foreign and local non governmental organizations have been recommending all along are but ELECTOCRATIC as against DEMOCRATIC practices.
The West, the press and other friendly enemies of Africa
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 9/30/2011
Most analysts beyond and within the shores of Africa will agree that the greatest woes betiding the countries of that continent are traceable to its lack of basic infrastructural amenities and proficient leadership.
Nigeria: This State is shaky
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 9/19/2011
There is a worrisome disconnect between the state of affairs in the country and the attitude of those in charge of such affairs that needs to be pondered upon. Most residents within Nigeria and her citizens as well as observers beyond the shores of the country are familiar with the need she has for basic services such as stable electricity, good roads, efficient healthcare and functional schools worthy of such description.
Not just the terrorists are wanted
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 9/6/2011
After any kind of event that renders havoc to the lives and properties of people, it is a normal and expected practice for such people to want to identify the causes and those responsible for such disasters. An individual or family affected will turn to the state via its security forces and other related agencies and expect these to start investigations with the hope of bringing those responsible to justice and putting in place measures that will impede the reoccurrence of such damaging acts in the future.
Libya and the Brutality of Nations
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 9/6/2011
1. The Choir Sings Again!
The choir of imperialism sings currently in Libya. The overtures in Iraq and Afghanistan are not ended, yet the choir must sings because that is its raison d’ etre! The Libyans, like their North African neighbors, wanted to stage their own opera to the deities of self-determination. This was after decades under the fossilized jackboots of a political dinosaur. They were midway in the very first sonatas to freedom, when a foreign orchestra of aristocratic greed hijacked the arena; and has continued to conduct the performance ever since. Here the voice is def...
Post Qaddafi: Insurgency and Jihad versus Democracy
Walid Phares, Ph.D. - 8/26/2011
By seizing most of Tripoli and fighting what's left of the pockets of resistance of Qaddafi forces, Libyan rebels have now almost dislodged the old regime and are expected to begin building their own government.
Libya’s misery – an end or a beginning?
Subhan Choudhury - 8/26/2011
Is this a humanitarian war?
Muammar Gadhaffi will go down - may be this week, may be next week. But why does he have to face this? What is the prize for dragging him down from power? Is this a humanitarian war? Is it to liberate the Libyans? Or is it for Libya's 1.6 million barrels per day output of high quality crude oil?
The war in Libya can be termed as a war of disinformation. The western biased media have manipulated the situation from the beginning till now. For instance, the bombings by NATO fighters were not only carried out on military targets, but also hit civilian hou...
Democratizing the State in the Horn of Africa Now: Examining its Feasibility
Amanuel Nayr - 8/26/2011
In the Horn of Africa the state is twisted. Instead of protecting its people, it often attacks them or exposes them to attack. By its actions (and inaction), it often famishes, tortures, represses and kills them.
Qaddafi’s Propagandists: Abdulaziz Belkhadem and Yusuf Shakir
Nizar Awad - 8/19/2011
Abdulaziz Belkhadem: Algeria’s Minister for Hire
Abdulaziz Belkhadem who is Algeria’s Minister of State now officially occupies a prominent place on the Libyan people’s list of warmongers since he openly voiced support for the now war criminal Muammar al-Gathafi and his regime. This man and his boss Algeria’s President Abd al-Aziz Boutaflika are responsible for running clandestine operations across the Libyan-Algerian border to prolong the life of Gathafi with mercenaries and weapons.
Even before his recent involvement in Libya Belkhadem has had a reputation for shady business d...
West's intervention in Libya turns sour
Abid Mustafa - 8/16/2011
After months of bombing by the allied crusader forces, it becoming increasingly apparent that Libya may have to be partitioned, as the West slowly loses momentum.
Let us reform or disband this NTA
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 8/8/2011
There is an open sore on the airwaves of Nigeria and since about a decade ago, thanks to technology, from Nigeria to the airwaves of practically the whole world. The sore is in the form of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). It is an open wound that hurts millions of Nigerians within and beyond the shores of Nigeria and it needs urgent healing; there is no other way of saying it, this NTA as it stands today needs to be either thoroughly reformed or completely disbanded.
Thirty days of blessings and simple hopes
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 8/1/2011
Once upon a time, there was a land wherein it was common practice for everyone to be happily affected by, and even actively participate in any kind of religious festival or event around them.
Can Africa be saved?
Ellis Washington, J.D. - 7/29/2011
Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush [Sudan] shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God.
Religious schooling and its byproducts in Somaliland
Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye - 7/27/2011
To learn religious education (RE) in the old days, a student used to go to Mal’aamad, a school of teaching Islamic basics to kids up to age of14. It usually taught children the method to pray, to treat one’s parents with kindness and to promote harmony within Muslim society and non-Muslim as well. In fact, the curriculum had been relevant, purely religious, and apolitical.
Gathafi’s Conspiracy Against Libya
Nizar Awad - 7/25/2011
I. Gathafi’s Conspiracy Against Libya
Whenever we thought that we have gotten Gathafi all figured out a whole new dimension of his deep and dark mindset stretches even further into the abyss of human depravity and blatant misanthropy.
This man proves time and time again through his language and actions that his heart and mind are full of malice despite his assertions to the contrary. Along with his reputation for reveling in the misery and suffering of others he clearly delights in assaulting the hearing of others with offensive words and slews of epithets. Gathafi’s insolen...
Nigeria: How To Be A State Governor
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 7/15/2011
It is quite possible that before now not many people have taken time to seriously consider it, but there is no doubt that governing a state in Nigeria has over the years been reduced to one of the most unduly simplified jobs, which does not even require an average intelligence or any special qualities to perform.
The Domino effect of the Secession of Southern Sudan
Fathi El-Shihibi - 7/11/2011
Why is the July 9th, 2011 creation of a separate state in Southern Sudan is giving jitters to sates in both Africa and the Middle East and sending mixed signals depending on what side of the secession people are?
Metamorphosis of a Libyan Tragedy
Nizar Awad - 7/11/2011
The Libyan tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes has been in the making since Gathafi’s coup d’état which overthrew the Libyan Monarchy (1951-1969) on September 1st, 1969.
Gathafi’s Orwellian Jamahiriya (People’s State)
Nizar Awad - 7/7/2011
What do George Orwell’s allegorical novella “Animal Farm” and Muammar Gathafi’s fabled “Jamahiriya” have in common?
Somalia, You are not worth the trouble
Abdirahman Mohamed Dirye - 7/5/2011
The notorious war criminal as well as Somaliland’s most wanted man, General Mohamed (Said) Hirsi Morgan, who is a mass murderer, often makes trips to Kenya whenever he wants to do so. His freedom of travel and confidence, stems from not the lack of arrest warrant issued for him by the International Criminal Court (ICC) but also INTERPOL’s setting him free for unexplained reasons.
Neither Speakership nor Chairmanship, Just a Yoruba Nation
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 7/5/2011
In a country wherein elites are obsessed with political zoning and power sharing, it is natural and even understandable to see politicians and pundits engrossed in discussions and analysis about how the Yoruba nation (insipidly and annoyingly called South-West in Nigeria) was treated in the recently concluded power sharing arrangement process. Geographically, occupation of the offices considered the seven most important positions look like this:
The Lion versus the Lion-Tamer: Or People Power versus State Power
Nizar Awad - 6/8/2011
This article is a modest attempt at tracing the course of the Libyan February 17th Revolution and identifying the root causes of revolutions in general. It also aims at promoting the novelty and uniqueness of Arab revolutions rather than taking for granted those one size fits all labels and designations that are being thrown around on the internet and other mass media outlets worldwide including “Arab spring” and “Jasmine revolution”.
There is still one more inauguration to do
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 6/7/2011
Unavoidable, a lot of attention of has been drawn to the inauguration ceremonies that recently took place across most parts of Nigeria for newly elected leaders and those returning and I am sure they will still generate more conversations and analysis.
Short changing the Ndigbo: Victims and Perpetrators
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 5/30/2011
The ongoing clamor for the post of speaker of the house of representative by leaders of many Ndigbo sociopolitical and partisan groups has brought back the themes of political marginalization, exclusion and even shortchanging of the Ndigbo back to the forefront of the national discourse in Nigeria.
An Open Letter from Awo, Balewa and Zik to President G. E. A. Jonathan
Adewale T Akande - 5/30/2011
On behalf of all Nigerians in heaven, we are using this forum to congratulate you for winning the recently concluded general elections that ushered you as an elected President of Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 29th of May.
The End of “Amala” Politics in Oyo State
Adewale T Akande - 5/24/2011
History is the memory of mankind and philosophy of history is the analytical ability of man to distinguish correct from incorrect. Human beings have the ability to create ways to live better and even change the envioroment to suit their needs and wants.
It is time to form a Yoruba Nation
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 5/24/2011
Unless we want to deceive ourselves or we genuinely fail to see reality then we must accept that the voters that went to the polls last week to decide who should be governors did not only elect their governors. They also used their thumbprint and ballot papers to draw a map that clearly states that the time has come to form a Yoruba nation.
Two Governors and Many Missed Opportunities
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 5/17/2011
In democracy, government is not just about nominating people into power, providing services and representing people; it is also about building and defending institutions, setting standards, being accountable and transparent.
CBN Governor should work for real people
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 5/10/2011
Even when joyful, it is always advisable to keep one’s eyes open. The recent inclusion of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Lamido Sanusi, on the celebrated list of the 100 most influential people in world has filled many of us with pride and joy but a closer look at the achievements of his administration has also shown us that there is a missing trophy in the collection of the CBN Governor.
Nigeria's Wild Wild North: A festival of Incompetence and Mischief
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 4/26/2011
Lest we all become guilty of what we accuse others of doing, two things need to be said very clearly about the ongoing crisis in the Northern part of Nigeria: one is that the Northern crisis is a very good example of a predictable and therefore avoidable tragedy; the other is that such tragedy was made possible by those elites in charge of the country’s affairs who at a crucial time in the life of their country proved to be in most cases incompetent, in some cases ingenuous and even mischievous in some other cases.
Gathafi’s War on Young and Old
Nizar Awad - 4/15/2011
After watching in utter dismay how our innocent children are being used to white wash the ugly and murderous face of Gathafi’s regime, I knew right there and then that there is nothing sacred to Gathafi, his family or his followers and there is no telling how low they would sink to achieve their goals.
Time to Say Goodbye to Bad Leaders
Adewale T Akande - 4/14/2011
The Nigerian most famous and respectable novelist, poet, professor and critic, Chinua Achebe rightly said in his book “The Trouble with Nigeria” that “It is totally false to suggest, as we are apt to do, that Nigerians are fundamentally different from any other people in the world. Nigerians are corrupt because the system under which they live today makes corruption easy and profitable; they will cease to be corrupt when corruption is made difficult and inconvenient.
We are not all guilty
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 4/13/2011
When talking about issues and prospects of the country, it is a common place in Nigeria to lump together its people and wrap them up as one into a shroud of helplessness inside which people are jolted and crushed every so often by the shock of some obvious and clearly avoidable mishaps; the recently concluded parliamentary elections is a clear proof, for those that need one, that we the people are not all the same and that we are not all guilty of the woes of Nigeria.
Hail Gathafi, King in the Hereafter
Nizar Awad - 4/7/2011
With his tragic end fast approaching Africa’s King of Kings Muammar Gathafi must now be basing up and down his royal tent while slowly resigning himself to a fate similar to that of Macbeth, the tragic figure in Shakespeare’s play. The remorseless Gathafi could at the this very moment be engaged in soliloquies reminiscent of that of Macbeth who having come to terms with the fallacies of his designs to manipulate his way to power and greatness ruminates:
Towards a normal country
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 4/6/2011
Before and beyond the obvious irritating and expensive ridicule that Nigerians at home and abroad were exposed to last week, thanks to the postponement of the parliamentary elections (or NASS as they say in the Nigerian parlance), it should now be clear to all those that care and bother to think that what this country desperately needs right now is to consciously move towards normalcy rather than continue to seek greatness.
Libya: As you sow, so shall you reap
Tanveer Jafri - 3/29/2011
The west has already scripted the ouster of the Libyan strongman Colonel Muammar Qadhafi. Coalition forces have given a severe blow to the Libyan Air Force and Army. Now, NATO has taken over the military command. Qadhafi’s one son has reportedly been killed. Qadhafi can be dethroned anytime. Qadhafi’s life and future is speculated in different ways. Going by Qadhafi’s own statement, he would like to die in Libya. How he meets his end, is to be seen. Would he decide to flee Libya and seek asylum abroad? If yes, will the NATO and the rebels allow him to escape the country in current circumstan...
Gloves off against Ghaddafi’s Apologists
Nizar Awad - 3/27/2011
To those countries which are now issuing statements critical of the efforts by the International coalition forces to shield Libyan citizens from Ghaddafi’s onslaughts I would like to say “Back off now or you will be considered by the Libyans as partners in the crimes being committed against them”. You are not fooling anybody by your statement regarding foreign intervention and other inflated concerns for the sovereignty of the Libyan people.
Notes on 2011 Presidential Debate
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 3/23/2011
The recently concluded presidential debate has taken discussions about the forth-coming general elections in Nigeria to a different and interesting dimension. Overall, the event was well organised, well attended and more importantly very followed and now widely discussed. Thanks to the internet, and other form of technologies such as the satellite, Nigerians within and beyond the country continue to watch and talk about the debate face to face, via telephone conversations, through text messages and as predictable, the internet abounds with comments and judgments about the debate and the candidates.
One’s Home Is What One Is: Libya and Her People Reunite
Nizar Awad - 3/21/2011
Yes, what else but home?
It all depends on what you mean by home.
Of course he’s nothing to us, any more
That was the hound that came a stranger to us
Out of the woods, worn out upon the trail
“Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.”
As Libyans we have to unite around our flag, our revolution and our country in her time of dire need. The Libyan people are noble and forgiving but they would draw the line on those who deliberately abandon them in their time of need. Mark my word the time of reckoning is upon us and Libyans who are ...
Muammar Ghaddafi Don Quixote: Two Peas in a Pod
Nizar Awad - 3/15/2011
Were the Spanish author of “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” Miguel de Cervantes alive today he would be surprised to encounter a living and breathing clone of his delusional antihero Don Quixote of La Mancha. The similarities don’t stop with character and mental state but also to pursuits for this outlandishly clad fellow wrestles with his own windmills thinking that they are monstrous giants worthy of conquest. While Don Quixote in his bouts with insanity imagined himself a chivalrous knight-errant riding his noble steed and fighting towering adversaries and rescuing damsels...
A Memo to the Emerging Leaders of a New Nigeria
Adewale T Akande - 3/15/2011
The past history of Nigeria is a story we tell based on hazy recollections of virtual realities we went through since the last five decades. The future of the country is a daydream produced by our hopes and fears. Fear because of the re-appearing of the same old, fake and greedy politicians without integrity and trust. The long list of accussed corrupted political leaders recently published by the Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) shows they have not changed. Hope because of the emerging of the young, dynamic, patriotic and responsible leaders with exemplary of d...
Qaddafi’s departure is not easy
Tanveer Jafri - 3/14/2011
After the fall of Tunisia and Egypt, it seemed that the Libyan strongman Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, faced with huge public anger, will soon be forced to step down. Iran and many European countries were named as potential refuge for Qaddafi. Reports were abound that Qaddafi has put a proposal before the rebels that he was ready to leave the country, provided no harm is done to him or his family and all his property and gold will remain with him. But the reliability of all such reports becomes questionable when either Qaddafi or his son is seen on TV saying that- I am Libya, I will fight, and I wi...
MEK Terrorist Designation: an In-depth Look
Nima Sharif - 3/14/2011
Recently in Washington, DC a number of former high ranked officials and public figures from both parties, made calls for the removal of the main Iranian oppositions group, the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq Organisation of Iran (MEK) from the State Department's Foreign Terrorist Organizations list. At the same time some discussions began to appear in online publications and blogs with arguments such as the MEK being a cult or being unpopular.
Made in Lagos for Nigeria
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 3/10/2011
It is a common practice amongst social scientists and political philosophers that occupy themselves with the thought of how best to manage or improve their country and world to seek and study model places that they can use as example to embody their ideas and to convince those that should care about what to aspire to become. Nowhere is perfect, hence, models are hard to find. Thinkers are therefore forced to find their models in three ways: mostly by digging into the past, sometimes by cutting and pasting pieces from various states or even by inventing their own imaginary states.
Nigeria: This House Is Not For Sale!
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 3/8/2011
“Why do I ever think of things falling apart? Were they ever whole” – Arthur Miller, Late American playwright and essayist
A Century of Notorious Scam Mails and Fraudsters
Adewale T Akande - 3/7/2011
“ Did you know Charlie?” was an advert placed in a UK local newspapers in 2004. As it was reported by Matt Roper on pages 14 and 15 of Daily Mirror, Wednesday, December 22nd , 2004. The advert read thus: “Charlie Dufar, 81. died recently, leaving a substantial sum of money to be divided amongst his friends. We have been appointed to trace friends of Charlie in order to distribute these funds. Charlie was a widower, who lived in Rail Street for the last 12 years of his life. He was a keen football fan and spent evenings in the Mariners Arms. Did you know Charlie?. Please contact us and i...
Nigeria: Electoral Scorecard for Rational Citizens
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 2/25/2011
We now know the names of all the candidates that will be contesting in the forthcoming elections, we also know who their running mates will be. A point needs to be made immediately about these candidates: unlike what we have seen for too long in Nigeria, those running for elections this time around are doing so because they explicitly want to do so.
Oyo State is not a Battle Ground
Adewale T Akande - 2/16/2011
The recent political imbroglio in Oyo State that caused the gruesome murder of the dismissed Chairman of the state National Union of Road Transport Workers, Alhaji Lateef Salako (aka Elewe-omo) and two other party men in a local government congress of the People Democratic Party calls for an urgent attention as the general elections draw nearer. Several people were said to be injured.
Eligible Voters Set to Detoxify Nigeria
Adewale T Akande - 2/13/2011
The word “toxin”was first used by a reputable organic chemist called Ludwig Brieger (1849-1919). According to my little “...Oxford Dictionary” the word signifies “poison especially of animal or vegetable origin; poison secreted by micro-organism and causing particular disease” To detoxify is to literally eliminate the poisionous substances- the toxins- from our lives. These generation of accidental, selfish, heartless and dubious leaders that have been in the corridor of power in Nigeria since 1960 are toxins that needed to be flushed out from our system. It simply means voting out thos...
Nigerian Internal Democracy: Exit, Voice and Loyalty
Prof. Dr Anthony A Kila - 2/12/2011
The list that came last week with the names of candidates for the forthcoming political elections should be the final lists of flag bearers that will contest on behalf of the political parties registered by INEC. It should be so not because we like or dislike any of the candidates on the list but simply because electoral regulations (according to section 31 (3) of the Electoral Act, 2010) clearly states that the list needs to be published within seven days of the receipt of the now famous form CF001. For the few engaged participants and the very many affected citizens, the list should finally tell us who is still fighting as a candidate and who is out for now.
Will the Past Engulf South Sudan?
Amanuel Nayr - 2/11/2011
The situation in the Horn of Africa reminds me of the Tigrigna saying, ‘may your mother die if you dare to speak out, and your father if you dare to remain silent’. This saying captures the dilemma in maintaining, forming and dividing states in the region. States have been maintained, formed and disintegrated for good causes: to avoid conflicts, civil wars and violations of human rights. Although peoples in the region still anxiously await for the best days to come, the results of these processes have been discouraging.
The Importance of Voting in a Truly Democratic Society
Adewale T Akande - 2/7/2011
In a true democratic society, it is essential to ensure a government that follows the will of the people and not the one that force the people to follow it, that is, a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” as said by Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address which lasted a little over two minutes on November, 19, 1863. Democracy is not government of some people by some people and for some people as a frequent practise in some developing nations. Democracy is a nation ruled by its citizenry. The beauty of democracy is that the minority will have their say but th...
Time to Vote for a New Nigeria
Adewale T Akande - 2/4/2011
Every journey starts with the first small step. There is no doubt that this year general elections will definately change the course of history of Nigeria for a new nation. Nigerians have learnt their lessons in a very hard way. Nigerians have come to realise that they are the solution to their problems. Suffering is how we react to events that happen to us. Most Nigerian problems are self-created.and now realise that their destiny is in their hands. This coming elections will reveal to all and sundry that relationship between citizens and the state is fundamental to democracy. The journey to ...
The Changing Nature of Civil Society and Elections in Africa
Ronald Elly Wanda - 12/2/2010
The recent awakening wave of civil society in Africa, especially the confrontational and oppositional segment, is in large measure, a response to the declining political capacity of the African state. Excitedly triggered by the realization slowly taking place on the continent that democratization will not come from periodic elections, which political parties have for so long mistakenly viewed as their exclusive domain of operation.
Restorative Justice, The Enemy Of Retributive Justice
Savo Heleta - 11/7/2010
We lock them away every day and every second day they escape the clasps of Justice. In their wake they leave a deathbed of violence and destruction. Criminals are found through out society and no society has been able to deal with the issue, no society has achieved a utopia, more so the society who embraces retribution.
Somalia, US, and the Dual-Track Letdown
Abukar Arman - 11/7/2010
Somalia in particular and Horn of Africa in general are at such a volatile stage that any misstep—domestic or foreign—could only further exacerbate that perilous condition. One such potential misstep gathering cloud is the recently proposed US foreign policy toward Somalia known as the Dual-Track approach.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill : What Lessons for Nigeria ?
Joel Nwokeoma - 7/18/2010
On Monday, June 14, the US President, Barack Obama, personally met with relatives of the 11 workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion that occurred on April 20 on the BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico . In what is said to be a private meeting at the White House, Obama, who, reports say, has “come under mounting pressure over his handling of the crisis”, expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to the victims’ families.
Nigeria: Jobs for the youths or fraud by another name?
Joel Nwokeoma - 5/6/2010
In a depressed economy like Nigeria's, characterised by job losses, closure of companies and mass youth unemployment, any initiative by either the private or public sector that can take as many as 10,000 unemployed youths, graduates or non-graduates, in one fell swoop, out of the many in the anguish-filled labour market, is a laudable one. This is appropriately so, given the vital linkage between unemployment and criminality, which is a major threat to national security, more so, for a state like Imo, where kidnapping has become a second nature in recent times.
Somalia’s Last Chance
Dr. Oduesp Eman - 4/9/2010
While the current Somali transitional government is by no means perfect, there are at least a couple of things it has been doing right- putting in place various apparatuses to pave the way for good governance, and laying the foundation to reestablish law and order. Granted, these two developments are only moving at a snail’s-pace.
Genocide against Civilian Nigerian Christians
Elias Bejjani - 3/10/2010
It is so sad and extremely frustrating to hear every day horrible mascaras targeting peaceful Christian civilians in Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan, Nigeria among many other countries where murder with cold blood and barbarism against minorities is a trend and a life style that goes back to the stone ages.
A New Paradigm for Engaging Somalia
Abukar Arman - 1/3/2010
The stakes are much higher than ever before. And, despite the negative reports that dominate the news and thus perpetuate the sense of hopelessness, voices of reason are becoming more audible against the current senseless violence, chaos and extremism. More and more Somalis are coming to realize that the path ahead leads no where except the assured suicide of a nation.
Interview with Nigeria's Ambassador To Spain Obed Wadzani
Adewale Akande - 12/7/2009
Q: Could you please provide a bit of background about your career?
Metaphors of Dysfunction
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 12/7/2009
For long have I loved Nigerian roads like a bat loves daylight. We are mutually exclusive hermits on parallel universes. She does not abhor me as much as I dread her. I harbour a platonic dread of her. My fears of her are not some unfounded paranoia of a surrogate neurotic. Neither are they the tired projections of a mind schooled in fear. The Nigerian road is a fearful place. It is a paradise of death and dysfunction. It is a place to fear, and a rotten metaphor of all that is wrong with Nigeria. It is the rawest state of nature, which would have confounded the sharp faculties of Thomas Hobbe...
The Kool-Aid Syndrome and Somalia’s Fading Hope
Sadia Ali Aden - 12/6/2009
Approximately nine months ago the UN-sponsored peace conference in Djibouti produced the current president of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed. President Ahmed’s internationally supported unity government continues to be mired down in internal conflict; a conflict rooted in the 4.5 clan system formula. It is a system that remains the most persistent impediment to peace, justice and equality, because it promotes, legitimizes and generously rewards the warlords (and their militias) who for nearly two decades perpetuated violence and chaos, and tarnished the credibility of the Somali people and the state.
How and Why Engagement with Sudan Shows Precisely What's Wrong with Obama Administration Foreign Policy
Prof. Barry Rubin - 10/28/2009
The Obama Administration apparently thinks that its policy of engaging repressive radical anti-American dictators has been working so well as to extend it now to Sudan. This is the meaning of the new policy to be on this issue October 19.
Nigeria’s Cult Of Corruption
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 10/12/2009
Virtually every Nigerian knows and strongly believes that any day Nigeria is able to make up its mind to end its obscene and ruinous romance with the stubborn monster called “Corruption”, this country will automatically witness the kind of prosperity no one had thought was possible in these parts. Just imagine the amount of public funds being stolen and squandered daily under various guises by too many public officers and their accomplices, and the great transformation that would happen to public infrastructure and the lives of the citizenry if this organized banditry can at least be reduced by fifty percent!
Can Nigeria implement a social security scheme?
Joel Nwokeoma - 9/28/2009
In what could be said to be a major paradigm shift in Nigeria ’s poverty reduction strategy, the Federal Government last March empanelled a National Working Committee on Social Security Policy headed by former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, to advise it on the modalities of implementing a social security programme in the country. Hitherto, the former administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo had adopted an economic-growth led poverty reduction strategy where it reckoned that a robust performance of the national economy would necessarily lead to job creation, reduction in unemployment and elimination of attendant misery and poverty among the citizenry.
Kenya-Uganda ‘Migingo Tussle’: a classic case of geopolitical farce
Ronald Elly Wanda - 7/27/2009
In the last few months in Eastern Africa, an island barely an acre in size, languishing somewhere in Lake Victoria has been at the centre of a regional row pitting Kenya against Uganda. Both Kenya and Uganda maintains that the small island belongs to it. The row, according to Joseph Nyagah, Kenya’s Cooperative Development Minister, “has adversely affected operations of fishermen’s cooperative societies in the region”. Similar sentiments have also been expressed by his Ugandan counterpart. Meanwhile, conflicts over fishing grounds continue to rage around the lake with regular incidents of Kenya...
Tribute to a fallen Comrade in Kenya
Ronald Elly Wanda - 6/15/2009
Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem for along time was an admired presence within the often fractious world of African politics and the relentless mission of Pan-African literature. As a close friend, I have found it difficult to organize words in a way that truly capture my grief. That said, Kenya’s Daily Nation (that first reported the accident), somehow encapsulated the general mood of all concerned Africanists when it noted that “death has robbed Africa of one of its most illustrious sons”. A native Nigerian, he was witty and intellectually high minded but at times daft enough to appreciate the humour of a young and less known fellow pan-African writer. He definitely was unassuming and gentle.
Piracy, Geopolitics, and Private Security
Abukar Arman - 4/29/2009
MOGADISHU, SOMALIA. Make no mistake the proliferation of piracy in the Somali coast is a serious problem- not only for the international community but for Somalia in general, and more specifically, for the current Islamist led government of national unity. After all, Islamic law has zero tolerance for banditry, whether sea-based or land-based.
Should the Aid plug to Africa be pulled off?
Ronald Elly Wanda - 4/22/2009
“Stars come and go” said William Goldman in Adventures In The Screen Trade. And Goldman was right. Lately in the African literary and development circle, Dambisa Moyo with her new book Dead Aid: How Aid is not working and how there is another way for Africa, has become one such a 'star'. The book, not to my surprise, has received a very warm welcome within the western academic circuit- that is usually unreceptive to African intellectual contributions.
Is Vision 2020 Dead on Arrival?
Joel Nwokeoma - 3/27/2009
The other day, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, in what many see as an apparent response to the “admixture of criticism and cynicism” that has trailed the adoption of the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 (NV 20:2020) since the inception of his administration in 2007, enumerated the “strategic goals” of the vision during the inauguration of the Vision 2020 Business Support Group in Abuja. The vision, it will be recalled, seeks to place the country among the top 20 global economies by 2020, a timeframe that seems like eternity to the promoters but is actually some 11 years from today.
Nigeria and the Global Financial Crisis
Joel Nwokeoma - 3/24/2009
An indepth analysis of the official pronouncements and statements of top government functionaries in Nigeria on the current global financial crisis reveals one of two things: Either a clear lack of understanding of the depth and ramifications of the issue at hand or an outright trivilisation of how to go about it, which, essentially, is a function of the former.The earliest recorded response of any government official in the country on the matter was the declaration made by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, who, while speaking when summoned at the National Ass...
Is this the end of the capital error in East Africa?
Ronald Elly Wanda - 2/23/2009
At the beginning of last year, whilst at a send-off party in London for a Ugandan friend that worked for Citigroup Bank in New York, I remember a Morgan Stanley employee, so tipsy yet confident of his abilities and apparent access to capital, bragging that he would one day buy the Central Bank of Uganda. “This lot are mismanaging the tills in Uganda. I am going to sort these guys out!” proclaimed the chubby banker amidst some hilarity. At that time the conversations revolved almost entirely on how good the times were.
Yar’Adua, unspent funds and Vision 2020
Joel Nwokeoma - 2/23/2009
Arguably, what seems to be an unsung ‘achievement’ of the President Umaru Yar’Adua administration since inception in 2007 is the introduction of the concept of “unspent funds” into Nigeria ’s political and administrative lexicon. Incidentally, it’s the consequences, rather than the meaning, of this concept that have agitated the mind of a wide spectrum of commentators and observers of events in Nigeria for awhile now. Same way, it’s on the basis of the consequences of this atrocious reality that posterity would be obliged to judge this administration, especially against the backdrop of its of...
The Arab and Muslim Indifference Regarding the Suffering in Darfur
Savo Heleta - 1/8/2009
When Muslims suffer around the world in the hands of Americans, Russians, Serbs, or Israelis, the Arab and Muslim countries are very active in condemning the attacks and violence. Their governments complain and raise funds, diplomats protest, the media report, and the citizens demonstrate against "crusaders and infidels."
The Writer and Development in East Africa
Ronald Elly Wanda - 1/8/2009
The history of contemporary political ideas of Africa is a neglected field in the continent and more so outside of it. As we commence 2009, and near the first decade of what the UN has ambitiously termed “Africa’s century”, it is important as Africans to re-examine and discuss our plight in relation to our development. My capitulation as a concerned reader and writer places emphasis on none other than the young African writer, for it is he or she that is likely to stimulate and catalogue development and historical discourses as per se. This is because, when it comes to Africa, where African th...
Somalia Ought To Be Obama's Litmus Test
Sadia Ali Aden - 12/6/2008
Indeed the historic victory of President-elect Obama has created profound prospect of hope and change that swept through America. However, for millions across the world who have witnessed devastation, insecurity and chaos resulting from an imprudent US foreign policy; reality is a nightmare they cannot easily ignore. Here, Somalia comes to mind.
Somalia after the Ethiopian Occupation
Abukar Arman - 11/12/2008
In light of the development of several critical issues that include U.S. economic volatility and the new political direction it’s likely to turn towards, it’s not farfetched to predict that Washington-supported Ethiopian occupation of Somalia will soon come to an end.
International Involvement in Côte d’Ivoire
Daniel Epstein - 8/26/2008
Côte d’Ivoire’s recent history is far different than those of other African states. Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Sudan saw contingents of United Nations peacekeepers safeguarding civilian populations, with limited success. Unlike the DRC or the Sudan, Sierra Leone may be the closest parallel to the situation in Côte d’Ivoire. In both cases former colonial powers, the United Kingdom in Sierra Leone and France in Côte d’Ivoire, entered the states to put an end to the fighting and force some kind of reconciliation. The true reasons for France’s involvement ranged f...
Singing for Life: HIV/AIDS and Music in Uganda
Ronald Elly Wanda - 8/18/2008
The question “where were you during the millennium revelry?” has now become a historical. For me, save for the champagne I drunk on that eve, I will always remember it as the time I lost a dear aunt to the “plague”. Whilst our London residence was crowded of people celebrating the dawn of what the UN ambitiously termed “Africa’s century”, in Kakamega (west of Kenya) my kinfolks mourned for having lost their ‘daughter’ on the millennium.
The Problems and Prospects in Africa
Saberi Roy - 7/29/2008
The African nations remain the most troubled in the world, politically, socially, economically with many of the least developed nations being in Africa. Some of these poorest countries of the world are in Africa and many remain perpetually paralyzed with problems of starvation and poverty, HIV and widespread illnesses and political corruption or human rights abuse. A comprehensive examination of all the problems in Africa could be given in the context of individual countries and the most troubled regions are Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Chad, Malawi and Sudan.
Aetiology of Violence
Sreeram Chaulia, Ph.D. candidate - 7/6/2008
(A review of Patricia Daley’s Gender & Genocide in Burundi: The Search for Spaces of Peace in the Great Lakes Region, Bloomington, Indiana University Press, June 2008. ISBN: 978-0253219251. Price: US$ 24.95. Length: 268 Pages)
The Real Trouble with Zimbabwe
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 7/1/2008
"Fiat Justitia! Ruat caelum."
This adage of ancient provenance is a heart-rending plea for justice to pour like the rain! It supplicated justice to deluge our world like the Noachian deluge of old did in the fertile minds of the ancient Jewish Yawhist-tradition writers; even if the pillars of heaven are to collapse in the process. And time has proven over and over again, that Truth is the grand essential for justice. Without truth, justice is eviscerated of meaning and significance. This piece is the contribution of our feeble voice to course of truth and justice. This is an inscription in t...
In Nigeria, Oil Wealth Delivers Grief
Salil Tripathi - 6/27/2008
With the price of oil skyrocketing, the search is on for explanation. One reason is violence and unrest in Nigeria, which has reduced production by at least a quarter, according to some estimates. The economic and political failures that lay behind rebel violence in Nigeria’s oil-bearing Delta, however, are not amenable to any easy fix.
The Queue For Shoprite Bread
Uche Nworah - 6/18/2008
The title of this piece which has nothing to do with the global food crises may as well have been Begging for Bread at Shoprite. Yes, that’s what they make us do at Shoprite; the sales boys and girls and their South African employers make us stand in lines and beg for their hot oven-fresh bread.
The Upshot of the Somali Peace Express
Abukar Arman - 6/18/2008
Despite its shaky start, the UN-brokered Somali peace accord still has the potential to achieve a historical milestone. Two essential elements that were absent in the 14 previously failed peace conferences were prominent in this one. There were genuine peace-makers with considerable political capital and a relatively neutral third party to facilitate the process.
Yar’ Adua and the Food Crisis: The Road Not Taken
Joel Nwokeoma - 5/20/2008
There is an element of inescapable truism in the age long assertion that fate often throws up circumstances upon which men are judged, either by what they did or failed to do thereon. When viewed from this perspective, it becomes incumbent on men, though seen as hostage to fate, to be more mindful of their eventful actions and inactions. This obviously cannot be far from what a fellow had in mind when he remarked during an informal chat the other day, that, head or tail, President Umaru Yar’Adua would also, in many years to come, be remembered as the one under whose reign the food crisis hit t...
Who will probe Nigeria’s National Assembly?
Joel Nwokeoma - 5/2/2008
These, seemingly, are the best of times for members of the two chambers of Nigeria’s National Assembly. It looks no doubt as their time to shine, and they, surely, are reveling in it. A casual review of governance activities in the country as succinctly captured by the media in recent times will show that the sun looks to be shining the brightest in the National Assembly, or so it seems. This, however, is not taking anything away from the phenomenal interventions and activism of the judicial arm of government especially on the strength of the bold and courageous judgments so far declared on the last general elections.
Nigerian Diaspora and the New Face of Nigeria
Ugo Harris Ukandu - 5/2/2008
It is a common theme these days in almost every major city in America or Europe to notice groups of Nigerians discussing and anticipating the politics, democracy, freedom, business, opportunities and forth coming elections in Nigeria with interest, and how some are planning to either run for election or to influence the out come of the election in Nigeria by campaigning, organizing, fund raising, lobbying or by voting from outside Nigeria. It has gotten to a frenzy state that at any Nigerian gathering or function - in a party, at school, at work and Bars/restaurants - an average Nigerian now i...
The African Writer Is An Orphan
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 4/29/2008
In 2002, Chinedu Ogoke, a Nigerian writer and translator resident in Germany published his first novel, Under Fire. His second novel is being awaited. In this interview with UGOCHUKWU EJINKEONYE, Mr. Ogoke speaks on his work and the state of African Literature in relation to the still thorny issue of audience definition
A clean bill of health for Yar'Adua
Joel Nwokeoma - 4/18/2008
For the umpteenth, Nigeria was this week gripped with the confusing puzzle over the state of health of President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua. The palpable confusion over the President’s health was widely reported by various national newspapers on Tuesday, April 15, a story that overshadowed, in significance, the 2008 budget that was finally signed by the President, after many months of rofofo fight between the National Assembly and the executive. The most disturbing of the stories was that of The Punch with an alarming banner headline: “Yar’Adua ill, flown Abroad”! The Guardian, on the other hand, wa...
Somalia: The TFG Is All Talk & No Substance
Hassan Shirwa - 4/12/2008
Mr Nur Hassan Hussein (Adde), who is nominally Ethiopia's TFG chief, held a press conference in Mogadishu on 12 March 2008, in which he said that his blood soaked TFG was ready to talk peace with its opponents including the Al-Shabaab Organisation who are the real force behind the full swing freedom fighting insurgency against the savage Ethiopian occupation and their Somali collaborator mercenaries.
Will Obasanjo Explode Yar’Adua’s Anti-Graft Balloon?
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 4/3/2008
If you are carrying out an employment exercise in your company, and one of the jobseekers showed up with a letter of recommendation duly written and signed by Mr. Nuhu Ribadu, the former Chair of the Economic And Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), would that impress you?
Vacancy for Leadership in Nigeria
Ugo Harris Ukandu - 4/3/2008
Leadership in Nigeria today has become a word used by our present leadership but their experiences, their atittude, their actions and their words fall short of true leaders. Presently in Nigeria, we have shameless leaders, sadist as leaders, abusers as leaders, child molesters as leaders,economic rapist as leaders, rogues as leaders, perverts as leaders, drunkard as leaders, people who are security risk as leaders, looters as leaders, criminals as leaders, law breakers as leaders, 419ers as leaders, praise singers as leaders, dooms day prophets as leaders,failed academicians as leaders, crimin...
Meeting The Needs Of Nigeria’s Re-Emerging Middle Class
Uche Nworah - 3/13/2008
To ensure that we are all on the same page on the subject of middle class, it is important to attempt an explanation of the phrase ‘middle class’ in the Nigerian context. The reason being that the phrase which was popular in Nigeria in the seventies, and probably the early eighties may not mean so much to today’s generation, who go by other social group names and classifications including YUPPIES (an acronym for young, urban and upwardly mobile professionals).
Somalia's Leadership: Substance or Rhetoric?
Sadia Ali Aden - 3/5/2008
These are serious times with serious challenges that require serious leadership capable of envisioning free and united Somalia based on peace, justice and equality. Devoid of that, the current bloodshed will only continue and the humanitarian crisis will worsen.
At The Mercy Of Nigerian Traders
Uche Nworah - 3/3/2008
Absence of vibrant consumer protection organisations in the country exposes consumers to exploitation by retail outlets. In this interview, Olusegun Adeoye of Tell magazine speaks with Uche Nworah, senior lecturer in marketing communications at the London Metropolitan Business School on the worrying exploitation of consumers by some retail outlets in Nigeria.
Kenyan Deal: A compromise between Britain and America
Abid Mustafa - 3/3/2008
On 27/2/2008, Kofi Annan acting under US tutelage announced a power-sharing deal to solve Kenya’s political crisis. The key points of the deal are:
Nigeria: The Making of a Failed State
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 3/3/2008
Before the Shakespearean Caesar fell, the nightmares of his wife were premonitions. Before he took the fatal steps to the Capitol, the good offices of Artemidorus were deployed by fate as an early warning system. The treachery of Brutus was appropriated by the sharp faculties of the Seer. Caesar was warned. He got sufficient forewarnings. But like every conceited man, Caesar was deaf. His pride deafened him. Caesar felt invincible. He kept his self-deception running on all cylinders. “Caesar was more dangerous than danger”; screamed the arrogant banners of his conceit. He swaggered in pride, l...
Nigeria and Foreign investors
Ugo Harris Ukandu - 3/3/2008
I want to understand what Nigerian Government officials, especially the State Goverenors think about economic development, because it seems that our idea of investment/trade and the rest of the world runs counter to each other. Looking at economic development in all parts of the world, governments and people develop economic models by looking inward within their countries before venturing outside to seek input but in Nigeria the opposite is the case.
Protest and Recovery in Kenyan Politics
Ronald Elly Wanda - 2/28/2008
Very often it is alleged that Justice is the highest goal of political life, yet for most folks in Africa it is instead injustice that continues to dominate political debate. The political bloodshed that we continue to witness in Kenya following the dishonourable re-election of Mr Mwai Emilio Kibaki on 30th of December 2007 is a contemporary classic case in illustration.
Who Cares If Kenya Bleeds To Death?
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 2/10/2008
Two days ago (Monday, February 4, 2008), The Standard, a Nairobi-based national newspaper published on its front page the heart-rending picture of the Kenyan Minister of Special Programmes, Dr. (Mrs.) Naomi Shabaan, carrying a two-day old baby, John Nduati, who was born at one of the very “inhospitable and squalid camps” where hapless Kenyans, brutally displaced by the insane political crises that have engulfed their country for more than a month now, have sought refuge.
Thieves in the Nigerian Senate
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 2/5/2008
When a corpse comes hurrying to burial with an erect penis, then something is absolutely wrong. Not only that this has all the ingredients of an abominable embarrassment, the corpse is not heading home pretty soon. If he receives an interment, the odours of gossip would ensure his eternal insomnia in the memories of the living. At the dawn of time, long before the birth of taboo, the coffin was already on record as advising the corpse to relax, and make itself comfortable because their journey and alliance is going to be a very long one. Both of them are marching to eternity together. And that...
Kenyan and Nigerian Election Disputes - A Contrast
Ugo Harris Ukandu - 1/21/2008
Election matters in every Democratic country in choosing their leaders but countries in Africa no matter how stable the country is are all falling victims to an International conspiracy with collaboration with selfish African leaders to perpetuate the long term aim of Slavery and colonialism to divide and conquer Africans by tribe, creed, ethnicity and we versus them mentality. In any African election is hardly a loser ever. Everybody wins especially when the opponents open their ears and eyes to the so called International election observers and monitors; whom always plays double face gam...
Ahmed Dirie: The Somali Nelson Mandela
Ahmed Dirie - 1/13/2008
Despite Ahmed Dirie’s brief public service history, he accomplished what few other man achieved in all civilizations. Ahmed Dirie revived the ever diminish Somali-esteem and pride by standing up against a brutal enemy with unfettered support from the only supper power, United States of America. At first glance, Ahmed Dirie seemed a very fragile and naïve individual as he was not a heavy build/muscular and highly educated man. However, time and again, he has proven to be a leader of high sophistications with integrity and respect for others. In his capacity as a Somali elder (traditional leader...
Why Ribadu was kicked out of EFCC
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 1/10/2008
On the shores of utopia, the prize for excellence is approbation; not reproach. Here, the reward for a job well done is recognition, support, and a higher pedestal upon which to repeat the feat earlier achieved, on a grander scale. It is not the sack. In this clime, the reward for a job well done is never the timid heckles of emasculated cowards; content in spending their insignificant lives in anonymous non-existence, criticizing those who dared challenge existence to yield to their vision. Neither is it the neurotic insecurities and impious envy of visionless power, which sees an affront to ...
The Way Forward For Nigerian Film Industry
Ugo Harris Ukandu - 1/10/2008
The economic trend in Nigeria and focusing on the high income earner for Nigeria over time, Oil,gas, Cocoa, Coal and palm produce have all been the foreign exchange earner for Nigeria since 1960, and based on the mismanagement that followed these income earning products for the nation, Nigeria is today in prostrate state and terribly sick in terms of managing our enormous resources in raw and finished materials. According to the Director of Filmmakers of Nigeria(FAN) Mrs. Pat Okolo ' Nigeria is losing estimated 50 millions dollars yearly because of international piracy of Nigerian movies and films in the Americas, canada, other African Countries and Europe' etc.
Engaging Somalia Via The Road Least Traveled
Abukar Arman - 1/8/2008
The report card is in, and the end of the year accumulative grade indicates miserable failure. Worsening conditions for the ailing nation of Somalia, costly quagmire for Ethiopia and political wild-goose chase that produced a new hotbed of Anti-Americanism in the Horn for the US.
Marking First Anniversary Of Ethiopia's Brutal Occupation in Somalia
Abdulkadir Abdirahman - 1/8/2008
It was this time last year when the Ethiopian invading troops marched into Somalia particularly the Capital, Mogadishu, with its 2.5 million populations in state of peace, but today the population has drastically dwindled to less than one million because of the mass killing, indiscriminate bombardments, prevalent rape and the massive displacements. In that backdrop, Somali Cause, the largest union of Somali organizations in North America, has called to mark on the mourning of the first sad anniversary of Ethiopia 's occupation of Somalia to be held across the U.S. and Canada on December 28th...
Nigeria Should Welcome AfricaCom
Ugo Harris Ukandu - 1/8/2008
At this juncture of world advancement, countries and people are coming together more than ever before in the history of human race for positive changes. Globalization has made every village on earth a global village when considering the impact of communication
Paedophilia On The Increase In Nigeria
Uche Nworah - 1/7/2008
Paedophilia is a crime full stop. I don’t buy the argument being peddled in certain quarters that it is a disease; such people also maintain that pedophiles require help. if you ask me, the only help they require is to be shown the way to Kirikiri maximum security prison where they should be locked up for life and the keys to their room thrown into the Lagos lagoon.
American Report On Nigerian Elections
Jimmy Osifo - 1/3/2008
After reading some essays posted to the internet on the subject of Maurice Iwu’s recent trip to America to release the report of the 2007 general elections, I decided to also write my own impressions and conclusions based on my personal and first hand observations of how the two events turned out.
The "War on Terror" and the Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia
Sadia Ali Aden - 12/21/2007
Approximately three months ago, Somalia's Transitional Federal Government (TFG), pressured out Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi. Surprisingly, this political re-arrangement of deckchairs generated much noisy headlines.
The Africa Command Prospect and the Partition of Somalia
Abukar Arman - 12/15/2007
As the US Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, was recently visiting American forces in Djibouti, the Washington Post was reporting how the Pentagon has been spearheading a seemingly dicey initiative to pressure Washington into recognizing the secessionist northwestern region of Somalia known as “Somaliland” as an independent state.
Shorn Of Hypocrisy, The Mind Is For Death Penalty
Dianam Dakolo - 12/10/2007
At the United Nations, 15 November, some 87 countries including 27 European Union States were able to secure approval by the vital Third Committee of the General Assembly for a draft proposal seeking to “establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.” By a vote of 99 countries for and 52 against, the Committee, which has responsibility for social, humanitarian affairs and human rights, is obligated to endorse and submit the proposal to the UN General Assembly for consideration and final adoption. Non-binding as the final outcome, a resolution, might be, membe...
Big Brother Africa: Debasing Self For A Fee
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 12/10/2007
Recently, Big Brother Africa (BBA2) Reality Show ended in South Africa amidst much din, slimy scandals and lingering controversies, and the only coherent statement it was able to make was that in this our very unfortunate and bankrupt age, money has acquired an even greater and awesome powers, and its capacity to compel otherwise rational human beings to gleefully part ways with every bit of their honour and dignity, be disdainful all considerations for decency and self-esteem, and enthusiastically indulge in several nauseating, self-debasing acts, has exceeded what anyone had thought was possible in decent society.
Loud Noises and Low Deeds In Kenyan Politics
Ronald Elly Wanda - 12/6/2007
In political philosophy, it is often argued that no man has enough prestige to tell or make wanainchi (citizens) believe that two plus two equals five or for that matter make them accept any testimony which seems contrary to their experience. It is a matter of weighting the evidential value of the experience. In Kenya, the country’s oldest political party Kenya National African Union (KANU) was predictably ejected from power, having ruled the country uninterruptedly since flag independence from Britain in 1963. Former president Daniel Arap Moi, the self proclaimed “Professor of African politic...
A Question of Morality
Ronald Elly Wanda - 12/2/2007
What a dramatic Sunday I’d had. First, in the early hours of dawn a bizarre SMS landed on my GSM reading: “I’m preg.” I’d had a cushy evening during the latter part of the weekend and understandably as you would expect, I didn’t take much notice of the message until much later, when I’d delicately detoxed with a rescuer’s cup of Kenya’s finest KETEPA pride that the communication sunk in. Following a brief and panicky inquiry, it turned out that it was Mary, an Irish girl living in Londonderry (Northern Ireland) who’d mistaken my digits with those of Tunde, her intended Nigerian recipient (presumably her boyfriend) also supposedly living in London.
Nigeria: A Super-Charged Nation
Uche Nworah - 12/1/2007
Do Nigerian men really walk about packing a permanent hard on as the image in one of the energy drink brands suggests or is it the women that are leading them on? What is this new craze for energy drinks in this African nation of over 120 million people?
Somalia: Shifting Policy or a Face-saving Gimmick
Abukar Arman - 12/1/2007
By all standards, the situation unfolding in Somalia is horrifically grim, and according to the UN, it is the worst crisis in Africa; worse than the crisis in Darfur that outraged the world’s conscience in an unprecedented way.
Obasanjo’s Probe: Mr. Ribadu’s Redeeming Job
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 11/30/2007
The single most formidable threat to President Umar Musa Yar’Adua’s integrity and acceptance in Nigeria today, aside the revolting, horribly manipulated elections that brought him to power a couple of months ago, is his reluctance or refusal to probe the regime of his predecessor in office, Gen Olusegun Obasanjo, widely believed to be the most corrupt since Nigeria came into being.
Africans Should Re-Think Their Commonwealth Membership
Ronald Elly Wanda - 11/27/2007
Since the statute of Westminster that stipulated the formation of the Commonwealth in 1931, the purposes; benefits, representations and agency as well as the so called ‘rewards’ of the union have remained issues of contestations. This year’s Commonwealth’s Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kampala, East Africa, rekindles this interest. In this edition, Wanda revisits the old debates and concludes that Africa needs to rethink its membership.
The Role of Traditional Rulers in an Emerging Democratic Nigeria
Uche Nworah - 11/15/2007
The core issue, and central theme of our deliberations today is the allocation of constitutional roles to traditional rulers. A question therefore arises on whether these agitations are purely in the national interest (for country), in the interests of the subjects (the citizens) or just in the ‘selfish’ interest of His Highnesses (for Kingdom).
My Meeting With President Mugabe of Zimbabwe
Robb Ellis - 11/7/2007
Heavy gold tunic, long trousers, long sleeved jacket, green shirts with a blue tie, dress shoes and a regimental leather belt, all crowned with a standard ZRP Police cap – all presented in pristine condition, of course - because none other than Robert Mugabe was gracing us with his presence. I had grown a bok baard - a goatie beard - and now was having to get rid of it again. Mind you, I come from a very hirsute family and knew that it wouldn’t take long to grow another one. (Nowadays, I sport a full beard, and if, for one reason or another, I need to take it off, I know I can grow a full beard in seven days!)
Burma: Hijacker's Flight For Freedom
Richard S. Ehrlich - 10/2/2007
BANGKOK, Thailand -- A Burmese man who hijacked a Thai International Airways passenger plane, to publicize his country's struggle against its military regime, says other protestors in Burma should not seize aircraft but find "dramatic" and "creative ways" to gain world support. "I do not regret the 'hijacking'. I am proud of what I did -- this peaceful 'hijacking drama' in 1990 -- given the kind of situation at that time," Soe Myint said in an interview. "There was very little international attention on how the peoples of Burma were struggling under the military regime," he said, reflecting...
Early CIA Involvement in Darfur Has Gone Unreported
Jay Janson - 10/1/2007
There has been a glaring omission in the U.S. media presentation of the Darfur tragedy. The compassion demonstrated, mostly in words, until recently, has not been accompanied by a recognition of U.S. complicity, or at least involvement, in the war which has led to the enormous suffering and loss of life that has been taking place in Darfur for many years. In 1978 oil was discovered in Southern Sudan. Rebellious war began five years later and was led by John Garang, who had taken military training at infamous Fort Benning, Georgia. "The US government decided, in 1996, to send nearly $20 million...
Segun Adeniyi And E-Information Management
Uche Nworah - 9/26/2007
It was in the days of the old Nigerian Guardian newspaper website when it still had the chat room option that internet savvy Nigerians usually congregated to debate topical social, political, economic and cultural issues. The defunct Guardian chat room attracted all sorts of people, including Nigerians and non-Nigerians. People came for different reasons; there were those who came to look for love, some others for business partners and many others simply to vent their anger on the government. There were also some who perpetually had an axe to grind with everybody who did not share their world ...
Nigerian leaders and the crisis of public ethics
Joel Nwokeoma - 9/15/2007
Nigeria’s House of Representatives has been grappling with everything but legislative matters in recent weeks. A matter which, sadly enough, is also not representative of the wishes and desires of the average Nigerian, as issues of governance, citizens well being and lawmaking have been thrown to the back seat of activities. Instead, it has been engulfed in a self-inflicted ravaging turmoil over what some called an act of “indefensible indiscretion” on the part of the Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, in the award of contracts for the renovation of her official residence and that of her deputy, Alhaji Babangida Seidu Nguroje.
Nigeria's Madam Speaker in the eye of the storm
Joel Nwokeoma - 8/31/2007
If media reports in the last few days in Nigeria on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Patricia Olubunmi Etteh, are anything to go by, it seems then that the woman popularly called Madam Speaker on the floor of the lower federal parliament, has inadvertently hit a rough patch of sorts in her bourgeoning political career. And, it is one bad patch that might lead to her taking a big tumble from her Olympian political heights to the abyss of ignominy and desertion, if care is not taken.
Rhodesia: The Country That Used To Be
Mencius Moldbug - 8/17/2007
What is history? History is just a bunch of stuff that happened. Mostly to people now dead. We owe these people nothing. They're dead, after all. Sometimes we have some scraps of paper they scribbled on. Sometimes we don't.
I was reading Tacitus' Annals the other week (not for any good reason; I was just somewhere where there was a copy of Tacitus) and I was rather looking forward to the story of Caligula. (Who Tacitus quite confusingly calls "Caius Caesar" - as if there was some shortage of Romans by this name.) Suddenly, though, there was...
Sierra Leone: Elections Bring A Gleam Of Hope
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/13/2007
Sierra Leone’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections on August 11th may do little more than legitimize the end of the country’s bloody civil war that ended in 2002. Yet the election stands out in Sierra Leone , partly because of its rarity. For the first time the election will be held without the assistance of international peace keepers.
Will the UN resolution on Darfur make any difference?
Saberi Roy - 8/12/2007
Finally, the UN Security Council has authorized 26,000 troops and police to protect civilians in Darfur and the peacekeepers are also allowed to use force to protect the civilians and aid workers. But considering the fact that 200,000 civilians have died in the region in the last four years and 2.5 million people have been displaced, it’s a tough job for the UN. Sudan’s pro-militia government has been resisting UN intervention all these years but finally agreed to deployment of UN forces after insisting on considerable changes to the resolution. What critics consider as a largely ‘watered down...
Will inflation trigger the regime change in Zimbabwe?
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 8/12/2007
In 1968, Germany ’s economics minister, Karl Schiller, announced that “inflation is dead, as dead as a rusty nail”. In America , Lester Thurow, a professor of economics, declared in his book that inflation is “an extinct volcano”, dangerous because some foolish central bankers refuses to see that it has vanished. Both of them stated that inflation is dead and buried. But bring them to Zimbabwe and they may perhaps immediately reverse their statements.
Looting Africa: Book Review
Ronald Elly Wanda - 8/10/2007
My journey from London to Durban (on the south coast of South Africa) that usually takes about 14 hours felt like a short matatu (taxi) ride from Kaloleni to Kawangware in Nairobi. Thanks to Elite Transition, the last book by Patrick Bond that I read during the long-haul flight to the southern fraction of our beautiful continent. The book, appropriately titled, fast forwarded my existing knowledge of contemporary South African politics that came in handy during my active albeit short stay in Durban and later Johannesburg.
China in Somalia: Flexing the Bicep in the Zone
David James - 8/2/2007
China has sent shivers across the spines of major global economies after winning an oil exploration deal in the north of the war torn Somalia. But it is not such a surprise to corporate executives who might have foreseen the eminence of Chinese deal makers break in Somalia. The move was guaranteed and the results perfectly stashed in the duffel of Chinese Oil Company. A wake up call to the peace process brokers and the members of the European Union and the African Union.
UN Inaction Would Have Led To Another Genocide In Darfur!
Iqbal Latif - 7/11/2007
The Sudanese government has agreed to the deployment of a joint African Union-UN peacekeeping force to Darfur, a move facilitated by the UN Security Council.Dumisani Kumalo, South African ambassador to the UN, said: "Sudan has accepted the hybrid force without any conditionality … The acceptance was confirmed by President Bashir."
Somalia: Ethiopian Occupation, Reconciliation Pipedream, And The Way Forward
Abdulkadir Abdirahman - 7/11/2007
For some everything that could go wrong for Somalia has came to pass, for others, considering how rapidly Mogadishu is turning into Baghdad, the worst, both for Somalia and the region, is yet to come. However, there is no dispute that each day that passes makes it more evident that occupation leads neither to "reconciliation" nor to a "way forward."
Why President Yar’Adua Should Cut Obasanjo Loose Now
Uche Nworah - 7/9/2007
Loyalty is always a good thing as long as you are the person being expected to give it. The mere thought that somebody somewhere is having sleepless nights, turning and shoving and worrying himself sick because he does not know which side of the bed you will wake up from the next morning which may significantly swing your mood and actions is enough to make one feel like the village butcher or fish monger with the lone fish or isi ewu (goat head) on offer. With his butcher’s knife and conning mind, he knows that the operators of the local bukas will dig their hands very deep inside the cash aprons tied around their big bosoms if they want to go home with the day’s remnant or catch.
The Monkey-See-Monkey-Do of the Somali Political Saga
Abukar Arman - 7/5/2007
It has been over four decades, 47 years to be exact, since Somalia became an independent nation, and the British and the Italian Somali-lands have united into one democratic nation- the first of its kind in Africa . In due course this budding nation would become Africa ’s most dysfunctional, its first failed state, and its first to be occupied by another African nation.
New Proposal to Alleviate Darfur Crisis
Amit Pyakurel - 6/28/2007
It's all the grieving situation with about 200,000 dead and over 2 million people displaced due to, what we perceive, as one of the most glaring humanitarian crisis of today in Darfur. The dread only seems to be elevating and the crisis has ever been sustaining its grip in the region, albeit the international efforts lurking with one or the other humanitarian aides, including the imposition of harsh measures, like economic sanctions by the U.S. and other UN member states, in an attempt to discourage the internecine war taking place between the rebelling groups and the government deployed troops in the region.
Ghanans Express Fear Over Oil Discovery
Joseph Coomson - 6/27/2007
Fears have been expressed by some Ghanaians that the discovery of oil in Ghana might be a resource curse rather than a blessing, citing the example of Nigeria and the poor state of Tarkwa and Obuasi after several years of mining gold.
Injustice And Ethnic Politics In Nigeria
Uche Nworah - 6/26/2007
The politics of the stomach played in today’s Nigeria has redefined the concept of political correctness. The situation is now such that people with access to power and the media prefer to play safe; many of them who have been classified by certain commentators as rent seekers will rather prefer not to rock the boat. Why would they, and why should they? They wouldn’t want their wells to dry up.
Ngugi wa Thiongo on Africa
Ronald Elly Wanda - 6/17/2007
The name “Ngugi wa Thiongo” used to be a disparaging phase that cropped up in President Moi’s speeches during his ruinous domination of Kenya (1978 to 2002). Daniel arap Moi, like many of his contemporaries in Africa was also a dictator- the so called “Big men of Africa”, he terrorised civil society, stamping ‘men of letters’ whom he saw as oppositional (Ngugi suffered this fate, until he fled) and frustrated intellectualism as well as prohibited the “Word”. On the 2nd of June 2007, Ngugi wa Thiongo gave a key note speech that included readings from his latest novel Wizard of the Crow at the B...
Nigeria And The World University Rankings
Uche Nworah - 6/13/2007
Dr. Victor Ariole’s recent essay which appeared on June 4, 2007 in the Champion Newspaper faulted the criteria used in the 2007 World University rankings, in which no Nigerian university featured in the top 500.
Orji Uzor Kalu As A Political Gladiator
Uche Nworah - 5/30/2007
As a long time Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK) admirer and critic, I have been accused in the past of being too critical, dwelling so much on his case instead of beaming my searchlight also on Anambra, my home state. I make no apologies for my stance because OUK was the governor of a state where I was born and grew up in. For this reason, though I’m an Anambra man, I see myself more as an Aba/Abia man.
Report: Take Mugabe to Hague
Lawrence Ndlovu - 5/27/2007
HARARE, ZIMBABWE. President Robert Mugabe should be headed for The Hague to answer charges of crimes against humanity following the widely condemned clean up operation in 2005, a report has said. In May 2005, Zimbabwe embarked on a so-called clean up exercise, "Operation Murambatsvina" that led to the demotion of "illegal" structures leaving over 700 000 people homeless. A comprehensive report released Wednesday by the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) urges the United Nations Security Council to refer Zimbabwe’s mass evictions to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Another Hungry Year For Zimbabwe
Lawrence Ndlovu - 5/22/2007
HARARE- Zimbabwe should brace for bread shortage during the course of the year as the country has put only a tenth of the projected hectarage under wheat crop ahead of the 31 May deadline highlighting the chaos in the agricultural sector. Shadreck Mlambo, permanent secretary in the ministry of Agriculture told a portfolio committee on Land and Agriculture that a paltry 8000 hectares had been put under crop against a target of 76 000 as the planting season comes to an end on Thursday next week (31 May).
Mugabenomics: Unprecedented Collapse and 3,700% Inflation
Lawrence Ndlovu - 5/19/2007
Zimbabwe's annual inflation continued breaking new ground rising to 3,713.9 percent in April signaling that the country’s economic woes are far from over. Figures released by the Central Statistical Office (CSO) Thursday showed that surged a record 1 513.7 percentage points from 2 200.2 percent in March to 3 713.9 percent, the highest in the world, in a country where the majority lives below $1 a day.
Zimbabwe Cancels Bank Licences
Lawrence Ndlovu - 5/18/2007
HARARE- The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) yesterday cancelled a commercial bank's licence to handle foreign currency transactions citing the insitution's failure to adhere to sound risk management practices. RBZ governor Gideon Gono said NMB Bank Limited 'will no longer be permitted to enter into and effect any new foreign currency transactions from 15 May 2007.
East African Psyche
Ronald Elly Wanda - 5/17/2007
A soggy Saturday, my kitchen windows all fogged up with vapour, the Congolese genius Franco Luambo-Makiadi singing “Azda, azda, azda… Elly Wanda ni wetu…apewe, apewe, apewe…” while I chop and stir some roasted nyama (goat’s meat) that I’d bought earlier from expensive but expedient Kampala Foods ltd at West Green Road, in North London. Could an African cook’s life get any better? Well yes, the gory British weather could change from raining to a tropical sunshine and give me a deceptive conception (albeit temporal) of being in clement kakamega- west of Kenya or at congenial Mbale- east of Ugand...
African Union Probes Zimbabwe Human Rights Abuses
Lawrence Ndlovu - 5/17/2007
HARARE- THE African Union (AU), long accused of being a sitting duck with no powers to whip errant members last week took a bold step by agreeing to send a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe. The Pan African Parliament, established in 2004 by Article 17 of the Constitutive Act of the AU, met in Johannesburg last week and overwhelmingly voted for a motion to send a mission to investigate allegations of human rights violations.
Nigeria: On Igbo Titles
Uche Nworah - 5/16/2007
To the uninitiated, Ndigbo are a show-off race, what with their big titles and ceremonies but such allegations are far from the truth. Ndigbo are proud and traditional people and so are other races, but in the case of Ndigbo not even the ‘civilisation’ brought by the Whiteman as depicted in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart could rob them of their Omenani. Agreed the Whiteman may have desecrated the land and committed alu upon alu in Alaigbo but Ndigbo as a people have always produced several Okonkwos who have ensured that the flames enkindled by their ancestors never burn out.
Willful Blindness, “Doublethink,” and the Mogadishu Massacre
Abukar Arman - 5/1/2007
The prospect of the ill-advised partnership between Meles Zenawi’s Ethiopia and the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) ever solving the Somali problem is dead on arrival. And though their ferocious military campaign has created a horrific carnage that the International Committee for Red Cross called “the worst in 15 years” and the UN described the worst humanitarian crises of the day, the duo continue to garner support from Washington whose initial interest was to hunt down “three global terrorist” desperadoes, but now seem to be comfortably laying in the middle of a dangerous intersection; blindfolded, with a big stick in the hand.
Reflections On Nigerian Election
Uche Nworah - 4/27/2007
I did not vote in the last Nigerian elections, I couldn’t have from my home in Europe where we tried to mobilise the Nigerian diaspora for the Pat Utomi for president project. Though the results did not go the way we had hoped, I am still a happy man knowing that we tried our best to effect change in our country.
Darfur Crisis: Towards An Ever Greater Tragedy
Amit Pyakurel - 4/24/2007
The situation in Darfur seems to be bleaker day by day, notwithstanding the abundance of media coverage and ostensible international attention. May the cause is easily acknowledgeable: it's due to the inadequate international attention, let alone the international efforts, alongside the Sudanese government's indiscriminate offensive against its civilians rather than looking concretely towards the reason of the crisis, that Darfur is rapidly drowning deeper into the humanitarian catastrophe.
Liberia: The Willis Knuckles Saga
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 4/16/2007
There are quite a number of lessons to be learnt from the scandal which hit the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Administration in Liberia recently, and which resulted in the resignation of the highly influential Acting Chief of Staff, Minister Willis D. Knuckles jnr. One of the countrys tabloids, The Independent, had published the nude picture of Mr. Knuckles in a revolting threesome sexual act with two women, thus provoking a national outrage and widespread calls for the resignation of Knuckles, whose office was also known as Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Association Of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Targets Young Minds
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 4/15/2007
Penultimate Saturday (February 10, 2007), I was at the maiden "Secondary School Reading Outreach" organized by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Imo State Chapter, which held at the Logos International Secondary School (LOGISS), Kilometer 24, Owerri-Onitsha Highway, Awo Omamma, Imo State. LOGISS, a high-flying mission school, which has as its motto: "Academic Excellence And Godliness Of The Youth" aims at combining sound academic knowledge with a strong moral foundation to turn out exceptional youths with sufficient intellectual and moral properties to face the challenges of industry...
Judiciary Keeps Saving Nigeria From Doom
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 4/4/2007
Placidus Aguwa, a New York-based attorney, is the Managing Partner of the law firm, Placid and Emmanuel, P.C., and former president of the Nigerian Lawyers Association (NLA). Since 1991, he has practiced law in state and federal courts in New York and Nigeria. In this interview with UGOCHUKWU EJINKEONYE (March 2007), he speaks on the activities of the NLA, and some of the challenges being faced by Nigeria in its tortuous journey to democratic and economic stability.
Between Okey Ndibe And The Guardian Newspaper
Uche Nworah - 3/16/2007
I really don’t get it why the guys at the Guardian are belabouring their editorial fallout with Mr Okey Ndibe, who until recently was a member of the editorial team. Sonala Olumhense’s recent essay (How To Spell Outrage) may be the final confirmation that all is not well at Rutam House as it now appears that they are all bent on washing their dirty linens in public. Such bitchy tales of backbiting create pictures of professional immaturity in the minds of some of the followers of the story, but then the Guardian is a serious newspaper, the flagship they call themselves, one is perplexed at t...
Emerging Leaders And Citizens As Catalysts
Uche Nworah - 3/15/2007
The upcoming April 2007 general elections will be quite crucial to the future of Nigeria as a fully democratic and progressive country. While Nigerians continue to demand the highest standard of service from those that will be elected at the elections, it is the view of this writer that Nigerians citizens have an active collaborating role to play in the process through full participation in the elections. As a way forward, this author also suggests the introduction of the Nolan Principles of public service into governance in Nigeria as it will complement other ethical codes currently available but which may be grossly unused.
Liberia: The Willis Knuckles Saga
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 3/12/2007
There are quite a number of lessons to be learnt from the scandal which hit the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Administration in Liberia recently, and which resulted in the resignation of the highly influential Acting Chief of Staff, Minister Willis D. Knuckles jnr. One of the country’s tabloids, The Independent, had published the nude picture of Mr. Knuckles in a revolting threesome sexual act with two women, thus provoking a national outrage and widespread calls for the resignation of Knuckles, whose office was also known as Acting Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Association Of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Targets Young Minds
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 2/22/2007
Penultimate Saturday (February 10, 2007), I was at the maiden “Secondary School Reading Outreach” organized by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Imo State Chapter, which held at the Logos International Secondary School (LOGISS), Kilometer 24, Owerri-Onitsha Highway, Awo Omamma, Imo State. LOGISS, a high-flying mission school, which has as its motto: “Academic Excellence And Godliness Of The Youth” aims at combining sound academic knowledge with a strong moral foundation to turn out exceptional youths with sufficient intellectual and moral properties to face the challenges of industry...
The Long Harmattan Season
Uche Nworah - 2/12/2007
Perhaps the harrowing journey to the west through third countries over a three-month period could be responsible for the desire in author and UK-based lecturer Uche Nworah to want to make a change in his native Nigeria, a country he says he still loves from the depth of his heart despite the dashed hopes of many like him who risked their lives for a better life in the west.
Orji Uzor Kalu Cannot Be Serious
Uche Nworah - 2/10/2007
Love him or hate him, but the very ambitious Dr Orji Uzor Kalu (OUK for short), the executive governor of Abia state, does have a way of affecting your sensibilities; he simply wears on you, or rather creeps under your skin with his antics.
How Not To Resolve The Niger Delta Crises
Uche Nworah - 2/5/2007
Despite the army of million dollar salary earning crises managers and PR executives in the employment of the oil companies operating in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, It is still baffling that the oil companies did not see the current crises coming. If they did, it is either they underestimated the power and might of the Ijaws in being able to take their destiny into their own hands, or the shylock executives of Shell, Chevron, Agip, ExxonMobil and the rest of the greedy foreign oil exploration companies operating in the region have also been heeding the counsel of false oracles.
Somalia: Opportunity Knocks Once, But Not Twice
Kamal Hana - 2/1/2007
Somalia is a coastal country at the Horn of Africa in East Africa. It is the only one nation in the world that hasn' t had an effective government since 1991, when the dictator Siad Barre was overthrown. This has been a paradox in the 21th century. Sadly but fact. In the past few months the country has been an arena for fierce fightings between Islamic militias and warlords from the Alliance for theRestoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism. The results have been more than tragic: about 300 people have been killed, the capital has been destroyed.
Nigeria:Cheating Our Way To Success
Uche Nworah - 1/30/2007
All over Nigeria, the beans are being spilled on the sordid past and present of Nigeria’s politicians and government officials, perhaps opening their can of worms has become a national past time. Since Omoyele Sowore and Jonathan Elendu pioneered the art of crusading against corrupt government officials on the internet, many others have joined what appears now to be the hottest bandwagon since Chris Okotie and Jide Obi released their debut albums in the eighties which opened the floodgates for the likes of Felix Liberty, Yvonne Maha and the likes to enter.
Ewu Nwadiana And All That Jazz
Uche Nworah - 1/4/2007
I didn't make it to the village this past Christmas but I kept in touch with my people, whip President Obasanjo any which way you like, but thank his administration for giving Nigerians GSM (pronounced g-i-s-i-m) mobile phones. It was through the small wonder that I was able to keep in touch with my folks particularly my uncle Igwe, Nna Ochie and the patriarch of my mum's family who in the course of our discussions reminded me that I was yet to "kill" the traditional ewu nwadiana for my mum's umunna. He reminded me that since my mother was a member of the revered Umu Ada, that we should endea...
The Shame Of Nigerian Opposition Political Parties
Uche Nworah - 12/26/2006
Some of Nigeria's opposition political parties are just jokers. They are simply playing a game of the-more-you-look-the-less-you-see with Nigerians. The whole equation and logic behind their choice of presidential candidates and running mates just doesn't make sense. For me it looks like a grand design or conspiracy if you will, to make life easy for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming elections. The candidates they are touting at the moment don't seem to have the potentials of hurting PDP in any way.
Nigeria: Requiem For the Political Dead
Uche Nworah - 12/19/2006
In the flick Dead Man Walking, Hollywood actor Sean Penn beautifully brings alive in his character the emotional pangs of a convict awaiting death by execution. Some of Nigeria’s many agbada wearing politicians may soon start exhibiting similar characteristics of dead men walking in the political arena. Fish can not survive out of water for so long and for some of them, a life outside politics with all its trappings may be considered unliveable.
Iraqization of Somalia Could Widen the Divide between the West and the Islamic World
Abukar Arman - 12/15/2006
As the international community embarks on a frantic diplomatic quest to extinguish the raging political and sectarian fire in Iraq, fatalist ideologues within the Bush administration, in partnership with certain money-motivated regional political powerbrokers, are busy igniting another one in Somalia.
The West And Michael Peel's Africa
Uche Nworah - 12/4/2006
Section One: Still On Western Media Imperialism
The developing world, Africa in particular has always argued against the imbalances and injustices in the coverage of their affairs by the western media. Such coverage is not only paternalistic but most times grossly unfair, and serves only to sustain the imperialistic interests of the developed world.
Nigeria: What Does Babangida Want?
Uche Nworah - 11/27/2006
Yes, he is a citizen and a man just like me. He has the right just like every Nigerian to contest for any elective position in the land, as long as he has not, and does not run foul of the laws of the land as stipulated in the electoral laws. But were Ibrahim Babangida (Nigeriaâ€™s former military president) to be any other citizen, there wouldnâ€™t have been a need for this piece and the several others already written, and which would still be written about Nigeriaâ€™s most infamous citizen.
Invest 2010 soccer money in a happy, healthy and safer South Africa
Miriam Mannak - 11/18/2006
In four years from now, South Africa will be swamped by millions of soccer fans from all over the world to be a witness to their team's fight for victory in the World Cup Soccer 2010. South Africa is proud to host the Mother of All Soccer Events and to make it a success billions and billions of rands will be spent on this once-off event. Billions that could have been used to address the country's most important challenges, to make the Rainbow Nation a better place for all, instead of for a few.
The Somali Political Cliffhanger
Abukar Arman - 11/15/2006
As the third round of the Khartoum peace talks ended in disappointment, the question on the minds of many stakeholders is “How would the Somali political riddle ever be solved peacefully?” How would a country that is allergic to political stalemates and is already fatigued by years of tail-chasing “peace negotiations” survive this round of disappointment?
The Nigerian State and the Value for Human Life
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 11/7/2006
The Sultan of Sokoto is dead! May his soul rest in the abode of peace! That is the way of all flesh. We are all headed to the ultimate dissolution of our mortal beings. On the appointed day; in obedience to the supreme laws of entropy, our bodies will yield their constituting atoms in dissolution, to Mother Nature. No one will ever escape it. This is why life should not be taken too seriously. None of us will ever come out of it alive. Life, in this sense may well be the Shakespearean tale, told by an idiot; full of sound and fury; signifying nothing! At death, life tends to become the ultimat...
Somalia: Caught Between Cynicism and the Specter of War
Abukar Arman - 10/30/2006
After ridding off Mogadishu and other areas in southern Somalia what was widely considered as the nation’s deadliest political parricides-- the warlords -- no sustainable peace is yet attained. Internally, ever since the Transitional National Government (TFG) made its ambivalence to negotiate with the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and participate in the Khartoum peace process known, ICU has taken certain unilateral measures that broadened its sphere of influence- measures that further alienated the paralyzed TFG. In fact, some analysts consider this as a prelude to an immanent clash between these two entities.
Rebranding Nigeria’s Cities
Uche Nworah - 10/25/2006
A conceptual gap still exists in the understanding of the principles and practices of place branding amongst Nigeria’s many state and local government officials. Despite the efforts at the centre to promote this novel concept that has been described by branding professionals as one of the fastest growing knowledge sectors in global branding and marketing, it appears that place branding is largely only linked and associated with the various activities embarked upon by the federal government, aimed at improving Nigeria’s image in the international community, and to position her as a good destination for tourism and investment in sub-saharan Africa.
Africa Falls Off the IMF Agenda (Again)
Sameer Dossani and Soren Ambrose - 10/3/2006
World leaders and celebrities declared 2005 to be the "year of Africa" with much fanfare. Beginning with the UK's Commission on Africa report, and culminating in some supposed gains for the continent at the summit meeting of the Group of Eight (G8) wealthy countries, who were cajoled at several musical extravaganzas featuring the likes of U2, Madonna and Youssou N'Dour to do more to end global poverty, the year was billed as a "turning point" for Africa.
A Blink of an Eye Could Derail the Somali Peace Process
Abukar Arman - 9/24/2006
On their route to untangle one of the most complex political webs in modern history and negotiate a lasting peace, the visionaries among the Somali leadership have no choice but to remain steadfast and persevere despite the inevitable obstacles along the way.
Darfur - Why UN Troops are not the Solution!
Sajjad Khan - 9/18/2006
Thomas Jefferson once said ‘The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.’ The sanctity of life however took a huge knock in the twentieth century and we are still feeling the consequences in the new millennium. Mankind lost millions in WW1in European trenches, we lost tens of millions in WW2 including 6 million Jews, 20 million Russians and tens of thousands in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the Korean peninsula 3-4 million civilians were killed as a result of the conflict, in Vietnam 58,000 US soldiers were killed as well as 2 m...
Somalia: It Is Time to Put the Nation's Interest Before Any Special Group's
Abukar Arman - 9/7/2006
As has been the case for the past 15 years, here is yet another "good news, bad news" political development that puts this peace-starved nation on that roller coaster of hope and despair once again. On one hand, the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) has signed an agreement with the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) to, among other things, build a joint national army and to form a peace committee to determine the scope of that army and the steps of implementation.
What lesson can Tanzania learn from Malawi?
Telesphor R. Magobe - 8/30/2006
I have a habit of waking up early in the morning and reading. A few days ago I happened to read about jurisdiction and immunity to prosecution in Tanzania. The morning was too short for me to read more about this enthralling area but I managed to cover topics like presidency, diplomats, judicial officers, minors and parliamentary immunities.
Kadhi Courts in Tanzania
Telesphor R. Magobe - 8/28/2006
Arguments that having Kadhi Courts in Tanzania mainland could lead to division rather than unity in the country have prompted mixed sentiments among different believers or members of the public in general. Those who support the idea (mainly Muslims) argue that to be opposed to the idea of the Kadhi Courts is evidently to have an ill-will against the Muslim community. That was what I understood when I heard of their arguments.
Another way of looking at Sauper's controversial documentary
Telesphor R. Magobe - 8/24/2006
I leave it to each one of us judge Hubert Sauper's controversial documentary Darwin Nightmare. But it is important that we don't seek to blindly wriggle off the hook when we face a challenge. It is clear that documentary has come under scathing attack in Tanzania only after President Jakaya Kikwete's monthly speech in Mwanza at the end of July this year in which he said the film had tarnished our country's image.
Is Nigeria's Rev. King Also A Christian?
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 8/22/2006
As I look around each day and see so many people out there claiming to be born-again, children of God, Christians, Gospel ministers, pastors or bishops, as I observe their lifestyles, and the things they propagate and endorse, the inevitable question I am forced to ask is: where then are the sinners and unbelievers? Indeed, if all these people, whose nearly every conduct and preoccupation constitute grave offence to God are all “Christians,” “born-again,” and “men of God,” then I can confidently bet you that non-Christians and unbelievers no longer exist! The clear demarcation between the two ...
The Unjust Detention Of Two Nigerian Journalists
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 8/21/2006
A recent article in a national newspaper about Mr. Imo Eze, former Chief Press Secretary to Gov Sam Egwu of Ebonyi State, who has been languishing in detention, because, his newspaper "Ebonyi Voice" had published some articles on very astounding corrupt practices allegedly perpetrated by Egwu which the governor felt was injurious to his reputation. Later, I also saw another report about another journalist, Mr. Oluwole Elenyinmi, also being detained in Ebonyi State because of the same offence. It is like Ebonyi State is fast acquiring a reputation for wanton detention and harassment of journalists.
The Trials Of Brother Emeka
Uche Nworah - 8/8/2006
Wole Soyinka’s "Trials of Brother Jero" narrates the story of a self-acclaimed man of God - Brother Jeroboam, and his many battles with his demons which in this case were his lust for women and cunning deceit of his congregation regarding his true purposes, and the nature of his apostleship. The narrative gave readers a preview of the mind of some modern day Pentecostal pastors - their fears, ways, triumphs and tribulations long before the Pentecostal movement swept through Nigeria, and we began to see Pentecostal churches on every street in Nigeria and in major cities abroad with large Nigerian and immigrant population.
Igbo Worldview In The Global Context
Uche Nworah - 8/4/2006
The phrase Ndigbo usually evokes certain feelings amongst other tribes and races in Nigeria and the world over, these feelings can sometimes be that of love, hate, fear, contempt, compassion and threat. This is to be expected because Ndigbo by virtue of their failed attempt to secede from Nigeria in 1967 have therefore set themselves up for such mixed interpretations of their ultimate objectives and intentions in a Nigeria that has increasingly tended towards suppressing and oppressing minorities. It is therefore for reasons of the later, and the resultant consequences of losing in a war of wh...
Poverty, Development and the Burden of Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 8/3/2006
A cursory glance through Africa confronts us with the fact that the pervasive poverty ravaging Africa today represents an affront on social justice, insults the ethical sensibilities and traditions of sensitive consciences, and witnesses to the dearth of solidarity and justice in global socio-economic relations. Social justice screams at the naive hypocrisy that greets the issues raised by African poverty. How can justice not be insulted by a global relational equation, where our world spends over $900 billion Dollars annually manufacturing arms and trading weapons of death and destruction, wh...
A Preliminary Investigation Of Educational Change Management In Nigeria
Uche Nworah - 6/26/2006
After 45 years of achieving colonial independence, it can not be argued that Nigeria has attained her optimum level of development, in relation to her huge potentials and in comparism to other countries that are less endowed with human and material resources. The Nigerian government though seems to have woken up to the reality that the country needs to break away from the vicious cycle of poverty, infrastructural neglect, corruption and other social problems that had dogged her every footsteps, the government has therefore initiated several reform programmes in different sectors of the economy...
Somalia: Why the International Contact Group Should Support the Islamic Courts Union
Abukar Arman - 6/23/2006
Between euphoria and frustration, clarity and confusion, moderates must develop a sustainable alternative solution to the lawlessness that paralyzed Somalia for over 15 years, and find a platform to showcase that. Of course the quest to accomplish that would not only require willpower and resilience to paddle against the ferocious waves of suspicion, fear, and hate, but also a real support (of moral and material value).
Interview with Frank Nweke, Nigeria's Minister of Information and National Orientation
Uche Nworah - 6/21/2006
The Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation Mr Frank Nweke, now in the final lap of his second tour of duty as a cabinet minister takes up arms against the international media over their repeated negative reports about Nigeria, and also discuses his future plans post-2007 amongst other issues in this interview with Uche Nworah.
Pat Utomi And The Restoration Group
Uche Nworah - 6/17/2006
The old saying by Aristotle, the Greek philosopher that man is by nature a political animal is true. No matter how hard you try to get away from it, it sucks you back in. Though I crave to do more soft and human interest essays as I try to sharpen my rhetoric and style for a proposed book, it is proving a bit difficult to hold up my promise to myself, not with all the things going on in Nigeria as 2007 approaches.
Nature Cycle: Organic Farming In Tanzania
Telesphor R. Magobe - 6/8/2006
Environmental degradation in Tanzania is increasing at an alarming pace due to mainly human factors. Destructive human activities such as deforestation, intensive grazing, dumping of toxic wastes, regular application of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides have negative effects on bio-diversity and ecosystems. These phenomena are neither congruent with agricultural productivity nor socio-economic progress.
The Great Game in Somalia
Abid Mustafa - 6/7/2006
The recent upsurge in fighting between the various factions in Somalia is a typical example of wars being fought throughout the African continent where the real benefactor is neither the people nor local governments, but major powers. Somalia is another country that has been caught up in a vicious struggle between great powers competing against each other to control the Horn of Africa.
Organic Farming: The Appropriate Agricultural Model For Tanzania
Telesphor R. Magobe - 6/2/2006
FOR a long time, conventional (or industrial) agriculture has been equated with sustainable agriculture to be implemented in Africa with a view that its optimal yields, competitiveness and efficiency outweigh far its disadvantages. It has been highly regarded by North America and Europe as the only agricultural model to enable the continent to cope with contemporary global trade demands, be self-sufficient in terms of food security and animal husbandry management. Its adoption in Africa also provides a stable market for industrial agricultural inputs that are produced abroad such as farm machinery, synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and fabricated seeds.1
African Debt Relief: In Good Company With Germans
Uche Nworah - 5/28/2006
It may seem a bit out of place to be rejoicing over Berlin’s debt grief, but as an African, that is for good reason.
Between Diasporas And The Homeland For Nigerians
Uche Nworah - 5/19/2006
It may seem that in addition to the physical distance, psychological distance also exists between Nigerians in the diaspora and those living in the homeland. Such distances have contributed to the growing differences in opinion, sometimes leading to suspicions of motives and intentions on both sides, especially over debates on Nigeria’s social, political and economic issues.
The Rise of the Nigerian Hitler
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 5/10/2006
Olusegun Obasanjo has decided to ruin Nigeria. He makes no pretences anymore. He is acting the script. Greed has eminently seduced him. He has prostituted himself to the army of scoundrels clamouring for the sustenance of a status quo, where avarice is king. To that end, shamelessly imposing himself on Nigerians after he has exhausted the mandate he stole in 2003, is a mission targeted with all weapons of cant in his arsenal. The ranks of the cheerleading mastiffs and dogs, campaigning for the enthronement of volte-face as an absolute instrument of governance grows by the day. They are dogs wh...
India Beckons Globacom, Nigeria’s First Global Brand
Uche Nworah - 5/7/2006
This must be interesting times for Otunba Michael Adenuga and his scions that run the Michael Adenuga Business Empire. They are gradually painting Nigeria’s business landscape green, the colour of their cash cow brand (Globacom).
African Poverty as Failure of Leadership
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 5/3/2006
This paper is not an exoneration of Western Imperialism, and neo-colonial sabotage of many African economies, which is one of the great factors that have crippled African development over the decades. But a critique of the timorous leadership that has not only allowed African to be exploited as a chessboard of global geopolitical wolves, but also collaborated in the enterprise of wrecking Africa. Joseph Stiglitz and Jeffrey Sachs remain some of the Washington suckled technocrats, who boldly proclaimed the truth of what people like Chinweizu, Noam Chomsky and others have been hammering on, as r...
Nigeria: Still On Odi And The Mad Dog Syndrome
Uche Nworah - 4/23/2006
Nigerians can not argue that they have seen the last of the military, because whether we like it or not they are still firmly entrenched in our sub-conscious. Though they may have since swapped their military uniforms for Agbada, but they are still behind the scenes pulling the strings.
Masters Of The Political Game In Nigeria - Part 1
Uche Nworah - 4/18/2006
The accompanying photograph to this article which depicts a much younger Olusegun Obasanjo (OBJ) and Ibrahim Babangida (IBB) playing a game of draught, with Danjuma and Abacha in the background acting as umpires makes it difficult not to believe former Police PRO, Superintendent Alozie Ogugbuaja’s widely reported swipe at the Nigerian military back in 1986. He had alleged that the military did nothing at their officers’ mess other than drink beer, eat pepper soup and plan coups.
China’s Alarming Involvement in Sudan
Frederick Stakelbeck, Jr. - 3/26/2006
Sudan’s brutal Islamist President Omar al-Bashir and Chinese President Hu Jintao have become fast friends as of late, forging a Sino-Sudanese alliance that has serious implications for the Sudanese people and the future stability of the African continent. “China has burst on the African scene with a presence that has been frightening to many people who hadn’t realized how wide its reach is,” U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA), chairman of the new House China Caucus, noted in January.
Book Review: "Emigration, Brain Drain and Development: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa," Arno Tanner, Washington D.C., Migration Policy Institute and Helsinki, East-West Books Helsinki, 2005. 184 pages.
Prof. Ronald Skeldon - 2/28/2006
This short and accessible book deals with one of the most important issues in research into international migration today: the movement of skilled people from the developing to the developed world or, more popularly, the "brain drain". The first half of the book deals with global patterns and general ideas about the movement of skilled labour. The second half of the book is taken up with a discussion of selected cases in sub-Saharan Africa followed by a chapter in which the author, a Finn, considers how Finnish development aid could be better deployed to alleviate or even prevent the brain dra...
"The Banker" Magazine Honors Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor
Uche Nworah - 2/1/2006
The Banker, a financial magazine and member of the Financial Times Group rolled out the drums on Thursday the 19th of January 2006 to honour Africa’s finest and Nigeria’s most courageous Central Bank Governor till date. The occasion was the annual Global Central Banker of the Year award, and what better venue than the Ball room of the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in West London.
Is Nigeria The Heart Of Africa?
Uche Nworah - 1/22/2006
Maybe it is the nomenclature syndrome (the uncanny temptation and tendency by public officials to re-name or re-brand policies or programmes anytime a new team gets appointed or nominated) that has caught up with officials of the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, else why has the Nigeria Image Project metamorphosed into the Heart of Africa Project? Does Nigeria lie in the heart of Africa?
Offshore Outsourcing Trend Might Be Heading For Africa
Angelique van Engelen - 1/3/2006
Big Western companies are all into outsourcing very specific aspects of their activities abroad and Africa might become a new area of emerging interest. The business logic of the deals is obvious. Western companies that have trouble keeping their heads above water due to high overhead costs are making savings and improving their profitability buying into a trend that is by now well established and virtually as low risk as any business outsourcing practice elsewhere.
Social Change in Nigeria: The Top - Down Change Management Approach
Uche Nworah - 12/31/2005
Africa is once again on the agenda of the global community, there appear to be shared concerns and views amongst the developed countries and the developing (African) countries, that critical initiatives are needed to tackle some of the problems which have continued to plague the continent and retard her progress, these issues have been identified by several commentators to include unemployment, poor infrastructural development, corruption, indiscipline, poverty, and mass migration. The later has led to what is now known as the brain drain syndrome.
Must Baroness Lynda Chalker Insult Us Too?
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 12/25/2005
Before now, the only thing I could vaguely recollect about Baroness Lynda Chalker was that the last time I saw her, and that was during the reign of late General Sani Abacha or so, somehow, I had thought she was slightly overweight and needed some help. I am not too sure now if I also thought she could use the services of a dietician or a visit to the gym then, but what I remember vividly was that at that time, the ebullient Baroness took extreme delight in throwing her weight about all over Africa as Britain’s Minister for Overseas Development.
Neo-liberalism and the Economic and Political Future of Africa
Nji Renatus Che - 12/19/2005
The core of Neo-Liberalism, which is ploy by western capitalist to have continuous grip on the African economic scene, is championed by International Financial Institutions (IFLs)-The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Western creditor nations hold that the crises caused by Neo-Liberalism can only be understood within the context of the issue of state versus markets. In a nutshell, neo-liberals argue that, the fundamental factor responsible for the economic crisis in Africa is the excessive state regulation of the economies of African countries, which among other things dist...
Trade, Not Aid for Africa
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 12/19/2005
During the Cold War much of Africa became a battleground for the Superpowers, and there has been a tendency to see the continent as little more than a consumer of endless charity. But the new Africa demands a new attitude from the rich world, as it begins to see itself not as aid-addicted but as a system of emerging markets, capable by their own efforts of profiting from the free flow of trade in the global economy. What is little noticed by the rest of the world is that much of Africa is in the midst of an economic revolution. Though poor by global standards, there is a good chance for Africa to forge its own future.
Selective Justice Consolidates Corruption in Nigeria
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 12/13/2005
In 13th century Venice of Shakespeare’s imagination, a famous phrase escaped the lips of a notorious man. This phrase went out to the entire world, attending discussion circles and debating salons. It irrigated many ideological universes. We owe this Shakespearean creature an indebtedness we can never retire. In fact, with due apologies to Winston Churchill, I crave to say that never in the field of literary thought, was so much, owed by so many to so single a phrase.
The Vicious Cycle of AIDS, Poverty, and Neoliberalism
Bernardo Useche and Amalia Cabezas - 12/3/2005
World maps illustrating areas of high poverty largely overlap those of high HIV/AIDS prevalence. It's no coincidence that both poverty and the HIV rash pandemic have run rampant in these last two decades of neoliberalism, since the root causes of both can be found in the economic model.
Malawi: Political crisis in the midst of starvation
Raphael Mwenenguwe - 12/1/2005
Malawi has been under a multiparty system of government for the past 11 years now. For 30 years since Independence from Britian, the country was ruled with an iron fist under the “mighty” Malawi Congress Party (MCP) led by the late Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda. Banda, who lost in 1994 general elections to United Democratic Front (UDF) president Bakili Muluzi, never allowed any opposition in his way and many of those who opposed him either fled the country or died in the hands of the police and the notorious Malawi Young Pioneers, a military wing of the MCP.
A Mother Like Nigeria's Stella Obasanjo
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 11/28/2005
“Death is … the absence of presence… the endless time of never coming back … a gap you can’t see, and when the wind blows through it, it makes no sound.”
- Tom Stoppard Czech-born, English playwright.
“Something startles where I thought I was safest”
- Walt Whitman (quoted in George Lamming’s novel, In Castle Of My Skin)
Liberia's future looks hazy
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 11/15/2005
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has claimed victory in Liberia's first presidential elections since the end of 14 years of civil war two years ago and if confirmed, she will be Africa's first elected female president.
Bill Clinton And Nigeria’s National Pride
Uche Nworah - 11/14/2005
I have nothing against William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States of America and the Damansani Ushaffa (title for someone who has distinguished himself intellectually and contributed to the welfare of his people, given to him during his visit to Ushaffa village in Nigeria), if anything; i admire his zest, ageless youth, intelligence and rhetorical abilities. My perception of him while he was at the White House though, was that of a showman who had lost his way and eventually found himself at the White House, a lady killer and charmer. It must have been during the short ...
T-Mobile And Nigerian Customers
Uche Nworah - 10/12/2005
Should T-Mobile, the leading telecommunications firm continue to ignore the desires of over 2 million current and potential customers, and neglect a long established customer base and relationship?
Africa Still Plagued by Suffering
Bhuwan Thapaliya - 10/11/2005
The term "poverty" is ambiguous and it conveys different meanings under different conditions on different occasions. However, it is clear that the rapid growth of poverty in parts of Africa is a gigantic hurdle in the way of development.
Nigerian Police: A Dysfunctional Affront to Human Rights
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 10/7/2005
A living body can never entertain the fatal inconveniences of a rogue cell, spiralling uncontrollably out of the orbital path of its genetic trajectory, or a cancerous mutant dangerously metastasizing, and spewing forth its toxic payloads of infections, in silence and quiet. Not only that the radar screens of survival beeps it’s Mayday, or recommends instant reaction, the whole body is alerted because the risk of extinction is staring it squarely in the face.
Nigeria: The Heart of Africa
Uche Nworah - 10/4/2005
This country has birthed us though hope it may not have given us all. As we look around and count each passing day, we sometimes feel that things should indeed be better, that it should be well with us. We can’t but ask why we have to be the way we are, and live the way we do in the midst of abundance, why 45 years after we stopped paying obeisance to the Queen and her people, we are not yet any where near our promised land.
Uganda: Museveni And The Phenomology of History
Ronald Elly Wanda - 9/23/2005
In a referendum on July 28, 2005, the Ugandan electorate were asked to choose whether the state adopts a multiparty political system or continues with the existing mono (movement) arrangement. The result, as expected by the government was an overwhelming support for a multi-party system. According to the Electoral Commission chairman Dr. Badru Kiggundu, 92.5% balloted yes, while only 7.5% objected to altering the system. Understandably, the opposition camp fittingly cited that the outcome was partly due to the fact that a large number of the 8.5 million electors stayed away from the 17,000 pol...
Tanzania’s Public Order Institutions Accused Of Violating Human Rights
Telesphor R. Magobe - 9/19/2005
There was a time when Tanzania had a repute of protecting and promoting human rights and thus being an example of human rights advocacy. The repute made the country known and respected internationally as one of the most peaceful nations in the world. Unfortunately, this eminence is waning due to increasing incidents of human rights violations in the country.
Hurricane Katrina And Nigeria’s Image
Uche Nworah - 9/14/2005
Nigeria is currently in the process of re-branding her image, the Nigerian government has given the Federal Ministry of Information the task of doing that, and have also empowered the ministry with an initial sum of N600 million ($4 million) to execute the project.
Tanzania: Politics Of Success Beside The Plight Of The People
Telesphor R. Magobe - 9/6/2005
The introduction of multi-party politics in Tanzania in 1992 was a positive step towards building a democratic and good governance state. This paradigm shift was welcome by the majority of Tanzanians, for it did not only "end" monolithic party politics but also opened up a new outlook and challenge of political pluralism, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. Tanzania has embarked on political pluralism and economic liberalisation, which are geared towards developing equitable democracy and macro-economics. Democracy does not only mean a state with a popular or majority rule...
Nigerian Media As Scapegoats
Uche Nworah - 9/3/2005
Why do I think that this is the season of profession bashing, or better still media bashing? Even from members and non-members of the media constituency. Have things really degenerated to such alarming proportions to warrant the sweeping comments of concerned observers, most especially Seyi Oduyela in his media bashing article The Media in Nigeria 11?
Out of Africa - The Return
Catherine Emenike - 9/1/2005
My parents were born in Nigeria. The first time I went there, I was 12 and could not handle the culture shock of a hot country, weird food and weird customs. Fast forward to 20 years later and the return with my mother, to the fatherland is a humbling,unforgettable and enigmatic expeirence. Here are a few extracts from my journal of that time.
Rape in Nigeria - Where Then Shall We Run To?
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 8/29/2005
As the ill-fated bus tore through the thick murkiness of the nights and got to somewhere near Lokoja, Kogi State, at about 2.00 am, some men of darkness who had all the while pretended to be fellow passengers took control of the bus, robbed them of all their valuables. As they did this, everybody lay prostrate on the floor of the bus as instructed by them. About six young girls were on the bus. The men violently pulled them out, forced them to undress and began to rape them. As they took turns with these hapless girls, raping them with savagery and beastly relish, the girls cried in deep pain....
Interview with African Professor Ali Mazrui: "Bush Is Blind On Terror Threat From East Africa"
Denis Maina Gathanju - 8/25/2005
He is one of the most outstanding and prolific scholars of East African origin and an outstanding international scholar and influential political commentator on Africa’s affairs. Prof. Mazrui discusses the role he played in helping Kenya’s Professor Wangari Maathai of the Green Belt Movement win the 2004 Nobel Prize for Peace. Placed 50th in the list of 100 greatest African, Professor Ali Mazrui is the chancellor of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Juja, Kenya and an Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global studies at Bi...
UN envoy Flattered Mugabe To Deceive Him
Benhilda Chanetsa - 7/26/2005
HARARE, ZIMBABWE. UN envoy, Anna Tibaijuka, visiting Zimbabwe from June 28 to July 8 2005 to assess the impact of the widely condemned slum clearance operation, appeared a willing tool in the Zimbabwean government’s unending quest to improve its vastly tattered image. She made all the right statements during sanitized government tours of affected areas and proposed new housing sites. The government’s rebuilding program following the demolitions was “commendable”, a sign of “seriousness and clear vision” she gushed. She was rewarded with a trip to the fabulous Victoria Falls. But she was only f...
Education in the Quest for Responsible Governance in Africa
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 7/12/2005
It was Lord Acton who articulated the ageless fact that Power has the ontological potentiality of corrupting its holders, while its absolute, unrestricted concentration in any individual or structure has that natural propensity of absolutely corrupting its repository. In view of the foregoing, a responsible leadership can be nourished and sustained only by an enlightened and responsible followership, which will constitute an effective check on its exercise and excesses.
Scandal of African Poverty
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 7/9/2005
The map of Africa tilted slightly looks like a huge question mark. This may be accounted for by a geographic or a tectonic accident. Nevertheless, the chronicles of African history as well as her contemporary situation, is a real, monstrous question mark of frightening and scandalous proportions, on humanity and human ethical values across all cultures and traditions. The face of Africa has been so brutally battered by a cross-pollination of fatally unfriendly, man-made forces, that she is today lying prostrate, aground and marooned in the sandbanks of underdevelopment. Africa, as was well ar...
Chairman for Nigeria PLC
Uche Nworah - 7/1/2005
As a result of the failure of previous and current systems and models such as parliamentarianism, militarianism and the presidential systems and models, and the need to re-position Nigeria and effectively harness her human and material resources for sustainable growth and for the benefits of her citizens. The opportunity has arisen in this oil rich West African country for the pioneering role and position of a CEO (chief executive officer).
Chinua Achebe And The Nobel Politics
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 7/1/2005
It is becoming widely known, even outside purely literary circles, that November 16 is the birthday of Professor Chinua Achebe, the widely known and read author of the famous classic, Things Fall Apart, the indisputable father and rallying point of African literature, and an imposing figure in the world literary arena. Expectedly, at that time annually, from several parts of the globe, the drums sound and encomiums pour out. This has come to become an annual ritual in which friends and admirers of the literary giant celebrate with great excitement. And as the cards and goodwill messages flow...
Africa's Debt And The Upcoming G8 Gleneagles Meeting
Angelique van Engelen - 6/28/2005
Massive rallies are planned for the upcoming Gleneagles summit of the G8 early next month. If the current reports of the organizers are anywhere indicative of its success, it is likely that Gleneagles might be rather overcrowded. Aid to Africa is topping the G8 agenda and a proposal drawn up by the British government offering the most detailed debt relief proposition ever is on the table. But protestors want to see action rather than words. They also are largely concerned with Africa proposal's private sector bias, which they argue is a boost to multinational corporations' control, rather than aid to Africa.
Power and the Illusions of Omnipotence
Emmanuel Franklyne Ogbunwezeh, Ph.D - 6/23/2005
The life of man has repeatedly proved that illusions are seductive. Mankind has constantly being swayed and crippled into idiocy, by waves of illusions, entertained as reality, by a cross section of her members. Time was when some sections of the human family were marked out as inferior due to their physiological differences. Time was when some members of the human family were barbecued out of existence as heretics for holding a divergent opinion, from that held by the powerful or the majority. The illusions still persist today in some quarters, though in polite proportions; that certain races...
Nigeria and Morocco: Oilfield Development and Inter-Ethnic Tension
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 6/23/2005
"Sustainable Development" is a worn out cliché - but not where it matters the most: in developing countries. There, unconstrained "development" has led to inter-ethnic strife, environmental doom, and economic mayhem. In the post Cold War era, central governments have lost clout and authority to their provincial and regional counterparts, whether peacefully (devolution in many European and Latin American countries) - or less so (in Africa, for instance). As power shifts to municipalities and regional administrations, they begin to examine development projects more closely, prioritize them, and ...
Democratic People's Republic of Zimbabwe: The Cult of Mugabe
Bev Clark - 6/17/2005
Harare International Airport isn't overflowing with tourists. On the contrary its vast emptiness dramatically illustrates the decline in tourism in Zimbabwe. Of course it has a couple of peak times like the departure of Air Zimbabwe's flight to London taking yet another planeload of evacuees on the search for a better life. But what is in plentiful abundance in our airport, and our banking halls, schools and countless other offices in Zimbabwe are portraits of President Robert Mugabe. Recently I've been pondering the extent to which Zimbabweans have become psychologically entrapped by the cult of Mugabe.
Zimbabwe: One Step Too Stupid
Bev Clark - 6/5/2005
This morning I looked at my right front tire and just like it, I felt rather deflated. Not wanting to chance the trip to work I decided to get down to our friendly under the tree tire and air entrepreneurs. They've been around for years and in times of need they've always come through for me. Unfortunately this morning the patch of free land that they occupy near Rhodesville Shopping Centre was empty. These guys have been chased away, just like so many others, in one of Mugabe's latest acts of bizarre misgovernance. So I crossed the road to try my luck at the formal, supposedly respectable, ga...
World Poverty is a Justice and Ethics Issue - Open Letter to G8 Leaders
Kamran Mofid, PhD - 6/5/2005
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life. While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.
- Nelson Mandela
Is Nigeria's Gen. Obasanjo An Extortioner?
Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye - 6/3/2005
"What happened in Abeokuta was an executive extortion and it is a contradiction to the campaign against corruption … it was transparent and open."
-Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka (May 16, 2005, Ibadan).
What bother me these days aren't so much the immediate implications of what President Olusegun Obasanjo does and represents, but the very tantalizing and insidious precedent most of those attitudes and preoccupations constitute to those who would take over from him, assuming he truly goes in 2007. And it does seem, judging from the way he carries himself that he is totally unpertur...
Nigerian Scams - Begging Your Trust in Africa
Sam Vaknin, Ph.D. - 5/25/2005
The syntax is tortured, the grammar mutilated, but the message - sent by snail mail, telex, fax, or e-mail - is coherent: an African bigwig or his heirs wish to transfer funds amassed in years of graft and venality to a safe bank account in the West. They seek the recipient's permission to make use of his or her inconspicuous services for a percentage of the loot - usually many millions of dollars. A fee is required to expedite the proceedings, or to pay taxes, or to bribe officials - they plausibly explain. A recent (2005) variant involves payment with expertly forged postal money orders for goods exported to a transit address.
Country Branding And The Nigeria Image Project As A Case Study
Uche Nworah - 5/24/2005
Branding as we know it has traditionally only been associated with products and services, global companies and corporations and their marketing communications agencies have continued to create and use branding as a distinguishing and strategic competitive factor in the market place, and also in the battle for consumers. Brands such as Coca-Cola, Mercedes, Nike, Microsoft, Harvard, Guinness, Ford etc are beneficiaries of strong and strategic brand building efforts, this may therefore account for the brand leadership positions of these companies globally.
Refugees in South Africa (Part 6): Refugees get security, but plead for their papers
Miriam Mannak - 5/24/2005
The Department of Home Affairs yesterday placed toilets on the premises of the refugee reception office on the Foreshore and deployed security personnel to manage the scores of people waiting in line.
Refugees in South Africa (Part 5): Tackling the Problem
Miriam Mannak - 5/23/2005
Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has paid a surprise visit to the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office and promised direct action to ease some of the "immediate challenges" faced by refugees, in-cluding the need for toilet facilities and queue management.
Refugees in South Africa (Part 4): Department of Home Affairs
Miriam Mannak - 5/22/2005
Three refugees were taken to hospital yesterday after being beaten by officials at the Home Affairs offices on the Foreshore. Officials used sjamboks and sticks against about 30 refugees who forced their way into the building shortly after the gates opened yesterday morning. People were also kicked.
Chance of 100% Debt Cancellation for Third World Borrowers
Mark Engler - 5/21/2005
How 100% debt cancellation for poor countries--now being debated by wealthy nations--was transformed from an implausible demand into a winning issue, and what barriers lie ahead for the debt relief movement.
Refugees in South Africa (Part 3): Government Corruption
Miriam Mannak - 5/21/2005
The Department of Home Affairs has appealed to the public to be "alert to all forms of corruption" at the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office. This follows a Cape Times investigation that found "agents" working outside the refugee office, but in co-operation with officials inside, were offering refugees an asylum-seeker's permit in exchange for R250 to R350.
Mandela's Powerful Message - Africa's Time Has Come
Emira Woods - 5/20/2005
As people begin to line up in movie theaters to visit galaxies far, far away in the final chapter of Star Wars, Nelson Mandela comes to America to remind us of a continent right here on earth, just on the other side of the Atlantic.
Refugees in South Africa (Part 2): Preying On The Desperate
Miriam Mannak - 5/20/2005
The Department of Home Affairs is to investigate corruption at the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office following a Cape Times investigation that has found "agents" are allegedly colluding with officials in accepting payment to speed up the processing of residence permits. Home Affairs head of communications Nkosana Sibuyi said this after the Cape Times recorded telephone conversations between two refugees and two "agents" who demanded R300 to R350 in return for an asylum-seeker's permit or "Section 22", as it is known.
Refugees in South Africa (Part 1): They Are 'Teated Like Stray Dogs'
Miriam Mannak - 5/19/2005
The Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO), which falls under the epartment of Home Affairs, has been accused of a dismally slow rate of processing asylum seekers' permits, known by refugees as a "Section 22". Human rights Lawyer William Kerfoot of the Legal Resources Centre says that he receives several reports a day of refugees who have to wait in queues for hours, day after day and in many cases weeks in a row.
Commission for Africa
Uche Nworah - 5/14/2005
Africans should not blame Mr Tony Blair, the newly re-elected Prime Minister of Britain, for attempting to redress through the Commission for Africa report, decades of imbalances and injustices visited on Africans by both African rulers and their western collaborators. It is this callous and wicked conspiracy that has brought the beautiful and virgin continent on its knees, largely impoverishing its people and turned them into beggars, cry babies and laughing stocks of the global community.
Internet and Journalism in Nigeria
Uche Nworah - 5/8/2005
Times and things have indeed changed, globalisation has since become a buzz word, and has brought with it change and competition, people's lives have been variously affected either for the better or for the worse, depending on the side of the divide one finds himself or herself, although Africa and the rest of the developing world (sounds better than the clichéd 3rd world designation) may argue that they are hard done by, by the avenging and scavenging onslaught of the multinational corporations through their invasion and incursion into their markets with cheap mass produced goods. Another reverse colonialism then? Maybe.