Nbr. 502, January - January 2011
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- 'Africa was of no strategic benefit'.
- 'You are the best'.
- More questions than answers.
- Togo is back on track.
- Fifa 2, England/USA O.
- WikiLeaks Africa: the gospel according to the Americans.
- One small step for Mugabe, a giant leap for land reform.
- In the coming year ... Cameron Duodu on what is likely to happen in a number of African countries in 2011.
- Mauritian PM snubs Princess Anne over Chagos Islands.
- What type of leader for Nigeria? While Nigerians want a visionary but pragmatic president who will address the urgent needs of the country, a section of the political elite is opting for selection methods that could frustrate that wish, reports Osasu Obayiuwana.
- Goodluck Jonathan: how he is selling his candidacy.
- The Niger Delta Nigeria's central element: of the myriad problems facing Nigeria, the lack of a steady supply of energy and security problems in the oil-producing Niger Delta rank as priorities. The Minister of Niger Delta affairs, Godsday Orubebe, says the government is determined to address challenges in the area as part of a national development agenda. Ejiro Barrett reports.
- "The President's track record is there to show": the deputy director of the Goodluck-Sambo campaign organisation, Eider Godsday Orubebe (inset), who also doubles as the minister for Niger Delta affairs, talks to New African about the country's need for a paradigm shift in leadership.
- Electricity is still a priority for Nigeria: for all its oil resources and abundance of rivers, Nigeria still suffers from electricity hunger. Electricity is rightly called "power" in the country. And "power" has forever been in short supply in the country. "power" - and how to generate, supply and leverage it--will be a major factor in the coming elections. Ejiro Barrett reports.
- Mali's example in bio-fuel production: Mali has set an example to the world, of how jatropha, used at a grassroots level, can render the developing world self-sufficient in its energy needs. To date, around 700 villages in Mali are fueled entirely by jatropha oil. Valerie Noury reports.
- Time to renew ties: today, not many people remember that the Czech Republic once played a huge role in the development of the nascent economies of Africa in the 1960s. Now the government of the Czech Republic wants to renew the old ties. Kofi Nkrumah reports from Prague.
- Africa's migrant businessmen: in recent years, media headlines have portrayed refugee communities in Britain as work-shy and benefit cheats intent on exploiting the system at the expense of the indigenous population. But "99% of the time it's just not true. People want to work, they don't come to England because of the benefits system", and more are setting up their own business. Vic Motune reports.
- New African wins awards: our editor Baffour Ankomah; deputy editor and editor of New African Woman Regina Jere-Malanda; columnist, Cameron Duodu; and photographer, Joseph Afrane, win awards for their estimable work, reports Tom Mbakwe.
- Awards for Africa's great and good: Africa's sons and daughters, and other non-Africans, who have distinguished themselves and greatly contributed to the continent's development in various fields, have been honoured at a four-day award ceremony held in Ghana, reports Stephen Gyasi Jnr. Photos by Charles Acheampong.
- Mrs Koroma we will make a difference.
- Ndugu Rugunda, the hero just back from the UN: Ernest Lumumba Musaazi writes about his hero, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the Ugandan politician who has just returned home after serving as president of the UN Security Council.
- My hero, Lloyd Barnett, the boxer: Mel Barnett on the life and times of her hero, her father Lloyd Barnett, who emigrated from Jamaica to Britain and became a professional boxer.
- Mansa Musa, the hero: Stephen Atalebe has gone back into history and picked King (or Mansa) Musa of Mali as his hero. He was a great ruler who succeeded in establishing peace and order in Mali, promoted trade and education, and above all made the name of Mali known throughout the world.
- Making the Diaspora work for Africa.
- Prime Minister Kofi Blair, I presume? As we start a new year, we can reflect on how far we have come to reclaiming our African heritage, and look at what our names and the names we give our children say about us, writes Serwah.
- The saga of the Africans at Fifa: the recent fines and bans imposed on four African Fifa officials for unethical behaviour is a humiliating but timely slap in the face that should make the continent's football fraternity clean up its act, argues our football editor, Osasu Obayiuwana.
- Five million jobs! At last there is a government in Africa that is committed to putting the ordinary people first.