Nbr. 523, December 2012
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- Africa's lost tribe in Mexico.
- Dr Livingstone, we don't presume.
- The joys of good Beefs.
- African-American misnomer.
- Ghana loses another great son.
- Open letter to the new Ethiopian PM.
- Can you imagine Africa without lions, giraffes and zebras? A new report by the African Development Bank and WWF says Africa's ecological footprint is at threat.
- So what happened to Bishop Sentamu? 'If a tiny toe is hurting, the whole body bends low to tend it,' says an African proverb. But on this occasion, I beg to differ.
- 100 Most influential Africans.
- The tenacity of hope! ... 'It's not a traditional America anymore'.
- African-Americans expect more from Obama: throughout the first term, asked about his agenda for African-Americans, president Barack Obama explained that he was not the president of Black America, he was the president of the United States of America. African-Americans expect better treatment in Obama's second term, writes I. K. Cush from New York.
- Martin Luther King: shoes too big to walk in.
- Justice Sow: 'Charles Taylor should have walked free.
- Steve Biko the man, the movement the martyr: Steve Biko, the celebrated political activist, has been the subject of a number of books. But a new one, written by Xolela Mangcu, is set to become a seminal biography. And this is not just history--as Mangcu explains. Biko's life and the Black Consciousness Movement are as relevant to South Africa today as they were during the anti-apartheid struggle. Stephen Williams reports.
- Nigeria: Same old, same old: If Nigeria were a human being, it might well adopt a retort made by the great American humorist, Mark Twain, when he was informed that the newspapers had dispatched him to the next world. 'Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated,' Mark Twain said. Cameron Duodu, currently on a West African tour, reports that recent reports of Nigeria's imminent 'demise' are greatly exaggerated.
- Africa's future in our own hands: the humiliation of Africa with the help of Africans, and the plunder of Africa by Africans sometimes compels me to wonder--'who will save Africa from outside forces when we cannot save it from ourselves'?
- Wole Soyinka telling it as it is: JP O'Malley meets up with Wole Soyinka, the rather elusive literary-great to, ostensibly discuss his new book, of Africa, but their conversation took a few necessary detours. ......
- Tunisia: 'change will take time': a year after the coalition government of Tunisia was elected, and just under two years since Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight sparking the Arab Spring, Intissar Kherigi, a Tunisian human rights lawyer and activist (and daughter of Ennahda leader Rached Ghannouchi), writes in a personal capacity on the challenges facing Tunisia's new government.
- Tunisia: our post-revolutionary struggle: after several years of exile in Paris, the question of returning to my own country, Tunisia, did not simply arise--it was imposed. Today, more than a year after the first free elections in Tunisia, the National Constituent Assembly, which is responsible for providing the country with a new constitution, is struggling to form a genuine democracy, writes Amira Yahyaoui.
- Shaping Africa's future: among all the voices discussing the direction that Africa should take, perhaps none is more realistic or compelling than Dr Kandeh Yumkella's. Stephen Williams went to hear him speak.
- The man who dares impersonate Museveni: it takes real bravado to impersonate an ex-military general who has ruled Uganda for 26 years. But Herbert Ssegujja, a secondary school teacher and part-time comedian, has perfected the mimicking of President Yoweri Museveni into an art form, sending audiences into fits of laughter. And Uganda's President is one of his biggest fans, reports Bamuturaki Musinguzi from Kampala.
- People of the mist! Shona sculpture (from Zimbabwe) is perhaps the most important art form to emerge from Africa for 100 years. It is sculpture of world quality, extracting the individual spirit of the stone. A recent exhibition of Shona sculpture in London enthralled visitors. Juliet Highet reports.
- In Honour of a great journalist.
- The first lady of African football: the Burundian, Lydia Nsekera, is the first woman in the history of football to join FIFA's Executive Committee, which essentially remains a male club. ......
- Is African football on a road to nowhere: the fallout from the September meeting of the Confederation of African football (CAF), as well as the return of previously banned officials to CAF's all-powerful executive committee, indicates that nothing has been learnt in the corridors of power, reports Osasu Obayiuwana, our football editor.
- African football the man who wants to be king: FIFA executive committee member, Jacques Bernard Anouma, insists he will challenge Issa Hayatou for the CAF presidency next March. But what has he really got to offer? Osasu Obayiuwana, our football editor, sat with Anouma, for over two hours, in Abidjan's Cocody district, to discuss the burning issues affecting African football.
- From liberation to normal politics: if credible opposition parties cannot come from outside the liberation circle in Southern Africa, then perhaps it is time for the liberation parties in the region to split, creating a space for 'normal' politics to resume.