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Archive - 2012

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December 25th

Can Africa Learn From Nigeria?

John Otim

Nigeria may yet turn out the one country in Africa to which other Africans can turn to, for answers to the many problems that beset Africa and for much more. We remember only too vividly the violence that followed the last presidential election held in Nigeria in which hundreds lost their lives. We recall the horrible flare of bloodletting that took place in the country in December of 2002 as the sparkling new Capital City of Abuja prepared to host the Miss World contest.

Culture in Economic Development under Condition of Marginalization, Unraveling the Lango Predicament

John Otim

 

 

They took one long and collective look in the huge mirror held before them and were horrified at what they saw. A once proud community decimated and wasted and become self hating. What happened? A Ugandan academic and playwright familiar with the history and culture of tribe and himself one of them held the mirror and did not pull punches. 

Perhaps the Last opportunity for peace in Afghanistan

Jonathan Power

The coalition of Western forces has lost 3,000 soldiers during its 10 years of war in Afhganistan. By comparison the Soviet Union lost 15,000 over 9 year long war in Afghanistan between 1979 and 89. Politically the Soviet Union had little to show for its troubles. It is a safe bet to say that likewise the US and their NATO allies will have little to show for their troubles come 2014, the date they mean to complete their Afghan withdrawal. Unless ...

Pontius Pilate and the Tragedy of the African Student

Fred Nyankori with John Otim

It was the beginning of a new school year. We were new students, on a new African campus, getting to know one another. Our country was decades into independence, was touted in the West as a new African democracy, led by a new generation of African leaders. Recently we marked our golden jubilee. Our leaders pulled out the red carpet and Champaign and insisted on a celebration though in reality our country was in a pitiable way

November 9th

Ghosts of 2007 and the Coming Kenyan Election

Nathan Wangusi

Two of the four prominent Kenyans now charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague are set to become President and Vice President of Kenya respectively. That is if they win the March 4th, 2013 Kenyan Election! The two are the current Kenya Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and the current Eldoret North Member of Parliament, William Ruto.

Uganda under British Rule Better Country than Uganda Today

Sam Akaki

Ambassador Joan Rwabyomere, Uganda High Commissioner to Britain, recently hailed the massive population increase in Uganda, from 9 to 34 million, as one of the country's main achievements since Independence! She spoke on 6 October 2012 at Uganda Golden Jubilee luncheon organized by British men and women, who served in Uganda before or shortly after Independence,

Fred Kamara, Ahmadu Bello University Academic

John Otim

John Fred Apuli Kamara, the long time Ahmadu Bello University lecturer, 1980-2008, died in Kampala on Monday 22 October 2012 in the early hours of the morning. Kamara as he was to Faculty and Students alike was born on 12 January 1947 in the Toro region of Western Uganda by the slopes of the legendry Mountains of the Moon.

Lagos Notes: Beloved and Dreaded City of Modern Nigeria

Maria Glover

Slums don’t make headlines anymore. In most cities of the world slums have become such routine and part of daily life they don’t count any more.  Some slums are better than others. Others are so bad even its rodent population agree conditions perhaps ought to be better

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