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Malaika, Most Quintessential, Most Loved of African Love Songs

Jan
10
John Otim

Angel, I love you Angel, runs the first line of Malaika, the most lyrical most quintessential of African love songs. To set the tone, to set the tempo and the rhythm the line is repeated. Angel I love you Angel.

 

 

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Lagos Notes: Beloved and Dreaded City of Modern Nigeria

Nov
09
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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Maya Angelou’s Moving Eve of Election Message

Nov
09
Maya Angelou

Pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich I am not writing to you as a black voter, or a woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country -- as an American.

 

 

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Speak softly don't argue and slow down

Sep
25
Phillip Sherwell

Loud and brash, in gaudy garb and baseball caps, more than three million of them flock to our shores every year. Shuffling between tourist sites or preparing to negotiate a business deal, they bemoan the failings of the world outside the United States.

 

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Has American Soft Power Overwhelmed the World?

Sep
25
Jonathan Power

The debate about American influence on the world is not new. The popular twentieth century notion of the ugly American was part of this. Charles Dickens, the great seventeenth century novelist, believed American culture had little to offer the world. In his opinion America’s culture icons were no more than a gang of fakes, fools and tricksters

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Postcolonial Response to Othello and Apartheid

Aug
14
John Otim

Makerere University Main Hall was packed with postcolonial students in their colorful trademark red gowns. Present were many of the Faculty and a good sprinkling of the country’s political and administrative elite. The occasion was the debut of the play Not now sweet Desdemona, written, directed and produced by Murray Carlin. Murray Carlin was a White South African teaching literature at Makerere University and lived in exile away from the land of his birth.

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London Notes: The Other Obama

Jun
12
Ramnik Shah

The race for the office of President of the United States is clearly well under way. It is a matter of wide concern, because of the global reach of American power, though the rest of the world will have no say in who gets to the White House.

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Peter Nazareth's Military Dictator

Mar
17
John Otim

Once he had his own men proclaim him King of Scotland. The ruler of a small and backward country, he had no means to enforce such claims. But in the eyes of his men his claim gave him the appearance of a strong and fearless leader. With the General appearance was everything. No one understood the art of propaganda better.

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