Archive - 2014

Date

November 13th

Why the school uniform is celebrated in Africa

Nov
13
John Otim

Today as a matter of course no school going child in Africa is complete without his or her school uniform. Adorned in often bright school colors, book bags dangling from shoulders, every day bright eyed kids take to school as their parents look on admiringly.

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Why Russia is on the warpath

Nov
13
Jonathan Power

Will the West listen to Gorbachev now? Will it listen to his warning that the expansion of Nato makes Russia feel threatened? Will it understand that there is a good reason why he and a majority of Russians support Putin’s foreign policy? Will it share his fear that the world is on the brink of a new Cold War?

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Ebola! Was the virus created in American laboratories?

Nov
13
Okot Nyormoi

Whenever humans encounter medical disasters of epic proportions such as the black plague in Europe or the current Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa, they feel helpless and are driven to ask questions about the origin of the disease, its timing and location.

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Vanishing Rock Art of Africa

Nov
13
John Otim

Once thought to be The Heart of Darkness where history was never made, Africa has come a long way. Few doubt now that Africans built the great Zimbabwe or that ancient Egyptian civilization was and is African. Now however the past of Africa is threatened again.

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Pioneering a young university: Lira University three years on

Nov
13
John Otim

The Founders of the new Lira University were lucky in the near virgin piece of land they got. All 600 acres of it, perched on low rolling hills with a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside. To the south six kilometers away is the town from which the university gets its name, the town they call the bicycle capital of the world.

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October 18th

Ali Mazrui, the controversial titan of academia

Oct
18
John Otim

Kenyan born Ali Mazrui of the University of Binghamton in the United States of America who has died at the age of 81 was one of those academics every campus could do with. At every campus in which he taught Mazrui was the glue that held together at the level of intellect and intellectual life the diverse and divergent community typical of academia.

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Ebola and the deadly love kiss in the age of globalization

Oct
18
Okot Nyormoi

All cultures have traditions that mark important occasions in life, promote unity and transmit values to new generations. These traditions may be based on such factors as age, gender, stage in life, social status, or may arise out of disasters (natural or man-made).

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New Museum of African Culture & Traditional Health Practices will tell the Story of Africa’s Cattle Herders

Oct
18
John Otim & Ekkehard Doehring

Throughout Africa as population increases so does the speed of urbanization. With urbanization come many changes that deeply affect culture and the old way of life in many communities, whose rich and valuable knowledge, including artifacts face danger of imminent disappearance.

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