Is it the Case of Darkness before Dawn in the Congo?

Feb
11
Jonathan Power

Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s largest and richest country, is caught up in the aftermath of its election, the first proper election since independence in 1960. Towards the end of last, after years of non-stop wars and massive carnage, the country was 90% free of fighting.

 
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The Politics of Donald Trump’s Border Wall

Feb
11
Okot Nyormoi

How come a super power government got shut down? Over something as banal as a border-wall? A brief look at history may explain the vulgarity. It may also help explain the consternation the rest of the world feels at the American shutdown.

 

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How modern African Art was born at Ahmadu Bello University Nigeria

Dec
12
John Otim

A classroom in the northern city of Zaria in colonial Nigeria. Outside the union jack flutters in a bitterly cold wind. A group of students begin to sketch and experiment using African motifs. This was new and this was strange. It was the kind of thing their teachers scorned.

 

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Where exam failures become life sentence

Dec
12
Bill Milligan

The main character is a young man who goes by the name Peter Otim. When we first meet him Otim has just sat for a major national school examination. In this land of titles and certificates, the result of this single examination could spell his doom. 

 

 

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Sketches from Colonial Kenya

Dec
12
Sam Kahiga

We had grown up under the awful Emergency of the 1950s, reading colonial pamphlets printed in red ink, showing rows of Mau Mau fighters being publicly hanged on high posts. The Lari massacre and the subsequent government reprisals took place within walking distance from our village

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Doing battle with Saudi Arabia

Dec
12
Jonathan Power

How can Saudi Arabia be brought low? If the King won’t remove from power his 33 old son, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, there may be no alternative but to do battle with its regime. In a nonviolent manner for sure..

 

 

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Burden of Failure in A Failed State

Aug
26
John Otim

Reading Burden of Failure, the new novel by Okot Nyormoi, I found myself remembering old friends and old arguments we use to indulge in. We were a group of young lecturers on a northern Nigerian campus. We were bothered by the lack of progress in Africa since independence.  We were searching for a way out of the morass...

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‘Who Told You That You Were Naked?’ By William Combs. A Review

Aug
26
Kalaki

Two lovers in a most glorious setting. They have everything they want. And much more. For a while life is wonderful for them in the Garden of Eden. No couple could be happier. They are in ecstasy. They stroll and roam the Garden of Eden doing what lovers do. Now and again, the Lord comes visiting...

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