Makerere: elite African campus in its golden decade 1960-1970

Oct
18
Dharam Ghai

The four years I spent at Makerere were its golden period. The College attracted outstanding scholars to its Faculty. A considerable amount of money poured in to strengthen its medical, agriculture and social science faculties. Many gifted graduate students from prestigious universities overseas came to work on their doctorates.

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Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic showdown at the UN

Oct
18
Jonathan Power

Last week diplomats at the UN were amazed when Saudi Arabia did what no country had done before; turned down the seat it had just won on the Security Council.

 

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Why the United States pulled back from the threat of war in Syria

Oct
18
Okot Nyormoi

About a month ago, the United States was poised to go to war in the Middle East. This threat of war was triggered by the allegation that President Bashar Al-Assad of Syria crossed the red line President Obama argued was set, not by him, but by the international community against the use of chemical weapons

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King Mutebi II and the future of the Kingdom of Buganda in Uganda

Sep
15
John Otim

Had the twentieth century been an African century, the kingdom of Buganda and its centuries-old monarchy located in present day Uganda might have loomed large on the world stage. Africa had seen some powerful kingdoms and empires. Who can or what can rival Mensa Musa and his Malian Empire of 14th century?

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Postcolonial education in Africa: the imperative for theory and practice

Sep
15
Okello Oculi

How can higher education in Africa become more relevant in the face of the challenges and opportunities Africa faces in the 21st century? That is the theme of a conference planned for 2014 at Dakar Senegal. In the face of growing numbers of colleges and universities in Africa, organizers note, there has been a lot of focus on numbers and too little attention paid to quality, relevance and access.

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Kofi Annan on Justice for Kenya

Sep
15
Kofi Annan

ON Tuesday, the eyes of Kenya will be firmly fixed on The Hague, where the trial of the country’s deputy president, William Ruto, and his co-defendant, Joshua arap Sang, an influential radio executive, is set to begin before the International Criminal Court.

 

 

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Africa, knowledge, and the global North

Sep
15
Medici con la Africa Cuamm

 

 

Since Hecataeus, Herodotus, and later on, Bartholomew Dias, Livingstone, Stanley and Lugard, Africa’s stories, good and bad, have been written and told by outsiders. Explorers, missionaries, exploiters, adventurers; call them what you will. Each writer, objective or not, had their own agenda and did their own thing.

 

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What the future might be 200 years from now

Sep
15
Jonathan Power

The industrial revolution of the late 18th century that began first in England and quickly spread to other parts of the world caused a major shift in lifestyle worldwide.  New products coming out of the factories made life for those who could afford it more aboundant.

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