The mess African leaders have made of African universities

Jul
01
John Otim

Once seemingly on the threshold of a grand breakthrough African universities are sliding backwards. To the casual observer this may not be apparent. The occasional brand new edifice on campus, many often the result of donor money, the trim lawns college administrators have perfected the art of keeping, the fashion obsessed youths, book bags on their backs, smart phones in their palms, present the image of a normal campus.

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Student takes on Faculty of Law over Dress Code at the University of Lagos in Nigeria

Jul
01
Special Correspondent

Nile Journal brings to you this remarkable and revealing conversation in which a Lagos University student accused of flouting college regulations on dress code and threatened with expulsion takes the Faculty head on. The encounter left the head of department (HOD) reeling. We must admit his had to be the strangest college department in the world; the department of Dress Code

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Real power in Russia will not grow out of the barrel of a gun!

Jul
01
Jonathan Power

What drives President Vladimir Putin is to make Russia once again a respected and admired brand as it was in the days of the Soviet Union. In his arrogance Putin underestimates what real power Russia already has. He does not realize what card to play. It is not his hang tough policies in the international arena, especially where America is concerned. It is Russia's culture.

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The truth about the Gomesi as a National Dress for Uganda Women

Jul
01
Thomas R Omara-Alwala

I was in for a surprise when none of our women turned up in the national attire for women of Uganda the gomesi.  It was at the Convention of the Lango Association of North America held in Philadelphia last June.  Two weeks after the convention I asked one of the ladies who herself had showed up in the West African attire of Liberia, why?

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African Legend of Origin in Tom Omara’s Exodus

Jun
13
John Otim

The little known piece of epic is the work of a young writer published in 1972. In the light of what happened in Africa in the decades that followed, Tom Omara’s The Exodus  was remarkably prescient and it is full of reverberations for the politics of today.

 

 

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Oil, sex, health, and politics in the Niger Delta

Jun
13
John Otim

If you took away the $101.7billion petro dollars that the Niger Delta brings yearly to the Nigerian economy the government would collapse. Nigeria in all probability would become a failed state. The oil revenue is a huge sum of money by any standards and makes up as much as 90% of the Country’s entire budget. The fierce completion for political power in Nigeria is about the control of oil money. The inevitable result is the corruption, bad governance and lack of freedom.

 
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Developing World Rising as India and China Industrialize

Jun
13
Jonathan Power

Never in the history of mankind have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and in so short a period. Great Britain the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, took 150 years to double its output. Following later the United States took 50 years. Both countries had a population of less than 10 million each at the point at which they industrialized.

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Marginalization and the politics of intrigues in Amuru land grabs

Jun
13
Okot Nyormoi

Land grabbing in Amuru District in Acholiland, northern Uganda, has become a chronic problem. Today land grabbers frame their case in terms of investments and development for what they say is a free and empty piece of real estate. We will develop your land. We will bring you riches and employment for your sons and daughters.

 

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