EXILED SCHOLAR RETURNS TO AFRICA

Aug
19
By John Otim, novelist and journalist

Student Reading

The dalliance with the Strongman was bound to backfire.  Soon Ali Mani found himself on the run. For a while he taught at the University of Illinois. He worked hard. Churned out publications like crazy. Became a popular and a much sought-after speaker on the lecture circuit. Soon he moved on to an Ivy League college as head of the Institute of Globality. Ali Mani had arrived. But now he was on his way back to Africa.

 

 

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SECRETS OF WINNING OLYMPIC MEDALS: NATURE OR NURTURE?

Aug
19
Okot Nyormoi, editor

Tokyo OlympicEvery four years, the world is treated to a sport’s extravaganza–the summer Olympics. It is replete with scandals, drama, exhilaration, utter failure, disappointment, etc. The organizers, the country and city hosts, the athletes, the trainers, etc., are all in the mix at the Olympics. While the Olympics is marketed as an international sporting activity aimed at cultivating excellence, friendship, and respect, and to contribute to world peace, it is all that and more.

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LEARNING FROM THE 2011 TRAGEDY AT UTOYA ISLAND VILLAGE IN NORWAY?

Aug
18
By Ocaya p’Ocure, social media commentator, Uppsala, Sweden

Utoya Island Village

It was on a fine day, July 22, 2011, when a homegrown terrorist named Anders Behring Breivik killed 8 people in a bomb blast in Oslo, Norway. He then dressed as a policeman to access Utoya Island Village where he massacred 69 children and young people because they were members and supporters of The Norwegian Social Democratic Party Youth Union–locally known as–Arbeiderpartiet Ungdomsförbundet–(AUF).

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EDITOR’S NOTE: TO LEARN OR NOT TO LEARN LESSONS FROM HISTORY

Aug
18
By the Editor

Uganda's Chemutai WinningOur last issue was dedicated to change which comes with happiness, uncertainty, and sadness. This issue is dedicated to learning lessons from history. The just concluded Tokyo Olympics was fairly successful despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no massive infection of athletes and no boycotts and no massive doping scandals. Thanks to lesson learned from past experiences. However, it is regrettable that there is still some doping among athletes as well  as corruption within the International Olympic Organization (IOC).

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LOVE BLOOMS ON THE DREAM CAMPUS

Jul
17
By John Otim, creative writer, novelist

Love Blooming on Dream Campus

 

It was there in the mating songs of the birds. It was there in the air you breathed. You felt lucky to be alive in the world. It was just the kind of night in which true love whispers. Call me! Just call my name.

 

 

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DENMARK WANTS TO OUTSOURCE THE ENTIRE ASYLUM PROCESS TO AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Jul
17
By Ocaya p’Ocure, a social affairs and political commentator

Danish ParliamentThe proposed new Danish immigration policy is to receive zero refugees.  The idea sounds insane, but if Denmark succeeds in making it work, it could be the future of Europe’s immigration policy. In the last few days, the Folketing–Danish Parliament will decide whether to adopt the Social Democratic government’s very radical proposal, which has already incurred the wrath of the UN, Save the Children Fund and Amnesty International.

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MY DAM, MY WHY, MY DIGNITY

Jul
17
By Mekdelawit Messay Deribe, a Ph.D. student, Florida International University, mekdelawitmessay@gmail.com.

Why does Africa’s forerunner project, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) inspire, motivate, and enamor its supporters so much? What is it about the GERD that resonates with us, moves us so deeply that we give from the little that we have, stand by it with our heads held high in the face of fierce powers, and show it a loyalty so deep it even inspires others to stand with us? 

 

 

 

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INDIGENOUS AND MODERN MEDICINES ARE NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE

Jul
17
By Okot Nyormoi, a retired cancer biologist and editor

African Traditional MedicinesLast November, I published an article titled, “The impact of COVID-19 on science in Africa” in which I shared some positive impacts of the virus at a time that Africa had not yet experienced the full effect of the pandemic. It is now nine months later and so it is pertinent to check on the progress or lack thereof.

 

 

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