You Are One In a Million- No, One in 7 Billion

Sometime last week my computer which had looked healthy suddenly died. In the following minutes I almost died too, those who have owned gadgets know of the bond that forms between man and machine- especially between Engineer and machine. But I digress, what I wanted to say is that as I restored my documents after buying a…

I am an African – Thabo Mbeki.

On 8 May 1996, speaking on behalf of the ANC at the passing of a new South African Constitution in Cape Town, then Vice President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki delivered a speech titiled “I am an African” which has led him to be compared to other great orators such as Martin Luther King. In the speech…

Hats Off to Jose Mujica: The World’s Poorest President

The President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica, is the poorest President in the world according to numerous reports. It is not hard to believe, considering that he donates 90% of his $12 500 monthly salary to charity and has an old Volkswagen car  as his only other possession. He does not live in the Presidential palace,…

Remembering Thomas Sankara on the 25th Anniversary of his Death

On 15 October 1987 in a coup led by the then Vice President (now President) of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, and believed to be backed and instructed by France, Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso was killed. Africa’s truest revolutionary was then buried in an unmarked grave and his erstwhile friend Blaise Compaore became President.

On Africa’s Youth and Empowerment

In his brilliant article published in the 500th edition of New African Magazine (November issue, 2010) titled All Issues Great and Small , New African editor Baffour Ankomah tried to analyse why ‘the Asian tigers left Africa behind.’ He says that he is tired of people always saying that if Ghana and Nigeria were economically…