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What Would Make You Proud to be African?

OPINION By Nanjala Nyabola It's not easy to get a sitting president to leave office. In some cases, corruption, violence, and institutional inertia have conspired to keep some African presidents in office for decades. In other cases, the sheer weight of going up against a person who knows the system, has the theoretically unlimited resources of the state at their disposal, and to whom political appointees owe their allegiance is often too much for opposition parties.    So, elections are held, but there is rarely a surprise. Hence why today's annulment of the election victory of President Uhuru Kenyatta by Kenya's supreme court is such a landmark moment. Change certainly can happen at the end of a constitutional term in office. But the power of incumbency means that it is rare for a sitting president to be turfed out if he or she is not ready to retire. But in the last three years some significant shifts seem to be occurring. A quick survey of the status of incumbency acros…

What Makes You Proud to be African?

What makes you proud to be African? Murau Kienjeku, Policy Analyst at Tegemeo Institute (2010-present)
I presume you are asking this question to understand the good that Africans feel proud about their countries. However, as a Kenyan, I must say there is nothing to smile about. Firstly, there is too much tribal divisions and competition in Africa, which make it impossible for leaders to focus on things that matter. If you follow news, you know we had a post election violence in Kenya in 2007, and yet the country was economically experiencing fast growth. That shows you that economic growth is meaningless to Africans. The violence was due to tribal competition. What matters is tribal loyalty and a feeling of being “in government”. However, even when certain tribes are well represented in government, they feel disenchanted in the end. In Kenya, for example, the Kikuyu have dominated government since independence, and yet the average Kikuyu feel that having one of your own as president is…

the History of African Americans In Chicago.

The history of African Americans in Chicagodates back to Jean Baptiste Point du Sable’s trading activities in the 1780s. Du Sable is the city's founder.[1]Fugitive slaves and freedmenestablished the city’s first black community in the 1840s. By the late 19th century, the first black person had been elected to office. The Great Migrations from 1910 to 1960 brought hundreds of thousands of blacks from the South to Chicago, where they became an urban population. They created churches, community organizations, important businesses, music, and literature. African Americans of all classes built a community on the South Side of Chicago for decades before the Civil Rights Movement, as well as on the West Side of Chicago. Residing in segregated communities, almost regardless of income, the Black residents of Chicago aimed to create communities where they could survive, sustain themselves, and have the ability to determine for themselves their own course in Chicago history.


Why Was Africa Called the Dark Continent?

 The most common answer to the question, “Why was Africa called the Dark Continent?” is that Europe did not know much about Africa until the 19th century, but that answer is misleading. Europeans had known quite a lot, but they began ignoring earlier sources of information. More importantly, the campaign against slavery and missionary work in Africa actually intensified Europeans’ racial ideas about African people in the 1800s. They called Africa the Dark Continent, because of the mysteries and the savagery they expected to find in the “Interior." It is true that up until the 19th century, Europeans had little direct knowledge of Africa beyond the coast, but their maps were already filled with details about the continent. African kingdoms had been trading with Middle Eastern and Asian states for over two millennia.

Initially, Europeans drew on the maps and reports created by earlier traders and explorers like the famed Moroccan trave…


Humanities › History & Culture Socialism in Africa and African SocialismLeonid Ilyich Brezhnev (1906 - 1982) general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, greets the new Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat (1918 - 1981) who is in Moscow to ask for political support and military hardware for use in Egypt's imminent war with Israel, 1971. The Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin (1904 - 1980) (second from left) is responsible for this aid program. Slava Katamidze Collection/Getty Images
by Angela Thompsell Updated April 01, 2018 At independence, African countries had to decide what type of state to put in place, and between 1950 and the mid-1980s, thirty-five of Africa's countries adopted socialism at some point.1 The leaders of these countries believed socialism offered their best chance to overcome the many obstacles these new states faced at independence. Initially, African leaders created new, hybrid versions of socialism, known as African socialism, but by the 1970s, several …

How Tribalism Stunts African Politics

Africa's democratic transition is back in the spotlight. The concern is no longer the stranglehold of autocrats, but the hijacking of the democratic process by tribal politics. Kenya's 2007-08 post-election violence revealed the extent to which tribal forces could quickly bring a country to the brink of civil war. The challenge to democracy in Africa is not the prevalence of ethnic diversity, but the use of identity politics to promote narrow tribal interests. It is tribalism.

There are those who argue that tribalism is a result of arbitrary post-colonial boundaries that force different communities to live within artificial borders. This argument suggests that every ethnic community should have its own territory, which reinforces ethnic competition. The last 20 years of Somalia have shown the dangers of ethnic competition and underscore the importance of building nations around ideas rather than clan identities. Much attention over the last two decades has been devoted to rem…

IG Wala Calls on Sane Nigerians

Dear sane Nigerians, LET US CALL FOR THE BAN OF THUGGERY IN POLITICAL ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA. There is fire on the mountains in our rural communities which must be fuel by the souls of those of us in the city. The children of the poor who are victims of our own wickedness and greed are becoming mutants that are resisting all our tricks used in deceiving their aging and illiterate parents. This set of citizens are part of the political campaigns going on across the country. In fact you see them in the front with sticks and weapons, wearing black clothes and chanting all unprintable words. We must wake up to this ugly trend, we must dignify every life and avoid using them in an ugly transaction. This class of citizens are being exposed to arms, drugs and lawlessness. With the level of poverty and poor economy, they cannot be used and dumped any longer. They will mutate into dreaded groups or militants and their activities will surely consumes everyone of us in the same manner Boko Ha…

Culture Issue; Africa The Dark Continent

Africa: The Dark Continent in the Eyes of Other Continents.

Africa, The Dark Continent, has literally, been dark for ages in terms of social, cultural & economic development and thus business practices, critical factors of success of business are more challenging than other continents of the world. These cultural challenges determine the success or failure of the organization & its growth. There are several reasons of this slow development which are briefed as below –

1. Adversity: It is Truth that all those societies, which are grown & developed, were full of adversity in the life e.g. Europe faced harsh whether, Asia faced enormous population. Thus to cope with adverse living condition & to control & maintain the societies, they developed tools & invented various things to make there life comfortable & feed & develop the people. In contrast, Africa is blessed by Nature. From ages they need not to work hard to find food and lived in Jungles without muc…


A Cross Section of Terrorism is another challenge facing Africa today.

What is Terrorism:
Is it a crime, or assassination or ideology or revenge or war or what. It is a big question. We see terrorism in many ways. Al Quayda, ISIS, and the most known in Africa; Boko Haram, all are categorized as terrorist groups but when you analyze the motives all are different. They are terrorist because they kill innocent people, common public but motives are different.

If we want to understand the causes & finding a solution, let us not think as sufferer; let us think other way round, from the eyes of terrorist then may be we can find a solution.

Following point will make you understand what are the various reasons that create terrorist group and what are there thinking behind killing and thus we may find our answer, How to stop terrorism.

1. History: In this world, God created Humans and then humans increased population so they needed to create civil societies in order to maintain the law &…


Politics is one of the major ways considered to be a reason to humanity in the world. But in some continents especially Africa politics seems to be in an opposite  way instead. It is in Africa where a person is looting the wealth of a country and the people will accuse him for such an act during his early time in office, but during the end of his tenure when he is going to seek for the next term in office he is going to start paying some few rotten people in the society  and promised them something. But after he won the election he will say they are bad people in the society ordered the police to arrest them, now he apart ways with them.
The noticeable thing here is he used that few bad people and sank the people of his constituency and now use the power of his office and ordered police to break the rotten ladder to his success.

At this point people need to realize that those politicians never present their own relatives during campaign, but during swearing in into the office you will…