Nagenda is a leading columnist in East Africa, an honorary member of the National Institute of Journalists of Uganda and a Senior Media Advisor to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda.
He is also a former cricketer who played in the 1975 World Cup for East Africa, as well as appearing in one first-class cricket match in England in 1975.
Ask a million Africans, and I bet most would say Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is the best African book. When the book came out, Achebe was merely 27, and we were captivated by its writing power. Nelson Mandela would later exclaim: “There was a writer named Chinua Achebe, in whose company the prison walls fell down.”
In the years to come, if they are to survive, African monarchs (and their subjects) will have to learn one crucial thing: You cannot be, and shouldn’t be, inside a modern state, country, nation, thus much bigger and more important than your “kingdom”, without having to learn where you properly fit in.
In race, which is where we all emanate, it is absolutely essential for human equality that all can meet at the mountain top. My search on relationships between Black Africans and Black Americans, on which I embarked all but half a century ago, was, as it happened, the start of self-knowledge.
Many might consider it too early to put the terrible end of Muammar Al Gathafi into meaningful context, including what it means for Africa. But that isn’t what I think, not by a long chalk!
Baffour Ankomah, born in Ghana, has been editor of New African since July 1999. His passion is Africa and its Diaspora.
A journalist since 1980, Baffour started his career at The Pioneer, the oldest existing newspaper in Ghana, where he became editor 1983-86. He joined New African in mid-1988 as assistant editor, then rose to deputy editor in 1994, and editor in 1999. His column, Baffour's Beefs, a big hit for New African readers, has been running since 1988.