Back to the Future: Nigeria, born in 1914. As 2014 begins, many have remarked on the similarities with a century ago, when the first major European war loomed, triggered by an unstable and highly competitive international system.
Following the recent death of the Vietnamese war hero General Giap (pictured), thinking about his tactics, strategy, and the costs of long-term objectives, is particularly useful in the light of the increasingly brutal acts of jihadists in their wars in Africa.
As Nelson Mandela transitions to the ancestral realm, the past weeks bring into sharp relief the enormity of his achievements and those of his generation of freedom fighters in South Africa. And why he has already become a mythic figure in Africa.
The news that the British government has agreed in principle to compensate the torture victims of the 1950s Land Wars in Kenya, otherwise known as Mau Mau, is earth-shaking.
What message are the people of Kenya sending to the world, especially the West, with the election of Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto even though they face ICC charges?
The OAU/AU has spent 50 years setting up structures and establishing norms of behaviour. It is now time to implement an accelerated movement towards te reality of unity.
Which of the leadership models – America’s or China’s – will deliver better economic dividends in 10 years time, and which will Africans increasingly favour?
If credible opposition parties cannot come from outside the liberation circle in Southern Africa, then perhaps it is time for the liberation parties in the region to split, creating a space for “normal” politics to resume.