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.
Colonialism did three profound things: Firstly there was military conquest, then it imposed a new racial order and finally, it enforced a new economic order on the colonised.
As the African-American poet, Arthur Flowers, once wrote – “what we know in our heads, our children will know in their hearts, our generations in their soul”. Please take three minutes out on 1 August in silent remembrance of our dead.
Sometimes we wait too long to say thanks to people who have profoundly impacted and shaped us. Having just read Chinua Achebe’s latest book of essays, now is a good time to celebrate this literary giant who single-handedly gave many of us a ‘useful African past’.
Onyekachi Wambu is a journalist, editor and television producer.
Born in Nigeria in 1960, Onyekachi arrived in the UK after the Biafran war. Educated at the universities of Essex and Cambridge, he has worked as a journalist since 1983 and was Editor of the leading Black newspaper The Voice at the end of the 1980s.
As a TV producer and director he has made documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. His two hour PBS documentary special screened across the US in 2001, Hopes on the Horizon: the Rise of the New Africa, received the Golden Dhow Award 2002 for Best Documentary.