A short 13 years ago the world settled on a set of goals that at first appeared to have no political support and no popular resonance. They appealed only to the UN’s funds and programmes and, even when they got international endorsement, were thought to address themselves only to poor developing countries.
Branding expert Thebe Ikalafeng takes issue with two sources of symbolism that identify African institutions – the map of Africa and flags of African nations. “The African identity is in its people, their dreams, ambitions and goals,” he writes.
From my motherland, Ghana to the rolling plains of the Serengeti, from the Cape of Good Hope to Tunis, the birthplace of Hannibal besieging the Mediterranean Sea, for the past 7 years I have watched Africa nurse itself to health. A rude and vibrant health on the cusp of accelerated growth, like seeing the first green shoots after a long drought.
In as much as The Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership (MIPAAL) is there to encourage good governance, on the ground it is actually too little and too ineffective to serve as a corruption deterrence. Why not target it towards Africa’s future, its youth?, writes Raymond Eyo.
From the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, Mwalimu Mate-Kole takes issue with Onyekachi Wambu’s December 2012 column in which he suggested that liberation parties in Southern Africa should split and create room for “normal competitive politics to resume”.
As President Barack Obama begins his second term in office (after his inauguration on 21 January), Professor Said Adejumobi looks at the new dynamics shaping American society
On 8 February, the former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, will launch his Foundation in London, with a vision of advancing human security for the most disadvantaged in Africa. In this opinion piece, he tells why he is adding one more Foundation to the many we already have in Africa.