African Architecture: 21st century “Afritecture”. A new book and exhibition, which celebrate innovative approaches in “aesthetically pleasing” African architecture – designed with local conditions and requirements in mind, and suited to the needs of its users and climatically attuned to its location. Is this where contemporary African architecture stands in the early 21st century?. Juliet Highet reports
Nigerian artist, George Osodi, talks about his exhibition in London, last year. New African went to meet the young artist behind it and talk about his work.
TEDxEuston: Ripple effect, from talk to action. The premise on which TedxEuston is built is to inspire ideas about Africa and at its recent outing in London, the theme was the ripple effect. The audience came up for it and their hunger for new ideas was palpable. Belinda Otas witnessed it all.
Over the years since his release, Mandela teased visitors with the comment that he was still not free, while pointing a finger at his personal assistants: “And these are my jailers.” We can now pose the question more clearly: To which cultural universe does the personal memory of Nelson Mandela belong? Is it part of the collective memory of South Africans in particular and Africans in general? Or is it part of Europe’s globalising civilisation? This piece by Ayi Kwei Armah, the Ghanaian literary icon, is an abridged version of a review he wrote for the New African on the autobigraphy, Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself.
So how does one write about Nelson Mandela without name-dropping or being banal? It is almost impossible! writes Xolela Mancu, author of the book - The Meaning of Mandela.
In this extract from his 2006 book, Freedom Next Time, in the chapter titled "Apartheid did not die", John Pilger, the Australian-born journalist tells how despite the release of Mandela from prison and the ushering in of anon-racial democracy in 1994, which ended political and racial apartheid in South Africa, economic apartheid took on a new face. In the townships, people have felt little change since the end of apartheid era.
Nok terracotta artwork dating back to 1500 BC, which was discovered in modern-day central Nigeria in the 1940s by a British archaeologist, is now famous the world over. But more is on the way. Current research by German archaeological teams on Nok sites covering 240 sq kms northeast of the capital Abuja, is bound to unearth yet more wonders from the Nok world. Curtis Abraham reports.
It seems that three is the magic number when it comes to the Popes. Having met the two previous Pontiffs, John Paul II and Benedict the XVI, Cameroonian President Paul Biya was recently on an official visit to the Vatican and Rome to meet the 266th successor to Saint Peter in person, the new pope Pope Francis.