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.
Ghana’s former defence minister, Dr Kwame Addo-Kufuor, looks at Africa’s present condition and its causes, and prescribes ways of meeting the challenges of democracy and economic development on the continent.
It is not every day that someone starts up a recording company for just one artist, but this is what José Da Silva did in 1980 for the late Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora, as Alecia McKenzie explains.
The former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, says the time has come for Africans, and especially African intellectuals, to demand with one voice that the West’s contempt for the African people and African thought must end! In a landmark lecture at the University of South Africa (UNISA) on 23 August 2013, which he based on Zimbabwe’s recent elections and the country’s indigenisation programme, Mbeki said the West’s offensive against Zimbabwe was an offensive against the rest of Africa. “We have a common responsibility as Africans to determine our destiny … we are concerned about our own renaissance, our own development, and we must as indigenous people make sure that we have control of our development, our future, and that includes our resources. And therefore indigenisation is correct.” Below is much of the text of his lecture.
Yoruba culture is one of the most dominant African influences throughout the African diaspora. From Nigeria to Cuba, from Brazil to New York, the influence of Yoruba traditions and beliefs can be felt. Feast, produced by London’s World Stages, looks at this often unheralded but ever-present influence. Beverly Andrews reports.
Chinua Achebe was certainly one of the greatest writers Africa and the world ever produced. But, like the English writer Graham Greene, the Nigerian was denied the Nobel Prize for Literature. Why? The unofficial deduction, heard over and over again, was simply that in the case of Achebe and Graham Greene, they were too committed in their support of the oppressed to serve the interests of the big powers, writes Peter Jazzy Ezeh from Enugu.
It is a freezing night in Paris, but inside the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on the Avenue Montaigne, the atmosphere is warm with expectation, because Omo Bello, Nigeria’s new opera star, is standing in for an ill colleague. Alecia McKenzie was there to hear her sing.