Dr Kwame Amuah, Nelson Mandela’s eldest son-in-law, the husband of his eldest surviving child Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, is a man of many parts who comes from Ghana. A nuclear scientist who spent years in academia before going into business, this Harvard alumni is now a big-time business baron with interests in many spheres. He says having “an association with Mr Nelson Mandela comes with a cross”, and his “cross” has been a sustained vilification in sections of the South African print media. Our Johannesburg correspondent, Pusch Commey, had a wide-ranging interview with Dr Amuah, chairman of OSR Holdings. Here are excerpts.
Following the successful launch in 2012 of an expanded line-up of Africa Magic channels, the popular Africa Magic TV station is focusing on engaging with key stakeholders in East Africa and throughout the continent to promote and support the film and television community. Bamuturaki Musinguzi talked to M-Net Managing Director, Biola Alabi regarding the promotion of local content across the DStv and GOtv platforms.
Education remains the cornerstone of any prosperous society. And when African leaders talk about Africa’s rich continent they all say its riches lie in its people, its human capital. As much as the indicators in education have improved, the continent still lags behind, especially if Africa is to become a global leader in innovation, services or even manufacturing. Luckily, new models of learning and innovative initiatives are yielding incredible results. It is to share these new ideas and developments, that The World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) takes place in Qatar, where some of the world’s most renowned experts in education convene every year. New African spoke to Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Thani, WISE chairman, about his expectations for this year’s summit and developments in education.
On a normal Monday evening in Nairobi, when close of business is approaching, the average office employee is most likely clock-watching, waiting for the working day to finally come to an end. But when you are one of Africa’s most successful woman entrepreneurs, there is little time for being lethargic. JP O’Malley speaks to Kenya’s Eva Muraya
As the love/hate figure that is Julius Malema launches his own political party, it’s too early to say if the South African political hornets’ nest has once again been stirred. Our South African correspondent Pusch Commey examines the implications of the newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Is Malema just “barking mad” again as his critics often describe him?
With a new peace finally taking root in Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara speaks to New African’s Célhia de Lavarène and discusses a variety of issues, including that lingering issue of the lack of African representation on the all-powerful UN Security Council, his ambition for a second term, and why the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the indictor of his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on charges of crimes against humanity relating to the 2010 election – humiliates Africa in some circumstances.
After surviving arguably the most captivating election court case in 56 years of his country’s independence, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama now has the time and comfort to run the country as best he can. In this interview, Mahama talks about everything from the election dispute to the economy, energy, paying taxes, the oil and gas industry, and world affairs.
Our Deputy Editor reGina Jane Jere exclusively interviewed the Gambian President at State House in the capital Banjul, a day after he severed ties with the Commonwealth, to get to the bottom of his decision and address many other issues including dictatorship, gay and human rights, the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is headed by one of his own, and how Africa can move forward on its own terms. In this in-depth and revealing lead interview for our special cover story, the inscrutable President Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh,
does not hold back – even admitting to that term, “dictator”.