"When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid", Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar winner, Best supporting Role (2014). New African sister magazine New African Woman caught up with Lupita Nyong’o, read the full interview here
Interview with Labi Akapo, a Nigerian master craftsman who grew up in Britain where he honed his craft. He then decided to utilise his skills to establish a business that would benefit his continent. After a stint in the deep rural areas of Ghana prospecting for gold, he ended up in South Africa where he has been lecturing and transfering his skills to marginalised Africans. He is now the CEO of Akapo Jewellers, based in Johannesburg. He says for Africa to own its resources, there is an urgent need for beneficiation on the continent. Pusch Commey went to interview him at his plush offices in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
Memphela Ramphele: Unleashing potential. Memphela Ramphele, the founder and leader of the Agang party in South Africa, has some sharp criticisms of the way her country's education sector has performed. She spoke to New African at the WISE conference in Doha, Qatar.
Can Ethiopia Grow? Interview with Hailemariam Desalegn. Since the death of Meles Zenawi in August 2012, the world has been closely watching how Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is moving his predecessor’s vision of growth and development forward. Zenawi was broadly credited for the country’s growing economic success, particularly in the last decade of his rule when, according to the World Bank, Ethiopia experienced 9.9 per cent growth per year (between 2004 and 2012), compared to the regional average of 5.4 per cent. How is the new prime minister faring? He spoke to New African’s Darren Moore in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Hannah Tetteh is arguably one of Africa’s most articulate and effective ministers, the new crop of forward-thinking and progressive leaders that, it is said, will see Africa through transformational change. This lawyer by training, who spent many of her formative years in the private sector, oversaw President John Mahama’s recent election campaign in Ghana, which he narrowly won. She is today Ghana’s minister of foreign affairs and regional integration, having served in the previous administration as the minister for trade and industry. She speaks to Omar Ben Yedder on a wide range of issues, from Africa’s standing and influence in the world to the deficiencies in the civil service, holding back the performance of ministries.
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.