Kenya, a country of stunning physical and cultural beauty, continues to astonish. Barely three years after emerging from what Professor Michael Chege, UNDP advisor on International Development Policy describes as “our worst political crisis since the Mau Mau era”, (The 2007/8 post election violence) the country appears to have made not only a full recovery, it has carried out root and branch reforms of virtually every aspect of public life. Our editors Anver Versi (of African Business) and Baffour Ankomah (of New African) spent two weeks in Kenya in October preparing this Special Report. What they discovered was the largely under-reported story of perhaps the most extraordinary transformations in the history of modern Africa.
With Nigerian oil production once again on the move we reveal how Big Oil has left the Niger Delta in the lurch.
How Africa can own its natural resources. It is now generally accepted that Africa is the richest continent in the world by natural resources but the poorest by bank balance. This “great conundrum” has been made possible by a skewed world economic and political order that ensures that African resources are exploited for a song by multinational companies which leave very little back in Africa for the development of the continent, so little that there is never enough to run the African economies without foreign aid. This month we probe the hows and whys of the great African puzzle of abundant resources in the midst of poverty, and how the continent can rewrite the world economic order by employing a revolutionary way in owning its resources. This lead piece, in our multi-part cover story, is written by our editor, Baffour Ankomah.
New evidence shows that Britain accepted liability for slavery back in 1806. How will this affect the reparations movement?
Preview of the 2012 Africa Nations Cup including this year's players to watch, tournament venues and group stage analysis.