In May 2011 Kaye Whiteman wrote an article in these pages called “Saving the Africa Centre”. The title was taken from a campaign being waged at the time supported by those who feared that the historic venue in London’s King Street, Covent Garden was going to close, with the loss of an important part of the African experience in the British capital. As a Trustee of the Centre, he argued that although its heritage was vital, the Trustees felt that the King Street building was no longer fit for purpose, and that the Centre needed a new vision for the 21st century. Here, as it is about to embark on the adventure of leaving its home behind, he looks at the Centre’s future.
A “British Obama” – is that idea viable? Probably not, in the foreseeable future. But hold on…Adam Afriyie of Ghanaian/English descent is supposed to be planning to challenge Prime Minister David Cameron’s leadership of the Conservative Party. It could be the start of the “silly season”, nonetheless there is a good African line-up in the House of Commons! Clayton Goodwin reports.
Santorri Chamley reports on a Paris exhibition which brings to light the forgotten stories of thousands of non-white women and children and "imperfect" Europeans who were forced to play dehumanising roles as "savages" and "freaks" in human zoos, linked to scientific racism.
Two years have passed since the catastrophic earthquake killed over 200,000 people, displacing millions and igniting a mammoth humanitarian aid spree in Haiti. But for many Haitians, the suffering resulting from the disaster remains unabated and many disaffected Haitians are now seeking solace in Brazil.
In November, before Herman Cain's campaign ran into trouble, he exhausted the patience of the African-American civil rights activist and preacher, Rev Al Sharpton, forcing him to tell the Republican man what he really, really thought about black men like him. Below is Sharpton's message to Cain.
Leslie Goffe takes a good look at the "black man" who claimed he was the "real black man" and Obama was not. The man who once said: "Don't blame Wall Street. Don't blame the big banks. If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself!" The black man who did not use the term "African-American" because it "is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people." The man who said: "I'm sure my ancestors go all the way back to Africa, but I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa." And he was the Republican Party's great black hope for 2012 - until some white brunettes turned up this December. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the "real black man" Herman Cain!
The Kenyan nationalist Tom Mboya and the African-American icon Martin Luther King Jnr, whose memorials were inaugurated in October, 40 years after both were assassinated, have one thing in common: Barack Obama. But the US president failed to make the connection.
Our correspondent Femi Akomolafe went to Warsaw to interview the first ever African member of the Polish Parliament, John Abraham Godson, a Nigerian emigre. He turned out to be a man of many parts.
Immigration laws may frustrate African immigrants in the USA, but, says Ruben Diaz Jnr, the Bronx Borough president, African immigrants are "here to stay". Africans in Newark, New Jersey, have even won a kind of victory, and made history, with the naming of a street there after Ghana. As Leslie Goffe reports from New York, the naming of "Ghanaian Way" has given pride to Ghanaians and other Africans in Newark, and given life to an area of the city that was known for death.