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.
Nigerian artist, George Osodi, talks about his exhibition in London, last year. New African went to meet the young artist behind it and talk about his work.
Nok terracotta artwork dating back to 1500 BC, which was discovered in modern-day central Nigeria in the 1940s by a British archaeologist, is now famous the world over. But more is on the way. Current research by German archaeological teams on Nok sites covering 240 sq kms northeast of the capital Abuja, is bound to unearth yet more wonders from the Nok world. Curtis Abraham reports.
If President Goodluck Jonathan is to be believed, Nigerians are about to write yet another constitution. It will be their ninth in the 24 years that they have had democracy out of the 53 years of independence from Britain. But, as Peter Jazzy Ezeh reports, the idea of the ninth constitution is raising dust in Africa’s most populous country.
President Goodluck Jonathan led a high-level delegation of politicians and business people to China in July, where multi-billion-dollar deals were inked and bilateral relations were given a new lease of life. Of course, cynics criticised the exercise; but the consensus was that it was a win-win scenario for both countries, as Bola Olajuwon reports.
Orji Uzor Kalu, the controversial former Abia State governor and business tycoon, has made no secret of his determination to run for Nigeria’s top office in 2015, just as he did unsuccessfully in 2007. In a bid to learn what makes the man tick, Baba Chenzira went to meet him.
Ask a million Africans, and I bet most would say Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is the best African book. When the book came out, Achebe was merely 27, and we were captivated by its writing power. Nelson Mandela would later exclaim: “There was a writer named Chinua Achebe, in whose company the prison walls fell down.”
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.
Agriculture is a new priority for President Jonathan’s administration, and his minister Dr Akinwumi Adesina has introduced numerous innovations to boost the sector. He spoke to New African about his vision.