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.
It is a freezing night in Paris, but inside the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on the Avenue Montaigne, the atmosphere is warm with expectation, because Omo Bello, Nigeria’s new opera star, is standing in for an ill colleague. Alecia McKenzie was there to hear her sing.
The Nigerian economist, banker, investor and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, speaks about the need for Africans to chart and lead their own destinies, noting that “Africa is capitalism’s next frontier”. He tells John P. O’Malley how his private Foundation helps to train, encourage, and mentor talented young entrepreneurs and business minds from across the continent.
Leaving home unsung, Nigeria’s Super Eagles surprise their supporters and earn their third Nations Cup trophy. But the overall organisation of the tournament in South Africa leaves a lot to be desired, reports our editor, Osasu Obayiuwana, who covered the tournament.