Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

The Nigerian author blazed the trail for a generation of African writers, says Kwame Anthony Appiah.


For many people all around the world, Chinua Achebe was their first African writer. Things Fall Apart has been read and loved (and studied) by millions. And among its many readers were a generation of other African writers for whom he blazed the trail.

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Actor Isaiah Washington is bringing attention to an African tragedy fueled in part by our love of gadgets.


(The Root) — A poll conducted just before the 2012 presidential election found that issues related to foreign affairs rank among the lowest priorities for Americans. For this reason it is not entirely surprising that media outlets rarely cover international stories, particularly conflicts and tragedies, with the enthusiasm and intensity increasingly reserved for stories about Kate Middleton’s and Kim Kardashian’s pregnancies.

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Marcus Garvey Biography


Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League. Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Garveyism would eventually inspire others, from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement.


“Hungry men have no respect for law, authority or human life.”

– Marcus Garvey

Black Economic Empowerment

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South Africa’s policy of black economic empowerment (BEE) is not simply a moral initiative to redress the wrongs of the past. It is a pragmatic growth strategy that aims to realise the country’s full economic potential while helping to bring the black majority into the economic mainstream.


Women Empowerment to Get a Boost


Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma emphasised that the government would stick to amendments on the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act which will establish a statutory Commission to deal with transgressions.

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Black Business Council gets R3m from fund


Johannesburg – The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) has signed a R3m agreement with the Black Business Council (BBC).

The objective of the fund is to grow black economic empowerment in South Africa, the two bodies said in a statement on Monday.

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BEE an Economic Imperative – Davies


Johannesburg – Black economic empowerment remains an imperative in South Africa‚ Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday.

He was speaking at the launch of the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice in Midrand.

“Black economic empowerment is not just a social and political imperative. We need to make sure that in the country’s economy‚ control‚ ownership and leadership are reflective of the demographics of the society in the same way the political space does.

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The Lost Boys of the Sudan


Since 1983, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudanese Government have been at war in southern Sudan. The conflict has already claimed more than 500,000 lives and displaced huge numbers of people. Among these were at least 20,000 children, mostly boys, between 7 and 17 years of age who were separated from their families. These ‘lost boys’ of the Sudan trekked enormous distances over a vast unforgiving wilderness, seeking refuge from the fighting. Hungry, frightened and weakened by sleeplessness and disease, they crossed from the Sudan into Ethiopia and back, with many dying along the way. The survivors are now in camps in Kenya, the Sudan and Uganda.

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Black Economic Empowerment Gets R16bn Kumba Boost


Black Economic Empowerment Gets R16bn Kumba Boost

JOHANNESBURG ( – South Africa’s black economic-empowerment (BEE) effort has been given a whopping boost by the exemplary performance of the Anglo American-controlled Kumba Iron Ore.

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How Geolocation Technology is helping to Save Lives in the Developing World

A nurse checks a pregnant woman's blood pressure at a maternity hospital in Nigeria.

The SatNAv is proving far more useful than originally imagined. Geolocation Technology is helping save lives in the developing world.  We might use it to find a restaurant, but in Nigeria it is helping to reduce mortality in childbirth.

In the developed world, geolocation technology has its upsides and its downsides. On the one hand, we can now follow our progress as we walk from A to B without getting lost, and find the nearest two-for-one pizza deal in the process. In the future, says Jane Frost of the Market Research Society, governments will use such data “to understand how people interact with services such as public transport and health, and to monitor criminals and detect and prevent fraud”. On the other, companies will aggressively mine geolocation data to target customers with goods and services according to their habits and location.

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