African Update

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African Nations Discuss Creation of an African Food Security Trust Fund  [09/05/12]

Brazzaville — The creation of an African-funded trust fund to support food security in the continent was discussed at FAO's Regional Conference for Africa, held last week in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. Complementing international resource mobilization, the Africa Trust Fund would raise resources in the continent to fight hunger and would also allow for the scaling up of successful activities to prevent and respond to food and agriculture crises in the region.More

Why African Govts Should Halt Brain Drain  [01/05/12]

As we celebrate the International Labour Day next week, on May 1, we should appreciate that one of the most serious challenges facing African continent is the problem of brain drain. Brain drain refers to the current phenomenon of human capital flight which involves thousands of highly skilled professionals leaving their countries every year for opportunities in the developed world.More

Is sustainable agriculture possible in the Sahel?  [18/04/12]

With drought conditions chronic in the Sahel, many farmers give up trying to grow crops and head to towns and cities to find work. In Chad many go to the south or to Lake Chad where irrigation from the fast-shrinking lake is used to farm. But some agro-ecologists say governments, donors and farmers should not abandon agriculture in the Sahel, and despite being "very difficult", with the right approaches, there is "huge potential" in natural regeneration, traditional irrigation methods, and simple alternatives such as crop diversification.More

Obituary: President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi  [15/04/12]

President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi died on 5th April 2012 while in office. He was reported to have suffered cardiac arrest and flown out to South Africa for treatment but died the same day leaving the nation bereaved.More

Ex-Zambian leader takes up U.S. job  [13/04/12]

Zambia's former head of state Rupiah Banda has left his native southern Africa state to take up a new job as African President-in-Residence at Boston University in the United States. Banda, 75, announced his retirement from politics, a day after his party, the Movement for Multiparty for Democracy was stripped off its legal status by the registrar of societies for failing to settle a debt.More

Mali: The Political Crisis - Taking Grievances Seriously  [10/04/12]

When the protest movement of Malian women erupted in the town of Kati on January 30, few took notice. The women were mostly "war widows" of Malian soldiers recently killed in fighting against the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA). The women were protesting the lack of government support, in particular the shortage of weapons and food, given to Malian soldiers. And they were enraged to hear reports that their husbands, sons and brothers had been massacred in the most dishonorable way by MNLA forces.More

Senegal: a proud example of democracy in Africa  [09/04/12]

On Monday the 2nd of April 2012 Senegal woke up to the swearing in of the fourth post independence President in the person of 50 year old Macky Sall. A week earlier he had beaten the octogenarian and incumbent Abdoulaye Wade in a run-off in which the entire opposition threw their weight behind him in a rallying call for “anybody but Wade”. In the circumstances few expected Wade to win, but even fewer expected him to concede.More

100 years of the ANC ... but the black man cannot live by political freedom alone, by Pusch Commey in the February 2012 edition of the New African  [11/03/12]

On 8 January 2012 South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) turned 100 and organised a lavish celebration in Mangaung the city where it all began in the Wesleyan Church on 8 January 1912. The ANC is also Africa’s oldest liberation party and the centenary therefore represents a significant milestone in the continent’s fight against colonialism and physical and economic oppression.More

The African Union hails Kwame Nkrumah in Addis Ababa, but is the man at peace?  [06/03/12]

In January 2012 a bronze statue of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah was unveiled amid pomp and splendour at the opening of the African Union's new headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was in tribute to the architect of the African personality, the commander in chief of continental liberation, the father of African nationalism, and the truest visionary of African unity. Very few statesmen have attempted or achieved so much as Nkrumah did in Africa.More

A Zambian fairy tale at the 2012 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea  [28/02/12]

On 12th February the 2012 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) came to a festive end in the Gabonese capital of Libreville. What a memorable end it was! The colourful ceremony was a superb rendition of African culture at its best and a fitting eulogy to three weeks of fine African football and highly competitive games amidst camaraderie. It was however the epic penalty shootout in the finals in which the mighty Elephants of Côte d'Ivoire slumped to the spitting fire of the Copper Bullets of Zambia, also known as Chipolopolo that would be remembered from the rising of the sun in the East to whenever it sets in the West. It was a fairy tale victory with a big bang.More

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Book of the month

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya Kwasekhaya

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya KwasekhayaTastes from Nelson Mandela’s kitchen

A collection of recipes by Nelson Mandela's personal chef, this book contains the food served to visiting heads of state, celebrities, politicians for more than 20 years. Featuring some of the favourite former South African president's favourite meals including samp and beans, farm chicken, tripe, this book also features paella, peri-peri chicken, prawn curry, and myriad of other delights. With simple, delicious and nourishing recipes, it will interest those who wish to prepare meals that are both elegant and healthy.More

New arrivals

New titles in our library 12/2016

Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
  • Fashion Cities Africa by Hannah Azieb Pool
  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
  • Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures With the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee
  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
  • Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton

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