African Update

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Vice President Mahama in Prague for a Business and Investment Forum  [23/12/10]

On 9th November 2010 the Czech Republic and Ghana converged at a trade and investment forum aimed at reviving economic and business ties between the two countries, ties that date back to 1959 when Ghana, the first African country to gain independence South of the Sahara, opened diplomatic relations with the then Czechoslovakia. An initiative of Humanitas Afrika -  a civil organisation based in Prague and the Sub-Saharan department of the Czech Chamber of Commerce, the forum was organised by the Ghana embassy in Prague and attended by policy makers and business moguls from both countries. While the Ghana delegation was led by H. E Vice President John Mahama, that of the Czech Republic was led by the Prime Minister H. E. Petr Necas. The venue of this all-important forum was the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, the Czech Republic.More

Poland swears in the first Black MP  [22/12/10]

Poland, a Central European nation of 38 million people, made history and healines this month for electing its first-ever Afrikan member of Parliament.More

Slovenia elects Ghanian mayor  [22/12/10]

A Ghana-born medical doctor was elected mayor of the town of Piran in south-western Slovenia in October.Peter Bossman,54, became the first mayor of African origin in Eastern Europe.More

New training course for foreigners  [22/12/10]

The course under the project "Work is open for everybody" aims at helping foreigners use their qualifications on the job market in Prague. Now, the European Contact Group is organizing the recruitment of twelve participants for the course. For more information, please click here.More

Nigeria Files Charges Against Cheney in Halliburton Bribery Scheme  [22/12/10]

The former vice president was indicted Tuesday 7 December by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crime Commission along with eight other current and former company executives, alleging that while he was chairman and chief executive of Halliburton he played a role in a scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials so the company could obtain a lucrative contract to build a liquefied natural gas facility in the country. Read more here.More

A Brand New Constitution, But Can Women Enjoy Land Rights?  [19/12/10]

Mary Kimani wishes her husband were still alive. Holding her one-year-old son in one hand and a hoe in the other, she recounts with bitterness how she and her children lost their livelihood to her husband’s family. 

Source: IPS News More

First Carbon Finance Spreads Green Over Highland  [15/12/10]

It has been decades since the people of the Humbo Woreda have been self-sufficient in food. A Clean Development Mechanism project – Ethiopia’s first – is restoring the environment and sustaining livelihoods along with it.

Source: IPS NewsMore

New African review - November issue  [28/11/10]

This is the 500th issue to be published! It is thus a special celebration issue, a collector’s edition. The articles in this issue are spilt principally into three parts:More

New African Woman - review  [28/11/10]

Read the review compiled by Iulia Crisan:More

Ghana's Vice President visits Czech Republic  [17/11/10]

The Czech Republic received a very important visitor in the person of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama-Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.This is first time in many years that such a high level visit has taken place between the two friendly nations. Here is a short report.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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