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Nigeria International Investment Forum 2012  [07/09/12]

The Nigeria International Investment Forum 2012 will be held on October 3 - 5 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria.More

Uganda’s Oil Refinery Project Good for East Africa  [23/08/12]

Uganda’s progress in transforming its oil assets and the plan to build a refinery project has attracted criticism, skepticism and resistance, a challenge that will test the government’s stamina to make independent decision for the benefit of its citizens.More

The way forward for the African Union  [10/08/12]

As the African Union (AU) celebrates its 10th year metamorphoses from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the discourse has been on what the AU has achieved over the period of its existence, and what is to be expected in the coming years.More

New African Review July 2012  [06/08/12]

In this issue, among other stories:

10 years of African Union; what has it achieved?

Special report: ICC debate

Features: Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Diego Garcia, and South Africa

New African Markets: Ensuring food security in AfricaMore

Success in Remedial Education in DR Congo  [04/08/12]

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is enjoying success with the remedial education centres set up to give children from underprivileged backgrounds a free education and vocational training.More

Lighting Up Lives: African Women Train as “Barefoot” Solar Engineers  [03/08/12]

An illiterate grandmother from a small village in Malawi, Stella, found it hard to picture what lay ahead when she arrived at the Barefoot College of India. Six months later she emerged as one of 25 trained African solar technicians, ready to electrify her home village for the first time.More

New African Review June 2012  [16/06/12]

Is Taylor guilty as charged?

New African’s cover story for the month is about the conviction of former Liberian president, Charles Taylor who was indicted in June 2003, arrested in March 2006 in Nigerian and taken to the Hague for trial. After a trial lasting three years and 10 months, Charles Taylor was found guilty by the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 11 counts of “aiding and abetting” crimes committed in Sierra Leone by rebel forces between 1996 and 2002. But as the court acquitted him of the most serious charges of “joint criminal enterprise”, “command and control”, “instigating” and “ordering” the crimes, how is it possible that he was found guilty on all 11 counts in the indictment, and not only on some of them? Did superpower politics have a say in the verdict? In this report, New African reporter Osei Boateng takes a look at the contradictions.More

Youth Day  [16/06/12]

Youth Day is celebrated on 16 June every year to mark the start of the Soweto riots of 1976 when Black Students in South Africa were on a peaceful march against a decree by the apartheid South African government leading to a bloody massacre by the apartheid police. The students were protesting against a decree that the language of instruction for black schools were to be held in Afrikaans.More

Patrice Lumumba: Don’t cry for me DR Congo  [13/06/12]

In the year 2000 one Derek Ingram reckoned that “The tragic picture of Patrice Lumumba, hands tied behind his back, being driven in 1961 through the streets of Katanga province, Congo, on the back of a lorry is still today the most haunting symbol of the trials of the African liberation struggle.” Tragic and haunting as it is, it was soon surpassed by the pointless and gruesome murder that martyred him.More

Ben Bella, Algeria’s Charismatic Freedom Fighter  [07/06/12]

In this article, Stephen Atalebe pays tribute to the Algerian Charismatic Freedom Fighter Ahmed Ben Bella who died on 11 April 2012. He was the only remaining founding fathers of the Organisation for African Unity and was one of the continent’s most respected anti-colonialists. On May 1963 in Addis Ababa, he was the one who bravely declared that Africa’s liberation was something that we should all “die a little or even completely” to attain.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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