Africa’s potential as an economic frontier has come to fruition. At this year’s African Economic Forum at New York University, entitled People, Ideas, and Events Reshaping the African Continent, we celebrate success stories in hopes of inspiring a new generation of leaders. Headlining the African Economic Forum, which takes place on [...]
Politics and Government
I had the pleasure of being on the International Executive Planning Committee for the Youth Alliance for Leadership Development in Africa (YALDA) International Conference held in Lagos, Nigeria from October 4-7th 2012. YALDA was started by a group of students at Harvard University in 2004, and has already enjoyed three successful conferences in Egypt in 2006, Uganda in [...]
Robert Mugabe, or “Good ol’ Bob” as he was once called, was born just west of present day Harare, in the Zvimba district. President Mugabe, who on 21 February 2013 celebrates his 89th birthday, rose to power as the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) amid the conflict [...]
Africa has always had many admirers. Her beauty is resolute and her passion is tenacious. We have all read and heard the hype about Africa being the next best thing. We have read the inspiring reports and tweets from all over the continent – a testament to its social and [...]
January 25 marks the two year anniversary of the Egyptian Protests that eventually toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. To really wrap your head around the significance of that fact, consider the following: from 1953, the year Egypt gained independence from Great Britain, until 2011, there had been only 3 presidents: Gamal Abdel [...]
So you’ve seen the headlines and heard the reports about Mali. If you are visiting Africa.com, we assume you care about the situation, but may still need a brush up on Mali and what is currently happening there. It’s Friday, so here are 10 facts and figures about Mali that’ll [...]
Since 2003, Joyce Nangobi has been on a mission to help other women fight corruption. “It started as a necessity”, she says. At the time, families were being illegally evicted from their homes in Jinja, Uganda. With many women widowed or with their husbands away working in urban areas, they [...]
In Addis, many Ethiopians talk about the former Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s keen knack for mixing different aspects of China and the U.S. into modern-day Ethiopia. In other countries, locals often discuss what strategy of development to follow—China or the U.S.? This is not how we should pose the question.
I have always been interested in the way people perceive things that they have never experienced firsthand. To some extent, a person’s preconception of a country, city, or even culture reveals much about the perception and even prejudice of that person’s own environment.
Lagos has its dark spots. Last January, when I arrived in this city from green, romantic Nairobi (Lagos’s East African rival), I was disheartened at the lack of sunlight. As I drove on the long stretch from the airport into the city, just after noon, I took in the grayish sandy environment and felt certain that it could only be the dust and pollution from constant traffic.