I came across an interesting forum discussion a while ago where the theme of the discussion was a university students’ social group that was supposed to bring together African and Caribbean students. One commentator started a fierce debate a fierce debate by suggesting that any link between Africans and Afro-Caribbean was based on race and skin colour only. He then elaborated … [Read more...] about African-Caribbean Links: Is it just about skin colour?
I recently went to a book launch for a book titled "Africa: Why Economist Get it Wrong" by Morten Jerven. The biggest premise of the book according to the author is that most of the economic data about Africa are , in my own words frankly speaking made up. He contrasted the headline in the Economist in 2000 describing Africa as The Hopeless Continent with another headline a … [Read more...] about Do Economists Get It Wrong About Africa
It is now common knowledge that the remittance being sent home by Africans in the diaspora is huge. The latest official figures suggest the annual remittance in 2012 was around $60 billion. This is mind blowing and far exceeds what the continent receives from foreign donors in Official Development Assistance (ODA). This really says a lot about Africans in the Diaspora: they do … [Read more...] about African Diaspora can do more than sending money
The outgoing Nigeria’s First Lady was recently quoted during the ferocious election campaigns as suggesting we stone anyone who talked about CHANGE. (Change was the slogan of the opposition party). While I am not a fan of hers and I do not recommend we take her orders literary, I believe there is a different way of looking at this. Let’s challenge our leaders to change by … [Read more...] about Demanding Change: Let’s Stone our Leaders with Ideas
Nations and tribes all over the world have their own origin or creation myths and Africa is no exception to this. The Greek have theirs, so do the Egyptians and the Yoruba. In the olden days, people probably all believed their own creation myths. However, I suppose that with a better understanding of the universe, we now all tend to agree that we all probably share common … [Read more...] about Where do Africans Come From?