On Africa’s economies and peace, Achebe colloquium calls for good governance, indigenous investments

The Colloquium urges governments in Africa and bold private initiatives to work to grow additional, dedicated indigenous investment and entrepreneurial groups rather than depend largely on foreign aid. To paraphrase one of the keynote speakers, foreign aid is morphine; what is really needed in Africa is a dedicated and thorough operation to remove debilitating poverty that robs the people of their dignity and makes them vulnerable to the manipulation of corrupt, self-serving, and divisive leaders and warlords.

Africa’s new sets of complex challenges dissected at Achebe 2012 Colloquium

In effect, governments like Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, to name a few, are faced with the daunting task of securing a democratic state, foreign to their current political DNA developed from decades of dictatorship. The Central and Eastern regions are undergoing an incredible time of turmoil and instability; to add, South Sudan, as recent as July 9th 2011, celebrated its new national identity and independence from Sudan. West Africa is yet to find an answer to the evolving proliferation and sophistication of terrorism. Africa’s Southern Region still wrestles with matters of race, politics, economic problems, AIDS, housing scarcity and peace building.

Fashola on Achebe’s Biafra explosive book, live at Achebe colloquium. By Chido Nwangwu

Gov. Fashola, standing at the podium almost 15 feet away from Achebe, told the galaxy of African, American, European and Asian scholars, researchers, students, activists and business executives that the heat generated by the book almost made him look for a reason to avoid the event rescheduled for him from the 2011 colloquium, almost 300 days ago.

Ojukwu’s will, Bianca and fight over property.

Keen watchers of the Ikemba Nnewi, after his 1989 publication of “Because I am Involved,” must have noted his marital evolution. His life as a married man can be divided into two phases: pre- and post-Bianca. The post-Bianca phase was arguably the most stable and balanced, either because he had become wiser with age or because love for his young beautiful bride tempered the exuberance that defined his previous adventures. Whatever it was, we saw Ikemba for the first time consciously making attempts to earn a living, and to become a more responsible husband and doting father. He was ably supported and encouraged along this path by the lady that he worshipped and adored. Bianca, as daughter of another aristocrat, easily blended into the role of business partner, gaining access to political contacts, from the south east to the north-central regions, to represent her husband and provide for their young children.

CLASSmagazine: ANOC-USA seeks to promote Igbo language and civilization, says Chief Jones Okeke

ANOC-USA membership consists of people from (six states) Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States. Our members are titled men from Igbo speaking states of Nigeria. The titles include Nze, Ozo, Chiefs and Ogbuefi.

USAfrica: Anambra Women in USA meet in New Orleans for Breast Cancer fundraiser on...

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Bob Marley: 30 Years after death, his legacy and legend still strong

Bob Marley: 30 Years after his death, legacy and legend still strong. By Winston "Stone" Ford Special to USAfricaonline.com ,  CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal Houston, Texas. This commentary first appeared in TheRoot.com On May 11, 1981, the...

TRAGEDY: Nigeria’s soccer star Adefemi killed in car crash

Nigeria's soccer star Adefemi killed in car crash Special to USAfricaonline.com Nigeria international soccer star, Olubayo Adefemi, has died in a car crash while on holiday to get married, Greek police and health authorities have revealed....

USAfricaBooks: Dr. Ngozi Achebe on mixing medicine and writing

My mentors are Flora Nwapa, my Uncle Chinua and all those others that came before me. One of my favorite books is one I read recently 'I do Not Come to You by Chance' by Tricia Adaobi Nwaubani.

USAfricaBooks: ‘Getting to the Top no matter what happened to you at the Bottom’...

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Oprah to close her great show on Sept 9, 2011; Oprah and Africa

Oprah closes her great show on September 9, 2011; and notes on Oprah and Africa By Chido Nwangwu, Publisher USAfrica multimedia networks, Houston and The Black Business Journal Special to USAfricaonline.com, CLASSmagazine Houston PhotoWorks.TVand USAfrica.TV November 19, 2009: After weeks of...

Femi Kuti brings the roof down at Chicago’s Ravinia music festival

Can't Buy Me, a song that addresses the sugar daddy syndrome, was greeted by cheers.... When he sang his anti government song, Se Were, the crowd was really ready for the roof to come down as the dancing got more frenzied. When he ended with Fela Ko Ji Ku, a song stating that Fela still lives, he took the roof with him as he exited. The band continued playing and the dancers gyrated and twisted their way off stage.

Obama’s Africa agenda, our business and democracy

Obama is in Ghana principally for America's core strategic interests: Oil. I know that oil and stable access to oil are vital parts of U.S national security interest across the west African Gulf of Guinea region. Ghana recently discovered billions of barrels of oil reserves. U.S corporations, especially Exxon Mobil and Chevron are also investing heavily in the area. Operationally, the U.S has re-fueling hubs in Ghana. Also, worthy of note is the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) estimates that by 2015, 25 percent of American oil imports will be derived from west Africa. It is roughly 14 to 16 percent to date, amidst massive disruptions in Nigeria's Niger Delta. Ghana is stable while the Middle East and parts of Nigeria are increasingly dicey for America's hard-nosed, long-term interests. Ghana is certainly valuable to the U.S convergence of interests on the arenas of military, oil and democratic credentials.

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