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Nelson Mandela's political trinity: the man,the messiah and the mystique. 

by Chido Nwangwu 

Specialto USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston
USAfricaonline.comand CLASSmagazine and The Black BusinessJournal
(First written on April 19,1999, exclusively for USAfrica, updatedafter his retirement as President)

http://www.usafricaonline.com/chido1999.mandelatribute.html

 

Nelson Mandela, preeminent statesman, political superstar, titanof Africa's politics, one of the world's moral authorities, Africa'smost astute and formidable political lion became president emeritus,and the gracefully retired father of the nation in June 1999.

I wrote and published this tribute only 60 days preceding hisretirement and as other African Presidents and business executivesplanned to gather in Houston for the remarkable Corporate Council onAfrica 1999 summit for attracting capital and investments to Africa.In many ways, Mandela is the living catalyst for the recentexponential growth of African,African-Americanand the wider American entrepreneurial and diplomaticexchanges. 

As his Brother Presidents and the creme dé la creme ofU.S-Africa business and diplomatic circuits toast to the quantum leapin the volume and substance of trade between our two continents, ascultural ambassadors of the southern Africa region and other climesconsort and enchant all of us the magnificent Houston internationalfestival let's take a few minutes to attempt another word portrait ofa man who is certainly the greatest political figure in the recenthistory of people of African ancestry. He talked the talk, andwalked the walk.  He's at once visionary and practician; excusethe latter usage. 

In my view, there's a compelling political trinity to NelsonMandela: the man, the messiah and the mystique.  Hence, it wasduring his 80th birthday on July 18, 1998 that I argued in variousmedia outlets in Southern Africa and in the Voice of America andWorldNet television tribute to Mandela that those who expected him toturn their lives around by the break of dawn are awakening to acertain realization that the Messiah Mandela does not make milkthrough incantations!  Yet, we must accept the fact that thosewho feel that President Mandela's government has failed to fulfiltheir yearnings and lofty expectations constitute a sizeable butsmaller slice of millions of Black and Colored SouthAfricans. 

I recall taking time out from the 100 year-old hotel in whichwe were lodged in Cape Town late March, 1998, (during our visit withU.S President Bill Clinton to parts of Africa) to go into theless-privileged, run-down quarters of the city to talk with a numberof suffering Blacks.  I also shared some time with some homelessteenagers ( five of them, aged between 8 and 19) and a few wearyadults (in their 40s and 60s).  I sought to know theirassessment of President Mandela.  Their refrain: Mandela needsto do more!  They feel he is forgetting "us." They all said inmany ways: "We thought his presidency was going to completely andquickly improve our lives.  We're left out.  We're nothappy...."

Translation: Idealism meets scarce resources in SouthAfrica!  In South Africa, I noticed that the radical Blacks andColoreds still see Mandela, wrongly I must add, as a dignifiedcaretaker for the remnants of apartheid.  On the other side,interestingly, the previous beneficiaries and yesterday's oppressors,largely the Afrikaans, think Blacks are taking too much away,already.  Those questions will be a challenge for Mandela'stechnocratic and very able successor Thabo Mbeki. 

I feel a special interest regarding Mandela and South Africa,among other personal reasons, for his years of statesmanship,principled engagement with life and its multifarious challenges andinequities.  Also, I've had the privilege of meeting three ofthe four most significant historical figures who play(ed) veryimportant roles in that country's transition from apartheid to amulti-racial society.  First, the remarkable former PresidentF.W de Klerk here in Houston.  Then, the amiable Bishop DesmondTutu.  Of course, the Mahdiba himself, Nelson Mandela.

Why do we celebrate Mandela's life? 

First, he is most famous for staring down and vanquishing thegoons and racist archdeacons of separatism and economic violence whoran the evil policy of state-sponsored mayhem called 'apartheid' inhis homeland. 

Second, for remaining the most relevant living person of Africandescent who has given impetus and cause for African-Americans to seekinstitutional and daily business and physical presence inside theAfrican continent.  Third, his moral authority derives from hisselfless fortitude and enduring, exemplary sacrifices.  Mandelais neither intimidated by raw power nor the attractions of luxuriesand allurement of money. 

Fourth, his example as a study in forthrightness.  Aleadership whereby what you see is what you get.  Hence, it wastypical Mandela, unenfeebled by age, unrestrained by arthritis, andunintimidated by the legitimate concerns and arrogations of hisfriend, the super-power president Bill Clinton, to confront thelatter on issues of principle. 

Mandela has also, in some ways, attacked the stinking hypocrisy ofAmerica's right-wing politicians and media spin doctors.  Weremember North Carolina's right-wing Senator, Jesse Helms, as thelatter day pro-apartheid regime's cheerleader-in-chief in the U.SCongress.  His raucous choristers had the likes of GeorgeF. Will, Pat J. Buchanan, Rush Limbaugh, Rev. JerryFalwell, Pat Robertson and a confederacy of other conservatives whohemmed, hawed and distorted every turn towards a multi-racial SouthAfrica.  Recall that Will, Buchanan & Co were misleadingAmericans as they disparaged the civil rights movement and others forsupporting Mandela whom they foolishly and falsely labeled a"Communist!" History has shown the foolishness of thelabel.  

Fifth, his graciousness and capacity to forgive communal sins andwickedness masquerading as government.  Until you see (or may begraphic and accurate images of the inhuman conditions andpsychological warfare imposed on him and his colleagues of theAfrican National Congress, you may never adequately know whyMandela's capacity to forgive and rebuild has such globalrespect.  Hence, I am thankful that I entered and observed onMarch 26, 1998, the lonesome jail room where Mandela was kept for 25painful years in the isolated, deadly Robben Island. 

We toured the Island with Rev.  Jesse L.  Jackson,Clinton's close personal aide Bruce Lindsey, Congressional BlackCaucus champion California congresswoman Maxine Waters, Sam Donaldsonof ABCNews, New York Congressman Charles Rangel, BET's RobertJohnson, Walter Isaacson, managing editor of Time magazine, ScottPelley of CBS News, Melanie Lawson of KTRK Channel 13, Houston, and anumber of others.  Sixth, we celebrate Mandela because afterfive years in office and almost 81 years of a rugged but worthy life,Mandela has shattered a number of other ancient and fatally-flawedbogeys to smithereens.  He has made nonsense of the string ofquasi-racist mythologies and knee-jerk ill-logic concocted by theGeorge F.  Wills, Pat Robertsons, Rush Limbaughs and Jesse Helmsof America to create a global 'White scare' and run on thepost-apartheid South African economy. 

Also, Walter Mead, the acclaimed and advertised columnist forWorth magazine terribly misanalyzed and issued way-off predictionsabout South Africa's economy led by "Blacks" and Mandela. Anyway, he's an "expert" on U.S economies, therefore, pray, he knowsall about the "future" of South Africa!  Fact: The economy underMandela's presidency has attracted more international capital under astable, justiceable political economy.  The gathering in HoustonApril 24-28, cannot be divorced from the opportunities which SouthAfrica offers American, and other business persons/corporations.

What's Mandela's record?  Since becoming president in thespring of 1994, Mandela's economic policy has not only achieved anexpansion in the percentage of growth and created a broad-basedindustrialization efforts, the economy has become more attractive forinternational capitalists. 

It's more stable than under the hateful, and misleading and putridopulence of a few under apartheid.  Yet, the socio-economicprofile of South Africa cannot be described as "rosy" and fullyequitable.  Not quite!  The deprivations in Soweto cannotbe divorced from the terrible "deals" by some influential players inthe system, Blacks and Whites.

Yet, some see Mandela's challenging task to utilize the governmentas a mechanism to enhance access and "fairness" to all, especiallythe deprived.  For example, an Afrikaans staff of the UnitedStates Information Agency who drove me from the airport to the plushMichelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg said "We know Blacks want this andthat but they have to take it easy because we, Afrikaans, feel thatall our privileges and positions are going away.  I commendMandela because everyone is asking him for one thing or theother.  He is trying to be fair to all." That will be Mbeki'sburden, soon. 

This lanky, well-spoken driver who reminded me he was very"comfortable driving a Black man" (that is, my ordinary self, whowould have been driven to a pit of hate rather than the Michelangelojust a few years before Mandela and his team scattered and conqueredthe temples of apartheid.) We must note that the expansion of therelative influence of Black South Africans through their newempowering instruments of state power and private leverage since thedefeat of apartheid has been very modest.  Downtown Johannesburgand Cape Town, especially the spotless Pretoria remain bastions ofWhite/Afrikaans economic dominance. 

Regardless, there has been major progress for middle class Blackswho have unprecedented access to the bureaucracy and privatecapital.  They have partnerships with internationalorganizations, too - especially African-Americans who areestablishing tertiary and sub-strategic industries andcommunity-based service businesses.  

When all is said and done, Mandela's greatest legacy will remainthat he has lived a life of fighting against the predatory, vile andboisterous mix of Anglo-Dutch, Afrikaans, Euro-Caucasian and othereconomic scavengers who took over through armed, brutal force, themost beautiful, gold-rich and breathtaking southerly cape of theAfrican continent.  They could not break his will; they madepeace and he led a powerful, promising country composed of manyethnic nations to the lips of the 21st century.  Mandela hasbeen governing with ill-will toward none and affirmativeopportunities for all those previously locked down and locked out ofSouth Africa's rich resources and lands.  He may yet teach thedistortion artists who miscast the reason and value of "affirmationaction" in the U.S a thing or two.  That's an issue for anotherday.  Back to The Man.

Mandela, rock ribbed nationalist, visionary, exemplary icon inpersonal dignity, durable boxer, principled symbol for all believersin the inevitable triumph of committed democratic forces over anyarmy/gang of tyranny and oppression in Africa and elsewhere, hasbecome this decade's ultimate measure for statesmanship, leadership,character and will.  To Mandela, for your humility andgreatness, firm resolve and friendly, humorous dispositions, allrolled into one mythical, complicated but uniquely amiablepersonality, here's a toast to you before you leave in June 1999 asSouth Africa's president, and a few weeks before your 81st birthday:Mahdiba, may your lineage endure another 81 million years! 


ChidoNwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award(1997), is Founder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com (firstAfrican-owned U.S.-based professional newspaper to be published onthe internet), USAfrica The Newspaper,CLASS magazineand TheBlack Business Journal. He has served as an adviserto the Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) andappears as an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC newsaffiliates. Cell direct: 832-45-CHIDO (24436).Also, see Tiger Woods is no NelsonMandela!By Chido Nwangwu
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Nelson Mandela celebrates his 89th birthday, launching a humanitarian campaign along with former President Jimmy Carter, ex-U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other "elders" of the global village. The initiative stems from an idea by British entrepreneur Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel to create a world council of elders to tackle issues such as conflict, AIDS and global warming. "This group of international leaders will share how they intend to work together to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity in addressing some of the world's toughest problems," organizers said in a statement.

Branson and Gabriel, who founded an international human rights organization and championed the anti-apartheid cause, attended part of a week of festivities for Mandela's birthday. A children's party that has become an annual fixture wraps things up July 24. Before that, events will feature Bill Clinton and soccer legend Pele, who will play in a special star-studded match to honor Mandela.


COUNTERPOINT
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VIEWPOINT: Obasanjo, Go! Just go! Prof. Wole Soyinka
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INSIGHT: Destruction of property and human massacres are always traumatic events in a community, saddening and enraging, but the organizers of the beauty contest, as well as the participants, must understand that they are totally free of guilt. The guilty are the storm troopers of intolerance, the manipulators of feeble-minded but murderous hordes of fanaticism. By Prof. Wole Soyinka

INSIGHT
Why Martin Luther King's legacy and vision are relevant into 21st century. By Chido Nwangwu

 

 


USAfricaonline LITERATURE
Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa's writer of the century.
Achebe, scholar, social conscience, cultural historian and globally-acclaimed writer, has been a significant and binding source for an engaging understanding of African pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial history and realities. I believe that such insight has made him a favorite of African-Americans, and other scholars and regular folks in search of a better, realistic understanding of Africa, at least, from Achebe's utilization of his rich and dynamic Igbo ancestry, in south eastern Nigeria. I share the same ancestry, and he's one of my mentors.
By Chido Nwangwu. Click here for commentary
Chinua Achebe returns "home" from U.S., to love and adulation of community.
Exclusive USAfricaonline.com tribute: Since 1958, Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" set a standard of artistic excellence, and more. We met in person at the first conference on Commonwealth Literature, organized by Professor An Jeffares at Leeds University in 1964. We met again in Lagos, later, the same year. We met again at the Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature conference in Toronto in 1973. By Douglas Killam
Chinua Achebe: A Literary Diaspora Toasts One of Its Own. By Somini Sengupta

POLICY
A trial of two cities and struggle for justice. By Jack E. White, an essay by Time magazine columnist for USAfricaonline.com

COMMUNITY INTEREST
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as the O.J Simpson case. By Chido Nwangwu
A
Lott of Racism?
Implications of
Obasanjo's late wake up to the challenges of Sharia in Nigeria. By Ken Okorie
Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability. By Chido Nwangwu
What has Africa to do with September 11 terror? By Chido Nwangwu
Reflections on
September 11. By Jonathan Elendu
And the Rocks Cried Out (For Safiyatu). By Effenus Henderson
DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.
Pope John Paul, Abacha and Nigeria's Christians
DIPLOMACY
Walter Carrington: An African-American diplomat puts principles above self for Nigeria. USAfricaonline.com Founder Chido Nwangwu with the U.S. former Ambassador Carrington (right) at the U.S. embassy in Lagos during a courtesy visit.

HISTORICAL INSIGHT
Biafra-Nigeria war and history get fresh, critical look from a survivor. By Alverna Johnson and Vivian Okeke.


  'Biafra: History Without Mercy' - a preliminary note. By Chido Nwangwu
ODUMEGWU EMEKA
OJUKWU:"It was simply a choice between Biafra and enslavement! And, here's why we chose Biafra"
Biafra: From Boys to Men. By Dr. M.O. Ene

African Union: Old wine in new skin?
Sharia, Sex and hypocrisy of Gendered Justice. By Chika Unigwe, columnist for USAfricaonline.com
And the Rocks Cried Out (For Safiyatu). By Effenus Henderson
NEWS INVESTIGATION: The Marc Rich Oil Deals in Nigeria


Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
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Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability
What has Africa to do with September 11 terror?
Africans reported dead in terrorist attack at WTC
September 11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
Arafat's duplicity, terrorism at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian crises. By Barry Rubin
Will religious conflicts be the time-bomb for Nigeria's latest transition to civilian rule?
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa 
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's burden mounts with murder charges, trials
Conflicting emotions, feeling of disappointment, timing of revelation that Rev. Jackson fathered a child with former aide lead to charges of "right-wing orchestration."

Nigeria's Presidential Election: Is it just for the Highest Bidder?

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Is Obasanjo really up to Nigeria's challenge and crises? By USAfricaonline.com contributing editor Ken Okorie. Commentary appears from NigeriaCentral.com

Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (left) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting

Wong is wrong on Blacks in Houston city jobs
Why is 4-year old Onyedika carrying a placard against killings in Nigeria?
How Nigeria's Islamic Sharia crises will affect the U.S.
USAfrica INTERVIEW "Why African Catholics are concerned about crises, sex abuse issues in our church" - a frank chat with ICCO's Mike Umeorah
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu The Economics of Elections in Nigeria
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY How far, how deep will Nigeria's human rights commission go?
Rtd. Gen. Babangida trip as emissary for Nigeria's Obasanjo to Sudan raises curiosity, questions about what next in power play?
COUNTERPOINT 'Why is Bill Maher spreading racist nonsense about HIV/AIDS and Africa on ABC?
Hate groups' spin by Lamar Alexander benefits anti-Blacks, anti-Semites, and racists
Annan, power and burden of the U.N
The Civilianizing of African soldiers into Presidents
At 39, Nigerians still face dishonest stereotypes such as Buckley's, and other self-inflicted wounds.
JFK Jr.: Death of a Good Son
'Why is Bill Maher spreading racist nonsense about HIV/AIDS and Africa on ABC?
National
Summit on Africa, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee hold policy forum in Houston
'100 Black Men are solutions-oriented' says Thomas Dortch, Jr., Richard Johnson and Nick Clayton II as they share perspectives with USAfrica's founder on the national
organization.
Community Service Awards bring African-American, American
policy and business leaders together with African community at Texas Southern University
110 minutes with Hakeem Olajuwon
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors' game 
Nigeria, Cry My Beloved Country


BULLET Versus BALLOT The bloody stain of military coup, on Friday December 24, 1999, sullied the once unique history of democratic rule in the beautiful and historically democratic, French-speaking west African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) by General Robert Guei (inset). USAfricaonline report and commentary.
COMMUNITY INTEREST Why the revisionist forces of racist oppression in South Africa should not be allowed to intimidate Ron and Charlayne Gault.

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Index of Founder's Notes (2)

Index of other Viewpoints USAfricaonline contributors and columnists on the issues


Will the rash of Ethnic Violence disrupt Nigeria's effort at Democracy?
USAfrica FORUM
IN THE HOUSE OF MANDELA: A SILLY CRY FOR REPARATIONS By Prof. Chimalum Nwankwo
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
EndGame in Kinshasa: U.S must boot Mobutu for own interest, future of Zaire and Africa
PetroGasWorks Shell picks Leslie Mays as VP Global Diversity


APPRECIATION
A young father writes his One year old son: "If only my heart had a voice...."
USAfricaonline.com
NEWSBANK: OBASANJO'S FAILED 3RD TERM POWER-PLAY IS GOOD NEWS TO NIGERIANS, ABROAD AND HOME.... USAfricaonline.com and its correspondents in Nigeria and across the major cities of the U.S are reporting an increasing tally of anti-3rd term phone calls and e-mails from our readers. By a margin of almost 7-2, USAfricaonline.com data show that an overwhelming majority of the politically active citizenry are happy that Nigeria's Senate halted retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo's stealthy, unpopular, behind-the-scenes-wink and nod power plays to secure an "unrequested" 3rd term as president of Nigeria (a total of 12 consecutive years).

Many Nigerians still feel disappointed that a man (Obasanjo) who had gained so much from Nigeria would cling so tightly to power, even against the popular will of the people, moreso with age, energy and fresh ideas for a new era not on his side.

Also, USAfricaonline.com review of Nigeria's recent history show that President Obasanjo seems to be moving rapidly into the zone of ill-repute of his former military colleagues who, like him, refused to leave office when it was time to go. Gen. yakubu Gowon in 1975; Gen. Ibrahim Babangida in 1993; Gen. Sani Abacha in1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.

More baffling many Nigerians we interviewed recall are the lessons of the excesses of the late Gen. Abach who jailed Obasanjo while the former schemed to remain in power.
For the special report by USAfrica multimedia networks' Publisher Chido Nwangwu, click on 3rd term.


USAfricaonline.com INSIGHT:
How
Obasanjo's self-succession charade at his Ota Farm has turned Nigeria to an 'Animal Farm.' By Prof. Mobolaji Aluko
Is Obasanjo ordained by God to rule Nigeria? And, other fallacies. By Prof. Sola Adeyeye
Obasanjo was not sworn in merely to
"mean well" for Nigeria. By Obi Nwakanma

Obasanjo's 'prayers' and the Abacha path of staying in power. By Nkem Ekeopara
Creative writing, publishing and the future of
Nigerian Literature. By Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike
APPRECIATION
A young father writes his One year old son: "If only my heart had a voice...."
Nigeria, a terrible beauty. By Chido Nwangwu
Why Nigeria and Africa's leaders are leading us to nowhere. By Professor Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe, contributing editor of USAfricaonline.com, author of the highly-acclaimed African Literature in Defence of History: An Essay on Chinua Achebe and a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics.
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Anambra's rigged 2003 elections: Chris Uba's confession at WIC 2004 in Newark, USA. In a matter-of-fact manner, PDP's chieftain in Anambra Chris Uba stood up and astonished all that were present in Newark when he said, "We, the PDP, did not win the election (of 2003). I have gone to church to confess. The election had no document. I called the result before 12 midnight. I gave INEC the money and asked them to call the result." The revelation caused an uproar as well as some applause in the hall. "The person we took his thing is here," Uba said, pointing at Peter Obi (the APGA candidate) who was sitting among the audience, in the back row.

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DEMOCRACY WATCH: Obasanjo raped Nigeria's constitution by suspending Plateau Assembly and Governor. Prof. By Prof. Ben Nwabueze, leading constitutional scholar in the Commonwealth for almost 45 years, former Nigerian federal minister and SAN.
OIL in NIGERIA: Liquid Gold or Petro-Dollars Curse?
Investigating Marc Rich and his deals with Nigeria's Oil
Through an elaborate network of carrots and sticks and a willing army of Nigeria's soldiers and some civilians, controversial global dealer and billionaire Marc Rich, literally and practically, made deals and steals; yes, laughed his way to the banks from crude oil contracts, unpaid millions in oil royalties and false declarations of quantities of crude lifted and exported from Nigeria for almost 25 years. Worse, he lifted Nigeria's oil and shipped same to then embargoed apartheid regime in South Africa. Read Chido Nwangwu's NEWS INVESTIGATION REPORT for PetroGasWorks.com
MEDIAWATCH
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post?
Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa  
TRIBUTE
Nnamdi Azikiwe: Statesman, Intellectual and Titan of African politics

CONTINENTAL AGENDA

Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents." These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.' Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president. By Al Johnson
ARTS
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PANAFRICANIST
Tanzania's founding president Julius Nyerere    

 


ELECTIONS
Gigolos on the Campaign Trail. By Prof. Walt Brasch
Can Africa live a future without war? An Open Letter to Mandela. By Fubara David-West
Sex, Women and (Hu)Woman Rights. By Chika Unigwe

Abati's Revisionisms and Distortions of history. By Obi Nwakanma, USAfrica The Newspaper contributing editor and award-winning poet
Reuben Abati's fallacies on Nigeria's history and secession. By Bayo Arowolaju
How Abati, Adelaja and others fuel the campaign of hatred against Ndigbo. By Jonas Okwara
"Obasanjo, secession and the
secessionists": A response to Reuben Abati's Igbophobia. By Josh Arinze, USAfricaonline.com contributing editor.
Abati and other
anti-Igbo bigots in Nigeria. By Chuks Iloegbunam, USAfricaonline.com contributing editor and author of Ironsi

DEMOCRACY DEBATE
CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy was livecast on February 19, 2002. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.

WILL ARINZE BE THE FIRST POPE of RECENT AFRICAN ORIGIN? To our Brother Cardinal Arinze: May your pastoral lineage endure!

The Democratic Party stood for nothing in 2002 election cycle. By Jonathan Elendu

HEALTHWATCH
EVA champions efforts to combat AIDS among Nigerian youth. By Jessica Rubin
Pros and cons of the
circumcision debate. By Ngozi Ezeji, RN
TRIBUTE
Prof. Chimere Ikoku: Remembering the legacy of a pan-Africanist, scientist and gentleman. By Prof. Chudi Uwazurike
SPORTS: Tiger Woods makes more history with another golf Masters win. He shot 12-under-par 276 and a final round 71 at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club event and collected $1,008,000, on Sunday April 14, 2002. With it, the world's golf phenom added another green jacket to his array of championships and titles, placing him, in this instance, in the same respected Masters' league as Nicklaus (winner 1965 and 1966) and Nick Faldo (1989 and 1990). The three are the only men to win back-to-back Masters. At 26, Woods has since become the youngest golfer to win his seventh professional major championship. He was joined by his parents and his 22 year-old Swedish model girlfriend, Elin Nordegren.
Impeachment process shows Nigerian democracy "is alive... being tested." Nigeria's president retired Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the impeachment process shows that "democracy is alive, is being tested, and being tried.... What they (the legislators) have tried to do in the democratic way, which is not easy, would probably have been done by taking arms or by -- with bullets. So, but with democracy, of course, some people feel that this is the way this should be, and then I have an opportunity to defend myself. There is discussion. There is dialogue. There is a decision. There is fairness." He made these comments when he appeared on Tuesday September 17, 2002 on CNN International to discuss the issues of impeachment facing him, the allegations of corruption, abuse of the constitution and deployment of soldiers ina civilian environment which led to the "massacre of civilians" in Odi (Bayelsa) and Zaki Biam (Benue). On the charges by international human rights organizations and Nigerian media that his government has been involved in actions which have led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, the retired General gave a surprising answer. He was asked that "as many as 10,000 people, it's being reported, have been killed in Nigeria (in) communal rivalries, and the number is believed to be increasing. And people are saying that although President Obasanjo has done a lot of good for Nigeria, you're accused of not -- accused of failing to halt that spiraling violence."

Obasanjo: Let me say this to you, when you put the question of 10,000 -- 10,000 people dying in Nigeria, of course, for a population of over 120 million people...." But USAfricaonline.com Founder and recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), Chido Nwangwu, who appeared on the same program as as a CNN International analyst (Africa) pointed out that "when (President Obasanjo) answered that in a country of 100 million that 10,000 people are said to have died, as if that was a small number, that in itself reflects a disconnect with the concerns of Nigerians. The second one is that when the risk is civil disagreement, the police are required to intervene in the country. And the deployment of the armed forces of Nigeria requires at least some consultation, however modest, with the parliament." Nwangwu, former member of the editorial board of Nigeria's Daily Times continued that "the third factor that is equally important to underscore is that the armed forces of Nigeria moved in for a punitive action rather than just containing a civil disagreement." He noted in USAfricaonline.com backgrounder "it was revealing and interesting interesting discussing Nigeria's issues with its leader - under the current circumstances of an increasingly out-of-schedule elections and the gathering storm of an impeachment process by a majority of the members of the National Assembly, predominantly by Obasanjo's party members." See rush transcript of the CNN International news program.


Obasanjo facing corruption and ineptitude impeachment charges, again since the parliament, a few weeks ago, passed a motion carrying a majority of the members of Obasanjo's party, the PDP.
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DEMOCRACY DEBATE
CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy livecast on February 19, 2002. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.

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