From Rwanda with positive lessons for Africa (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

GIVING UP ON AFRICA is the most inappropriate thing to do now. This is because the prospects of a better, richer, stable and prosperous Africa are all too evident. But, a big “IF” stands between the situation as it is now and as it could possibly be. The condition depends on if Africa will do […]

From Rwanda with positive lessons for Africa

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

WAR HISTORY IN CONTEMPORARY Africa is replete with tales of destruction, devastation, mutilation, rape, death, displacement, missing people and downward spiral in economies of affected countries. The common denominator is that of crisis upon crisis, with slow and sometimes jerky recoveries, or – in some cases – relapses into hostilities. Although stories of wars are […]

Milestones, prospects and urbanising Africa (5)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

HOW AFRICAN CITIES will fare in 50 years’ time is a question deserving of attention now. It has been reckoned that many African cities are growing at an unprecedented rate and are throwing up problems that need urgent solutions. It has also become evident that, although most cities grow in population, they are deficient in […]

Milestones, prospects and urbanising Africa (4)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

FEEDING THE URBAN AFRICA will be a significant challenge in the years ahead. The challenge will stem from general problems of daily influx of people into the cities. This will create a need for food, more food and more food. The volume, varieties and values of the food will vary depending on the level of […]

Milestones, prospects and urbanising Africa (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

URBAN PLANNING AND management may easily become one of the most demanding and challenging governance issues of our time and of the future. The increasing complexities, diversity of issues, use of technologies a way of life, the health implications of dense population, the economics of human population density, the social and security dimensions and the […]

Milestones, prospects and urbanising Africa (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

MANY RELATED THINGS are happening rather fast and in quick succession. About a month ago, the United Nations Climate Action Summit was held in New York, amidst some misgivings and sharp disagreements between nations, and failure to present a common front. About a week ago, the Extinction Rebellion disruptive protests group took the world’s attention […]

Milestones, prospects and urbanising Africa (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

COPENHAGEN, THE CAPITAL and most populous city of Denmark, will host a major global gathering in the next couple of days, from Wednesday, October 9, to Saturday, October 12. The agenda-setting conference is to feature decision makers – from fellow mayors to CEOs and national leaders. In particular, it will be attended by C40 mayors […]

From Africa, Ebola could become a pandemic (2)

 Second and concluding part on Ebola MANY FACTORS favour insidious spread of communicable diseases in Africa. Among them are porosity and inefficient management of national borders, made worse by insecurity. Second, and very worrisome, is the presumptive or dismissive attitude of many Africans, particularly the influential. The third is linked to beliefs, cultures and superstitions […]

Africa as beautiful bride to Eastern, Western suitors (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

GLOBAL trends tend towards urbanisation. And Africa is already having its own fair share of it. The question, however, is whether or not the continent is well prepared and if it is ready to cope with all the challenges associated with urban realities. While Africa will be a global attraction to the commercial world because […]

Africa as beautiful bride to Eastern, Western suitors (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

BEAUTY, according to the old adage, “is in the eye of the beholder.” This allegory seems to mean far more to those beholding Africa than to Africa itself, going by growing interests in the continent by foreigners as investors, tourists or development actors. Also relevant to this parable are actions perpetrated within the continent by […]