Africa’s deserts, security and sustainable future (1)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

  ASSUMPTIONS, CLAIMS AND ASSERTIONS about Africa being a continent that holds the hope for the global food security of the future have gone largely unquestioned. These have been repeated by many public commentators and development actors who expressed optimism about the forest resources in the south of Equator as if those forests are cast […]

West African single currency: Between old and new ‘Eco’

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

MARRIAGES HURRIEDLY CONTRACTED are prone to some existential dangers, complications and dilemmas: to walk away from marriages of convenience if the realities aren’t bearable for parties involved or to endure such realities in perpetual hope that things will one day change for normal. But, the reality – it might be strongly disputed by some – […]

Africa’s fate and Madrid’s ‘Blue’ climate talks (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

AWARENESS ABOUT LAKES and their relevance in Africa has not yet adequately captured the attention of those who should know, particularly national governments. Consistent and fairly predictable rainfall, existence of big rivers, stable underground water tables and handling of urban water supplies as public utilities have all lulled governments of various countries into complacency, particularly […]

Africa’s fate and Madrid’s ‘Blue’ climate talks (2)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

GREAT LAKES ACROSS AFRICA are in great dangers. They are highly vulnerable to many factors. The factors putting these lakes in the harm’s way are not strictly only environmental but more of human, with particular reference to commercial interests tied to quest for protein supply. The interests have historical antecedents and transcend the localities, the […]

Africa’s fate and Madrid’s ‘Blue’ climate talks

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

SLOGANS, MANTRA, HASTAGS and catchphrases are not in short supplies in international assemblies where serious global issues are major subjects of debates, deliberations and discussions nowadays. They don’t have to meet expectations, but they attempt to railroad discussions; and they sometimes provide emotional and sentimental punch for issues under consideration. It is thus better to […]

Africa, leadership and people’s power

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

  FRANCE IS PROBABLY the country with the longest history of riots, public protests and civil disobedience. The country, reputed for a culture dating back to over five centuries, has been known to influence public decisions and government policies through civil unrest, including, rioting, strikes, violent labour disputes, or minor insurrections. The French are therefore […]

From Rwanda with positive lessons for Africa (3)

Africa’s boundless treasure, Social development

FOR AFRICA TO EXPERIENCE real positive change and to make desirable progress, much needs to be learnt from Rwanda, and more from elsewhere. These lessons, and how they are learnt and utilised, will determine – to a very great extent – the kind of progress and the extent of it. But much depends on the […]

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 […]