AU parliamentarians scuffle while Africa’s progress lingers

When will Africa be wary of China?

MAYHEM was the definition of the discordant meeting of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) some weeks ago at the end of May in Midrand, South Africa. PAP, established “to ensure the full participation of African peoples in the economic development and integration of the continent,” was engrossed in the comedy of the absurd at the meeting […]

Jacob Zuma’s travails and Africa’s leadership crisis

When will Africa be wary of China?

ARAB SPRING GOT GLOBAL ATTENTION. It changed the configuration of the Middle East and North Africa geopolitically in the context of governance. Ten years ago and thereafter, many influential despots were toppled, some countries had their political system tweaked and some have entered into hostilities and conflicts lingering till now.  The younger generation would no […]

Chinese Communist Party’s Centenary: Implications for Africa (2)

When will Africa be wary of China?

CHINA HAS BEEN BASKING in the splendour of the accolades freely bestowed on it by many countries and foreign commercial entities. They have been doing this for a while because of the gains they stand to make out of China. In doing so, they have either been willingly or selectively ignorant of many obvious flaws […]

Chinese Communist Party’s Centenary: Implications for Africa

Chinese Communist Party’s Centenary: Implications for Africa

BEIJING WENT AGOG LAST WEEK, as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the founding and sole governing political party of the modern day People’s Republic of China (PRC), marked its hundredth year of existence on Thursday, July 1. At the Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, with a heavily packed but carefully vetted crowd estimated at more than 70,000 […]

Ethiopia’s war as Africa’s burden

When will Africa be wary of China?

ETHIOPIA BECAME A PRIDE OF AFRICA lately. The East African country distinguished itself and provided a sharp contrast with a neighbouring Somalia that has been through 30 odd years of conflicts and power vacuum, followed by multiple power centres, since the departure of Siad Barre, the despot who left the country in disarray after his […]

Re-assessing Africa’s relevance in global affairs under climate change (4)

Chinese Communist Party’s Centenary: Implications for Africa

SAHELIAN AFRICA IS BACK again in full reckoning, following major political decisions taken within and outside the region. Those decisions are likely to have far-reaching effects on the region in the immediate aftermath and in the long term. Mali was the epicentre of these recent remarkable events that prompted those decisions, which were triggered by […]

Re-assessing Africa’s relevance in global affairs under climate change (3)

Chinese Communist Party’s Centenary: Implications for Africa

EVERY GOOD INTERVENTION PLAN needs realistic implementation guidelines, timelines, elaborate description of actors, clear pathways for funding, accountability criteria and unambiguous details on impacts, all of which could be put in proper contexts by outlining the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) mechanisms, key performance indicators (KPIs) and comprehensive impact assessment criteria. Activities that have led the […]

Re-assessing Africa’s relevance in global affairs under climate change

Chinese Communist Party’s Centenary: Implications for Africa

CLIMATE CHANGE may be interpreted by some as disadvantageous to the world economy. While that view holds some validity, it is not the concern here now. Beneath the frenzied campaigns to halt climate-endangering human activities – much of which have also led to stupendous rise in global wealth and well-being, and have provoked divisive politics […]