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African AIDS, in the West, is often associated with media images of skeletal, forlorn-looking and dying Africans inviting the sympathy of the viewer or reader. Associated with these images are often motleys of subtly hidden narratives - poverty, promiscuity, failed leadership, impending Armageddon, and lately the greed and heartlessness of Western drugs companies who

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One of the major policy challenges for the US following the events of September 11 2001 and their aftermaths has been how to reduce the country’s dependence on oil from the Middle East. There have been suggestions of policy shifts in Washington in which Africa’s share of US oil imports will rise dramatically over the next few years.   Nigeria, one o

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The Spirit Sets Free reflects on the Spirit setting free from within as a basis for the spontaneous enthusiasm of hope and joy, expressed in general liveliness, music and dance. This poses the challenge of laying the foundation of moral integrity as the second stage of African renaissance. The commitment to this challenge of moral integrity makes African spirituality

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Policy makers and scholars consider private enterprise development as one of the most promising avenues of economic growth in Africa. To grow, enterprises must improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations, often through internationalisation. It is generally believed that internationalisation enhances the technological and managerial capacities of firms

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Chrys Chimé, a postgraduate student at Southampton, writes a book: The Wacky World of Dark Dictators. Many Publishers were not impressed, but Pete Alott, an upstart publisher and son of a British publishing mogul decides to gamble on it. The book stirs up the Rastamuffins, an obscure group of fundamentalist Rastafarians, who considered it heretical and a collec

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Samassi, a young man from one of the French-speaking African countries, secures a scholarship to study in London. Midway through his English language course his scholarship is withdrawn, forcing him to take up jobs to support himself. He graduates and eventually secures a good job – after several futile attempts.   For an African with accent, Samassi&rsqu

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African culture forbids children from speaking ill of their parents. Parental brutality, autocracy or neglect must either be denied or accepted as part of a strict upbringing regime designed to ensure that children are well-brought up to become useful to themselves in the future.    Evans Kinyua breaks rank with this tradition. In a brutally frank and mov

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Authenticity - the external self in conformity with the inner self, to be sincere to oneself, is a state of genteel well being, and therefore of true happiness.  It is the state of being whole, and in a sense, of experiencing holiness.  It is the ideal of being a Christian in any cultural context, a challenge to all Christians everywhere.  

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The moon is high and round. Its silvery light washes over and illuminates all in the homestead. In the centre of the homestead is a small bonfire. Some women are roasting corn and pears. Not far from the bonfire, sat a group of children and adults. The attention of the group is focused on the old man with a cow tail flung casually over his left shoulder.   The

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The need for unity has been a recurring theme in Africa’s irredentist struggles against the forces of fragmentation and general underdevelopment. A truly united Africa however cannot be made without a prior making of the African. Currently, a shared sense of being African is at best still in a state of flux. The idea of Africa itself has also not been satisfacto

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