Category Archives: Reflections on Africa

Audacity of Peace: ‘Boko Haram’ and the Plight of a Nation

Tweet By: Steve Arowolo* I grew up in the North Central part of Nigeria, in an area that is predominantly populated by Muslims. This is because my father, an Anglican church elder had reason to live and work amidst people of different religious and ethnic orientation. Growing up was peaceful and I am filled with… Continue Reading

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Digging deeper beyond Marikana: the ‘hut tax’, patriarchy and South Africa’s ‘tectonic shift

Tweet By: Amkelwa Mapatwana Much has been written about the events of the 16th of August 2012 at the Marikana/Lonmin mines in South Africa in the past few weeks. Many commentators have noted how the event revived key brutal misuse of power by the apartheid government against the then disenfranchised black South Africans at key events… Continue Reading

Urban Policy, Environment and Development: the challenges of urban policy makers

Urban Policy, Environment and Development: the challenges of urban policy makers

Tweet In Dakar, the capital of Senegal, as well as in other major Senegalese cities, torrential rains have caused important human deaths and severe financial and material losses over the last week (http://www.afrik.com/article26806.html).  According to the Ministry spokesperson Adjutant Mbaye Sady Diop, this situation is due to the defective “city’s drainage system”. At the same… Continue Reading

Driving licenses as a case study of African Corruption and opportunity for leadership

Driving licenses as a case study of African Corruption and opportunity for leadership

Tweet Every year in any given bustling city on the African continent, a myriad people stand in endless queues in several ministries, city councils and other government offices to obtain driving licenses, permits of all sorts, certification of documents and so on and so forth. Should one be unable to adequately pass the required tests… Continue Reading

Data Analytics: Fact Based vs. Faith Based

Data Analytics: Fact Based vs. Faith Based

Tweet In order to realize transparent and accountable leadership, leading driven by facts in decision making is imperative to Africa’s growth and development. With universities turning to big data analytics technologies, it is not deemed wise for African governments to wait without adopting these data analytics technologies as well. Data analytics technologies boast the ability… Continue Reading

Remembering #Lelona and uncovering the “Women’s month” facade with the cold hard truth

Remembering #Lelona and uncovering the “Women’s month” facade with the cold hard truth

Tweet by Gcobani* To many people she is no more than a forgotten Twitter hashtag topic (#Lelona), but to a few she was a daughter, colleague and friend. To others she’s a careless girl who dared hitchike on South Africa’s dangerous and deadly roads, and yet to a few she’s testimony to the struggles of… Continue Reading

What lies under the carpet?

What lies under the carpet?

Tweet by Mathe Victoria Maema* True to its advertising, I experienced some “Days of Amazing” at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. All my senses were practically stimulated, and sometimes, like a pendulum, I swung from a position of extreme repulsion to enjoyment beyond measure. Interestingly, irrespective of the position I was, one… Continue Reading

Ten years of the African Union: let’s put on our sensible heels

Ten years of the African Union: let’s put on our sensible heels

Tweet On a typical Thursday morning at the office on the 5th of July I complimented a colleague on the beautiful outfit she was wearing.  For someone whom I have never seen wearing a high heeled shoe, on this day she adorned a ‘sensible’ heel that women wear to send a message that something interesting… Continue Reading

The curious case of the International Criminal Court and Africa: Taking ownership of international criminal justice

The curious case of the International Criminal Court and Africa: Taking ownership of international criminal justice

Tweet by Ottilia Anna Maunganidze 1 July 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the formation of the International Criminal Court (ICC). When it came into force in 2002, the ICC was heralded as a new dawn for international criminal justice and as a means through which victims of international crimes would not only see justice… Continue Reading