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Africa has more than one story. When we get to know it well and completely, we surprisingly discover a continent that is big, joyful, generous, enthusiastic and optimistic. It is today the darling of many foreign investors, and the world's superpowers are competing to lay first claim to it, not now as lords as in times past, but with a desire to be first to be regarded Africa's friends. So much has it grown in many facets, economy included, that it portends hope for many peoples.

A one-word Ibo proverb “Nkoli” loosely translates to “tell your own story”.Harambee seeks to contribute local brush strokes to build the real story about Africa told by Africans themselves. 

There is much hope Africa can offer the rest of the world; from its love of life and family, to the heroic examples of people who have withstood great odds with a smile on their lips, and great stories of innovation achieved with limited resources. 

The blog contributors are Africans from different works of life, each with a rich perspective. Our partner is Harambee Africa International, a Rome-based NGO which has a mission to “Communicate Africa”. 

We want to hear from you -- we need to hear from you: your comments, suggestions, ideas for articles, links to positive stories about Africa. Contact Eugene Ohu, the editor of Harambee, at harambee@mercatornet.com, or theMercatorNet editors, Michael Cook or Carolyn Moynihan

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The editor of Harambee is Eugene Ohu, a social communications professional in Lagos. 

As a freelance journalist, he has maintained columns in some of the leading Nigerian newspapers, syndicating also for some foreign based ones who want an insider’s view of Africa; as an academic, he has a PhD in Institutional Social Communications from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and teaches Organizational Communications as well as Media Ethics.

He rests by playing with computers (not video games), messing with Linux servers, running a small business of A2P messaging, playing the guitar, photography and pencil sketching.

Contact Eugene at harambee@mercatornet.com


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