50 Years on, can Africa find within itself a force for stability?
Eugene Ohu | 18 Jun 2013
African leaders gathered in Ethiopia recently to mark 50 years of their cooperation under the “African Union” (AU), successor of the OAU (Organization of African Unity), with a renewed commitment to create a middle-income continent free from poverty and disease.
Thinking same-sex in Nigeria? You will go to jail!
Eugene Ohu | 4 Jun 2013
Nigeria's president set to sign into law a bill criminalizing same-sex unions, public displays and related sympathies. The two legislative houses having given their nod, offenders may go to jail for up to 14 years.
Video: Africa through the eyes of children
Eugene Ohu | 9 May 2013
There is something beautiful when Africans tell their own stories. When the story tellers are children, it has a charm all of its own. This is the ambitious and heartwarming project that soschildren.org has undertaken at the www.our-africa.org site.
Does Sony PlayStation fuel Africa's Wars?
Eugene Ohu | 8 May 2013
Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe warns African countries to be more security conscious against foreigners and former colonialists who are bent on a renewed and more vigorous plundering of the continent's resources. Such resources include Coltan, a major component of Sony's PlayStation. 80% of the world's Coltan resides in Congo.
Is France lying about why it is in Mali?
Eugene Ohu | 11 Apr 2013
Early this year France promised a quick pullout from Mali. It now wants to install a 1,000 strong permanent force in the African country. Some say that the French have more personal reasons to want to prolong their stay, reasons that have nothing to do with fighting terror.
Chinese president Xi visits Africa; America panics, and rightly so!
Eugene Ohu | 25 Mar 2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first trip abroad is to Africa, underscoring the importance of this region to his country’s economic future. Xi’s first stop is Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital where he has already signed some landmark deals with the government that includes developing ports and industrial zones, and granting the country interest-free loans. Understandably, the United States is panicking because China is threatening their previous dominance in Africa’s economic life and more importantly, in the mind of the African. The US is to blame for this.
Leadership transforms Africa, not aid
Eugene Ohu | 10 Mar 2013
8 years after Gleneagles, Britain’s former prime minister Tony Blair writes that "Aid has transformed Africa" praising his own efforts and those of Bono and Bob Geldof, and that Gleneagles can “claim some credit” for whatever progress might be noticeable today in Africa (health, economy, education). Yet there are those like Greg Mills writing from South Africa who argue that "Bob Geldof is wrong about Africa" and that instead of external aid, it is effort from within, such as improving governance and transparency that is helping Africa.
What an African Pope can offer the world
Eugene Ohu | 26 Feb 2013
With less than three days to the end of the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI I will like to return to what to many can become a vexed question. The last time it was “Will the Pope come from Africa?” today I am asking instead if there are perhaps values that an African Pope can offer the Church and the world. This is because in the end, the answer to such a question would indicate the new direction, if any, that the Catholic Church will take and how faithful the new Pope will be to its founder.
Will the Pope come from Africa?
Eugene Ohu | 14 Feb 2013
Since Pope Benedict XVI's February 11 shocker to the world of his coming retirement, a floodgate of speculations has opened in the world media. Is it finally time for an African Pope?