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IS WESTERN DEMOCRACY ANATHEMA TO AFRICA?

A number of developed countries practice Western-type democracy as their system of governance. Western countries and the U.S. not only tout their democratic credentials as the best in the world, they tend to foist their system on emerging nations in a “one size fits all” system. The U.S. has a complex maze of electing its […]

RWANDA IN PERSPECTIVE: 25 YEARS AGO…

…the world woke up to find that almost one million people had been massacred in Rwanda within a period of 100 days. The genocide was sparked by the death of President Juvenal Habyarimana, a moderate Hutu (with Burundi’s president Cyprien Ntaryamira, and some French nationals), when his plane was shot down above Kigali airport on […]

Year of Return – Ghana Can Do More

Some 400 years ago, the first documented Africans kidnapped from the shores of West Africa by the Portuguese arrived in Europe. The kidnapping and enslavement of Africans – from present day Senegal to Angola and especially from the areas Europeans named the Grain Coast (Republic of Liberia), Ivory Coast, Gold Coast (Republic of Ghana) through […]

Asanteman Leadership Crisis Resolved

The first known Ghanaian non-religious, non-political, and non-profit organization in the United States is Asanteman Association of New York. The association, formed almost forty years ago, was patterned after traditional setups in their native Asante, Ghana. The premier Constitution of New York Asanteman – crafted with doses of Western and Asante elements – was basically […]

Time to Acquire Africa Center is Now!

According to 2015 research, there were more than 1.7 million Africans in the United States, and the 2010 American Community Survey found out that the largest numbers of African immigrants are in California, New York, Texas, Maryland, and Virginia. New Jersey has about 86,000 Africans, Maryland 120,000, Georgia 75,000 and Florida 60,000, according to 2018 […]

Welcome to Africa! (Fellow Africans Need not Apply)

Prior to the demise of the ignoble apartheid regime in South Africa, African countries led the fight by any means possible to free their fellow Africans from the white-minority rule. Now, African migrants in South Africa are being lynched by some South Africans for allegedly taking over their jobs. Xenophobia, the practice of hating anything […]

Political Vigilantism and Democratic Governance in Ghana

Political vigilantism is not new in Ghana. In the colonial era when Kwame Nkrumah initiated his independence agenda, he set the pace for youth activism with his Veranda Boys, with whose help the Convention People’s Party (CPP) was able to obtain political sovereignty from the British. In the period prior to independence the two main political contenders in […]

Curb Racism in Soccer, Now!

A high number of racist incidents in recent years has prompted calls for tougher action from football’s governing bodies. Racism has left a shameful scar on the soul of the game and yet continues to be a problem in such a globally embraced sport. What is being done to tackle this scourge? Can we ever […]

Unprotected African Intellectual Property Rights

In Bob Marley’s rendition of his philosophical soundtrack Rat Race, the reggae icon points out “in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.” Robert Nasta Marley got it so right within the context of unlimited African intellectual property. From traditional and folklore repertoire such as juju music, to food and clothing, such as jollof and kente, […]

China Loans in Africa

Africa and China have been headlining the international news recently, apparently for mutual benefits. After years of depending on IMF, World Bank, and the West for loans and/or grants for economic developments, the sleeping continent has now found a new partner in the giant of the East. Hitherto, Western-type loans had come with some stringent conditions that […]

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