Bridging the gap for African Women in Business: Access to Jobs

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    As we get closer to the 2015 deadline, the debate about the Millennium Development Goals  (MDGs) is no longer about whether the goals will be met but instead what will replace them.   The debates about what the new development agenda should look like have generated wide-ranging opinions and a corpus of literature has been produced from which we … [Read more...]

Open letter from massacred Africans to the African Union

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Dear African Union Leaders, Greetings from the mass graves scattered across the vast lands of Africa which many of you played a key role in digging as you shot your way into power. We always keep you in our prayers and look forward to reuniting on the other side-- which in a majority of your countries will be the long awaited moment to witness power change. Power can indeed … [Read more...]

Lampedusa- Why did so many Africans die?


The small Italian island of Lampedusa is still in shock following the death of at least  311 African migrants. The question that has preoccupied analysts as well as the rest of the world is, why did  this happen? An Interviewee on PM a BBC Radio 4 flagship news program argued that so many Africans died because Africans cannot swim; the interviewee observed that if the … [Read more...]

Towards a Genuine African-European Partnership?

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The Joint Africa-European Union Strategy (JAES) promised all the fundamentals of a partnership. JAES proposed a “partnership of equals” where European and African nations where to cooperate on matters of common interest. It promised to strengthen political dialogue and had the potential to surmount the traditional donor-recipient relationship. The relationship though has been … [Read more...]

#AfricaAt50: Is the AU relevant to Africa?


On 25 May 2013, the Africa Union (AU) will be 50 years old and like some of my contemporaries I am filled with questions about the role of the AU in modern Africa. The AU as we understand it today evolved from an original idea by Kwame Nkrumah who was troubled by neocolonialism. One of the things that troubled Nkrumah was to do with the annexing of 18 mostly Francophone … [Read more...]

#AfricaAt50: Should the AU call it a day


    The African Union is celebrating 50 years in existence this year and as you can imagine we as Africans have plenty to say about the matter or should I say we have several questions to which we need answers. The Au is something we write about every year  and it amazes us that the underlying questions is almost always; WHAT IS THE POINT OF THE AU? I have … [Read more...]

African Diaspora At Work: Ronke Lawal


In this series we will explore the work of the African Diaspora, to learn more about their contribution both to their host and home countries. First up is PR and Marketing Executive Ronke Lawal who lives and works in London.   Where did you grow up? Hackney in East London of Nigerian Parentage   How did your upbringing influence who you are? My … [Read more...]

Should Africa be more interested in the Chinese or the American elections?

This week something unusual is going to happen both the fastest growing economy and the most powerful nation on earth are going to elect a leader! But which of these two elections should concern Africa the most?   I know for a fact that most Africans where ever they be will be aware of the elections in America but can't say so with the same certainty  about the … [Read more...]