Posts Tagged ‘Africa

12
Nov
09

Is it time for Africa to apologise over Slavery?

_46715438_slavery226getty[1]Stand up and admit your ancestors played a crucial part in the trade of 11 million human beings from Africa. This is what Nigeria’s Civil Rights Congress is suggesting. Continue reading ‘Is it time for Africa to apologise over Slavery?’

27
Oct
09

On air: “Do starving Africans a favour. Don’t feed them”

_45229746_bbc226bodywash This is what Sam Kiley suggests in his article.

Is the best way of helping Africa … well, not helping it? Or helping in a different way ?
Sam’s article came up last week when we were discussing the famine in Ethiopia,25 years on, and the latest appeals for aid.

Continue reading ‘On air: “Do starving Africans a favour. Don’t feed them”’

21
Sep
09

Is District 9 racist towards Nigerians?


“…The film clearly denigrated Nigeria’s image by portraying us as if we are cannibals, we are criminals… The name [of] our former president was clearly spelt out as the head of the criminal gang and our ladies shown like prostitutes sleeping with extra-terrestrial beings…” Continue reading ‘Is District 9 racist towards Nigerians?’

11
Sep
09

Africa Connected – the internet revolution

Nigerian laptops
It will change Africa forever. Within the next couple of months four high-speed fibre optic cables will link up the east and west coasts of Africa to the rest of the world. It’s going to revolutionise how the continent connects and communicates in many ways – some we can imagine, some we can’t. Continue reading ‘Africa Connected – the internet revolution’

21
Aug
09

Why is Africa poor? Dateline Yekepa, northern Liberia 2

This is Mark Doyle’s second post from northern Liberia
I’ve just had huge fun riding on a pickup truck which miraculously turned into a tiny railway train. The pickup drove towards the railway. Then, by some miracle of engineering, the road tyres were lifted and a set of railway wheels hidden under the chassis were lowered onto the tracks. Then we drove along the rails! Continue reading ‘Why is Africa poor? Dateline Yekepa, northern Liberia 2’

20
Aug
09

Why is Africa Poor ?

BBC correspondent ,Mark Doyle went on the road to ask that question across the continent. He’s come back with three documentaries. Part one – Africa and the world- airs Monday on the BBC World Service Radio. Mark will join us on WHYS do discuss the issue and share some of the things that he has come accross during his visit. Read on and have a look at Mark’s first post from Liberia. Why, do you think, is Africa poor? Also, post any questions you have to Mark here. Continue reading ‘Why is Africa Poor ?’

17
Aug
09

Should private firms be in charge of security in some countries?

pscAlex Mwange, a BBC listener, suggests that African countries outsource responsibility for security in the area to private firms. These firms have been used in Africa before. In Sierra Leone,the government hired a private security company to help it during the civil conflict. But as this paper shows it hasn’t been without its problems. Continue reading ‘Should private firms be in charge of security in some countries?’

12
Aug
09

On air: Is sexism holding Africa back?

AFRICAN WOMENOn Tuesday’s show we discussed Burma and Hillary Clinton. Michael was our last caller. He said: ‘This is typical of men in the developing world. Their attitude towards women is holding their countries back?’ Then George emailed who describes himself as an African living in Portland, Oregon. ‘The question was not only wrong, it shows the mindset of most men in African. We Africans are very chauvinistic. Next to the Middle East, African males shows the least respect to there women and usually don’t take women seriously. I’m glad Hilary put this person in his place.’ Continue reading ‘On air: Is sexism holding Africa back?’

04
Aug
09

Lubna Hussein : Heroine or criminal?

lubnaTo thousands of women in Africa and the Middle East, Lubna Hussein has become a heroine, someone defying religious authorities and fighting for women’s rights.

To the men who try to impose those rules (in this case the Public Order police in Sudan) she is an enemy of public morals, to be denounced in the letters pages of newspapers and in mosques. Continue reading ‘Lubna Hussein : Heroine or criminal?’

28
Jul
09

On air: Is Islamic extremism Africa’s newest fear?

_46117397_bbc_arrests226150 people were killed in Northern Nigeria after two days of violence. Residents in the state of Borno said that Islamic militants burnt a police station, a church and a customs office early yesterday.

The group, which calls itself Taliban, emerged in Nigeria in 2004. It has never been clear if it has proper links to the Taliban in Afghanistan but its leaders profess allegiance to and admiration of Osama bin Laden. Continue reading ‘On air: Is Islamic extremism Africa’s newest fear?’




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