Tag Archives: Africa

Giving and Getting: The DERSWA Project*

This video is uncomfortable to watch (though not in a graphic sense); it is still worth more than the required four minutes of your time. This discussion was built around the recent Band Aid initiative led by the Irish musician … Continue reading

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Nobel Fraudulence: the Media, the Church and Mr. Mensah

For contextual background to this blog post, check this comprehensive summary out:   Thanks in part to social media, scandals stampede over each other like hungry students at the dining hall who just heard of extra meat in their lunch. … Continue reading

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When the Boss Playa Stops, the Beat Goes On: Reflections on Komla Dumor

Death as a phenomenon generally elicits negative feelings; these emotions tend to run deeper if the person who dies was an admirable person. Even in some cases where the person in question was not well liked while alive, the solemnity … Continue reading

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Obama and the Cape Coast Clean-Up Exercise that (Once) Was

There was a massively positive response to Obama’s decision to visit Ghana in early 2009. Coming right after his historic presidential victory, his visit was the perfect PR opportunity for Ghana’s fledgling democracy. Similar to the uniting power of football, … Continue reading

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Musings on the “Africa’s New Middle Class Rising” Cliché

This week the BBC had a debate about Africa’s New Middle Class. The lively discussion was held across a few days on social networks and on radio, bringing together opinions from both the continent and beyond. For background to the debate … Continue reading

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African Union is 50 – good for them; Africa is Much Older!

There is this joke told in Ghana about a middle aged person (can be male or female) who is writing an exam with other (mostly younger) students for prospective entry into the university. Toward the end of the exam the … Continue reading

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Preventing Malaria: Because a Shot can Tear the Net

Using nets as the primary source of malaria prevention has gained tremendous momentum and currency in various parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. You might have seen such a poster: And/or you may have chanced upon an advert like this one: Then … Continue reading

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