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“Otherwise We’ll Have to Go to War” – Somaliland Demands Recognition 26 Years On

“Otherwise We’ll Have to Go to War” – Somaliland Demands Recognition 26 Years On

Somaliland’s Foreign Minister talks about the self-declared state’s struggle for recognition, domestic successes, and strategies towards Somalia. Shortly after the collapse of the brutal Siad Barre regime in 1991, Somaliland unilaterally declared independence from Somalia. It reinstated the borders that had existed when it was briefly a sovereign state in 1960, and its government called […]

A Close Look at Ethiopia-Eritrea Relations

A Close Look at Ethiopia-Eritrea Relations

Talking about the current Ethio-Eritrea relations, though sensitive, seems to attract people from both sides. I say sensitive, because of the unsettled case of the Badime border issue. I cannot tell you with full certainty what exactly triggered the war between the two countries. We have repeatedly heard from the Ethiopian government that the Eritrean […]

A Way of Life Under Threat as Lake Turkana Shrinks

A Way of Life Under Threat as Lake Turkana Shrinks

The last native speaker of the Elmolo language reportedly died sometime in the 1970s. By then, only a few hundred Elmolo remained, eking out a living on Kenya’s southern waters of Lake Turkana as they always had, drinking its brackish waters and fishing for catfish, tilapia, and Nile perch. Thanks to intermarriage with other tribes […]

Will Dangote Refinery End Nigeria’s Ongoing Oil Woes?

Will Dangote Refinery End Nigeria’s Ongoing Oil Woes?

The completion of the Dangote Refinery in 2019 will mark another milestone in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. The refinery is being built by Mr Aliko Dangote, the founder of the Dangote Group of Companies and the richest man in Africa. The $14 billion (Shs50.6 trillion) refinery will produce 650,000 barrels per day of […]

Remembering the Eritrean Dream On Independence Day

Remembering the Eritrean Dream On Independence Day

Twenty-six years ago today, Eritrea’s 30-year war of independence against Ethiopia ended with Eritrean freedom fighters marching to the capital, Asmara. Unfortunately, it took less than a decade for the grand hopes and ideals that Eritreans initially had for the future of their country to evaporate into thin air. The international media has limited access […]

Africa is Not Poor, We Are Stealing Its Wealth

Africa is Not Poor, We Are Stealing Its Wealth

It’s a simple statement, repeated through a thousand images, newspaper stories and charity appeals each year, so that it takes on the weight of truth. When we read it, we reinforce assumptions and stories about Africa that we’ve heard throughout our lives. We reconfirm our image of Africa. Try something different. Africa is rich, but […]

How Ugandans Can Become Billionaires By 2021

How Ugandans Can Become Billionaires By 2021

One of my favourite sayings is ‘do not ask for too much, the gods might just give it to you.’ Our Zimbabwean brothers and sisters asked for financial freedom and wealth and they became zillionaires! You see it never rains but pours. If you are feeling hard done by, you ask for rain and viola, […]

Without Functional Governance Frameworks, Africa Can’t Develop

Without Functional Governance Frameworks, Africa Can’t Develop

When the former president of the United States Bill Clinton put forward his proposition of becoming the American president, he knew exactly what the Americans needed. He knew it was “economy stupid”. This was the clarity and focus of his presidency. The mission was clear and resonated with the American voters. This seems a rare […]

Why I Run – Exiled Oromo Runner Lilesa Speaks

Why I Run – Exiled Oromo Runner Lilesa Speaks

My name is Feyisa Lilesa. I am an exiled marathon runner from Ethiopia. I have not been back to my country since winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games last August. In Rio, as I approached the finish line, I crossed my wrists above my head in solidarity with the men, women and […]

Zimbabwe has incredible potential

Zimbabwe has incredible potential

ZIMBABWE is poised to be one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and will also become the most advanced in a very short space of time, but only if we have leadership which understands the concept of stewardship. I have been analysing Zimbabwe’s potential in various economic sectors including agriculture, mining, energy and infrastructure […]

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