Friday, March 8, 2013

Soy Proliferation in Southern Burkina Faso

Author: Sam Gradess

The author revisits his experience in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Burkina Faso. In particular, he relates the entrepreneurial and agricultural success that one innovative leader has experienced with an unlikely crop: the soy bean. Farming the bean and using it to produce tofu, Jean-Louis has built a successful business that hires, trains, and empowers young women.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Kenya's Bastards

Author: Declan Galvin

Kenya is yet again at a crossroad. Having experienced much violence in the wake of the precedent election, the peaceful outcome in the current one remains an uncertain hope. While reiterating the responsibility of the presidential contenders,' the author explores the roles that Kenya's marginalized youth have played in the 2007-2008 post-election violence, and ponders on the likelihood of their involvement in acts of violence this time around.

3D Printing for Africa's Development

Author: Christopher Guess

The author recounts a personal experience and delves into the possibilities presented by the rise of a new technology: the 3D printer. What potential do these increasingly more affordable machines hold for the world, and the African development community in particular? While factors like affordability and energy consumption have yet to be worked out, there is little room to doubt that these machines stand to become integrated in the Africa's rural communities.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Life Beyond the Curve of the Road

Author: Tundé Oyateru

There is more to the political realities of Nigeria, and Africa, than meets the eye. Exploring the experiences of ordinary Nigerians, and the absent role of their government, the author comments on perceptions of right-wing and left-wing attitudes, safety nets and community. At best, Nigeria's government and others on the continent will have to affect a change in the lives of all, if the continent's citizenry is to buy into the successes of democracy.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Gilbert - Part II

Author: Kombeh Jobe

As one friend's life accelerates, the other is left to watch. The sensual stranger Gilbert and the first taste of love push individual values away. But is the infatuation worth the moral sacrifice?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gilbert - Part I

Author: Kombeh Jobe

As one friend's life accelerates, the other is left to watch. The sensual stranger Gilbert and the first taste of love push individual values away. But is the infatuation worth the moral sacrifice?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Case for Ghana’s Innovative Youth: Long-term Policies are Needed

Author: Solomon Elorm Allavi

Ghana is facing a youth employment problem like many other countries in West Africa. It has, however, decided to take measures to find gainful employment for this demographic and to channel their innovative appetite into an engine of growth for the country. Solomon describes the Ghanian youth experience, and a future economic prosperity rooted in entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives.

Monday, November 12, 2012

9 Signs the Journalism on Africa You've Just Encountered Is Trash

Author: Imran Garda

News coverage of Africa has drastically reduced over the decade. So too has the quality of coverage of the continent. Well below journalistic standards, reports from and representation of the continent do not reflect the actualities on the ground. In the end, the Africa on the television set is far from reality and suffers from a perception problem.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Still Minority Status for the African Woman

Author: Adeline T. Massima

Something has changed in the last fifty years for women in Africa. Increasing numbers of democratic governments on the continent has meant increasing representation. Though, where it is, and where it should be is still quite far apart. The truth is that African women still hold a minority status.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Global Warming: Africa’s New Chains of Poverty?

Author: Adeline T. Massima

Global warming could put Africa on the back foot after the continent has managed to make some lost ground. Unfortunately, the worst-case scenario, according to the science, could snuff this nascent progress. In fact, it could bind Africa in a new cycle of poverty and aid dependency to the West.

What’s in a Name? Burkina Faso: A Model of Tolerance

Author: Sam Gradess

Sam Gradess analyses the uniqueness of Burkinabé. Drawing from everyday life experiences, he explains how a stranger would be hard-pressed to find a place as welcoming as Burkina Faso. Its people and their way of life spells nothing but tolerance and an appreciation for the humanity that almost spells paradise.

Let’s Talk About Sex: Being a Girl in Tanzania

Author: Christopher Guess

Sex is still a taboo subject in Tanzania. The ignorance that stems from not being able to talk about it is proving costly to the future of too many teenage girls. Chris Guess highlights one program’s effort to make a difference.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Giving Unto Jonathan What Belongs to Caesar

Author: Tundé Oyateru

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has lived true to his first name, for he may be the luckiest politician in Africa. And, according to Tundé Oyateru, his luck may have extended into his administration’s efforts. Good things are happening in Nigeria, one may not be able to conclusively say it’s all due to President Jonathan’s vision, however.