May 17 2014


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Narendra Modi: will he be India’s Margaret Thatcher

Gurcharan Das

India has a new leader: Narendra Modi the stocky 63 year old chief minister of Gujarat and leader of the nationalist rightwing Bharatiya Janata party has won a historic landslide! The self-made son of a station tea vendor has decimated the left of centre secular Congress party led by Rahul Gandhi, a prince of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for most of its 65 years of independence.


The day theater died at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria

John Otim

At a corner of the Ahmadu Bello University in northern Nigeria a mud structure crafted in the traditional style of the Hausas encloses a modest open air stage and auditorium. This is the home of theater and the performing arts that campus students playfully call the Mud Theater. Deceitfully simple the place has witnessed many thrilling moments of drama, dance, and music.

The new business of African film

Jake Bright

With African and Diaspora actors taking on prestigious roles in award winning mainstream films, the premiere of Nigerian high budget production Half of a Yellow Sun, and Nigeria’s new GDP base valuing the indigenous Nollywood film industry at over $3bn, the continent’s industry looks set to break out of its niche.



Prospects good for oil rich Nigeria despite Boko Haram and a corrupt elite

Jonathan Power

Oil revenue provides 70 % of Nigeria's booming economy. Tax collection being notoriously poor, without oil Nigeria would be a country without much in the way of education, health services, infrastructures and urban renewal.



Sex and gender determination not unique in Africans

Okot Nyormoi

In the last decade or so, the debate about homosexuality has been raging in Africa. The idea of homosexuality conjures up all kinds of images in the minds of many Africans. To arouse negative sentiments against homosexuals, special words such as unnatural, sinful, unproductive people, sexual mercenaries, prostitutes and un-African are carefully employed to describe them.