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My travels across three continents on the eve of COVID-19

Apr
20
Okot Nyormoi

Every now and then a catastrophic event occurs in the world and leaves a profound effect on human behaviors. One such event was the crashing of two hijacked passenger planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11 2001. 9/11 as it was to become known, profoundly changed the way we travel by air

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Pandemic of Fear: A view from Moscow

Apr
20
Lyubov Sharkova

In just a short period the world in Russia has changed for everyone. Today everyone around me seems totally possessed, crazy is the word. People are blaming and avoiding each other. Social distance has become the priority of their lives

 
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The collapse of intellectual space at Ahmadu Bello university - the poetry

Mar
22
John Otim

Professor Ronald Benge had a great reputation on campus. When his personal life seemed to be drifting and he had eloped with somebody's wife, his academic reputation just grew. Years later when he died, a London newspaper paid him glowing tributes. As a young academic and a new man on campus

 
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The collapse of intellectual space at Ahmadu Bello university 1989-2010

Dec
19
John Otim

There was on campus some undercurrent of competition between the British and the Americans. With the British trying to hold the fort and the Americans trying to storm it. Just as the Africans were at long last moving in to take possession of the fort. It was a moment to savor. Intellectually it was a robust period ...

 
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How Africa invented mobile money and created the digital society

Dec
19
Niki Bhan

What can we learn about the digital society emerging in Africa without the advantage of conventional infrastructure and institutions? Three seemingly unrelated events in different parts of the world from the early to mid-1990 converged, to culminate in the perfect storm: what we now call Africa’s Rising digital economy.

 
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Wizardry and Witchcraft in Nigeria Real or Not

Nov
26
John Otim

 

Having lived and worked in Nigeria for a long time. And now living and working in Uganda. I get asked this question a lot. Is juju for real in Nigeria? I usually brush it off and disdainfully too! Of all the questions you could ask about Nigeria, this is the one you must ask me? Get off!

 

 

 

 

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Uganda woman stoops to conquer

Oct
29
John Otim

In this male dominated society, it is no big deal for a man to be married to two or more wives and have on the sideline strings of girlfriends and love affairs. In my days as a young man about town I once more or less did just that. And I wasn’t a male chauvinist. But a young woman by the name Ann Grace Aguti, in this corner of the world called The Republic of Uganda, is beginning to change all that.

 
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Amazing Story of an African Teacher

Oct
29
Joseph Apel

When I first met him in in 1954 in our primary six class at Boroboro Primary School (Northern Uganda) under the distinguished headship of Wilson Okaka, Ongom David, as he was popularly known throughout the school, was a gangly youth. He appeared the kind of boy, school bullies will underestimate and seek to dominate. But they would be wrong.

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