Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

Ben Okri, a great novelist, hits out

By Jonathan Power August 27, 2019 “In the beginning there was a river. The river became a road and the road branched out to the whole world. And because the road was once a river it was always hungry.” This must be one of the best opening lines ever penned by a novelist. It’s the […]

Gambia after the Calabash Revolution

Gambia after the Calabash Revolution

By Gunnar Westberg March 26, 2019 Gambia – or properly The Gambia – a small country in West Africa with about 2 million inhabitants, was peaceful since its internal independent rule was established in 1963. There were good relations with its only neighbour, Senegal. For a long time there was no military force in the […]

The irrelevance of the US/Mexican wall

The irrelevance of the US/Mexican wall

By Jonathan Power February 19, 2019 It’s time overdue that the misleading myths on immigration are thrown into the trashcan. They are causing untold damage. The fact is that President Donald Trump’s own government research shows that Mexican migration has dropped sharply in recent years. In Britain, the Brexit debate which began with a whipped […]

Nigeria’s turning point elections on February 23, 2019*

Nigeria’s turning point elections on February 23, 2019*

By Jonathan Power February 12, 2019 Nigeria is a veritable factory of sophisticated novelists. It was no surprise that Ben Okri won the British Booker Prize that goes annually to the best novelist of the year. Considering that high-class novel writing in English only began in Nigeria in 1958 with Chinua Achebe’s famous work, “Things […]

The darkness of the Congo

The darkness of the Congo

By Jonathan Power January 24, 2019 The Algerian philosopher and revolutionary writer, Frantz Fanon, wrote, “Africa is shaped like a gun, and Congo is its trigger. If that explosive trigger bursts, the whole of Africa will explode”.  The Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa’s largest country, is now caught up in the aftermath of its first proper […]

Finally, elections in the Congo

Finally, elections in the Congo

By Jonathan Power December 27, 2018 The general election has been postponed yet again. Will this country, the largest and potentially the richest in Africa, ever escape from its continuous dictatorship, and its propensity to civil war? It’s not so long ago that Susan Rice, then the US’s Ambassador to the United Nations, was talking […]

Hope for South Africa’s land reform

Hope for South Africa’s land reform

  By Jonathan Power  September 18, 2018 Zimbabwe messed up its land reform. Now South Africa has decided to give a great push to its slow moving land reform. We’ll see if it can avoid Zimbabwe’s mistakes. President Donald Trump tweeted that he’d asked his secretary of state to look into “farm seizures and expropriations […]

5 No! The fundamental difference between China’s and the West’s policy toward Africa

5 No! The fundamental difference between China’s and the West’s policy toward Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping and foreign leaders attending the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) head for the venue of the summit’s opening ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 3, 2018. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)   By Curtis Stone People’s Daily Online September 4, 2018   […]

UN peacekeeping must be reformed

UN peacekeeping must be reformed

  By Jonathan Power The new, vicious, fighting in the Congo is the fourth round of warfare since independence in 1960. No other country has seen so many “blue berets”- UN peacekeeping troops- in its short history. The Belgian colonialists may have exploited it and transferred massive amounts of its wealth back to Belgium but […]

All change in southern Africa

All change in southern Africa

  By Jonathan Power February 20, 2018   It’s been an odd couple of months for southern Africa. No one predicted last year that in almost the same breath the long-serving dictator of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, and the super-corrupt president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, would be soon overthrown – and non-violently to boot. In […]