By George Bamu on March 28, 2013
U.S. president Barack Obama met Thursday, March 28 with the leaders of Senegal, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde.
It was no ordinary meeting. Perhaps as a clear sign of some sort of a ‘litmus test” the White House has set for African leaders, the guests were carefully selected for this meeting.
How do we know this? In the president’s words, “the reason that I am meeting with these four is, they exemplify the progress that we are seeing in Africa,” Obama stated. So, what about the leaders who do not exemplify the kind of progress the White House would like to see in Africa?…
By Muthi Nhlema on September 13, 2012
Why do people decide to have children?
Beyond the social capital it brings – beyond those cute brown eyes – beyond the unmistakable and sometimes unpleasant small of soiled nappies – why do we have children?
There are a myriad of reasons for this somewhat inexplicable human impulse – some simply want a replica of themselves – others see it as the next stage in the pursuit of happiness like getting married or paying taxes – others believe that to populate the planet is humanity’s sole purpose.
Whatever the reason, we are now at a crossroads where we have to weigh our reasons against a possible future where having children may probably be seen as the most irresponsible thing to do.…
By Muthi Nhlema on September 9, 2012
September days are remembered for a great many reasons. Some days in September are known for noble reasons like “World Peace” day on September 21st. Other days in September are known for more bizarre reasons like “Ask a Stupid Question” Day on September 28th. And some days in September are more personal like September 19th which so happens to be my best friend’s birthday, which I hope I won’t forget this year.
Of course, we are all yet to see whether September 21st will be remembered for the right or wrong reasons. But there is one day in September that overshadows the significance of these others.…
By Muthi Nhlema on August 4, 2012
There are many strange facts in this world that are best kept within the realm of fiction. Some of these facts even border on the ridiculous and they make you wonder whether even facts can be adjusted and thus, in extrapolation, the truth also.
Americans often refer to things being fast; fast food restaurants aka McDonald, Burger King, and even the U.S congress thinks there can be a “Fast and Furious” gun investigation and what have you. Well, that fast gun investigation came to an end really fast and we’ve all forgotten about it, or maybe about to forget it really fast, too.…
By Muthi Nhlema on June 24, 2012
If there is a nation that has greatly influenced almost every sector of society, then it is unmistakably the good ol’ U.S. of A – America. For the past three centuries, America has been a beacon of possibilities –even in the 1800s immigrants from around the world were drawn in by Her allure of promise – a promise that we can all be great and succeed.
Things haven’t changed – She continues to seduce many.
Granted She has contributed Her own fair share to the lexicon of retrogression, most notably Facebook and George W. Bush, but you can’t deny that there is one infectious good She has bestowed upon the world.…
By Monica LaBiche Brown on April 18, 2012
Monica LaBiche Brown, an Africa Agenda network blogger and board member, gives her impressions from a recent trip to Africa.
My recent trip to Africa took me to Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi and the Seychelles islands. While it was business as usual on behalf of Water For People, the international development organization that I work for, this time I made a conscious effort to pay attention to everything around me.
Although I have been to Rwanda before, this trip let me absorb a bit of the Rwandan culture that might have gone unnoticed. It started at the Entebbe Airport in Uganda on my way to Kigali. Traveling light, all I had was a backpack and a small carry-on bag.…
By Guest on April 8, 2012
We are beginning to learn more about Malawi’s first female president, Joyce Banda, who assumed the presidency April 7 after the death of president Bingi wa Muthariza.
Banda was vice president and the natural successor to the president according to Malawi’s constitution but frequent wrangling with Muthariza fueled speculation that she would be blocked from taking over. Despite disagreements and speculations of a succession struggle, the new president is optimistic that Malawians will place their trust in her leadership going forward.
Source : NPR News