Category: Tajudeen’s Postcards

ANOTHER JUNE 12 IS HAPPENING IN NIGERIA: It Must Be Resisted

It is difficult to persuade Kenyans, exasperated by the shenanigans of their Grand Coalition (which many regard as the Grand CONFUSION) government that there is anything good in electoral democracy. However the recent rescue of the country from political implosion by the speaker of the national parliament has also rescued …

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Madagascar – Democracy without Democrats!

Yet another African country has been in the news for the wrong reasons to the delight of many Afro pessimists. The creeping coup in Africa’s largest island country, Madagascar, finally became a comical fait accompli with the ‘resignation’ of the President and the assumption of power by a self-created transitional …

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Corrupt Leaders are Mass Murderers

Some time ago I was a keynote speaker at an international conference jointly hosted by two leading policy think tanks on the African continent: ECA and CODESRIA. The former was set up by the UN for Africa while the latter was set up by Africans for Africans. The ECA remains …

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Gaddafi and African Unity

Further Brakes on African Unity The brother leader, Colonel Muamar el Gaddafi, has just been elected Chairperson of the African Union. As to be expected about anything to do with the leader (40 years in power this September) of the Libyan Arab Socialist Jamahiriya, there is controversy which will not …

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Over 50 Million Africans Say ‘NO’ to Poverty

On 22nd October the Guinness Book of World Records announced the verified figures for the total number of people who had participated in this year’s STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY AND TAKE ACTION campaign; in support of the MDGs jointly organized by the UN Millennium Campaign and the Global Call to …

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Over 50 Million Africans Say ‘NO’ to Poverty

On 22nd October the Guinness Book of World Records announced the verified figures for the total number of people who had participated in this year’s STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY AND TAKE ACTION campaign; in support of the MDGs jointly organized by the UN Millennium Campaign and the Global Call to …

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Your Excellences, No More Words

Two very important meetings are being held in New York from 22-25 September 2008. Both are convened by UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon and the President of the General Assembly. The first, with the support of African leaders, has a focus on Africa’s development needs. The second, sponsored by …

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Accountability To Whom, By Whom and on Whose Terms?

I have been attending a most inappropriately termed meeting in Accra: The 3rd High Level FORUM ON AID EFFECTIVENESS. It would have been more realistic to call it FORUM ON AID INEFFECTIVENESS. All the official reviews, evaluations and assessments, and there were plenty in supply at the 3 day meeting, …

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Incredible India Indeed

I finally visited India recently. It was an opportunity to face the reality of the two India-related obsessions of my youth. One of the obsessions of my teenage years was Indian movies. These were days when these films were in Hindi with no subtitles. It is like the way many …

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