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New Bush, Old Ghosts                                                                                               

By Louis Chude-Sokei

“To speak of 419 is to address the fragile and dubious architecture of foreign aid, debt and charity that undergirds the West’s continuing underdevelopment of the African continent.”

Cyber crime is a burgeoning business in West Africa, despite often primitive infrastructure, intermittent electricity supply and Western assumptions that Africans surely could not be capable of the third largest bank heist in history. Louis Chude-Sokei tells otherwise.

Research material : Article brief & reading list

 

The Constant Star Gazer                                                                              

By Akin Adesokan

“Why gaze at the stars when money lay buried in the ground, and gold, diamond, iron, tin, bauxite, bitumen, coal, coltan, oil, ore, uranium, the wealth of the post-imperial age…?”

During a lull in the political crisisin Nigeria, Akin Adesokan is lured through a series of false and bizarre leads to an encounter with a failed communist, the Stargazer, who gives the author a lecture on the nature of ‘power’ in the world.

Research material : Reading list

 

Black Star Democrat Eyes A Green Presidency                                          

By Sean Jacobs

“McKinney described the Iraq war as ‘illegal, immoral and undeclared’ as well as ‘shamefully unnecessary’”

Outspoken Cynthia McKinney has ditched the Democrats, declared her independence from the ‘political order’ of the day and is gunning to be the Green Party’s candidate for the White House. Sean Jacobs reports.

Research material : Article brief & reading list

 

News From Cofimvaba                                                                                             

By Heather Cousins

“Most importantly, we have proved that rural people are thirsty for information in their own language.” – Wandile Fana, Founder of Skawara News

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