Category: Essays

Saving Lake Chad: A pan-African project; Reflections on the international conference to save Lake Chad

The international conference on saving the Lake Chad was held in Abuja, Nigeria on 25-28 February 2018. The theme of the meeting was “Saving the Lake Chad to revitalise the Basin’s ecosystem for sustainable livelihood, security and development.” With over 1600 participants and presenters attending, this meeting grappled with the issues of how to go about saving Lake Chad. It...

EXPERIENCES OF DEMOCRACY IN AFRICA: REFLECTIONS ON PRACTICES OF COMMUNALIST PALAVER AS A METHOD OF RESOLVING CONTRADICTIONS

This article by Ernest Wamba Dia Wamba originally appeared in Philosophy and Social Action XI (3) 1985, and has been edited for clarity. Discussions about democracy in Africa, the lack of it or the need for it, have become rather fashionable. Radical intellectuals (Marxist or not) are demanding democracy—often understood as a multi-party system, i.e., as a formal political scheme—to...

Part.2. African’s peaceful’s Means: African Cultural cosmologies By Rais Neza Boneza

  Culture is conceived as the main symbol of the human condition; it might be defined as a collective subconscious, described by the beliefs, behavior, language, and entire way of life of a particular group of people at a particular time. Culture includes customs and ceremonies;  and  also  works  of art,  inventions,  technology,  and traditions.   By cultural cosmology, we...

Edward Snowden: A Healing Voice By Jacques Depelchin

Like many people, I was surprised to hear of Edward Snowden’s decision to leave his job and move toward Hong Kong in search of a place where he could reconcile his conscience with his understanding of humanity and the US Constitution. Ever since, I have been trying to understand how he had come to a decision that, one may be...

Zimbabwe: Religion and Culture in African Literature BY ELLIOT ZIWIRA

Native Converts to Christianity (Photo credit: SMU Central University Libraries) RELIGION, according to Emile Durkheim (1988) is "a united system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say, things that set apart and forbidden beliefs and practices which unite into one single moral community called a church; all those who adhere to them". He adds that...

Haïti : Evolution of a Coup by Nia Imara

The damages and suffering accrued by the Haitian people over more than two centuries of intermittent occupation, foreign interference, and dictatorship are immeasurable. The present occupation has multiplied and strengthened the old transgressions—and it has given rise to new structures of exploitation all its own. Ten years ago, when the United States aided in the coup d’état and kidnapping of...

Haiti/Honduras Same System, Different Playersby Charlie Hinton*

Now countries from all over the world, from China, Nepal, and the Philippines, to countries in the Americas that might be considered “friends,” like Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil participate in the United Nations MINUSTAH army that has occupied Haiti since the Febru- ary 29, 2004 coup that overthrew president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, elected with over 90 percent of the vote in...