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Africa seems to have been ‘blessed’ with this curse called Resources. I am thinking of Nigeria, Gabon and Angola’s oil, Zambia’s copper, DRC’s numerous minerals, Ghana’s cocoa and many more too numerous to mention. Surely it is inconceivable to view a country’s natural resources in such negative light but when one looks at Africa this… » read more

The UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development has recently published a report “Why No Thought for Food?” criticising the Department for International Development for its underinvestment in agriculture. The report addresses the link between food security and peace and prosperity, particularly with reference to the economically underdeveloped sub-Saharan Africa,… » read more

I just spent three exciting and eye opening weeks in Zambia, the country of my birth. I must say I was quite taken aback by the size and sheer volume of Chinese investment, especially in Zambia’s mining sector. Investment is a good thing one might argue, but the manner and character in which investment manifests… » read more


In the light of the 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, I am inspired in my first blog, to reflect on Africa’s place at these meetings. I am thinking now on what leaders of the G8 individually and collectively expect from Africa and indeed what the African leaders present at these summits expect from Europe?… » read more

Daily our calloused senses and consciences are assaulted by the African tragedy: starving babies with bloated bellies, bloody tribal and sectarian genocide, massive government corruption and pillaging, military coups, endemic AIDS, resurgent tuberculosis and malaria, UN employees and blue hats buying child prostitutes and French protégé the Central African Republic’s Emperor Jean-Bédel Bokassa credibly accused… » read more

This controversial video is currently shown on African television channels. It has been produced in Switzerland, with some EU support. Maybe the next step is a video showing dead African immigrants arriving on Europes Southern borders? What a shame for Europe that it has no other message than that. Further reading: TV Campaign Tries to… » read more

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