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... happy to see you again next week.”
When leaving, my security friend waves with one hand, gun hanging loosely in the other. I again bemoan the Jo’burg traffic, and my chances of being in Lagos by Christmas. It’s October already. There’s a frown as he listens, and that now familiar African shrug. He leans close. “Traffic? Here?” He turns, following my gaze to the bedlam outside. “As you are travelling to Nigeria Sir, I’m thinking you must learn to be an optimist.”
It’s Christmas Eve, and here I am with my girlfriend in Lagos: the fastest growing,... (more)
It was supposed to be a state-of-the-art city for 500,000 - but eerie footage shows how a Chinese-built urbanisation is at risk of becoming Africa's first 'ghost town'.
Constructed on the outskirts of Angola's capital city Luanda, Nova Cidade de Kilamba has 750 eight-storey blocks of flats, a dozen schools and more than 100 shop units.
But, crucially, it has no residents, and many of the nearby slum-dwellers cannot afford the £75,000 price-tag to move in.
This has sparked fears the £2.2billion project, a fraction of the cash China has poured into Africa in recent years,... (more)
...“Jambo, Jambo, Papa!”, and his face would crack into a thousand lines of grinning and happiness. This was one of my special experiences (based on the few words in Swahili I was able to pick up from a guide book) and when I returned from Kenya, I announced that ‘my heart belonged to Africa”.
So now my emotions were split between the Middle East and Africa. But other travel arteries soon appeared. In 1990 I ventured into Singapore and Malaysia, including Borneo. We slept in the jungle, visited the Mulu and Deer Caves, got up close and personal with Orangutans in an... (more)
...all innocent fun. There are places, though, where witchcraft is neither new age nor diversion. There are places where accusations of malevolent magic can rise with shocking suddenness, often with fatal consequences. There are places where our past is their present.
In Ghana in West Africa up to a thousand women, most of them elderly, have been banished to remote camps in the north of the country. They include eighty-year-old Zeniebu Sugru, accused of being a witch after her nephew took ill and died. In fear of her life, she was obliged to take refuge in one of the six northern ... (more)
...advice on what to do, where to go and what precautions to take. It’s when I said that I was going to go to Kigali, the capital of adjacent Rwanda, that I was most surprised: I should not go, I was told with genuine concern, there are too many witches there.I've since learned how powerful the African belief in witchcraft is, witchcraft in general and magic in particular, and these come not in any benign neo-pagan sense but in the darkest forms imaginable. It’s particularly dark in the murder of albino people, whose body parts are used in muti or medicine magic, a trend that seems to be... (more)
In Africa, most children help with the work in their homes. Accordingly, they do things like washing clothes, cleaning the house, shopping, cooking, looking after very young children and even plowing in the field. In small families, it can’t be difficult for parents to do this by themselves. But in big families, it is impossible and children have to do their share of the work. This is important because it teaches useful life skills at a young age.
However, there is a big difference between normal family duties and giving children so much to do that they cannot go to school and have little... (more)
Journey to Central Africa for action, adventure, excitement, and romance in Congo Cobalt by Colin Boxall-Hunt. Set in 1994, we meet Major Algernon Charles Nasty-Farting or “Warty.” Warty is a retired Royal Artillery and Infantry Officer with a plan; set up a Cobalt mining operation in the Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is no easy feat as the area is controlled by a number of heavily armed terrorist gangs. His first part of the plan is to put together a group of trusted military comrades and to set up financing and a means to sell their product. Along for the operation... (more)
Children on streets are becoming too numerous in Africa. This is due to several factors like lack of social and political interest to protect them as the future for the national development. But despite this, I still believe that we are not waiting to revive Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal to the Irish government in the wake of increased street children on Irish streets, to consent to the plight in our countries. In fact, in the minds of Swift, since there were many street children whom the city and perhaps government authorities had failed to contain or rid off the streets, the said children... (more)
The soccer historic day has come. South Africa which is the host country of this 2010 world cup has done everything possible to allow this event to succeed. Africa in general, and South Africa in particular, is very proud for this great event to take place on its land. People from the different parts of the world have landed in South Africa to attend the soccer world cup. Today, the great ceremonies to the event will start at 2 sharp and then the very first soccer game begins at 4 sharp, South African hour. This game is opposing the South African soccer team Bafana and the Mexican soccer team... (more)
... people shamed me. I have a good life. I have a great job and a nice home and a car and all of the things that mainstream western people enjoy without ever really realising how well off we are.
One of the most fulfilling things I have ever done was in 2005. Whilst in Sierra Leone, West Africa, a group of colleagues and I spent several days working in an orphanage on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown. We were there to help renovate the buildings and to deliver classroom furniture and supplies that had been donated by various schools in the UK. The vast majority of the children ... (more)
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