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Friday, February 23, 2007

Africa 23 February 07

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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing internationally acclaimed Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. Wainaina is a writer, cultural activist and publicist. He was the founding editor and publisher of Kwani?. He won The Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002. Outside his literary career, he is a leading authority on African cuisine. He's "wintering" at Union College in Schenectady.

Interview I
Interview II
Related:
Kenya: Citizens Named Global Leaders
Kwani?
Kwani on the Net

It's a loss to us all when a blogger decides to call it quits. Sleepless in Sudan recently shut down. "Letting go is never easy - and I'm bemused to discover that leaving Darfur is filled with just as much stress, frustration and heartache as living here has been. This blog has provided relief to me not just in terms of self-therapy (at the end of the day, we all just want to have a good rant), but also through the virtual friendships, offers of support, and thoughtful comments that reached me every day through that shaky satellite connection..." (more)

Sanaga Peregrinations posts (Fr) pictures of a recent trip through “the red land of [her] ancestors”, Basaa country in Cameroon. The photo-journey takes us through Edea, Boumnyebel, the pierced grotto of Ngog Lituba and finally the entrance of her village.

Startups in Kenya -”all about entreprenuership, start-ups, venture capitalist, and netpreneurs in Kenya.”
Includes such gems such as a guide to setting up a rural cyber cafe from an entrepreneur’s perspective.

Blog Politique du Sénégal isn’t sure (Fr) whether to laugh or cry about Gambian President Yahia Jammeh’s new healer functions: “[He] has taken up a career as a marabout healer. And he is coming into some success. Commercial, that is because I can’t put my hand in fire for his therapeutic prowesses… Hundreds of Gambians believe, as they line up endlessly to be healed by the therapist president. Fridays and Saturdays for asthma, Tuesdays and Thursdays for HIV.”

Sanaga Peregrinations disagrees (Fr) with commentators who believe Africa is going towards a recolonization by China, suggesting that the point is not to worry about the consequences of Chinese investments but rather to bring local leaders to better manage all foreign investments. She quotes and endorses Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda: ” The failure of Western aid in Africa has little to do with the conditions attached to it, but a lot to do with poor governance on the continent.”

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