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The Whites and what colonialism did to us

SEPTEMBER is a special  month for the family of Chief Gani Oyesola Fawehinmi, the  matchless fighter  for the Nigerian poor who committed his 45-year legal practice, wealth and life to the emancipation of the Nigerian people. For his beliefs, doggedness and commitment to social justice, he was jailed intermittently from the 1970s over a period  of two decades with his library and chambers burnt.

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Our victories in the Horn of Africa

QUITE often, the news oozing out of Africa are those of  booming  guns, rumblings of hunger, cries of children, sighs of adults and the forlorn look of the aged and, of course, an inept leadership that has turned the continent  into the headquarters of human poverty. But the news in the last few days and weeks are also of African leaders putting on their thinking caps to bring peace, as a step towards greater unity and development.

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We know our friends, our friends know themselves

IN Africa, we welcome any visitor even if he is not a friend. We offer our visitors water and a seat.  That is why the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, UK,   Theresa May was welcome when she came out visiting South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. Also, for those who are our friends, we go looking for them even if their homes are at the other end of the world. An African proverb says it is someone you do not love, you make excuses that you are unable to visit his home because it is far away. That is why it did not surprise me that all but one African country, were  this week in China for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC.

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The African Road to China

THE African leaders journey  to Beijing, for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, holding from September 3-4, 2018, actually began fifty three years ago. That was at the infancy of our independence. In 1960 alone, seventeen African countries had gained independence. Tanzania became independent in 1961 and Zambia, four years later. Both faced the same challenge of development,  lifting Africans out of poverty, and the underdevelopment foisted on them by colonialism.  

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When foreign policy does not protect citizens

THE Ghanaian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms.  Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey was this  Monday  in Abuja on a charm offensive. Her visit came four days after Nigerian traders in Ghana reported that the envisaged attacks on them by members of the Ghana Union Traders Association, GUTA, had commenced  at  the Suame Magazine Market, in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.

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