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Dambisa Moyo – Winner takes all

Newly-built African Union Conference Center in Addis Ababa – Courtesy The Guardian

And the winner is? – China.

Winner take all is the title of the book published in June 2012 by the Zambian author and economist Dambisa Moyo. She has already written two other titles which became bestsellers: Dead Aid and How the West was lost. Continue reading

Patrick Mbeko: “the lion, not the hunter, becomes the hunt’s storyteller”.

“Until lions produce their own historians the story of the hunt will glorify only the hunter.”
African proverb

I initially came across this proverb in the 1990s, while reading the book titled “Rwanda 1994: Colonialism dies hard” of the Canadian writer Robin Philpot. It depicts a narrative of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 widely different from the official story that the world has been accustomed to. Continue reading

Keith Harmon Snow, from his preface to Patrick Mbeko book “Canada in the wars in Central Africa.”

Chief Commander of UN peacekeeping forces [MINUAR] during the Rwandan genocide – 1994

In the late spring of 1991 I crossed Uganda on a mountain bicycle and slipped into the eastern Congo, then known as Zaire. I was not interested in politics then, knew nothing about race relations or imperialism and, certainly, nothing about genocide. Africa was an adventure to find and experience life among-st tribal cultures and wildlife I’d seen re-presented in the National Geographic Magazine. After a few safaris in Kenya and Tanzania and after summit-ting Mount Kilimanjaro (covered white with glaciers at the time) and inspired by the portrayals of Africa I’d seen in the western media imagination, I set out for the “heart of darkness”: Zaire.  Continue reading

Canada in the wars in Central Africa

Leaflet used for the launch of the book on May 12, 2012

Until lions produce their own historians, the story of the hunt will glorify only the hunter

African proverb

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Looking for Transwonderland

A new travel book by Noo Saro-Wiwa

“Noo Saro-Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria – a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality. After her father, activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was killed there, she didn’t return for several years. Recently, she decided to come to terms with the country her father loved and take a journey around Nigeria… Continue reading