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November 16, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chinua Achebe Refuses National Honor Chinua Achebe Refuses National Honor

Nigerian author Chinua Achebe gestures during a news conference held during Frankfurt bookfair October 12, 2002. (Ralph Orlowski/Courtesy Reuters) Today, November 16, is acclaimed Nigerian author Ch…

January 19, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Chinua Achebe in the NYT Chinua Achebe in the NYT

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe addresses the Steve Biko memorial ceremony in Cape Town on the 25th anniversary of the activist's death in police custody, September 12, 2002. (Mike Hutchings/Cou…

December 1, 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa
Pope Francis Pope Offers ‘Home Truths’ About African Elites

In November during a Nairobi, Kenya slum visit, Pope Francis used plain language to express home truths about African elites. According to UK media the Pope ascribed the “injustices” suffered by the …

August 19, 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa
Achebe Ten Books for Approaching Religious Conflict in Nigeria

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has just published Emily Mellgard’s “Must Reads on Religious Conflict in Nigeria.” As Mellgard observes, Nigeria has a rich literary tradition, and the Lagos Internat…

December 30, 2013

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The sun sets over Clifton Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. (Mike Hutchings/Courtesy Reuters) Remembering Ten World Figures Who Died in 2013

Last Thursday, I wrote about ten Americans who died in 2013 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy through their vision, service, intellect, or courage. Below are ten world figures who died in 2013. Ea…

January 9, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Supporters of incumbent President Joseph Kabila are seen celebrating through a banner with his image after provisional election results are announced in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa, December 9, 2011. Congo-Kinshasa: The Other Shoe Hasn’t Dropped – Yet

For Africa watchers, this morning’s attention is focused on Nigeria. Over the weekend, murder of Christians continued, ostensibly by an Islamic radical group, Boko Haram. Various ‘Christian’ spokesme…

December 7, 2010

Sub-Saharan Africa
On the Brink On the Brink

I attended a two day colloquium on Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria at Brown University that among other things celebrated Chinua Achebe’s 80th birthday. This was the second…

February 23, 2012

Sub-Saharan Africa
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki, head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel, delivers his public lecture at the Nyakuron cultural centre in Juba, Southern Sudan, January 7, 2011. Thabo Mbeki on Sovereignty and Democracy in Africa

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki, in a February 16 lecture (PDF), reflects on the threat of Western re-colonization of Africa in the context of enduring racism as a way to encourage greater…

November 30, 2010

Nigeria
Money Laundering and U.S.-Nigeria Relations Money Laundering and U.S.-Nigeria Relations

This weekend, I will be at the Achebe Colloquium on Africa at Brown University.  I am participating on two panels, one that is looking at the consequences of money laundering in Nigeria. Nigerians o…