Issue 1

Issue 1 / 2008

Featuring: Abdul Mohammed, Salaam Yitbarek, Ralph L. Crowder, Ph.D.; an interview with Brother Ishmeal Tetteh, and poem by Omékongo Dibinga.

It's Our Time

It's Our Time

Welcome to the premier issue of Africa Unbound! This is a forum for those of us who are passionate about Africa-the people, the culture, the land, etc. We know that there is something rich, full, and beautiful about Africa that is diametrically different from the poverty and suffering seen throughout the continent, and we are interested in exploring ways of development that will allow the full manifestation of the wellbeing and prosperity that we know is possible for Africans.

The basic premise of this publication is this: the development of Africa depends on each one of us, more specifically, on our state of mind. So far, development has been regarded as the business of governments and international development institutions. Decades of experience has shown, however, that the capacity of African governments is, in many cases, very limited and that no donor organization can deliver development to Africa.

Is Africa’s Economy at a Turning Point?

Is Africa’s Economy at a Turning Point?

Jorge Arbache, Delfin S. Go, and John Page

There is something decidedly different and new about the economic landscape of sub-Saharan Africa (Africa or the region hereafter). After stagnating for much of 45 years, economic performance in Africa is markedly improving. In recent years, for example, growth in gross domestic product (GDP) is accelerating to its strongest point at about 6 percent a year. Although improvement in aggregate output does not necessarily indicate broad economic development of the region, the current growth episode has nonetheless lasted 12 years altogether, a period that is neither trivial nor brief.

Quo Vadis African Union?

Quo Vadis African Union?

Abdul Mohammed

On 25 May, Africa Day offered us the occasion to celebrate Pan-Africanism, take stock of what is happening in our great continent, and to ask ourselves in what direction we are going. And that, in turn, begs the question: How is the African Union (AU), under its new leadership, going to take us there?

Campaign Against Dysfunctional Behaviours

Salaam Yitbarek

Many Ethiopians and those interested in Ethiopia have asked themselves over the years why Ethiopians cannot get along, or why Ethiopian organizations, groups, or collectives seem to not work very well. Indeed, over the past few decades, we have seen countless Ethiopian collectives of all types split apart, disbanded, abandoned, rendered ineffective, or operating inefficiently, often because of intra-group conflict—conflict among the membership—and an inability to practice effective conflict resolution.

Being an Ethiopian

Being an Ethiopian

Abdul Mohammed

A new generation of elite Ethiopians is emerging, a new hybrid of our traditions and global culture. We can be introverted, secretive and conspiratorial, hiding our qualities even from our neighbours and turning away from opportunities for advance. But Ethiopians are also globalized, multi-lingual and entrepreneurial, proud both of our traditions and our adaptability, ready to embrace the challenges of modernity.

Edward Blyden: On the Struggle for African Liberation

Edward Blyden: On the Struggle for African Liberation

Ralph L. Crowder, Ph.D.
During the late nineteenth century, Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832-1912) was the best known and highly respected African intellectual in the Western world. Blyden was born on August 3, 1832 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. His free and literate parents were of Ibo descent. In 1851, he emigrated to Liberia, which had become an independent republic only four years earlier, after the settlement of freed African American slaves.


A Mystic for Our Time

A Mystic for Our Time

Rahel Kassahun

It is with great joy that I present to you Brother Ishmeal Tetteh in this premier issue of Africa Unbound.  Brother Ishmael is an African and a world treasure.  A truly magnificent man, he exudes grace, wisdom, and joy that can only come from years of deep spiritual practice.  His teachings on peace stand to change negative energies and unhealthy thought patterns around the world.  

Latest Comments

Ajayi Olutayo

Ajayi Olutayo

11. October, 2012 |

People like you are needed on this continent to take us to where we should be. Keep it up man!

Marcus Edibogi Akor

Marcus Edibogi Akor

11. October, 2012 |

Thanks for this powerful article. I am very glad I read it. Keep up your great work and remain Blessed Law!

Array ( [format] => html [Itemid] => 163 [option] => com_zoo [view] => category [layout] => category )