Issue 3

Issue 3 / 2009

Featuring:  Abdul Mohammed, John Mulaa, Ph.D., Makonnen Ketema, Jason R. Young, Ph.D.; and a conversation with seven of our members on the election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States.

Constructing Our History Consciously

Constructing Our History Consciously

Rahel Kassahun, Ph.D.

In the late eighteenth century, the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Fredrich Hegel (1770-1831) introduced the world to a new method of analyzing history, known as philosophic history. This method of inquiry into history emphasizes thoughts and ideas over events and actions.


What Barack Obama Means to Young Africans

What Barack Obama Means to Young Africans

Abdul Mohammed

Around the world, America’s presidential election caught the imagination of young people. Nowhere was that more true than here in Darfur. In the camps for displaced people, they huddled around transistor radios as the election results came in during the pre-dawn hours. Barack Obama’s victory speech, received here after daybreak, was one of those rare Mandela moments—a jubilant triumph over injustice, a day marked in history when the impossible seems suddenly possible.

Change Africans Can Believe In

Change Africans Can Believe In

John Mulaa, Ph.D.

There comes a time when a confluence of factors unleashes or propels profound social forces that trigger tremendous changes in society. The international community is at such a juncture. Many view Barack Obama’s election to the presidency of the United States as a fundamental break with the past. His background, name, and even hue, made him a most unlikely victor, and yet he convincingly, if not overwhelming, triumphed over these odds.

The Creation of the OAU

The Creation of the OAU

Makonnen Ketema

In May 1963, thirty-two independent African States, with genuine hopes and visions for the continent of Africa, came together in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to create the Organization of African Unity (OAU). I had the privilege of hearing a detailed account of the staging of the 1963 Addis Ababa Summit Conference from a man who was once described by the international media as being closest to the creation of the OAU. The man was none other than my father, the late Ketema Yifru, who was the Ethiopian Foreign Minister during the period 1961-1971. "Only a few [people] are aware of the hard work and all the effort that brought about the creation of the OAU," said my father. It is my hope that this article will give the reader a bird's eye view of the events that led to the creation of this organization.

Slavery, Religion and Resistance in Antebellum America

Slavery, Religion and Resistance in Antebellum America

From his seemingly safe perch in New York, Solomon Northup had little cause to think much about the plight of slaves who toiled in the American South. He was, after all, a successful, even prosperous, free black man with a wife and children. When his mind did turn to slavery, Northup often expressed little sympathy for his bonded brethren, being, as he was, unable to “comprehend the justice of that law, or that religion, which upholds or recognizes the principle of Slavery.”

A New Era of Hope …. Carpé Hope! Carpé Diem

A New Era of Hope …. Carpé Hope! Carpé Diem

Everything that decays becomes nourishment for a brand new life. Every ending is also a new beginning, and what is lost simply makes way for something else to be found. This is the exciting self-fulfilling prophecy of hope!

Our Members on Barack Obama’s Victory

Rahel Kassahun

The election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States has had a profound impact on the world. People of all ages and nationalities are moved and inspired in ways that we have not seen before. In many ways, our collective horizon has been expanded and we feel like we are stepping into a new era of promises and possibilities.

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!

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