Issue 6

Issue 6 / 2010

Featuring: Abdul Mohammed, Rob Salkowitz, John Mulaa, Ph.D., Leo Igwe; and a full-length interview with Ambassador Michael A. Battle, the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union.

All Things Are Possible

All Things Are Possible

Rahel Kassahun, Ph.D.

During the last week of March, I had the opportunity to attend the 2010 Annual Conference of Ministers, organized jointly by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Lilongwe, Malawi. The theme of this year’s conference was "Promoting High-Level Sustainable Growth to Reduce Unemployment in Africa". Virtually all African countries, and civil society groups that have strong presence in the continent were represented at the meeting. Attending as observers were donor countries and multilateral institutions.

Setting the Record Straight

Setting the Record Straight

Abdul Mohammed

The African Union (AU) has declared 2010 to be the “Year of Peace and Security” and is promising extra effort in resolving conflicts and in building a robust architecture for peace and security. AU’s efforts will be focused on Sudan, where it has a chance to crystallize political solutions to the crises in that troubled country.

Engineering a Leadership Strategy for the African High-Tech Industry

Engineering a Leadership Strategy for the African High-Tech Industry

Rob Salkowitz

“Our engineers will not lead by being repairmen,” said TED Fellow and social entrepreneur Dr. Ndubuisi “ND” Ekekwe. Ekekwe believes that Africa has the potential to be a leading innovator in the next wave of electronics design, in 21st century industries like nanotechnology and robotics. But to do so, Africa must reinvent the way it educates electrical engineers, software developers, and technology professionals across the continent.

Ideals and Commitment

Ideals and Commitment

John Mulaa, Ph.D.

Ideals and commitment in politics, and in other spheres of life, are considered anachronistic in this cynical era when the public’s view of politicians and politics, or ideals, big or small, is at a very low point. Few are willing to grant that people, especially in public life, are altruistic enough to push for ideals that they sincerely believe would have positive impact on society. This is understandable given that citizens have been cheated, misled, and generally trampled upon by those in positions of power and authority in whom they had placed trust and hope.

Towards a New Enlightenment

Towards a New Enlightenment

Leo Igwe

The Enlightenment denotes the intellectual trends in 18th century Europe that espoused the use of reason and science as a universal method for obtaining knowledge and solving human problems. The Enlightenment writers argued that the light of reason and science could free humanity from the darkness of ignorance, the burden of false beliefs, and the destructive influence of prejudices and superstition. They believed in liberty, equality, secular society, and democracy, as well as in the potentials of education, science and technology for transforming the human condition by reducing poverty, misery and diseases.

Amb. Michael A. Battle: A Friend of Africa

Amb. Michael A. Battle: A Friend of Africa

Rahel Kassahun, Ph.D.

Ambassador Michael Battle is one of those people you meet for the first time and feel like you already know. The moment I walked into his office, located within the U.S. Embassy compound in Addis Ababa, I felt the genuine warmth he exudes that gives the senior diplomat an aura of a Soulful Personality.

The International Fund for Africa

The International Fund for Africa (IFA) is a Houston-based non-profit organization dedicated to preventing, alleviating, and abolishing suffering of human and non–human beings. Anteneh Roba, M.D. and his cousin, Ms. Seble Nebiyeloul, founded IFA in 2006, in memory of Amsale Gessesse, their beloved mother and aunt, respectively. Although most of their work is focused on Ethiopia, IFA’s vision includes expanding its work to other parts of Africa.

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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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