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AN IC PUBLICATION
The bestselling panAfrican magazine
Founded in 1966
August/September 2019
N°597
Egypt– Netflix to the rescueSouth Africa– Class Apartheid; DRC– Tshisekedi’s Gordian rope Botswana– Election dramatics; Ghana– A collective madness?Star Interview– Mastercard Foundation’s Reeta Roy African icon– Photographer Peter MagubaneSport– African Nations Cup recap
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CONTENTS p. 18Can Abiy hold Ethiopia together? Hàŝ Aîy Aéd ovéd oo àŝ î éoŝ î à ŝàé àŝéd o éîç édéàîŝ?
Readers’ views 04comments and etters Your Kaleidoscope 06 Briefs 15Quote/unquote Editorial 17Anoter David and Goiat batte COVER STORY 18Abiy od Etiopia togeter? Can Baffour’s beefs 26Be comfortabe in your own skin Analysis 28Can Tsisekedi cut te  eastern Gordian rope? Star interview 32Reeta Roy, President and CEO,  Mastercard Foundation Native intelligence 36Tradition is bedrock  of African societies
Speaker’s corner 38he bame game doesn’t cut it Letter from london 40Count Prince Mier –  sooting te savage beast Icons 42Peter Magubane:  ‘he camera was my gun’ New age 46Time to take pride in ourseves Second African revolution 49Forget state capture –  tink Africa capture Notes from ghana 50Has a coective  madness infected Gana? Jo’burg diary 54Longings of te eart
Environment 56Aîçà ûŝ ày î  ŝà î Sàîào Around africa 58Egypt: Wi Netlix  boost stagnant oca TV industry? 60Botswana: Eection drama  comes to te boi 62Sout Africa: Has ‘cass’  Aparteid taken root? 64DRC/Uàdà:Açîé ooŝ o  odé çolîç Arts / music 66Aîçà Exéŝŝ’Egoli – à é ûŝîçà àûàé Sport 70Soççé:Ageria agow wit  AFCON victory Back to the future 74Regaining our dignity
NewAFîcané éŝŝéî à-Aîçà ààzîé, oûdéd î 66. AUGUS  ïSSUE 57 .éàîçàààzîé.ço
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Reconnecting with Mother Africa Greetings to our African brothers and sisters from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. A friend recently alerted me to your excellent publication from London and passed on some previous editions, including the latest one in which you discuss the sad, or should I say tragic events in Sudan in the light of the evolution of democracy in Africa. is perspective has been an eye-opener for many of us in the USA who, to be honest, have only scant knowledge of the Mother Continent and most of it gleaned from the one-eyed mass media in this country. It is very encouraging to read the mature analysis of issues and the robust discussions, of a very high quality, put forward by your brilliant columnists. ese exchanges help to reinforce the work, intellectual as well as activist, that people of colour are now engaged in during the very worrying times we are going through in our own country. ey force us to re-examine our own assumptions. ere is a centuries-old bond between us and the people of Africa and in many ways, our struggles are the same. I believe strong eorts are being made to reconnect with the Mother Continent at an intellectual, ideological, economic and social level. is bridging cannot come soon enough and I for one, am looking forward to it. We shall prevail!
Eà Wîîàŝ J. Alana, US
Searingly honest e piece,Dawing bea rom pefoaedlungs(July 2019) by Kelebogile Motswatswa was a searingly honestci de coeufrom our sister in South Africa. How right you are! My admiration for your courage – hang in there, a brighter dawn will rise.
Màîà Dàîŝ, Cape Town, Souh Arîca
Conducive environment needed Your article (Evolution of African democracy, July 2019) is an impressive analysis exposing unfolding global political events in various dierent corners of this planet. Today in any part of the globe – without attaching any relevance to being either the First World or the Developing World – a successful, functional government can only thrive in its civic duties in joint communication with its citizens when a peaceful environment exists. One which is conducive for fullling the expectations of various vested interests. In today’s modern world, people yearn for a good-quality life. People expect governments to spur economic development, create new jobs, and promote a conducive environment for trade and commerce to progress, while raising the standard of living. Citizens expect governments to protect the pillars of democracy with civil liberties, and that the freedoms of civilians as enshrined by the rule of law, are not violated. A nation must strive to prioritise agricultural production at all times to ensure an adequate food supply to all its citizens and contain any unnecessary ination which will be a pain for a poor household. e provision of adequate food at subsidised prices to a hungry population can avoid any political destabilisation and civil disobedience. By providing quality healthcare and education, which are essential, social services can go a long way in creating a positive image of a country. Kôî. K. SHàH Mombasa, Kenya
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Kaleidoscope
Cameroon wins 2019 WWF award
Monique Ntumngia (below), founder of ‘Green Girls’ in Cameroon, which instructs educated young women from rural communities on the use of renewable energy, has won this year’s World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), International President’s Youth Award. The award acknowledges outstanding achievements of young people under 30 who are making significant contributions to nature
conservation. Since its founding in 2015, Green Girls has trained almost 800 women from 23 communities across Cameroon to generate solar energy and biogas from human waste. More than 3,000 households have been provided with biogas, while more than 100 households have had solar installations fitted. Young women are taught how to promote
sustainable development and become financially independent. Indeed, as well as her outstanding contribution to development in her country, the award is also a recognition of Monique’s eorts to champion the inclusion of women and girls in the renewable energy sector. On receiving the accolade, Monique said: “It’s been my good fortune that Green Girls has allowed me to combine two of my great passions: sustainable development and female empowerment. “Renewable energy is an essential part of any solution if we are to meet both Africa’s future energy needs and the environmental challenges that lie ahead. Today’s youth will be at the forefront of meeting these challenges and women will have a central role to play. “Thanks to the tireless work of my team and the boundless enthusiasm of countless young women, we’ve managed to make some significant progress and it’s truly humbling to be recognised for our work.”
Nigeria’s endangered forest elephants Compared to their savannah cousins of East and Southern Africa, West Coast elephants are much harder to see. Nigeria’s Omo forest, some 100km from Lagos, is home to around 100, which live in heavy bush and are very shy. A team of young people have dedicated their lives through the Forest Elephant Initiative to protecting the large mammals, which are becoming endangered. “Removing trees in the elephants' habitat is exposing them. So it displaces them from their original home to somewhere else,” said Emmanuel Olabode, the initiative's coordinator. Much of the forest is a protected biodiversity site, but a section is also open for legal commercial activity undertaken by workers in local villages. Although these activities put the animals in danger, for the locals, the forest is also their only means of survival. “I was unemployed. à’ŝ why I càme o ŝee în he foreŝ. I ceàred à îe corner o pàn cocoà, ànd I hàrveŝ î ànd ŝe î. So rowîn cocoà here îŝ he ony wày I hàve o feed my fàmîy,” ŝàîd àn àrîcûûrà worker. Keepîn à bàànce beween he àcîvîîeŝ of he ocàŝ ànd he ŝàfey of heŝe ànîmàŝ hàŝ become à màjor chàene for he rànerŝ. e ŝûrvîvà of he àŝ Nîerîàn foreŝ eephànŝ dependŝ on heîr ŝûcceŝŝ în keepîn hîŝ bàànce.
Naomi Campbell calls for more diversity in fashion
British supermodel Naomi Campbell(right), the first Black model to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine, says there is room for more racial diversity in the fashion industry. “It’s improved, absolutely, I can’t say it hasn’t. I do think that there’s always more room for improvement. You always have to want to improve so there’s still some ways to go. And then there’s also some ways to go on the advertising where the figures are the same,” she said. Campbell has been a passionate advocate for African fashion, aiming to link the continent with the UK and the US. She said African designers are gradually getting more recognition but there is still a long way to go. “We’re on our way. We’re not there yet but we’re getting the platform that we deserve to have – or I should say, that they deserve to have, and the recognition. And getting the opportunity to learn more skills, to work with big brands. When people say global to me and I ask them if they are in Africa and they say no, they’re not global to me,” Campbell said.
Turning garbage into music
A roûp of Conoeŝe mûŝîcîànŝ càed he Fûû Mûzîkî roûp àre ûrnîn àrbàe îno mûŝîcà înŝrûmenŝ în he Democràîc Repûbîc of Cono’ŝ (DRC) càpîà of Kînŝhàŝà. Pîŝcko Cràne, he foûnder, ŝcoûrŝ rûbbîŝh îpŝ ookîn for creàîve wàyŝ o ûrn moŝ peope’ŝ wàŝe îno ŝomehîn whîch prodûceŝ mûŝîc. “I ŝee hîŝ boe ànd I càn ŝee hà î wî provîde à ood ŝoûnd, î’ îve me à ood Do Re Mî Fà So à î Do,” he ŝàyŝ. “So hîŝ wî màke à ood înŝrûmen for ûŝ. I càme here becàûŝe I àm ookîn for whà I càn ûŝe o màke înŝrûmenŝ, bû I àŝo wàn o dràw àenîon o hîŝ cîy'ŝ wàŝe mànàemen probem. “Kînŝhàŝà hàŝ become very dîry, hà îŝ why I àm àkîn ŝome of he wàŝe o creàe înŝrûmenŝ, àŝ we àŝ oûr coŝûmeŝ. Some mày hrow hînŝ àwày ànd I ook for wàyŝ o re-ûŝe î, becàûŝe wàŝe îŝ no ood for oûr heàh.” In he ocà ànûàe of înàà,Fulu Muzikiîerày rànŝàeŝ o ‘mûŝîc from he àrbàe’.