Currently reading: All our names by Dinaw Mengestu

 

 

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I read “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears” by Dinaw Mengestu a couple of years ago, and loved it. The novel narrated the American lives of two Ethiopian immigrants, and their struggle with integration in Washington DC.

All Our Names came out 6 years later. The novel intertwines two stories: one set up in the mist of political repression in Uganda in the 70’s, the other one set in post-segregation in America. Touches on the issues of racism, identity, and integration.

I highly recommend it.

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A truce with Boko Haram?

In the wake of the delayed elections, Goodluck Jonathan has been criticised recently after striking a deal with Boko Haram.

The terrorist organisation released a video to deny any truce, and launching new threats again the country.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has come under fire after a discredited truce with Boko Haram.The deal was being described as a breakthrough, agreed between Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram.The deal was also supposed to pave the way for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls, abducted by the armed group back in April.Both prospects have since been discredited with Boko Haram making a flat denial in a video released online.Are peace talks still possible? Or is military intervention inevitable?

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The ruins of Gbadolite, Mobutu’s home town

Great photo album, from The Guardian

 

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Elections in Nigeria: the stakes and why they have been postponed

Nigeria much anticipated election, supposed to happen on February 14th, have been postponed to six weeks later.

For the government, the security context, with the Boko Haram threat, justified that decision. However for the opposition parties, this move is just intended for Goodluck Jonathan (currently in office) to buy time in a close race against General Muhammadu Buhari, the opposition leader.

The elections come at a crucial time for Nigeria, which faces multiple crisis with the falling oil prices and the increasing security threat with Boko Haram.

Watch the reaction from 72 year-old Buhari below. He talks about the delay in the election process, the failure of the army to tackle the Boko Haram issue, and the limitations of the current government.

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Copa Barry for President

Copa Barry, the long-serving but trophy-less Ivorian goalkeeper, spent most of the AFCON 2015 tournament on the bench, as Sylvain Gbohouo played well and saved the team on numerous occasions in the buildup to the final game.

To be completely frank, I was not re-assured when I saw that Barry would play the final. His previous performance along the years were sub-par, and we would have needed a strong performance from him in the final.

But this time, he delivered.

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Gbohouo was stuck by injury, and the much criticised Copa Barry played as a goalkeeper for the final. The rest is history. Barry saved two crucial penalty shootouts when the team was down, only to deliver the final blow to Ghana, which meant victory for Côte d’Ivoire.

I was criticised. But I am a man who wants to progress in my life, and keep learning.

I am not the tallest, or even the most talented player. But I want to learn. I want to keep progressing. All the criticism helped me to grow.

I worked hard for the team. God is just.

I am thinking about my Mother. My Mother was suffering from not seeing me on the field.

I want to thank all the Ivoirians and everyone. Thanks.

 

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Côte d’Ivoire wins the 2015 African Cup Of Nations

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Congratulations to the whole team for this victory in Bata, Equatorial Guina.

We are proud of each and everyone of you.

Our lineup in the final:

1 BOUBACAR BARRY GK
4 KOLO ABIB TOURE DF
5 SIAKA TIENE DF
10 KOUASSI GERVAIS FW
12 WILFRIED GUEMIAND BONY FW
15 MAX ALAIN GRADEL MF
17 SERGE ALAIN STEPHANE AURIER DF
19 YAYA GNEGNERI TOURE (C) MF
20 DIE GNOZAROUA GEOFFROY SEREY MF
21 ERIC BERTRAND BAILLY DF
22 SERGE WILFRIED KANON DF

And of cournse, congratulations to the subs and the team manager Hervé Renard.

 

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How a leader can make or break a country – TED talk

Fred Swaniker, a Ghanaian entrepreneur and development expert discusses in this TED talk the importance of leadership for development.

He takes the examples of coups in Ghana, Zambia, and the rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe to highlight how governance and strong institutions make the difference in developing economies.

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