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NelsonMandela'spolitical trinity: the man, the messiah and themystique.
Oil hits $103 all-time high as U.S. dollarweakness continues
USAfricaonline.com BlogNotes by ChidoNwangwu
Friday Feb 29, 2008: Light, sweet crude for Aprildelivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped to a new tradingprice of $103.05 a barrel in electronic trading. This affects,typically, all other aspects of consumer, business, energy andtransportation anchors of any economy.
The high price is set against the continuing weakness of the U.Sdollar.
Yesterday Feb 28, 2008, at a White House press conference,President Bush said with astonishing indifference that he did notknow that there exists a popular projection by industry experts of a$4 a gallon price for gasoline here in the U.S. Many weresurprised by the statement which reflected a sense of disconnectionwith the fundamental dynamics of the economy.
LIVE EVENT: What I saw as one of the 20,000 at the Obama 'Yes, We Can' movement live in Houston. By Chido Nwangwu "Houston, I think we've achieved liftoff here...." Before an enthusiastic 20,000 plus audience (inside and around) the Toyota Center in Houston on Tuesday Feb 19, 2008, Senator Barack Obama told Houstonians that his break-away win over Hillary Clinton in the Wisconsin primaries reflected further momentum. In affirmation and appreciation, many chanted Obama's mantra of change, "Yes, we can!"
When the impact and dynamics of the Obama movement is explained in textual formats or even on television, it brings only a part of the totality of its socio-political breadth and purpose-driven, evangelistic frenzy. Significantly, more than we have ever seen him before, he laid out more detailed, policy specific offerings to woo voters. Especially, he spoke about changing what he considers the prevailing "disease care" to real "healthcare" while challenging the youths of America to service. The Houston event is especially valuable too, for the fact that there was not teleprompter; minor recourse to his written notes and a direct policy points on such issues covering energy, education, AIDS, jobs in America, NAFTA, AIDS, use of America's armed forces, veterans care, war on terrorism, Iraq and others .
Remarkably, I saw several 4 year-olds with their parents, enthusiastic college students and young professionals, hundreds of seniors over 60 years old chanting and throwing their fists into the air in a revivalist fervor and finality of resolve "Yes, We Can", and affirming their shared hopes that the young, impressive candidate Obama will make a difference in their lives, should he become President of the United States. But he cautioned them that "The change we seek is still months and miles away." So true, because a day is a long time in political contention and struggles. By Chido Nwangwu, USAfricaonline.com at the Feb 19, 2008 rally in Houston. For FULL report CLICK here.
The 'Who Is Obama?' slanderous, malicious screed; a brief response
Private initiative, free market forces, and more democratization are Keys to prosperity in Africa. By Chido Nwangwu
Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa's writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu
08-08-08 USAfrica celebrates 15th Anniversary of Excellence, USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com (characterized by The New York Times as the largest and most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks) will celebrate its 15 years of community leadership, professional journalism excellence and public insights during summer weekend of August 8 and 9, 2008, in Houston. The acclaimed 2007 'BEST OF AFRICA' International Awards annual dinner in honor of African professionals will hold. The events are being organized by CLASS magazine, PhotoWorks.TV, Black Business Journal, BBJonline.com, USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com. GET your Tickets, now, for the invitation only event. E-mail: USAfrica15@Gmail.com and Class@Classmagazine.tv Office: 713-270-5500. wireless: 832-45-CHIDO (24436)
USAfricaLOGISTICS: United Bank for Africa (UBA), one of Africa's largest banks, was hosted to a business dinner and mortgage information event in Houston, Texas, on March 28, 2007 at the Hilton Southwest, Hotel. E-mail for further info: firstname.lastname@example.org. Office: 713-270-5500. Houston event/business roadshow was coordinated by USAfrica LOGISTICS, international special events management, corporate business facilitation and proprietary data-mining arm of USAfrica, serving African and American businesses/organizations. Chido Nwangwu is CEO, USAfrica. Wireless phone: 832-45-CHIDO (24436).
DEMOCRACY WATCH: What Bush Should Tell Obasanjo.... By Chido Nwangwu (Founder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com): Today, March 29, 2006, at the White House, where Bush also met a few days earlier with Liberia's Sirleaf, new face of Africa; he welcomed Nigeria's President retired General Olusegun Obasanjo, an old face of Africa, to thank him for regional support of the U.S.,discuss "strengthening democratic institutions, and the need to bring Charles Taylor to justice." (Both presidents are seen in this 2004 USAfrica news archive picture). The visit comes against the current background of the outrageous nonsense parroted by hangers-on and political idol worshippers, the philistines of Nigeria's politics who have since become the domestic and international canvassers of the indecent baloney that: Nigeria's constitution must be amended for one man, retired General Olusegun Obasanjo, to govern for a 3rd 4-year term (12 years!). This they, shamelessly, claim is for Nigeria's survival. Worse, they add that without Obasanjo, there will be no progress, criminality of the political economy will abound and the polity will collapse. Good heavens! The sheer hubris that Nigeria can only move forward only by the "divine" and eternal governance of a 74-year former dictator Obasanjo is simply stupefying and immoral, to say the very least. Hence, the enabled executors and conductors of this folly on behalf of Obasanjo only remind me of the infamous words of the 17th century French monarch, Louis X1V (1638-1715) who reportedly said "L'État, c'est moi" meaning "I am the State." If only Obasanjo could drive us back to the 17th century; only there was no Nigeria, at the time.
In comparison, while Liberia's Madam President Sirleaf represents the manifestation of the triumph of popular constitutional methods and emerging institutional democratic values in Africa, retired General Obasanjo's imperious, know-it-all, emerging project for a sit-tight presidency in Nigeria remind us all of the 1970s old Africa where constitution-tweaking soldiers (his colleagues) and power drunks funnily believed their country's sun rose and shone at their hideous and idiosyncratic say-so. We won't go back there; no; not now that we have the great Nelson Mandela as our icon, historical benchmark and reference point. Obasanjo makes it difficult for Obasanjo to be a statesman; no doubt, he's a regional leader.
As a specialist on US. and Africa public policy and cultural issues, here are things I'll suggest President Bush tell President Obasanjo, in a short, sweet but realistic summary: Full commentary here
PAN-AFRICAN GIANT: Zik of Africa: Statesman, Intellectual and Titan of African politics. November 16, 2005 in what could have been his 101st birthday, may I make this toast to our father, the great and unmatched one. Here, to:
The Zik of Africa, master of crafty political game-plans, member of a thousand learned associations, eminent alumnus of Howard, Michigan State, Pennsylvania, and Lincoln Universities, founder of University of Nigeria, Nsukka (my alma mater), father of generations, inimitable wordsmith of euphonious diction and oratorical elegance, poet and politician, statesman and living legend, I thank for illuminating my mind, our collective mind. Even after 101 years, your lineage and works endure. On this your 101st birth date, I rise, again, to propose a toast that in another 101 years to come, that the son of my now 46 months old son Chido Nwangwu II, by His grace, Chido Nwangwu III, will also rise to toast to honor you, Zik of Africa, for the plenitude of roles and assorted inspirations you brought to all of us. They will rise to toast to Zik of Africa, as the man who saw tomorrow. Nna anyi Owelle, nwa Eze Chima, ndeewo!!!
By Chido Nwangwu
AchebeBooks.com: On the books, life and work of our Literary ...Achebe, the eagle on the iroko, our pathfinder, social conscience of millions...
USAfricaonline LITERATURE: Achebe on oral tradition, juxtapositioning of language and linguistic colonialism. World-famous Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe has said that Africans should not be overly concerned if the long-established tradition of oral storytelling dies out. Achebe, once described by Nelson Mandela as "the writer in whose presence prison walls fell down," told the BBC that he agreed that the art was dying out - but insisted it could be revived "if we decide that the oral story is absolutely necessary." "Oral storytelling was important when I was writing - it may not be important when the next generation is writing," he said. Achebe, who is very critical of colonialism and its aftermath in Africa, explained that he himself writes in English because he is a victim of linguistic colonialism.
But he added that he felt it was important not to "lose sight of the need for our mother tongue." "I hope I have shown it is possible to show respect to English and Igbo together. Chinua Achebe added that "The situation may well develop in the future, in which the different languages of Africa will begin to reassert themselves," he added. "I have made provision for that myself, by writing certain kinds of material in Igbo. For instance, I will insist my poetry is translated back into Igbo while I'm still around."
Literary giant Chinua Achebe returns "home" from U.S., to love and adulation of community
As Chinua Achebe turned 70, Africa's preeeminent statesman Nelson Mandela, Toni Morrison, Wole Soyinka, Ali Mazrui, Leon Botstein (president of Bard College), Ojo Maduekwe, Emmanuel Obiechina, Ngugi wa Thinong'o, Micere Mugo, Michael Thelwell, Niyi Osundare, and an army of some of the world's leading writers and arts scholars joined to pay tribute to him at Bard College in New York. (Achebe is in pix with Morrison). The Nobel committee, again, chose a relatively less known (globally-speaking) Chinese novelist, Gao Xingjian, rather than Achebe for the Literature prize. Achebe was seen as a top favorite for the 2000 award. What the Swedish Nobel committee will not give, Achebe has, for well over 30 years, won in the hearts of millions in 53 languages. By Chido Nwangwu
A Lott of Racism?
Ignore all the right-wing blowhards' spin and funny talk about "what he meant to say" apologia, factually note what Republican majority leader Trent Lott refers to as "all these problems" are voting rights for Blacks and other minorities, equal access to public facilities, equality under the law, anti-racism and anti-segregation achievements and all the civilizational benchmarks of any reasonable, humane society. You know, somehow, those "problems" are headaches of the supremacists....Lest I forget, it was Mark Twain who, never met or hoped for a Trent Lott and members of the U.S Congress of the Lott variety wrote with profound insight: "Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of congress; but I repeat myself."
Hey, should I repeat myself; nah! Unless the Lotts of racism continue to ruin the promise of America; if they act and think that persons like me are children of a lesser God; if they continue to spit at the glory and blessings of a fruited plain known as God's own country. God bless America! By Chido Nwangwu
Nigeria, a terrible beauty. By Chido Nwangwu
Africa suffers the scourge of the virus. This life and pain of Kgomotso Mahlangu, a five-month-old AIDS patient (above) in a hospital in the Kalafong township near Pretoria, South Africa, on October 26, 1999, brings a certain, frightening reality to the sweeping and devastating destruction of human beings who form the core of any definition of a country's future, its national security, actual and potential economic development and internal markets.
22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS
while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu
Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa
In a special report a few hours after the history-making nomination, USAfricaonline.com Founder and Publisher Chido Nwangwu places Powell within the trajectory of history and into his unfolding clout and relevance in an essay titled 'Why Colin Powell brings gravitas, credibility and star power to Bush presidency.'
AFRICA AND THE U.S. ELECTIONS
Beyond U.S. electoral shenanigans, rewards and dynamics of a democratic republic hold lessons for African politics.
Bush's position on Africa is "ill-advised." The position stated by Republican presidential aspirant and Governor of Texas, George Bush where he said that "Africa will not be an area of priority" in his presidency has been questioned by USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. He added that Bush's "pre-election position was neither validated by the economic exchanges nor geo-strategic interests of our two continents."
These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Flawed elections, violence overshadow Mwanawasa's rise to presidency.
The Economics of Elections in Nigeria
Bushs-Guiliani meddling in Houston mayoral elections was needless
Victor Ehiemua and The Pharmacy: 20 years of excellence.
Aspirant Charles Maduka brought his campaign, fundraiser for Nigeria's House of Representative seat to Houston and Richmond, on Friday April 19. Plus, his USAfricaonline.com interview.
Kelechi Nwankwo's quests on the path of academic excellence cause for joy
At 39, Nigerians still face dishonest stereotypes such as Buckley's, and other self-inflicted wounds.
'Why is Bill Maher spreading racist nonsense about HIV/AIDS and Africa on ABC tv?
National Summit on Africa, Congresswoman Jackson-Lee hold policy forum in Houston
'100 Black Men are solutions-oriented' says Thomas Dortch, Jr., Richard Johnson and Nick Clayton II as they share perspectives with USAfrica's founder on the national organization.
The Life and Irreverent times of Afrobeat superstar, FELA
Why the revisionist forces of racist oppression in South Africa should not be allowed to intimidate Ron and Charlayne Gault.
Houston Coca-Cola's $10,000 in scholarships to Houston students expands educational opportunities.
Wong is wrong on Blacks in Houston city jobs
Dr. Anaebonam's strategic vision for BREEJ is a model for business excellence and empowerment.BULLET Versus BALLOT
The bloody stain of military coup, on Friday December 24, 1999, sullied the once unique history of democratic rule in the beautiful and historically democratic, French-speaking west African country of Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) by General Robert Guei. USAfricaonline report and commentary.
Nigeria, Cry My Beloved Country
In my view, there's a compelling political trinity to Nelson Mandela: the man, the messiah and the mystique. Hence, it was during his 80th birthday on July 18, 1998 that I argued in various media outlets in Southern Africa and in the Voice of America and WorldNet television tribute to Mandela that those who expected him to turn their lives around by the break of dawn are awakening to a certain realization that the Messiah Mandela does not make milk through incantations! Yet, we must accept the fact that those who feel that President Mandela's government has failed to fulfil their yearnings and lofty expectations constitute a sizeable but smaller slice of millions of Black and Colored South Africans.
I recall taking time out from the 100 year-old hotel in which we were lodged in Cape Town late March, 1998, (during our visit with U.S President Bill Clinton to parts of Africa) to go into the less-privileged, run-down quarters of the city to talk with a number of suffering Blacks. I also shared some time with some homeless teenagers ( five of them, aged between 8 and 19) and a few weary adults (in their 40s and 60s). I sought to know their assessment of President Mandela. Their refrain: Mandela needs to do more! They feel he is forgetting "us." They all said in many ways: "We thought his presidency was going to completely and quickly improve our lives. We're left out. We're not happy...." For FULL insight, click here
Tiger Woods is no Nelson Mandela! By Chido Nwangwu
Why America should halt the genocide in the Sudan. By Chido Nwangwu, Founder and Publisher of USAfricaonline.com.
SPECIAL REPORT: Liberia's president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf calls for "partnership" rather than "patronage" relationship with U.S.
Charles Taylor's son arrested in Miami, Florida. Charles McArthur Emmanuel, son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, has been arrested in Miami, days after his dad, the former warlord, was flown, handcuffed and surrounded by United Nations peacekeepers, to the special court for Sierra Leone on Wednesday, after nearly three years in exile, to face war crimes charges over his role in the country's 1991-2002 civil war. USAfricaonline.com will update this report as it develops.
Liberia's bloody mess and hopes of a battered nation.
Liberia: Death by installment. By Chido Nwangwu, June 21, 1996.
50 Years of Achebe's THINGS FALL APART'': USAfrica honors Achebe by holding 2008 international symposium on 08-08-08 in Houston. The August 8 and 9, 2008 will include symposia and the special USAfrica harvest of Achebe's 1958 masterpiece and epic work, 'Things Fall Apart.' The convener and chief host of the harvest of the Achebe events is USAfrica's Founder, publisher of AchebeBooks.com and mutlimedia executive Chido Nwangwu. USAfrica (characterized by The New York Times as the largest and most influential African-owned, U.S-based multimedia networks) notes that "we'll portray both the high-minded, intellectual cadences and the everyday person and high-schoolers thoughts about the father of modern African literature. Hence I set the thematic summary as the USAfrica harvest of Achebe. Certianly, there will be critical insights and reviews/performances in honor of the great Achebe."
USAfrica is honoring Achebe as the main event of the 15th Anniversary of its pioneering multimedia leadership of the bi-continental interests of Africans and Americans. The acclaimed 2007 'BEST OF AFRICA' International Awards annual dinner in honor of African professionals will hold at the Marriot Hotel Westchase.
The events require pre-event registration, USAfrica15@Gmail.com deadline June 8, 2008. Registration is required, and will include getting a copy of Prof. Chinua Achebe's 'Things Fall Apart' - for all those who register before June 8, 2008. The events are being organized by USAfrica and USAfricaonline.com, CLASS magazine, PhotoWorks.TV, Black Business Journal, BBJonline.com and Achebebooks.com. E-mail: USAfrica15@Gmail.com Office: 713-270-5500. wireless: 832-45-CHIDO (24436)
Osadebe (in picture, right) lived as one of Africa's longest and durable great talents. He played, sang and released melodious songs since 1956 until 2005.
Osadebe who hailed from Umuekeke in Atani, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State was born in 1936. His family announced that he passed on Friday May 11, 2007 and burial is set for this week.
Achebe, author of several landmark works told Houston-based USAfrica and CLASSmagazine Publisher Chido Nwangwu in an exclusive interview on Wednesday February 6, 2008 that "Osadebe was a priest who used words and sounds. He lived like any of the greatest musicians who are prominent in any culture; he lived as a great musician who used music to reach people in order to improve their lives and make them happy. He had message for people to reflect upon. He had deep message in his music as much as he provided music for celebration and [to] be merry."
DIPLOMACY Walter Carrington: An African-American diplomat puts principles above self for Nigeria
On this day/week of the post-humous celebration of birthday, I believe that the existing global alliance of all humankind, representing the full tapestry of our ethnic/racial origins as Indians, Caucasians, Blacks, Jews, Asians, and a multitude of other backgrounds should, markedly, advance Dr. King's vision and efforts should do more by utilizing technological tools, networking personal discipline, boosting religious and communal re-orientation to fight all forms of discrimination and intolerance into the 21st century. Why?
Martin Luther King's legacy, Jews and Black History Month
CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy was livecast on February 19, 2002. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.
CNN International Interview Sept 17, 2002 with Nigeria's President Obasanjo and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu on Democracy and Security Issues
The crises in Zimbabwe preceding and following its early March 2002 controversial presidential elections formed the theme of CNN International's livecast Q&A with Jim Clancy (hosted on March 19 by anchor Colleen McEdwards). USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu contributed to the analyses of the decision by the Commonwealth which suspended Zimababwe for one year.
On Q&A with Jim Clancy on March 14, 2002, Glenys Kinnock, senior member of the European parliament and Labour party spokesperson for development, Salih Booker, executive director of Washington DC-based Africa Action, Chido Nwangwu, founder and publisher of USAfricaonline.com and Mori Diane. executive vice president of AMEX International offered insight to the issues. A rush transcript appears on CNN's web site
Nigeria's Presidential Election: Is it just for the Highest Bidder?
Coming soon: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie author of the critically-acclaimed novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' speaks to USAfrica and CLASSmagazine on her work, life....
One of the world's most creative writers of this generation, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie author of the critically-acclaimed novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' has been interviewed exclusively by CLASSmagazine and USAfricaonline.com Publisher Chido Nwangwu at the Harvard University.
The award-winning novelist shares her thoughts on writing, inspiration, hopes, her 'permission' from the father of the modern African novel Chinua Achebe and the increasing presence and achievements of young African writers.
The interview will also run in the February 2008 special edition of the USAfrica-powered CLASSmagazine.
Steve Jobs and Apple represent the future of digital living. By Chido Nwangwu (written December 18, 2001)
Steve Jobs is truly the Technologist and Marketer of the new, digital age. The ultimate sales master. The choreographer of the most appealing and "loved" computers in the world. In some ways, he's almost intelligently magical in the articulation of his digital products. The man has truly converged art and digital technology.
He's the antithesis of the staid, beige Wintel-PC world. He's iMac-like; engaging, daring, bold, colorful and full of techno-substance. In my view, Steve Jobs' persuasive talents, consummate skills, overall sense of business mission and the creative talents at Apple are extending the frontiers of digital magic and superior computing methods. With Apple, computing does not really have the dry, cold formalism of a biege PC machine, the impersonal architecture (translation: lacking in personality) of the Windows-Intel machines and some of their outdated methods of computing in a digital age.
Are we Igbos or "Ibos"? The "Ibo" misspelling reflect, essentially, a post-colonial hangover of British and Euro-Caucusoid colonial miseducation, misrepresentations, incorrect spellings and (mis)pronounciation preference. It is/was just easier for the White man/woman to say 'Ibo' rather than 'Igbo.' We must remember the late psychiatrist, pan-African scholar and activist Franz Fanon's mytho-poetic and insightful words in his 1952 book, Black Skin White Masks, that "A man who has a language [consequently] possesses the world expressed and implied by that language." Should Igbos and other African nationalities, incrementally and foolishly give up the core of their communal and national identity on the discredited altars of Euro-Caucasoid racist supremacy and colonial predations? I have two modest answers: first is No; and second is No.
By Chido Nwangwu
Full Commentary appears here
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
Bush-Kabila-Powell initiative on the Congo good signal for U.S-Africa relations. The world is facing the specter of an impending, but avoidable reality that one of Africa's largest countries could implode and dismember in a couple of months. If the Congo disintegrates, the entire central Africa region, its neighboring 8 countries and major parts of southern Africa region will face catastrophic human and geo-political complications. David Kilgour, Canada's secretary of state for Africa said recently that the Congo "is the center of gravity in Africa.... If things spin out of control here, who knows how many countries will be sucked into the whirlpool." To be sure, it will impact Uganda, the other Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and in part, South Africa; since the Congo's 51 million long-embattled citizens made up of 20 significant ethnic groups will, more than likely, vote with their feet. By Chido Nwangwu
EndGame in Kinshasa: U.S must boot Mobutu for own interest, future of Zaire and Africa. By Chido Nwangwu
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's burden mounts into 2000 with murder charges, trials
CATHOLICISM on the BBC
Amidst the challenges and crises facing the Catholic Church, especially, in the U.S.,Chido Nwangwu, Founder and Publisher of USAfrica The Newspaper, NigeriaCentral.com, The Black Business Journal and USAfricaonline.com, was on a BBC World Service panel on April 25 to discuss the issues facing the Catholic Church, including the topic of electing an African as Pope. He has written previously in April 1999 on Cardinal Arinze: "WILL ARINZE BE THE FIRST AFRICAN ELECTED POPE in recent history?"
Pope John Paul, Abacha and Nigeria's Christians
"Why African Catholics are concerned about crises, sex abuse issues in our church" - a frank chat with ICCO's Mike Umeorah
DEMOCRACY WATCH: Peter Obi takes charge as Governor of Anambra State of Nigeria; following court affirmation of his 2003 electoral victory. Businessman and financial expert Peter Obi, affirmed only a few days ago as governor-elect of Anambra State of Nigeria, has been sworn in March 17, 2006 at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, following the ruling by courts that he won the 2003 governorship elections. He belongs to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). His predecessor, Dr Chris Ngige, a constant target of the arrows of president Obasanjo and the local PDP in Anambra led by Chief Chris Uba (in pix, below), has congratulated Obi and called on the citizenry to support Obi. Obi's deputy is Mrs. Virginia Etiaba. It will be recalled that in October 2004, Professor Chinua Achebe, the author of the epic, literary masterpiece, 'Things Fall Apart' (written in 1958), social conscience of millions, cultural custodian and elevator, chronicler and essayist, took the extraordinary step of "declining to accept the high honor awarded me in the 2004 Honors List" by Nigeria's president, retired General Olusegun Obasanjo, in part for the politics of destabilization whcih Obasanjo and his agents had imposed on Achebe's home state of Anambra. According to the letter obtained by USAfricaonline.com, USAfrica The Newspaper and CLASS magazine (the first media networks to publish its content), Achebe pointed to "the silence, if not connivance, of the Presidency" in the destabilization of parts of Nigeria and state governments by political and business renegades.
He wrote Obasanjo "For some time now I have watched events in Nigeria with alarm and dismay. I have watched particularly the chaos in my own state of Anambra where a small clique of renegades, openly boasting its connections in high places, seems determined to turn my homeland into a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom. I am appalled by the brazenness of this clique and the silence, if not connivance, of the Presidency." Somehow, technocrat Obi's own crown of thorns as Governor with a legislature dominated by the PDP is not too enviable. Yet his tenacity to fight for the sanctity of votes cast has since elevated his staure among millions. He has promised to do better for his long embattled but resourceful state of Anambra. By Chido Nwangwu and USAfrica reporters in Nigeria.
The annual USAfrica Prayer Breakfast 2002 held successfully with insights and prayers from the clergy and families in attendance. Singers, Stacy Egbo and Saba (Elaine Peabody) performed at the event on Saturday, January 26, 2002 at the Holiday Inn, Sugarland/Houston, Texas. Keynote 2002 speaker , Dr. Simeon Agbolabori is the pastor at the Chapel of Restoration. The management and staff of USAfrica thank all who attended and supporteed the blessed event which holds on the last Saturday of January of every year. Mark your calendar for 2003.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY
How far, how deep will Nigeria's human rights commission go?
Rtd. Gen. Babangida trip as emissary for Nigeria's Obasanjo to Sudan raises curiosity, questions about what next in power play?
Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu: "It was simply a choice between Biafra and enslavement."
Biafra-Nigeria war and history to get fresh, critical look from a survivor
'Biafra: History Without Mercy' - a preliminary note
SPORTS: Tiger Woods makes more history with another golf Masters win. He shot 12-under-par 276 and a final round 71 at Georgia's Augusta National Golf Club event and collected $1,008,000, on Sunday April 14, 2002. With it, the world's golf phenom added another green jacket to his array of championships and titles, placing him, in this instance, in the same respected Masters' league as Nicklaus (winner 1965 and 1966) and Nick Faldo (1989 and 1990). The three are the only men to win back-to-back Masters. At 26, Woods has since become the youngest golfer to win his seventh professional major championship.
Joe Okigbo: The Death of a Good man and my Friend of a Lifetime. By Chido Nwangwu
JFK Jr.: Death of a Good Son
Murder of Nigeria's Attorney-General Ige is a major danger signal for its nascent democracy.
General Tunde Idiagbon: A nationalist, an iron-surgeon departs
Abiola's sudden death and the ghost of things to come
Gen. Shehu Musa Yar'Adua's prison death and Nigeria politics
Soni Egwuatu, Houston businessman, joins his ancestors
Community, ACU mourn 5 students from Nigeria killed in March 31, 2002 one-car accident in Texas. A tragedy on early Easter Sunday March 31, 2002, is bringing sorrow and communal anguish to Nigerians in Texas, and thousands of miles to the primary addresses of the deceased in Lagos (Nigeria). 18 year-old Kolawole Oluwagbemiga Sami was identified as the driver of the 1994 Isuzu Rodeo SUV which had 1 other man and 3 women: Olutomi Ibukun Aruwajoye, 17, Toluwalope Olorunsola, 18, Abimbola Orija, 19, and Iyadunni Bakare, 18. While many Nigerians in Texas enjoyed their Easter celebrations and its message of redemption, the news of the death of the five Abilene Christian University (Texas) students from that country of almost 110 million persons in a one-car accident about four miles southwest of Weatherford, in the Parker County, in Texas raised the troubling questions, again: why now? why them? why did these promising youths die in such a sad and ghastly manner? why...? Log on for the USAfricaonline.com Special report by Chido Nwangwu
The coup in Cote d'Ivoire and its implications for democracy in Africa. By Chido Nwangwu
(Related commentary) Coup in Cote d'Ivoire has been in the waiting. By Tom Kamara
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors game
Shell picks Leslie Mays as VP Global Diversity
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