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USAfricaonline.com and USAfrica The Newspaper mourn the death on July 8, 2002 in Michigan of our friend and brother, Houston-based Pan Africanist, scholar Lorenza "Jelani" Williams who worked tirelessly to foster pan-Africanism in Texas, and beyond. His work with the Taseti African Studies group in Houston will always be remembered. My his tireless soul rest in peace! And, may God protect and guide his family!! Goodbye dear friend and brother!!! Chido Nwangwu, Founder/Publisher, USAfrica Media Networks

U of Houston instructor "Jelani" Williams dies at 47 in Michigan

By Mike Emery

For many University of Houston students, Lorenza "Jelani" Williams was an integral part of their education. On July 8, the popular adjunct African American Studies and History instructor passed away in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 47.

Among the classes Williams taught were Introduction to African American Studies and Introduction to African Religions and Philosophy.

Williams offered his expertise in African American Studies to several academic organizations, including the African Heritage Association, the National Council of Black Studies and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. He also lent his talents to community groups such as Minority Enterprise Television and the African Cultural Exchange.

In his efforts to promote education, Williams also assisted the fund-raising efforts of organizations such as the United Negro College Fund, the National Black United Fund and the Haiti/Rawanda Relief Fund.

Friends and family will remember Williams as an avid traveler and someone who prided his health, exercising and even running a marathon.

Services for Williams will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Shrine of the Black Madonna at 5317 Martin Luther King Blvd. A "homecoming" burial procession will depart to Williams' hometown of Marshall, Texas at 7 a.m. in Sunday, July 14 from the corner of Scott and Holman Streets at the UH campus.
Emery wrote this report for the University of Houston www.uh.edu web site.


African Union: Old wine in new skin? 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. By Chido Nwangwu


22 million Africans HIV-infected, ill with AIDS
while African leaders ignore disaster-in-waiting

Mandela, Clinton speak on AIDS crises. U.S. former president Bill Clinton embraced South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela to wild cheers at the world AIDS conference Friday July 12, 2002, and declared that the battle against AIDS must be won. "One hundred million AIDS cases means more terror, more mercenaries, more war, destruction, and the failure of fragile democracies,'' Clinton said at the close of the 14th International AIDS Conference, the largest held since the meetings began in 1985. The former U.S. and South African presidents told 15,000 scientists, care workers and activists that determination and billions of dollars for prevention and treatment programs were needed to halt the global spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. "AIDS is a war against humanity,'' said Mandela, who walked onstage supported by a cane and warmly embraced Clinton. Mandela said AIDS is claiming more victims ``than all wars and natural disasters'' and cited the United Nations' warning that 70 million people could die in the next 20 years "unless drastic action is taken.'' AP
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.
CONTINENTAL AGENDA
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.'
Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president.
By Al Johnson


Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability
What has Africa to do with September 11 terror?
Africans reported dead in terrorist attack at WTC
September 11 terror and the ghost of things to come....
Will religious conflicts be the time-bomb for Nigeria's latest transition to civilian rule?
Conflicting emotions, feeling of disappointment, timing of revelation that Rev. Jackson fathered a child with former aide lead to charges of "right-wing orchestration."
THE FIRST BLACK POPE? To our Brother Cardinal Arinze: May your pastoral lineage endure!


Nigeria's Presidential Election: Is it just for the Highest Bidder?
Wong is wrong on Blacks in Houston city 
jobs
Why is 4-year old Onyedika carrying a placard against killings in Nigeria?
How Nigeria's Islamic Sharia crises will affect the U.S.

NEWS INVESTIGATION
Married White woman confesses to having sexual relations with arrested Nigerian-born, U.S.based Catholic priest Ike Udegbulem.....

The unfolding criminal, legal and religio-social dimensions following the allegations of rape and sodomy made by a lady parishioner at Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York) against former Catholic priest of Nigerian-descent, Ike Cyriacus Udegbulem, are taking more complicated, messy turns and twists. USAfricaonline.com and Houston-based USAfrica The Newspaper can confirm that a mother of two who is the wife of a man whose family has been providing most of the financial and operational needs of Udegbulem has confessed to being not only a provider of material needs but the sexual lover of the randy priest who hails from Ihioma, in Orlu Imo State of Nigeria. They all live in the city of Laredo, Texas. Special reports and news investigation by Chido Nwangwu
USAfrica INTERVIEW
"Why African Catholics are concerned about crises, sex abuse issues in our church" - a frank chat with ICCO's Mike Umeorah
Why Bush should focus on dangers facing Nigeria's return to democracy and Obasanjo's slipperyslide
DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR
Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.

Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu The Economics of Elections in Nigeria
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?
COUNTERPOINT
'Why is Bill Maher spreading racist nonsense about HIV/AIDS and Africa on ABC?
USAfricaonline LITERATURE
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). Meanwhile, the Nobel committee has, again, chosen 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
Literary giant Chinua Achebe returns "home" from U.S., to love and adulation of community
Hate groups' spin by Lamar Alexander benefits anti-Blacks, anti-Semites, and racists
Annan, power and burden of the U.N

The Civilianizing of African soldiers into Presidents
At 39, Nigerians still face dishonest stereotypes such as Buckley's, and other self-inflicted wounds.

JFK Jr.: Death of a Good Son

'Why is Bill Maher spreading racist nonsense about HIV/AIDS and Africa on ABC?
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.
ARTS
The Life and Irreverent times of Afrobeat superstar, FELA
TRIBUTE Tanzania's founding president Julius Nyerere

 

 

 


Nnamdi Azikiwe: Statesman, Intellectual and Titan of African politics


SOCCER
FIFA chief promises Africa will host 2010 World Cup, if...
Sepp Blatter, president of the world's soccer governing body, FIFA, has promised to lobby and make possible that the continent hosts the championship for the first time if he is re-elected as FIFA president. Blatter's backers say he has the support of almost 105 of the 204 member associations in FIFA. USAfricaonline.com affirms that the African continent has a huge soccer following and enthusiasts and stars who play for the leading teams all over the world. Also, some of the very exciting teams such as Cameroons, Ghana and Nigeria have made international soccer a more popular sport. By Chido Nwangwu


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Private initiative, free market forces, and more democratization are keys to prosperity in Africa.
The
Civilianizing of African soldiers into Presidents
Why
Dr. Martin Luther King's vision is valid into the 21st century
DIPLOMACY Walter Carrington: An African-American diplomat puts principles above self for Nigeria  USAfricaonline.com Founder Chido Nwangwu with the U.S. former Ambassador Carrington (right) at the U.S. embassy in Lagos during a courtesy visit.

RELIGION AND ETHNIC CONFLICT
Sharia-related killings and carnage in Kaduna reenact deadly prologue to Nigeria-Biafra war of 1967.
Martin Luther King's legacy, Jews and Black History Month. By Chido Nwangwu
INSIGHT: How Obasanjo's self-succession charade at his Ota Farm has turned Nigeria to an 'Animal Farm.' By Prof. Mobolaji Aluko
Obasanjo's 'prayers' and the Abacha path of staying in power. By Nkem Ekeopara
Is Obasanjo ordained by God to rule Nigeria? And, other fallacies. By Prof. Sola Adeyeye



Steve Jobs and Apple represent the future of digital living. By Chido Nwangwu
Apple announces Titanium
,
"killer apps" and other ground-breaking products. iTunes makes a record 500,000 downloads.


INSIGHT
A KING FOR ALL TIMES: Why Martin Luther King's legacy and vision are relevant into 21st 21st century.



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
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
DEMOCRACY'S WARRIOR
Out of Africa. The cock that crows in the morning belongs to one household but his voice is the property of the neighborhood. -- Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah. An editor carries on his crusade against public corruption and press censorship in his native Nigeria and other African countries. By John Suval.
Biafra-Nigeria war and history get fresh, critical look from a survivor. By Alverna Johnson and Vivian Okeke.
  'Biafra: History Without Mercy' - a preliminary note. By Chido Nwangwu
ODUMEGWU EMEKA
OJUKWU:"It was simply a choice between Biafra and enslavement! And, here's why we chose Biafra"
Biafra: From Boys to Men. By Dr. M.O. Ene
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  
Why Dr. Martin Luther King's vision is valid into the 21st century
Nelson Mandela, Tribute to the world's political superstar and Lion of Africa  
USAfrica FORUM: IN THE HOUSE OF MANDELA: A SILLY CRY FOR REPARATIONS
By Prof. Chimalum Nwankwo

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's burden mounts with murder charges, trials

Why Chinua Achebe, the Eagle on the Iroko, is Africa's writer of the century. By Chido Nwangwu


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?
110 minutes with Hakeem Olajuwon
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors game 
It's wrong to stereotype Nigerians as Drug Dealers
Seriously, is your web site a Turkey, too? Get Solutions
Nigeria: a nation of Vulcanizers
PetroGasWorks
Shell picks Leslie Mays as VP Global Diversity
EndGame in Kinshasa: U.S must boot Mobutu for own interest, future of Zaire and Africa
Nigeria as a Nation of Vulcanizers
Community Service Awards bring African-American, American
policy and business leaders together with African community at Texas Southern University
110 minutes with Hakeem Olajuwon
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors' game 


Will the rash of Ethnic Violence disrupt Nigeria's effort at Democracy?

Arafat's duplicity, terrorism at the heart of Israeli-Palestinian crises. By Barry Rubin

Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
Nigeria at 40: punish financial thuggery, build domestic infrastructure
Is Obasanjo really up to Nigeria's challenge and crises? By USAfricaonline.com contributing editor Ken Okorie. Commentary appears from NigeriaCentral.com

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 (inset). USAfricaonline report and commentary.
COMMUNITY INTEREST
Why the revisionist forces of racist oppression in South Africa should not be allowed to intimidate Ron and Charlayne Gault.
SOUTH AFRICA

Nigeria, Cry My Beloved
Country

Index of Founder's Notes (1)


Index of Founder's Notes (2)

Index of other Viewpoints
USAfricaonline contributors and columnists on the issues


BUSINESS
Dr. Anaebonam's strategic vision for BREEJ is a model for business excellence and empowerment.
Pope John Paul, Abacha and Nigeria's Christians
TRANSITION
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, Nigeria and The Ghost of Things to come ..... 
Soni Egwuatu, Houston businessman, joins his ancestors