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Mandela: USAfrica Man of the Decade(1990-2000)

Special to USAfrica The Newspaper, Houston,CLASSmagazine and TheBlack Business Journal

NelsonMandela is USAfrica's Man of the Decade (1990-2000). It is the firsttime the most influential, first African-owned multimedia company inthe U.SA. has honored anyone with such designation and



appreciation. We continue to honor Mandela for:

•serving as a catalyst in the birth of a new, multi-racialSouth Africa;

•for remaining a durable, principled symbol for allbelievers in the logical, inevitable triumph of active, committeddemocratic forces over any army/gang of tyranny and oppression inAfrica and elsewhere;

•for remaining the most relevant living person of Africandescent who has given impetus and cause for African-Americans to seekinstitutional and daily presence inside the African continent.

It is for these reasons, among others, that this statesman,rock ribbed nationalist, visionary, and stout defender of democracyand human rights is USAfrica's Man of the Decade (1990-2000)

NelsonMandela: Tribute to the world'spolitical superstar and Lion of Africa  
TigerWoods is no Nelson Mandela!Tiger's father, Earl Woods, wasrecalling recently the day his son, Tiger, met South Africa's formerpresident, Dr. Nelson Mandela: "it was the first time Tiger met ahuman being who was equal to him, who was as powerful as Tiger is."Hello!? Brother Earl, Tiger "equal to" Mandela? Nonsense. I've alsomet and seen Mandela. Tiger Woods can hit a golf ball, alright, buthe probably does not know (or relatively do much) about the factmillions of kids of African heritage, White kids and, in fact, amongthose of his self-styled 'Cablinasian' heritage who go to bed hungry,everyday. Those kids whose parents can afford it, see him on cerealspackages. So much for his impact on their lives; or shall I saybreakfast plates. To say the least, Earl Woods engaged in ascandalous abuse of analogy. To rank Tiger as "equal" to Mandela, inhistoric and present terms, is a maddening leap in grandiloquence.Hopefully, Earl is embarrassed, and should be, by his reckless lackof proportion. Tiger is not, and has never been, and will never be inMandela's league. Yet, for those who find any value in Earl's spin,comparing Tiger to Mandela will be like to comparing Lakers' KobeBryant to Martin Luther King, Jr., the late and esteemed civil rightsleader. By ChidoNwangwu (July 10, 2001). CLICKhere for full commentary.
ChidoNwangwu, recipient of the Journalism Excellence award (1997), isFounder and Publisher of (first African-ownedU.S.-based professional newspaper to be published on the internet),USAfrica The Newspaper, NigeriaCentral.comand TheBlack Business Journal. He also serves as an adviser tothe Mayor of Houston on international business (Africa) and appearsas an analyst on CNN, VOA, NPR, CBS News, NBC and ABC newsaffiliates.
This commentary is copyrighted. Archivingon any other web site or newspaper is unauthorized except with aWritten Approval by USAfricaonline.comFounder.

Should Africa debates begin and end at The New York Times and The Washington Post? No

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

Osama bin-Laden's goons threaten Nigeria and Africa's stability
Why Bush should focus on dangers facing Nigeria's return to democracy and Obasanjo's slipperyslide
A KING FOR ALL TIMES: Why Martin Luther King's legacy and vision are relevant into 21st century.

DIPLOMACY Walter Carrington: African-American diplomat who put principles above self for Nigeria (USAfrica's founder Chido Nwangwu with Ambassador Carrington at the U.S. embassy, Nigeria)
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.
ARINZE: Will he be the FIRST BLACK AFRICAN POPE? By Chido Nwangwu
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's burden mounts with murder charges, trials

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
Nigerian stabbed to death in his bathroom in Houston.
Cheryl Mills' first class defense of Clinton and her detractors' game 
It's wrong to stereotype Nigerians as Drug Dealers

Private initiative, free market forces, and more democratization are Keys to prosperity in Africa

Apple announces Titanium, "killer apps" and other ground-breaking products for 2001. iTunes makes a record 500,000 downloads.

What has Africa to do with September 11 terror? By Chido Nwangwu

Since 1958, Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" set a standard of artistic excellence, and more. By Douglas Killam
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 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

CNN International debate on Nigeria's democracy livecast on February 19, 2002. It involved Nigeria's Information Minister Prof. Jerry Gana, Prof. Salih Booker and Publisher Chido Nwangwu. Transcripts are available on the CNN International site.

CNN, Obasanjo and Nigeria's struggles with
Why Obasanjo's government should respect
CNN and Freedom of the press in Nigeria.
Jonas Savimbi, UNITA are "terrorists" in Africans' eyes despite Washington's "freedom fighter" toga for him. By SHANA WILLS

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?
Bola Ige's murder another danger signal for Nigeria's nascent democracy.

In a special report a few hours after the history-making nomination, 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.'

A young father writes his One year old son: "If only my heart had a voice...."
Lifestyle Sex, Women and (Hu)Woman Rights. By Chika Unigwe
Steve Jobs extends digital magic
Johnnie Cochran will soon learn that defending Abacha's loot is not as simple as his O.J Simpson's case. By Chido Nwangwu

USAfrica The Newspaper voted the "Best Community Newspaper" in the 4th largest city in the U.S., Houston. It is in the Best of Houston 2001 special as chosen by the editors and readers of the Houston Press, reflecting their poll and annual rankings.