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Archive June 2015

Ngugi wa Thiong’o says “let our planes fly”

At a public lecture on June 11 at the University of Nairobi, Kenyan literary giant, Ngugi wa Thiong’o told the story of Gachamaba and Charles Njonjo. Gachamba was a bicycle repairman from Nyeri, in Central Kenya, who, in the late 1970s, built an airplane. He had no secondary education and spent his days tinkering with spare parts. His airplane flew for 9 miles. Charles Njonjo, on the other hand, was an exceptionally well-educated lawyer and the Attorney General of Kenya from 1978-1982. He heard about Gachamba’s short flight and, banned the flying of planes without a proper license. In Ngugi’s hands this story became an insightful metaphor for the Kenyan government’s habit of inhibiting the country’s talents.

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Analysis: The book club that terrified the Angolan regime

Question: How subversive can a book club really be? Answer: It depends on the fragility of your regime. If you are Jose Eduardo dos Santos, then it’s a very subversive hobby indeed. Guns don’t scare the Angolan president – his are bigger anyway – but ideas are a much more dangerous proposition in a state that rests on such precarious foundations. By Simon Allison.

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Taking White Privilege Abroad: On “Ex-South Africans” and the White Diaspora

They didn’t nickname Ra’anana, a posh Israeli suburb north of Tel Aviv, “Ra’ananafontein” for nothing. There, and in the neighboring town of Herzliya, thousands of White South African immigrants – all Jewish, overwhelmingly Ashkenazi – settled in a tight bubble. One can live an entire life in Israel with a social circle wholly composed of White South Africans. Curiously, many of these transplants identify as “Ex-South African.”

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Q/A: The search for Ebola vaccine in Uganda

The continuing Ebola outbreak in West Africa has shown how quickly infectious diseases can have a devastating impact on public health and economy of nations.   The Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) in Kampala, Uganda is conducting a trial to determine if an Ebola vaccine candidate is safe for use. The enrolment of participants has ended and researchers are now following them up.

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Burundi VP flees country, opposes Nkurunziza third term bid

Burundi’s second vice president Gervais Rufyikiri has fled the country, citing threats to his life over his opposition to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office. Mr Rufyikiri, a member of the ruling CNDD-FDD party, announced his decision to desert the country from Belgium.

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Women for Expo 2015 – Interview with Nkiruka Nnaemego: Agriculture Is Something to Be Proud Of

Too often, people look down on agriculture and farming and view them as sectors merely for the poor and illiterate. Such is the view of Nkiruka Nnaemego, the founder of the Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative NGO, as well as being a lawyer and proud farmer/agro-entrepreneur. In this interview for Women for Expo, a project promoted by Expo Milano 2015, Ms. Nnaemego discusses her work in encouraging young people to get involved in agriculture and how her organisation ”needed to change people’s views, in particular those of young people, regarding agriculture”.

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