Dr Mensah is an expert in fibre optics and nano technology. But for his work, fibre optics would not be what it is today, but he lacks the renown he merits. Baffour Ankomah profiles one of Global Africa’s great scientists.
Speaking from his perspective as a UK government minister during the 9/11 attacks which led to the invasion of Afghanistan, Lord Peter Hain is frank about the errors made and worries that the recent events will distract from urgent issues in Africa.
The chaotic departure of Western powers from Afghanistan has exposed the brutal reality of the relationship between occupiers and their local servants. The analogy can apply to Africa as well.
If the West is no longer willing to engage with international terror groups, what is to stop them from running riot in Africa?
Tanzanian Abdulrazak Gurnah, who has just won this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, has always been one of the world’s great writers – the Nobel award has simply confirmed this, says New African editor Anver Versi.
Having already banned Twitter, could Nigeria go the whole hog and emulate China by creating its own firewall for total control? Finbarr Toesland investigates.