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Back to the Djed Column

A continent with a begging bowl in hand cannot simply appeal to the better nature of its
benefactors; it needs to rediscover the rituals that once made it great.

Africa’s lessons from a Greek tragedy

With Africa attempting its own form of monetary union, lessons from the eurozone and Greek crisis could not be clearer. Inevitably the crisis in Europe will not leave Africa unscathed.

Best of times, the worst of times

Obama is president, but US police forces continue to behave appallingly. Africans are in government in South Africa, but Afrophobia persists.

Tradition versus modernity

Blood and land has been replaced by civic ideas of democracy. But there remains enormous confusion about what to do with traditional leadership.