Investing in a Vacuum

Sub-Saharan Africa is currently experiencing phenomenal increase in the inflow of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), FDI flow into Africa peaked at $88 billion in 2008 - up from $9 billion in 2000 - overtaking foreign aid, which stood at $44 the same year. The Time … Continue reading Investing in a Vacuum

The Search for an African Idol

One of the current more popular TV programs among African youth is the Idol East Africa. As is characteristic of several things African, Idol East Africa presents a detailed imitation of the American Idol competition. Swinging between fake American and British accents, while desperately, but unsuccessfully striving to mask their African accents, one judge sits on the … Continue reading The Search for an African Idol

On Language and Knowledge

Nne kedu? I enquired after the well being of the 8 year old girl with whose mother, I stood exchanging pleasantries. She smiled and looked away, while her mother proudly responded on her behalf, “she doesn’t understand Igbo; you know children of nowadays and how they are.” My heart sank; “children, or parents of nowadays” … Continue reading On Language and Knowledge