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True story only for laughs: A quick-fingered police officer caught red-handed

True story only for laughs: A quick-fingered police officer caught red-handed

BY  KOSSI GBEDIGA Cellular phones, like new toys, became very popular throughout Africa shortly after their advent in the late nineties. Everybody wants to acquire one by every…

Africa celebrates Maya Angelou

Africa celebrates Maya Angelou

BY THE AFRICAN  The recent passing of African American celebrated poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, one of the most…

True story for laughs: When a dead man returns home

Fatou, a 50-year-old West African mother of three children, lays down for a late afternoon nap when her mobile phone rings. She recognizes the number of her HIV-positive…

True story for laughs: The strange things we were taught about America in the sixties

Africans, like people in other regions of the world, are fascinated by things American – American showbiz, American sports and their superstars, American technology, and so forth. That…

Africa/Black America

The African Bridge-Builders Awards

The African Bridge-Builders Awards

  Four African countries, several organizations and individuals who have made specific contributions toward strengthening…

How African Americans reconnect with Africa

How African Americans reconnect with Africa

BY JONATHAN BROWN AND JIBRIL TURE “When I first started making a lot of money,…

Welcome home to Africa

Welcome home to Africa

  Whether our ancestors left Africa as pre-Columbian explorers or in chains against their will,…

Africa celebrates Maya Angelou

Africa celebrates Maya Angelou

BY THE AFRICAN  The recent passing of African American celebrated poet, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer,…

Wilfred Gray’s thirst for bonds with motherland Africa

Wilfred Gray’s thirst for bonds with motherland Africa

BY LOU SIFA It was a near-crash, and nearly the end of a dream when…

The African Americans behind the Corporate Council on Africa

The African Americans behind the Corporate Council on Africa

BY BILL J. FIGHTER The Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) was founded in 1993 in…

Special Reports

Wilfred Gray’s thirst for bonds with motherland Africa

Wilfred Gray’s thirst for bonds with motherland Africa

BY LOU SIFA It was a near-crash, and nearly the end of a dream when the Airbus-300 plane carrying Wilfred Gray from his first trip to Africa in…

A dowry ceremony in Southern Benin

A dowry ceremony in Southern Benin

BY AMINA SIDIKI Sofia Aly (maiden name Salifou), 33, an accountant, got legally married two years ago to Osséni Aly, a bank employee. Soon thereafter, they had a…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an exceptional African woman

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, an exceptional African woman

BY ANDREA BAGHO Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of former South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela, was one of the most visible political activists in South Africa during the…

The African Diaspora Association in Canada

The African Diaspora Association in Canada

BY IRENE MLAMBO Africans living in Canada have set up an association, the African Diaspora Association in Canada, in an effort to meet the community’s needs nation-wide through…

As the contemporary African woman breaks the glass ceiling

As the contemporary African woman breaks the glass ceiling

BY MODUPE ABIOLA More African women now hold political offices with real decision-making power – a positive change from the recent past. The sub-Saharan African population is composed…

The African woman today

The African woman today

BY NICOLE C. HOMES Despite unquestionable recent progress, the African woman still faces serious challenges that she tries to address on a daily basis. Barely two decades ago,…

Opinions

The shackles of African neocolonialism

The shackles of African neocolonialism

BY SAMIR SALIFOU  Democratization in Sub-Saharan Africa has followed a slow, arduous and sometimes painful path. After achieving independence in the…

Stop the controversy geared toward dividing the African American family

Stop the controversy geared toward dividing the African American family

BY SOUMANOU SALIFOU The stunning admission of Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old student of Ghanaian origin who attends William Floyd High School…

Why History matters to us and to you

Why History matters to us and to you

BY SOUMANOU SALIFOU  It’s Black History Month again, and we are happy to bring you a series of original features about…

About The African

How The African Magazine came to life

How The African Magazine came to life

BY KOSSI GBEDIGA                           Gen. Colin Powell and former Virginia governor Doug Wilder admire the…

About the editor

About the Editor

About the Editor

Soumanou Salifou, a former award-winning reporter at the Washington-based Voice of America (the U.S. Government radio station that broadcasts to the rest of the world), made history…

Entertainment

Akon the African

Akon the African

BY USMAN MAMA AND OUMAR SECK He is an entertainer wrapped in superlatives. In a short career that dates back only to June 2004 when he rose…

On the information hunt

On the information hunt

On the information hunt

For almost two decades, The African has published hundreds of first-hand articles based, primarily, on on-the-field interviews with African and American political and business leaders, intellectuals, entertainers,…