Culture
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…

Your culture, my culture and her culture

Your culture, my culture and her culture

BY SARAH NAILA SALIFOU Have you realized that our favorite holidays such as Christmas, Fourth of July, and New Year’s Day are more than just holidays? They are…

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…

Africa/Black America

African Union Diaspora African Forum honors African bridge-builders

African Union Diaspora African Forum honors African bridge-builders

BY ED ARTHUR In a warm, African-style ceremony held on Monday August 4th in conjunction…

Ambassador Erieka Bennett, a die-hard bridge-builder

Ambassador Erieka Bennett, a die-hard bridge-builder

BY USMAN MAMA In an exclusive interview with this magazine in Abuja, the capital of…

The African Bridge-Builders Awards

The African Bridge-Builders Awards

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

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…

Special Reports

Ebola death toll tops 1,400 in West Africa

Ebola death toll tops 1,400 in West Africa

BY BLAME EKOUE The scale of the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus is unprecedented in West Africa with reported 2,615 suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease…

West Africa takes action to tackle the outbreak of Ebola

West Africa takes action to tackle the outbreak of Ebola

BY IDISSA BIVAI The scale of the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus is unprecedented, with reports of over 750 cases and 455 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and…

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…

Opinions

Opening a new era in U.S.-Africa Relations

Opening a new era in U.S.-Africa Relations

BY SOUMANOU SALIFOU In my customary Publisher’s Statement that appeared in the August 2003 issue of this magazine that I titled…

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…

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,…