By Biko Agozino

This title was suggested by the title of an essay by CLR James on politics in the Caribbean in which he argued, following Athenian democracy, that ‘Every Cook Can Govern’. However, the institution of slavery in Athens, the fact that Athens had a war-mongering monarchy that oppressed philosophers, and the fact that women and children did not have the rights of citizenship meant that Athens was deeply flawed as a model of participatory democracy. The unfitness of Athens as a role model is particularly so for people of African descent who suffered centuries of chattel slavery, colonization and disenfranchisement, and who have also retained radically republican democratic traditions of the sort that anthropologists dubbed headless or acephalous societies. In his recent Nyerere Lecture, Wole Soyinka concluded that one such society, the Igbo is a good model for the rest of Africa.

Grace Mugabe, Wife of President of ZimbabweBy Janet Otieno

Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Amai Mugabe presented herself as a role model worth emulating during Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika’s recent wedding.

Ms Mugabe advised Malawi’s new First Lady Callista Chimombo Mutharika to follow her heart and do what pleases her, irrespective of what people think. She also pledged to be there should her ‘wise counsel’ and experience be sought as she welcomed Callista to the league of African heads of state spouses.

This was not well received by some Malawians, going by certain remarks on Nyasa Times, the country’s daily newspaper.

Nollywood

By Abimbola Adelakun

Whether East or West, the Nollywood phenomenon has been attracting a lot of interest, especially due to the number of films that the industry has been releasing. As it grows older, the phenomenon seems to be stagnating, that is going by the number of film releases.

But some of these seem to enjoy a bright moment. One of the acclaimed Nigerian films, The Figurine, made about $10,000 when it premiered in cinemas. Not a mean feat as it was one of the first Nigerian films to return this kind of box office figures from local cinemas. The other film that got that close was Through the Glass, produced and directed by actress Stephanie Okereke. Through the Glass made N10m at the cinemas.

By Abimboa Adelakun

She picks the piece of cloth, ties a tiny twig around a part of it tightly in several places. The tied up parts, when dipped in the big pot of indigo dye, will not be permeated. The material is dried and then the twig is removed in some parts. It is dipped in another pot of indigo dye and by the time this process is repeated in several pots of dyes, the parts tied up with twig and removed gradually have formed several colourful patterns.

Maker Faire Africa 2010Call for Makers 2010

Maker Faire Africa 2009, in Ghana had a great cross section of Makers from a great range of disciplines, we hope to do the same and better in 2010, in Kenya.

If you are interested to show your work at Maker Faire Africa 2010 please contact us and tell us about your work and what you would like to show. The Faire will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on August the 5th to 7th.

President Umaru Yar'AduaABUJA (AFP) – Nigeria president Umaru Yar'Adua has died, an official at his office confirmed late Wednesday.

"It is true that the president is dead," an official at the office said.

Yar'Adua died between 9:30 and 10:30 pm (2030 and 2130 GMT) Wednesday, according to a report on the website of Nigerian newspaper This Day.

The president fell ill last November and flew to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for treatment for a heart condition.

But it was only in February that he relinquished power to his deputy Goodluck Jonathan, after three months out of the country and growing concern at what many politicians and commentators saw as a power vacuum at the top.

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