AFRICA WELLNESS This is the section that provides answers to your various health and wellness issues, especially for people of African descent – holistic, diagnostic, curative, historical, and intervention. Our experts will assist with tips on how to improve your quality of life. Sponsored by THE TIMES as a Community Service By Zelna Booth Traditional medicines are part of the cultural heritage of many Africans. About 80% of the African continent’s population use these medicines for healthcare. Other reasons include affordability, accessibility, patient dissatisfaction with conventional medicine, and the common misconception that “natural” is “safe”. The growing recognition of traditional medicine resulted in the first World Health Organization global summit on the topic, in August 2023, with the theme “Health and Wellbeing for All”.
AFRICA THOUGHT – News features, commentaries, analyses, interviews & Op-ed. For decades, Western-style democracy has been heralded as a beacon of hope and progress, promising freedom, prosperity, and accountable governance to nations around the world. Yet, as the 21st century unfolds, a stark and complex reality emerges across the vast and diverse continent of Africa. The lofty expectations associated with the spread of democratic ideals have too often met harsh and sobering truths on African soil. While democracy remains a cherished aspiration for many African nations, the journey towards achieving it has been marked by challenges and unmet promises. Recent events in Africa where citizens troop to the streets in their numbers to celebrate the ousting of a supposed democratic
AFRICA INC. – Rising economies, start-ups, and Black wealth, etc. Djibouti is the main port for all foreign aid going to Ethiopia. Sean Gallup/Getty Images By Namhla Matshanda Ethiopia’s access to the coast has occupied the minds of the country’s rulers since time immemorial. This is because being landlocked undermines Ethiopia’s ability to grow its economy, develop its military (navy force) and exert influence across the Horn of Africa. We see this preoccupation in the history of Ethiopia and Eritrea. In 1952, Eritrea – a coastal country – was controversially federated into Ethiopia. Failure to maintain this annexation led to Eritrean independence in 1993 and Ethiopia became a landlocked country once again. This was a major blow for the new administration that had taken over political
AFRICA INC. – Rising economies, start-ups, and Black wealth, etc. Kofi Ansah changed fashion in Ghana after his return from the UK. Eric Don-Arthur, courtesy of Kofi Ansah Foundation By Adwoa Owusuaa Bobie & Akosua Darkwa & Katherine Gough In the 1950s and 1960s, young Africans were assisted financially by their governments to study in western countries in the hope they would return to contribute to nation building. Individuals who qualified abroad and returned home formed the educated elites of immediate post-independent Africa. Over the years, the demography of such migrants has changed to include professionals who after graduation at home move abroad in search of employment and remain there permanently. This loss of human talent and skills – the “brain drain” – is
AFRICA THOUGHT – News features, commentaries, analyses, interviews & Op-ed. By Kris Manjapra The actual day was June 19, 1865, and it was the Black dockworkers in Galveston, Texas, who first heard the word that freedom for the enslaved had come. There were speeches, sermons and shared meals, mostly held at Black churches, the safest places to have such celebrations. The perils of unjust laws and racist social customs were still great in Texas for the 250,000 enslaved Black people there, but the celebrations known as Juneteenth were said to have gone on for seven straight days. The spontaneous jubilation was partly over Gen. Gordon Granger’s General Order No. 3. It read in part, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a
AFRICA THOUGHT – News features, commentaries, analyses, interviews & Op-ed. By Francis Okpaleke & Olumba Ezenwa A month after the coup in Niger that toppled the democratically elected civilian government of Mohamed Bazoum, the country’s neighbors are still debating the possibility of military intervention. The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) – a coalition of west African countries, which includes Niger – has said it intends to send in a taskforce to topple the military junta led by General Abdourahamane Tchiani, which ousted Bazoum on July 26. But the plan to intervene is not without controversy. Niger, a landlocked nation, shares borders with Mali, Algeria, Libya, Chad, Benin and Burkina Faso. These countries have expressed solidarity with the military junta and have committed to