Monday, March 31, 2008

White "Africans" and Bob Astles; Idi Amin's notorious Adviser

Some one asked how possible it was that there are white people still living in Zimbabwe. To know the answer, one has to understand the effect the African continent has on non Africans especially white people. This is an area that needs serious study.
A white person that lives in Africa for a very long time is not your typical white person you see in America or in Europe. To understand them one has to meet these whites and talk to them but even then, only they know what they are about.

The Zimbabwean whites that refuse to leave despite the life threatening situation are a key example. It will be surprising for some to learn that some of these same "persecuted" whites are actually working along with Mugabe and others are working with his opposition.
Those that will manage to survive this crisis without being killed will emerge as a new breed of White Africans and if the experience of Uganda's expulsion of Indians is to go buy, they will come out with even more power and influence in the aftermath.

Bob Asles inset

I am posting an article from the UK's Daily Mail about Bob Astles, one of Idi Amin's hench men who inspired the book and Movie, 'The last King of Scotland". Astles has persistently claimed that he was the good guy. But Ugandans see no big difference between him and Amin. He displays the characteristics of your Typical 'African' White man.

'The White Rat' who owns a Beamer and lives in Wimbledon

With a yacht on the South Coast and a BMW in the drive, Bob Astles enjoys a very comfortable retirement.
When he is not relaxing at his £1 million home, the 82-year-old likes to go for a gentle sail on the Solent.

But while he may look like any other pensioner, behind the windcheater and chinos lies a figure once feared and reviled by an entire nation.

Thirty years ago, Astles was the right hand man to the Ugandan despot Idi Amin and nicknamed "the White Rat" for his allegiance to the lunatic dictator who murdered around 300,000 of his fellow citizens.

Astles' role in the dictator's reign has been brought to the fore once more with the release of The Last King of Scotland, the Oscar-nominated film about Amin's rule.

In the movie, the character Nicholas Garrigan is in part based on Astles who was widely perceived to be Amin's closest adviser.

The directors chose to make Garrigan, a Scottish doctor played by James McAvoy, an amalgam of three men who were allies of Amin at the time, but the part of his character which is infatuated by Amin is based on Astles.

When the African leader was toppled in 1979 after an eight-year reign of terror, Astles was imprisoned for six years.

On his release, he returned to his native Britain but kept in touch with Amin until his death in 2003.

He now lives with old friend and historian Betty Julius, 81, with whom he shares an impressive five-bedroom house on a smart, tree-lined street in Wimbledon, South West London.

It is an enviable lifestyle which, some would argue, an individual once known as "the second most hated man in Uganda" does not deserve.

A former soldier from Kent, his hunger for adventure took him to Africa and he settled in Uganda when he was 30 with his new wife Monica, who had travelled with him from Britain.

A year later she left him. Not long after he married Mary Ssen-katukka, an aristocratic member of a Ugandan tribe, and had two children. The couple later separated.

He and Amin met in 1962 when Astles was close to drowning in Lake Victoria and Amin, then an Army captain, fished him out.

Astles worked for the government and ten years, when Amin came to power in a military coup, he swiftly changed allegiance.

Being a loyal servant, however, did not provide immunity from the ruler's evil rages. He was threatened with execution several times and served a brutal prison sentence on a spurious charge.

"Scared of him?" he once said in a rare interview. "My hair would go on end but I was a fighter. The last time he arranged for me to be killed, he sent for my wife and said, 'Go and look at him for the last time.'

"He was a mad man obviously."

Despite his mood swings, such was Amin's fondness for his sidekick that he made him "Major" Bob. Astles, in return, referred to his master as H.E, short for Amin's favourite chosen title of His Excellency.

Astles has always been unrepentant about his job.

"I loved it," he later recalled, "and when my minister asked me to do something, I'd do it ... And I'd do it all again. Definitely."

Astles has always denied any crimes.

When Amin was overthrown, Astles escaped to Kenya but was arrested and jailed despite being acquitted of murder and other charges against him.

"They starved me down to less than eight stone, but I wouldn't die," he said.

On his returning to the UK in 1985, he moved in with Miss Julius and has led a life of quiet anonymity ever since.

The only visible link to his past is the large, drooping moustache he has had since the Amin years.

On Monday Miss Julius claimed that Astles was abroad and no longer wanted to talk about his days as "the White Rat".

Asked if he had seen the film, she replied: "No, I don't think he has. It is fiction anyway. He doesn't like talking about the old days - as far as he's concerned, it's all in the past."

Residents in the street find it hard to come to terms with their neighbour's controversial background.

One said: "I knew the name Bob Astles in the 70s and was aware that there was the British man who was Idi Amin's right hand man.

"I learned recently that this same man is now living on the same street as me just a few doors away though he has been here for years.

"It is very odd to think of his past and what he has done. It is difficult to try and equate that with the person you see today. He just looks like a normal retired man."

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Alright Zimbabwe, here we go.....

First Kenya and now Zimbabwe is moving further on the path of self destruction with its self styled Hitler, Robert Mugabe.
The votes for the now concluded Presidential election are being counted with Mugabe trailing but looking like he wants to steal the election. And Deja vu!

Unfortunately Zimbabwe being at odds with the Western world over the expulsion and removal of land from the White Zimbabwean farmers, I don't see any mediation and attempts to calm the pending explosion the way Kenya was handled in its post election stalemate. In their air conditioned offices in Europe, politicians will be screaming BURN Mugabe BURN!

Today inflation in Zimbabwe is over 150,000%. This is unimaginable but is not the first time its happened, Germany was in the same position during the first world war era. Interesting coincidence since Hitler is Mugabe's hero.

Mugabe likes to blame international sanctions and refusing to acknowledge the collapse of the agricultural sector, that is the back bone of the economy, which came as a result of the expulsion of the white farmers.
(The expulsion of the white farmers and its implications is a whole other blog topic)

To date there are over 3 million Zimbabweans living out of the country having fled an oppressive regime. Zimbabwe's population is just over 12 million and more are fleeing harsh conditions daily.

Sensing that Mugabe may steal the election like he allegedly did the last time, the opposition, which is leading in the vote count has not ruled out use of force. The government already anticipates this and has already put in place armed forces to quell the foreseen violence. Which makes one wonder, why have elections in the first place?

When things for the ordinary Zimbabwean could not get worse.....Here we go again.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

21st Century Slavery in Africa

This post was inspired by an item over at the Electronic Village.

I am embarrased to admit that as an African, I always heard of slaverly in some parts of Africa but never thought that it was as rampant as the case in Mauritania.
I have heard of children being trafficked to the Arab world from Sudan.
So It appears that the Arabs started the slave trade of Africans and it has never stopped.

I have heard people justify American slavery by saying that it was practised in Africa. From my knowledge of my region this was never the case. You did have a servant class of people in some cultures but it was not chattel slavery as they try to make it appear. But alas slavery in its worst form still exists.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Going to school has never been so tough

I love African school stories but this one was a tough one for me. Its a story published by the BBC.::sigh::

Crocodile crossing for SA pupils
By Alice Lander
BBC News, Kwazulu-Natal

A South African village is demanding that a bridge be built across a crocodile-infested river to stop children swimming it to get to school.

Students as young as seven have been making the crossing for two months since the community's boat was stolen.

"There are about 70 households on that side of the river but there are no buses and no-one owns a car," a Kwazulu-Natal local councillor said.

On school days, 150 children from Sahlumbe village in the heart of rural Zululand swim across the river in their underwear using rubber tyres and buckets to keep afloat and to keep their school uniforms and books dry.

The older ones help the small ones who cling to the tyres.

"I worry all the time. There are dangerous animals in there, especially crocodiles," says Thuthukani Primary School headmistress Hlengiwe Mthembu.

The children, some of whom also attend Mabizela High School, often arrive tired and unable to concentrate, she says.

"They sit in class and shiver because of the cold and they can't study well because they are worrying about how they are going to get home.

"It is very hard for them. After heavy rains the river gets very full. It can take up to 10 minutes to cross."

Local councillor Sibusiso Nbatha says most of the families moved to the area three years ago after being evicted from the land they were on.

He says many parents have no choice but to let their children make the dangerous crossing.
"Not all the children can swim so some ride on the tires or their parents carry them across. The river is too deep for the adults to walk across and not all of them can swim," Mr Nbatha says.
It is not only children who have to face the fast-flowing Tugela River.

The only hospital in the area is also situated on the far bank. In 2003 a pregnant woman battling to reach the opposite bank drowned.

In 2005, two children from the same family were also taken by the river and drowned.
Mr Nbatha says even the stolen boat was not safe and he wants a bridge built in the area.
"It was old and full of holes. There was only one boat and it was used by the whole community."
He says he has pleaded with the department of transport for five years.
"They just keep us waiting," he says.
"It's very frustrating. You can see the school from the opposite bank but you just can't reach it."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

SARA JONES' foresight

Considering there is an ongoing campaign by black women seeking justice that is ever elusive, I find Sara's work and poetic recital "Revolution" quite relevant at this particular time.

I cannot get over this woman's talent.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

A Remarkable Young Lady

Kelly Anyandike

While I was busy on my shopping spree for the next semester's classes I came across this remarkable story of a young girl swimming against the tides. And I wish to share her story. But first, a little self indulgence here.

Alright. I must confess, I am an education junkie. I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and all who know me think I should be done with school. But studies, especially challenging ones are one of the very few pleasures in my life.

I wasn't always a fun of school. I have told the story before, as a 4 year old I was once taken to school at gun point by a cousin of mine that was a soldier in Amin's army. This was after my mum had given up on convincing me to go. He was as crazy as they come.
That particular incident tamed my tendency to truancy for which I was a faithful in my preteens after I had been taken out of boarding school.
Also truancy was in my genes since my father was the worst offender of his generation. He was notorious for smuggling alcohol into the school. So bad was his behaviour that he was made to commute to the boarding school from home which was about 7 miles away during the whole year of his finals. That didn't stop him however from being the best student in the whole district then region and winning a scholarship to study Math in India. A better choice for him over medical school for which he had been offered.

Where I am from you are nothing without a formal education. Some people think that is extreme but it makes alot of sense given the environment we are in.

How did I end up being an education junkie? Well its a long story but at some point I lost the opportunity to go to school for so many complex reasons I won't go into for now. The prospect of never getting an education turned my aversion around.

Back to the main subject about a young lady, her name is Kelly Anyadike. And this is her not so small story.

Kelly Anyadike is one of those special students taking classes concurrently at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, while still in high school. On Saturday March 15Th, Kelly turned 16 and she celebrated her birthday by setting a record. She became the youngest African-American female to fly solo in seven different planes in one day. She flew the planes out of Compton Airport this past Saturday as part of a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen's Los Angeles chapter. Members of the Compton City Council, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and some celebrities were on hand as Kelly flew one of her seven trips around the airport. She is taking sign language at Trade Tech with Dr. Robinson and also has taken art and speech classes. When not at Trade Tech, she attends the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, and plans to attend UCLA to become a vascular surgeon.
Ah! The possibilities. Thank You Kelly, you have been added on the villagers Prayer list.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Gaddafi's Heaven on Earth

Libya's Leader Muammar al Gadaffi is one hard character for an African to get around. Its hard to decide whether to like him or to be wary of him.

In the last few years he has been a strong advocate for the the formation of a United states of Africa. Not a bad idea at all.

At the moment he is in Uganda to open an Arab African youth conference with about 3000 delegates from Africa and the Arab world. He is also there to officially open the Mosque that will be the home of the Muslim Supreme council in Uganda. Both Events are heavily funded by him. And this is where Gadaffi's popularity kicks in among some African countries.

Under his leadership his counrty is one of the few well managed countries on the continent with its citizens enjoying freedoms in their own homegrown type of government refered to as Islamic Socialism. One of the many benefits the Libyans enjoy is the right to own a house. Libya is one of those very few successful societies that one hardly hears about.

However this success has given Gadaffi the confidence to assume that he can spread the so called success all over Africa hence his aggressive advocacy for a United States of Africa with him naturally as its first potential leader. And he wants this as of yesterday. This attitude he showed at the last African Union Summit in Accra Ghana where he left early because most African states were not dancing to his tune.

Many political analysists say that Gadaffi will not see his dream of a US of Africa in his life time. So he should get over himself and keep doing what he has been doing by being generous with his money all over the continent like he did rebuilding of the Toro Kingdom Palace.

Gadaffi, though his ethnicity is quite dodgy with rumors that he is Jewish, seems to not take into account the differences between the Africans in the North and those of Sub Saharan Africa. The differences among the two are clearly seen in places like Darfur. And what does his majesty think of Dafur? In an interview at a Summit in Europe, he said that everyone should stay out and let the situation resolve itself! And the black Africans are supposed to take this guy for their leader?

Anyway Mr. should just stay content with his achievements for his people and keep the freebees coming. He is already having his own version of heaven on earth by having an entourage of female supposedly virgin body guards that live and will die for him. What is up with that?

His argument on creating female fighters is that if women are trained and taught the art of combat they can better protect themselves and not be victims like those in other war torn Arab countries. Okay, here its hard to make up my mind whether the guy is a feminist or a total chauvanist! What do the feminists think?

His female body guards known as The Amazonian Guard are killing machines. They are trained to protect him and die for him. They also take a vow of chastity and apparently many young women are dying to take on this role. As a matter of fact one got killed saving his life when his convoy was attacked by assasins by throwing herself in the line of fire.

So even if Gadaffi doesn't see his dream of being the first leader of a United States of Africa, atleast he has seen his heaven on earth.

His relationship with the Queen Mother of Toro Kingdom is fodder for gossip media in the region and of concern to many since her Kingdom has recently been discovered to contain massive oil deposits.

Gaddafi is also one of those very difficult characters for any African leader to be seen openly canoodling with.

The Kingdom of Toro

King Oyo And Queen Mother- Vanessa Vick for The New York Times

As promised to siddity, I am posting some stories and profiles of African monarchies. This particular post is a precursor to my very next blog post. After you have read the two one will understand why they come together and in the given order.

Monarchies were re-established in Uganda by the current Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, in the mid 90s after they had been banned after independence by the self made President Obote who hijacked the system that was a hybrid of monachies and a Republic. By raiding the main Kingdom's Palace, the Buganda Kingdom, he sent almost all Monarchs and royals into exile where some died and those who survived stayed there for over 20 years.

Subjects of King Oyo, who was crowned at 3½ in 1995, celebrated the anniversary of his coronation last month at the palace in Fort Portal.

Knowing the importance of Monarchs to their people, the current president Museveni had no choice but to reinstate them. Ironically, the heir to the throne of his own tribe, the Banyankole, has never been reinstated and sits idly with the title of Prince.

On King Oyo's ninth anniversary, elders brought gifts to honor the 12-year-old who rules the Toro Kingdom

The Kingdom in question today is the Toro Kingdom. Below is an article from the New York times on the 9th coronation Anniversary of the youngest King ever.

For His Royal Playfulness, Goats, Sheep, but Nary a ToyBy MARC LACEY

Published: October 7, 2004

Royalty was restored in 1995 to four thrones, one in Fort Portal.

KAMPALA, Uganda - There are some distinct advantages, Oyo Nyimba Kabambaiguru Rukidi IV acknowledges, to being a king.

"You have many people who like you a lot," said King Oyo, as he is known to his one-million-plus subjects in western Uganda's Toro Kingdom. "Like" is actually an understatement. At ceremonies in his main palace in Fort Portal, worshippers get down on their hands and knees in front of him, kiss at his feet and bring him valuable offerings like live goats and sheep.

Then there is the overseas travel that comes with wearing a crown. Uganda is a poor country, so destitute in fact that the average citizen makes not enough in an entire year to afford a plane ticket to see the world. But kings ride business class. King Oyo has been throughout Africa and has made trips to Europe and America as well, meeting a variety of V.I.P.'s in the process.

All the same, as King Oyo sat on a leopard skin that had been draped over an armchair in his other palace, in Kampala, the other day, he said that being king has some drawbacks for someone of his generation.

"My life is very different from most 12-year-olds," said King Oyo, fidgeting with a rubber band tied around his royal wrist and looking both kinglike and kidlike at once.

Sure, King Oyo plays video games, goes off to school every day - where his classmates and teachers just call him Oyo - and runs around the palace yard with his three dogs when he is not doing homework.

But King Oyo also has bodyguards and rules over an elaborate administrative structure that includes a prime minister, a board of regents and a variety of parish councils. He cannot just walk out his front gate and mingle with the other children in his upscale neighborhood. Sometimes, he says, he feels a bit trapped.

"Sometimes I wonder, 'Why am I a king?' " he said. That question is easy to answer, at least as far as the rules of the kingdom go.

Crowned at age 3-1/2yrs

His father, King David Patrick Olimi Kaboyo II, died when Oyo was 3½. In the Toro Kingdom, women cannot rule so Oyo's mother was out, as was his older sister. Although rather young, Oyo was crowned nonetheless on Sept. 11, 1995, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as a toddler king.

Africa has a smattering of kings, in Ghana, South Africa and, most notably, Swaziland, where his majesty has drawn criticism for his free-spending ways and for his practice of plucking a virgin girl out of the masses during an annual festival to become one of his many queens.

King Oyo is dull in comparison. He does not even have a girlfriend. His mother controls the household spending. There has not been any particularly dramatic palace intrigue under his nine-year reign.

Uganda's kingdoms go back hundreds of years but former President Milton Obote outlawed them in 1967 as part of his effort to consolidate rule. It was not until 1995 that the government of President Yoweri Museveni reinstated the country's four kingdoms - Buganda, Ankole, Bunyoro and Toro - although more as cultural institutions than the ruling monarchies they once were.

King Oyo's father was living in exile when the kingdoms were reinstated. He returned to much rejoicing among the Toro. His rule was short, however. Soon, young Oyo was wearing the Toro crown, which has a giant white feather sticking out the top, and the gold-laced vestments.

He had no choice, really. It was his duty to become the 12th king of Toro. That is what the queen mother, Best Kemigisa, regularly reminds him. "Bringing up a king is a serious responsibility," she said of her role in the kingdom.

Despite her best efforts, sometimes King Oyo's lack of enthusiasm for the role is rather hard not to see. Some observers said his face seemed glum last month at the anniversary of his coronation, which along with his birthday is celebrated with much pomp among the Toro.

Weeks before the big day there is a cleaning of everything in the palace. When the anniversary arrives, his subjects gather and King Oyo is presented with the royal ax, the royal bow and arrows and the royal sword. The royal troupe plays drums and royal flutes.

There is a milking of the royal cows, which is performed, as one might expect, by royal milkmen. At one point, King Oyo must stride around the grounds, although palace functionaries scurry ahead of him to ensure that his feet touch straw mats and not the earth.

The royal publicist is on hand, reminding the uninitiated that it is an "abomination" to turn one's back to the king. Most are too busy gawking at King Oyo to consider such a thing.

There was a recent attempt to further curtail the limited powers of Uganda's kings, but the country's many monarchists would have none of that.

Mr. Museveni, the president who some critics say acts like a king, proposed that Parliament be allowed to remove kings who violate the Constitution. An uproar ensued and the government has since backed away from the proposal.

King Oyo's mother - who sits by his side, adjusts his crown and helps him navigate the difficult world of being a king - voiced her kingdom's disapproval with the government plan. "These members of Parliament are below the king," she said bluntly. "They are subjects of the king. How could they remove him?"

As she spoke, King Oyo, who had earlier excused himself, was outside the palace kicking around a soccer ball, acting more kid than king.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

White Woman does the Ndombolo

Awilo Longomba

While I am waiting to blog on a story that is unfolding right now, I will post about one curiosity.

There is a curious trend growing on conglese music videos scene and that is white women as queen dancers. These are the female dancers that accompany congolese artists. I don't know much about these women but it appears they put in alot of time in mastering the dance moves.

Traditional African dances are very hard such that most of them have to be learnt at an early age in order to be flawless. And even life long learning is not a guarantee to mastery. A person of a particular tribe can tell you don't belong to them by the way you perform their dance. (Try spotting Snoop Dog in this video).

The Kiganda dance is virtually impossible to learn as an adult. I have seen afew foreign students try it to almost die of exhaustion. But I have also seen a white woman attempt it. It was a commendable effort.

If you can fast forward the video below to 3.45 mins you will understand why you can not just wake up one day and do the dance.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Steven Spielberg saving Dafur?

Many of you must have heard the news of Steven Spielberg's withdrawal as Artistic Adviser from Beijing's 2008 Olympic games. And all of us have heard of Dafur and are doing very little about it. Hell some of us watched Rwanda from the beginning to the end of the genocide as the UN security council dilly dallied on whether it was an issue worth international intervention.

Some Africans have long given up on any help from else where and just wait for the miseries to run their course. It has made some very cynical and doubtful of the potential goodness of human beings especially foreign ones. There is growing concensus for self reliance.
Atleast in Rwanda, they learnt that lesson the hard way and they don't look outside anymore for help. 'If it comes well and good if not, then we may be better off without it'. That is their post genocide attitude. And I believe this is the attitude needed by all Sub Saharan countries, help is not going to come, if it does, it has massive strings attached to it. So you are better off with out it.

So when I heard that Spielberg had pulled out of the Beijing Olympics and many considered it a heroic move, I was very skeptical, isn't China's human rights record crystal clear and hasn't the genocide in Dafur been going on over the past 5 years?

This is what spielberg said for pulling out of the Olympics.

"I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue business as usual,” Spielberg said in a statement. “At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic ceremonies but on doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur.”

In his own defence he claims that he left the contract unsigned for a year hoping to see improvements in the situation especially by the efforts of the Sudan government that bears the bulk of the responsibility. According to him he anticipated the possibility of not signing the contract if things didn't go as he hoped.

Okay, why does this guy sound like a Presidential candidate? My first question when I heard of his withdrawal was, what was he doing there in the first place? I wish I could get a clear answer on that. If I didn't know better I would think that he knows little about the dynamics of a genocide. Did he really think that things could improve in time for him to sign his contract? Really?

The only way things could get better is, if like Rwanda, the genocide was quick and the survivors fled the region completely and the nation starts rebuilding immediately as in Rwanda's case. At which point, would would it be an appropriate time for him to sign the contract?

I initally thought I was being very harsh towards Spielgberg but my skeptism was confirmed by the fact that he had been continuously getting pressure from people like Mia Farrow who went in an all out shaming campaign about his participation in the Olympics.

In an Oped column this is what she wrote;

“Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games?”

Full article

We do understand that people want to make a buck but at what cost? So should we consider Spielberg a hero for suddenly listening to his conscience?

Monday, March 10, 2008

Africa's first Black Billionaires

Forbes magazine has a new list of the richest people in the world and surprise suprise, the first black Africans have made the list. Bill Gates is now in third position with Warren Buffet in first position and Mexico's Carlos slim in second.

And the Africans are

Patrice Motsepe of Souh Africa

Patrice Motsepe entered the mining business when South Africa ended apartheid. Today the onetime lawyer and avowed capitalist is the country's first black billionaire.
On a brilliantly sunny Thursday in January, Patrice Motsepe, a vigorous 46-year-old with regal posture, is striding through a gleaming shopping mall on the Cape Town waterfront. Suddenly a crowd forms. A half-dozen employees from the Build-A-Bear Workshop ask for his autograph. Two giggling young women roll up their sleeves as Motsepe signs their arms with a black marker, smiling while admirers snap photos with cell phones. An older woman approaches Motsepe and nearly swoons, grasping his arm and laying her head on his chest as he pats her back and murmurs thank you in Xhosa, one of the six African languages he speaks.

All this is not for a movie star or entertainer but for South Africa's first black billionaire. Over 15 years Motsepe, preaching free market capitalism, turned a low-level mining services business into the country's first black-owned mining company, African Rainbow Minerals, with 2007 revenue of $875 million. Driven by the Asian commodities boom, ARM's share price has rocketed in the past year from $12 to $24, pushing the value of Motsepe's net worth to $2.4 billion. Motsepe, a lawyer by training, serves as ARM's executive chairman, with a 42% stake in the company. He also owns a 5.5% stake worth $295 million in Sanlam, a publicly traded financial services company outside Cape Town.

By billionaire standards Motsepe has a modest lifestyle. His three sons attend prestigious private schools, but he has only one home, in the affluent Johannesburg suburb of Bryanston, and no yacht or plane. His one indulgence is to own the Mamelodi Sundowns, a soccer team. It doesn't tarnish his star quality that he's married to one of South Africa's most glamorous women, a medical doctor turned fashion impresario.

Full article

And Aliko Dangote from Nigeria

Nigeria's first billionaire hit the jackpot when his sugar-production company listed on the Nigerian stock exchange last year. Meanwhile, proposed initial public offerings of his flour and cement companies have stalled. Began career as trader at 21 with loan from his uncle; built his Dangote Group into conglomerate with interests in sugar, flour milling, salt processing, cement manufacturing, textiles, real estate, haulage and oil and gas. Closely linked to Nigeria's former president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

How to insult an African- A guide for the Non African Black

If you have been around IR blogs you will have noticed a very disturbing trend, confrontations between Black Americans and Africans. So if you are Black American and ever got caught up in one of these confrontations there is a ready to go script that you can use for your assault.

This format is the standard and is highly favored by combatants. You are encouraged to pull out the script whenever some lousy African tries to pull some superiority ish on you. Show them where to put it by following data. Also posted are pictures that you can conviniently placed as back up.

1) Africa is one poverty stricken country (whatever!) and all you Africans come here suddenly want to feel superior to us, who have fought and suffered. Now you parasites come over and enjoy these freedoms we have created.

2) Your black skin still makes you a N*****r. More so since majority of us in America have mixed heritages from europe and native American. You take on White racism and think you can belong but at the end of the day you are still a N****R to them.

3) Africans are dying like flies of AIDS so take your Superiority ish else where.

4) Your governments are so lousy, you cannot even feed your own people that is why y'all are starving to death.

5) Colonialism ended along time ago and you guys are still killing each other. Look at what happened in Rwanda, in Dafur and now Kenya! And don't go blaming d'evil White man.

6) You lack basic infrustructure and are still running around naked in the bush.

7) This is our country, we built it, we understand that you have to kiss the white man's ass to get your green card, after all there is nothing left for you in Africa, however don't come over here and tell us how to deal or respond to racism.
Do your hassle but keep out of our business.

This script will definitely put this backward being in their place and please have no fear of a backclash. Other than at most two lone lost and idle white guys, no one will come to the defence of the wretch(es).

And to these white fools draw out the White Supremist card and you will be home free.
Afew sisters may come to their rescue but these are simply mammys craving acceptance. Ignore these, they will eventually come to their senses.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Eddie Murphy's Bush Bitch. Is this FUNNY?

I wonder if Eddy Murphy still thinks this is good humor.
These days there is an increasingly thin line between what is tasteful and what is not.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

KOFFI OLOMIDE- Something to cheer Soila

Our fellow villager Soila has been under attack by some not so friendly bloggers. Who knows what their problem is? To us villagers, their attacks are not warranted since Soila has always been respectful to people in the IR blog world.

Anyway to cheer you up even more than you are already, I am posting your favorite Congolese Super star, KOFI OLOMIDE.

(Miriam, the girls in here are slightly better covered).


Monday, March 3, 2008

DR Congo's version of music videos-Awilo Longomba

The Congolese are some of the most gifted musicians on the continent. They popularised their music and modernised it way before the most of Africa. Their music is fine but their videos are still shocking to most traditional Africans. The butt exposures on TV especially though gaining more acceptance where initially a shock to Eastern Audiences. Though some African cultures are more comfortable with nudity than others one can not help but wonder if some of the influences come from hip hop videos.

This particular artist is one of Congo's best and he is extrememly talented.
I am curious to hear the reactions from an American audience especially at this time when there are anti mysoginist campaigns.

The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure

Alright people, if you ever find your self in Uganda don't miss a white water rafting trip on the Nile. It is just one of those things you have to do to appreciate the fullness of life.

The Rapids of the Nile are considered the most intesnse in the world and attract people from all over the world. Unfortunately in afew years they may not exist anymore since its already in plan for a Hydro electic dam to be built. Yes those rapids will soon be history.

So plan ahead. You will never forget the experience.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Anna Nyakana - promising artist

Alright I just discovered this artist. I came across her and realized that her second name was from my region. That is how you can quickly spot a person with African heritage. Their second name is always a giver and in some cases you can trace their exact clan and ancestry. So I checked her out in detail and discovered that she is indeed half Ugandan, her father being the African and her mother is from the former soviet Union. They migrated to the US so that makes her an American. She has got a unique musical style and has recently been Starbucks' featured artist.

I was abit dissappointed that she could not correctly pronounce her second name.