La decisión de posponer la elección presidencial en Nigeria –tomada pocas horas antes de la apertura prevista de los centros de votación– suscitó temores por la integridad del futuro comicio. Es necesario que esos temores no se hagan realidad, y no sólo por el bien de Nigeria. Así como una democracia fuerte y estable en el país más poblado de África puede dar un poderoso ejemplo a la región, una crisis política tendría graves consecuencias mucho más allá de sus fronteras.
África occidental, hogar de unos 362 millones de personas, está en camino hacia la consolidación democrática. Según Freedom House, “África austral y occidental han mejorado significativamente la gobernanza democrática”, una tendencia que afianzó la estabilidad en la región.… Seguir leyendo »
For years, it seemed as though only one photograph of Nelson Mandela existed. It showed him with bushy hair, plump cheeks, and a look of serious determination. But it was a black-and-white shot, so grainy it looked ancient — a visual documentation of an era and an individual whose time had long passed.
In the early 1960s, fed up with the systematic oppression and inhumane treatment of indigenous Africans, Mandela successfully proposed a plan of violent tactics and guerrilla warfare, essentially forming the military wing of the African National Congress. Within a few years, this martial division, aptly named Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation, was discovered and its leadership detained.… Seguir leyendo »
“A path is made by walking,” so an old proverb states. Africa, in the 50 years since most countries won independence, has walked a path toward stability and prosperity now appreciated by millions on our continent through increased life expectancy and the opportunities work and education bring. Yet sometimes is it difficult to feel or appreciate a journey of progress while it is happening. It is far easier to look back on success and forget how great a journey has been.
Last week, Ghana received the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization award for meeting Millennium Development Goals on decreasing hunger and undernourishment two years before the 2015 deadline, one of only 18 countries to have done so.… Seguir leyendo »
When the African Union (known then as the Organization of African Unity) was founded, the leaders of that era understood that the success of their individual countries hinged on the success of the entire continent. Now, as the organization celebrates its 50th anniversary, we understand more than ever the key role that unity has played in Africa’s past and must continue to play as the continent embraces this new wave of economic prosperity and international attention.
Kwame Nkrumah, founding father of Ghana, the first sub-Saharan nation to gain its independence from colonial rule, famously said, “Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation of Africa.”… Seguir leyendo »