David Diop was born in Bordeaux, France, of a Senegalese father and a Cameroonian mother.
Africa my Africa
Africa of proud warriors in ancestral savannahs
Africa of whom my grandmother sings
For the avoidance of doubt in this blog post ‘Athletics’ means ‘competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking.’
So it is the end of a year of ups and downs for athletics – a fantastic IAAF world championships in Beijing and a new chairperson to head the IAAF, but doping sits among these achievements like 20 uninvited ex-girlfriends frowning in the front row at the wedding reception. However, I still believe we should all love athletics. My arguments will be swift and to the point [ahem!]
(It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. Dickens, Charles. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ .)
‘Nigeria is a great country. It is great in area- Nigeria is half the size of Western Europe.
It is great in population: Nigeria had nearly 40 millions of people.
It is great in prospects, because Nigeria has all the resources to maintain a powerful and a prosperous nation.
One thing that strikes me quite strongly, reading and writing about Africa, is the depth to which false perceptions of Africa have sunk in our collective subconscious. While I think it is forgivable for people whose only experience of Africa is aid adverts with awfully malnourished children and news bulletins featuring some rabid warlord spouting maledictions – this delusion of utter dependence should not be replicated by Africans.
Simon is a campaigning and community education expert. He has contributed on development issues at some of the world’s leading conferences including the G20, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. He is the co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organisation working towards the end of extreme poverty, and wrote the ground-breaking 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation, which has been delivered 750+ times to 100,000+ people since 2009
Nigeria has been at the democracy game for a good number of years now and a lot of talk goes on about the ‘dividends of democracy.’ This makes it sound like democracy is some kind of equation where D (democracy) + SS (sovereign statehood) = DoD (dividends of democracy)
(This is a rewrite from 2010)
‘Welcome to Lagos’ (W2Lag) was a BBC three-part observational documentary series which explored life in the urban environment of Lagos, Nigeria. I have included a video clip.