Friday, December 7, 2012
Alexis Okeowo and titled "The Eight Most Fascinating Africans of
The cast of the eight fascinating Africans "doing innovative,
admirable, and sometimes destructive work" include, in their order of
Malawian President Joyce Banda (I got misgivings about the wisdom of a
Prez who relies on prophetic visions of her Nigerian spiritual guide);
Cameroonian gay rights activist Alice Nkom; acclaimed Kenyan movie
director David "Tosh" Gitonga; Tanzanian MP Al-Shaymaa
Kwegyir--a woman and an albino; nineteen-year-old Ugandan student
Proscovia Oroma, appointed to Parliament for the remainder of the term
of her late farher; South African columnist Justice Malala; Nigerian
pop duo P-Square of identical twin brothers Peter and Paul Okoye; and
Great Lakes bogeyman numero uno, Paul Kagame.
A spoiler: Reading Okeowo's description of the man, something that was
hidden in plain sight suddenly leapt at me: Kagame is loco big time!
The man is unhinged, insane!
Here's Alexis Okeowo's description of Kagame (I reformat the text for
"In some ways, the Rwandan President Paul Kagame is the man of the moment.
"Accused of helping to orchestrate a rebellion in the eastern part of
the Democratic Republic of the Congo for political and material gain,
Kagame has, despite considerable evidence, continued to deny
involvement in some of the worst violence that has taken place in the
"He has remained defiant even as allies like the United States and the
United Kingdom pulled their aid to Rwanda, which makes up forty per
cent of the country's budget, as a result of that involvement.
"The international community, still grappling with its complicity in
the Rwandan genocide, is now being
forced to plead with him to pull back from a conflict that he won't
admit he has a hand in."
Read the full article here:
PHOTO CREDITS: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Posted by Alex Engwete at 7:51 PM