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Welcome to African Century Journal Blog

  This space is  for contemporary commentary by our editor, Dapo Ladimeji,  on  important but also sometimes the fleeting and ephemeral events of life. An opportunity to give an African gloss on these events which so often feel important at the time but quickly flow with tide towards  the beach of incidental memories and to note those events that are truly important but may be concealed by the mist and noise of the day’s trivia.        

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Michelle I Goa & Mussolini – Getting it quite wrong

Michelle Goa writes in Harvard Crimson: ‘It bemuses me that some absolve non-white people of racism. They declare point-blank, “It’s literally impossible to be racist to a white person.” “Racism against white people doesn’t exist.” “Because there’s no scenario in which racism is not a bad thing. If some extremists won’t engage in good faith, we can’t force them. But at least among the rest of us, we can do better. We shouldn’t need to compare how a possible…

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MFA Boston back in the ‘racism’ cross hairs
african exhibit at MFA

Boston Museum  appears not to have learnt anything or taken steps to root out racism in its institution since our earlier commentary. We had thought our previous report of their absurd  commentary that ancient Royal Egyptians got their dark skins from working outside in the sun may have been a one-off to be dealt quietly and circumspectly. We now learn that racism is rather endemic at the Museum. A teacher took her class to the Museum only for them…

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Turkish Airlines and African passengers

Nigerian passengers are very profitable for many airlines. However that does not always translate into due respect. There is some silly behaviour that in my original opinion was due to rogue staff. they would harrass African passenger who were in transit over their passports. Remember these passengers are not seeking entry into Turkey. These are passemgers who have already been checked for the final destination at their port of embarkation by Turkish airlines staff. In one case I heard…

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BOEING 737 Max, Dr Nunes – blaming the victims

It was predictable that after the crash of Ethiopian airlines some Western commentators would be insinuate that it was due to poor African  pilot skills. However FT reports 4 April 19  : ‘ Ethiopian minister of transport Dagmawit Moges said that the crew of the Ethiopian Airlines flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi on March 10 “performed all the procedures repeatedly provided by the manufacturer but were not able to control the aircraft”. ‘ Note 1 Much to my…

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Candace Owens & 50 dead bodies

We have written about Candace Owen before Brenton Tarrant has written a manifesto (note 1) which has been largely misdescribed by the US/UK media. In particular, most of the manifesto appears to be mainstream ‘Trump’. So it was well advised of Trump by his media team to get his disavowal out early. His statement that only a small number of people follow Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto sounded entirely hollow. Trump’s base fundamentally agree with Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto. These are indeed…

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ROMA!

On 8 Feb we went to a private screening of ROMA. This was a visually enchanting film which was quite magnetic and held one’s attention. At the private screening the director, producer, cine-photographer, and the main stars came on stage for a Q&A after the film. For once the Q&A was utterly rivetting. Alfonso Cuaron, the director/producer described his unusual way of producing/filming in that everything was shot in sequence. He also confessed that the final scene in the…

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Nigeria ignores Catholic child abuse
ex Cardinal

Front page news: The Pope dismisses a US cardinal from the priesthood! WSJ reports that after a report documented decades of clerical abuse the Catholic hierarchy has chosen to act. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-former-cardinal-is-defrocked-after-sex-abuse-conviction-11550311326 ) A more interesting question for Africans is the almost total absence of convictions or public allegations in Africa. Given the long history of the Catholic church in Africa and the role of European priests it beggars the imagination that the same priests who misbehaved in US or…

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IP theft .. in the great American tradition

There is currently great hysteria about IP theft  by China. Even reasonably sensible Americans loose all sense of reality on this topic. For example WIRED wrote 11 October 2018″From US companies, Chinese hackers and spies have purloined everything from details of wind turbines and solar panels to computer chips and even DuPont’s patented formula for the color white. “ You cannot steal a patented formula !! You can only  infringe it. The purpose of patents was to spread knowledge around the…

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Tariffs and why china might say ‘bring it on’

Tariffs have a tendency to be symmetrical. US tariffs could cause China immediate disruption but what would be the long run ? If China weans itself of the USA market then US producers will have to relocate to China. Since many chinese goods are intermediate the cost could be borne by US producers. However large the US market is today it cannot compete with the future Chinese market. Foreign competitors will seek to steal US lunch. If the US…

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V& A Video game exhibition 26 Oct18

Spent an enjoyable evening at Victoria  & Albert Museum viewing their exhibition on the video gaming industry with my son who loves video games. It was well curated and revealed how influential the video gaming world was and how it would soon be invading the world of art through the power of its immersive experience. Its power to spin a narrative will soon attract the most powerful and talented artists of the future. Clearly there will be a two…

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