REMEMBERING NELSON MANDELA by CAMERON DUODU (The Ghanaian Times 10 December 2013) Just picture Jan Smuts Airport, Johanneburg, now named after Oliver Tambo. It is the main departure lounge, and people are teeming everywhere. Then Nelson Mandela walks in, unnoticed, and comes to a man I am talking to. The man is Thomas Nkobi, treasurer-general …
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Print friendly page See original article MAIL & GUARDIAN, JOHANNESBURG 18.06.1999 It takes greatness to pass the baton 18 Jun 1999 00:00 – Staff Reporter Cameron Duodu Letter from the North I am extremely proud to inform you that the only reason I was able to watch President Thabo Mbeki’s inaugural speech live was …
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More important, once when my little 8-year-old son was separated momentarily from the rest of the family during a shopping spree in Abidjan, and found himself lost, he was able to take a taxi to where the family’s host worked — a huge international bank– and get him to come down, while the taxi driver waited patiently! Not a hair on his young head was harmed, and he did it all without being able to speak a word of French.
I’ve often wondered, in retrospective terror, how the taxi driver had the goodness of heart not to worry about getting paid?
That was the wonderful country that Cote d’Ivoire that was. Its people were generally friendly and open; and its ability to attract tourists was unbeatable.
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Gagging the press is dangerous to a government’s own health By Cameron Duodu 2010-11-18, Issue 505 http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/68879 Printer friendly version cc DRB62‘The road to controlling the press, however attractive to rulers it may be, must be trodden with extreme wariness. For it is luxuriantly strewn with signposts that read: “Expect unintended consequences!”’, writes Cameron Duodu.The …
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