—————————————————– THE UNKNOWN NELSON MANDELA By CAMERON DUODU I first met Nelson Mandela at Jan Smuts Airport, Johannesburg. It was in September 1990, and I was in Johannesburg as the guest of Jim Bailey, the publisher of the Pan-African Magazine, Drum. I had been the Ghana editor of this paper in1961-65 and Bailey wanted me …
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APARTHEID’S REVENGE by CAMERON DUODU (First published in May 2008) There are certain times when the English language refuses to accommodate one’s feelings. How, for instance, does one say ‘Mese afem’in English? ‘My teeth have gnashed together against each other?’ . No! For although that does give an idea of discomfort, the bitterness one …
HOW COULD THE ANC ALLOW ANOTHER SHARPEVILLE TO HAPPEN? By CAMERON DUODU It has joined the names of the other South African localities that make you shudder when you hear them; names like Sharpeville, Langa and Nyanga. And the date won’t be forgotten, either – Marikana: 16th August 2012; just like …
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.