Ashanti King and Nobel Laureate Soyinka Optimistic About Africa’s Future.

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has expressed an optimistic view of Africa’s ability to overcome obstacles that lead to better democratic outcomes and engineer economic transformation of the continent. The democratic change of Governments through “constitutional means of which election is the means and not the end, has created a big space for peace and security of nations.”

He told an audience that included Members of both Houses of the British Parliament, the diplomatic community, faculty of universities and a select number of Ghanaians that included former President of that country, John Agyekum Kufuor at Westminster, London as he spoke on the topic, Africa’s Democratic Path and the Search for Economic Transformation. He explained that stability and planning for development predicated by 16 presidential and parliamentary elections in Africa alone this year is an encouraging step of consolidating peace.

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Major African Literary Books Launched at UK’s Parliament.

African Literature and the role of the literary arts in development formed part of discussion on contemporary Africa when a huge audience of policy makers- some Members of both Houses of the British Parliament, Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the Court of St. James’s gathered at the Palace of Westminster in London last week.

The discussions were provoked with the release of two books, May Their Shadows Never Shrink- Wole Soyinka and the Oxford Professorship of Poetry written by Ivor Agyeman- Duah, a Ghanaian author and literary historian and Lucy Newlyn, a professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and the other book, a four hundred page anthology of African short stories titled, All the Good Things Around Us (both published by Ayebia Clarke Publishing, Oxfordshire) edited by Agyeman-Duah with a Foreword by Wole Soyinka.

 

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African Literature at UK’s Houses of Parliament

The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II would on August 15 2016, give a major lecture on Africa’s democratic advances and development under the title, Africa’s Democratic Path and the Search for Economic Transformation at the Attlee Pontius Suit of the British Houses of Parliament in London.

The lecture would have a select audience of two hundred that would include some Members of both Houses, the London diplomatic community, leading policy institutions and faculty of some United Kingdom universities.

A release from the Office of the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Hon. Diana Abbott in London and the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi said, Lord Paul Boateng of the House of Lords would be the introductory speaker of the Asantehene.

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Obama’s Africa policy assessed as he travels to Kenya

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The United States President, Barrack Obama’s Africa’s policy as he nears the end of his two term presidency has been assessed in a commissioned work of the think tank, African Studies and Research Forum of Washington, DC.

The 374 page anthology of essays Assessing Barrack Obama’s Africa’s Policy published by the  University Press of America,  looks at  his government’s foreign policy instruments towards Africa and how to strengthen and modify them beyond his administration .

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