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World Health Organization (WHO) released a ranking data  that placed Onitsha as the most polluted city in the world.  Out of the twenty most polluted cities in the world Onitsha was ranked number one.



“The most polluted city in the world, according to the WHO data, is Onitsha, a fast-growing port and transit city in south-eastern Nigeria that recorded levels of nearly 600 micrograms per cubic metre of PM10s - around 30 times the WHO recommended level of 20 micrograms per cubic metre… the data only includes measurements for particulates and does not include forms of air pollution such as NO2 and ozone, ”  as reported by UK Guardian.



"Particulate matter," also known as particle pollution or PM, is a complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets. Particle pollution is made up of a number of components, including acids (such as nitrates and sulfates), organic chemicals, metals, and soil or dust particles."



World Economic Forum also added that :
“Of the 3,000 cities in the WHO’s air quality database, the most polluted at the time of measurement was Onitsha, a fast-growing city in Nigeria, which recorded roughly 30 times more than the WHO’s recommended levels of PM10 particles. Peshawar in Pakistan was in second place, followed by Zabol in Iran.
These cities are mostly located in rapidly growing economies in the Middle East and South East Asia. Four of the 20 urban areas with the worst air quality at the time of measurement were in Nigeria, three were in Saudi Arabia, three were in India, and two in Iran.

China, which has been working to tackle its air pollution problem, is the only country with just one city on the most polluted list.




The Eastern Mediterranean (covering the Middle East and parts of North Africa) and South East Asia were the regions that performed worst overall in the database – with urban air pollution rising 5% in more than two-thirds of cities. Annual mean levels of air pollution in cities in these regions often exceeded five to 10 times WHO limits.  Among mega-cities (urban areas with over 14 million inhabitants) Delhi and Cairo had the highest levels of urban air pollution. “



Pm Graph


Dr Maria Neira, director of public health at the WHO in Geneva, said

“We have a public health emergency in many countries. Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health. It’s dramatic, one of the biggest problems we are facing globally, with terrible future costs to society. The cost for countries is enormous. Air pollution affects economies and people’s quality of life. It leads to major chronic diseases and to people ultimately dying.”

 


Many Nigerian Americans of Igbo heritage were drafted in American National Football League (NFL). If you consider the chances of making it into NFL with regards to the percentage of Nigerian Americans population in USA, then you will begin to reckon and recognize how much greatness these young men have accomplished.  NFL is the richest and most image driven sports association in the world.



Germain Ifedi


Ifedi made the first round of the American National Football League (NFL) 2016. He was drafted by Seahawk Seattle.  Ifedi     was born in June 2, 1994 and attended Texas A&M University. with a major in construction management.  In 2013 he earned Freshman All-American honors by The Sporting News and in 2015 he was also  named second team All-SEC by league coaches for his dedicated work.
His parents Ben and Victoria Ifedi are immigrants from Umuoji, Anambra State Nigeria, residing in the southern state of Texas.  Germain Ifedi  put Umuoji his ancestral town in the world map by acknowledging  it. As an  Igbo-American he always identified with his ancestral town of Umuoji and always tell the whole America about Umuoji in Anambra State of Nigeria.





Robert Nkemdichie


The American NFL team Arizona Cardinals selected Robert Nkemdichie in the first round. Nkemdichie was born September 19, 1994 and attended University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).” Nkemdiche was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Nigerian immigrants Beverly and Sunday Nkemdiche. His father, a cardiologist, has reportedly applied for a researcher position at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. Nkemdiche's mother, a politician, returned to Nigeria in 2009 and as of September 2011 represents Onitsha South in the Anambra State House of Assembly. His older brother Denzel Nkemdichie plays linebacker for Ole Miss.”




Emmanuel Ogbah


Ogbah was drafted by Cleveland Browns of American NFL. Ogbah was born November 6, 1993 in Nigeria and moved to USA when he was nine years old. He attended Oklahoma State University. His parents Richard and Regina Ogbah live in Houston, Texas.


“Ogbah's family moved from Nigeria to the Houston when he was nine years old, with the hopes of finding a better way of life. The child given the middle name Ikechukwu (which means "God's power") flourished athletically in his new country, eventually becoming a finalist for the greater Houston high school defensive player of the year. He chose Oklahoma State partially due to his appreciation of former OSU offensive tackle Russell Okung, a fellow native of Nigeria who had great success with the Cowboys and in the NFL. Ogbah (AWG-buh) played in every game as a redshirt freshman, tying for the team lead with four sacks. Once inserted into the starting lineup, Ogbah starred, winning the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year with 17 tackles for loss including 11 sacks. He played well again as a junior (17.5 tackles for loss, conference-high 13 sacks), earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year this time around, as well as All-American honors from USA Today, the Walter Camp Foundation, and others. The Ted Hendricks Award finalist couldn’t break through against Ole Miss tackles Laremy Tunsil and Fahn Cooper in the team's Sugar Bowl loss, but NFL scouts still see his potential as a top pass rusher at the next level.” (NFL.com)





David Onyemata


Five years ago, Igbo-Nigerian , David Onyemata had never seen an American  football  match or experience the feel of holding a football.
But last Saturday,  the  American  NFL team  “ New Orleans Saints traded up to get Onyemata in the fourth round, making him the first player from the University of Mantioba to be drafted in the NFL.  Onyemata, an international student far away from his home of Nigeria, needed an activity. Football sounded fun. "All I did was go to school and go back home," Onyemata said. "I had so much free time that I needed to do something. I ended up trying out for the team."
What happened over the next five years is so remarkable Dobie got emotional when he spoke to reporters on Saturday. Onyemata transformed from a football neophyte to a sought after NFL defensive lineman prospect." (http://www.nola.com/)

Prince Charles Iworah

Iworah  was drafted by San Francisco 49ers. He schooled at  Western Kentucky University where he played CB position.

“Iworah was a full-time starter for the Hilltoppers for two seasons, 2014-15. In 2015, he had four interceptions and earned honorable mention Conference USA honors. In high school at Father Ryan High in Nashville, Tenn., Iworah was an all-state performer as a running back during his senior season.”



Okwara, Romeo


Okwara is barely 20 years old but he has already graduated with a degree in accounting from Notre Dame University where he also played undergraduate football.  He is an  Igbo American,  his  parents Julius and Melda hailed from Isiekenesi, Imo State. In his own words:

"We'd go to Isiekenesi, which is my family's tribal village, and visit relatives, but that was about it."

“Finding Isiekenesi on a map is even more difficult than trying to pronounce it correctly. Like our country, Nigeria is divided into states. The village is in Anambra, a southern state roughly four times the size of St. Joseph County (IN.) with a population of 4.2 million people. Poverty and illiteracy are widespread.”

"I'm Igbo and there's several other guys on the football team who are also Igbo, which is pretty cool. “

Others including Udochukwu Victor Ochi  and Caleb Azubuike  drafts are not yet finalized .

Udochukwu Victor Ochi

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Caleb Azubuike

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson calls Obama “part-Kenyan president" and Chuka Umunna condemns his remarks as “beyond the pale.” 




The red face mayor of London, Boris Johnson has taken insensitivity to an extreme level by demeaning President Obama with racial and unpleasant statement by labeling him a “part Kenyan president" of United States.




President Obama was on official visit in Britain with the first lady Mitchell Obama.  Johnson was supporting the campaign against British membership in European Union (EU) and the disconnection from EU found Obama support of British membership in EU as interference from a “part Kenyan  president."  



British Labour Party MP Chuka Umunna, whose father was from Anambra State, Nigeria  defended  President Obama and  tweeted  “These Tory Mayoral types are beyond the pale… Boris plays on @BarackObama's Kenyan ancestry.”





Writing on The Sun newspaper, Boris Johnson accused Obama of being anti-British and for removing the bust of Winston Churchill from White House when he was elected president in 2008:

President Obama with  bust of Winston Churchill (below) for MLK in the Oval Office (top).




“Something mysterious happened when Barack Obama entered the Oval Office in 2009. Something vanished from that room, and no one could quite explain why. It was a bust of Winston Churchill – the great British war time leader. It was a fine goggle-eyed object, done by the brilliant sculptor Jacob Epstein, and it had sat there for almost ten years.


But on day one of the Obama administration it was returned, without ceremony, to the British embassy in Washington. No one was sure whether the President had himself been involved in the decision.



Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender.




Some said that perhaps Churchill was seen as less important than he once was. Perhaps his ideas were old-fashioned and out of date. Well, if that’s why Churchill was banished from the Oval Office, they could not have been more wrong.”

 

 

As we celebrate Saint Patrick Day (St. Paddy) honoring Irish contributions to the world. There is a place in one corner of the world that Irish catholic priests and sisters touched and their legacies are still with us.  The place is in the eastern part of Nigeria where majority of residents are Igbo people, Ijaw, Efiki, Ibibio and many related people,



Irish missionaries built schools and hospitals in Igboland.   The most famous among them was His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Charles Heerey, C.S.Sp, of blessed memory, the then Archbishop of Onitsha   founded  these famous schools  -  Christ the King College (CKC), College of the Immaculate Conception (CIC)  and Queen of the Rosary College (QRC), Onitsha .




Writing in Vanguard Newspaper, Chike MADUEKWE  wrote: 
"Father Lutz, Bishop Joseph Shannahan, Bishop  Joseph Heery and other early missionaries are a perfect example of what the Bible calls agape love, or sacrificial love. May their souls rest in the bosom of the Lord. These authentic men of God did not just bring us the Gospel. They spearheaded the abolition of improper cultural practices like the killing of twins and the”osu” and “ohu” caste system. They brought us modern healthcare. The impressive hospitals they established in places like Onitsha, Ihiala and Adazi, all in Anambra State, several decades ago still provide our people with quality services. The Holy Rosary Hospital at Emekuku, Imo State, and St Luke’s Hospital, Anua, Akwa Ibom State, are among the numerous medical facilities established by the Church in Eastern Nigeria which have been of immense benefit to our people. Many people abandoned by their families and communities because they were afflicted by diseases like leprosy were treated in hospitals like these ones free of charge."



He continued, “The contribution of the Church to the educational development of Eastern Nigeria remain unparalleled. The missionaries used their limited resources to build schools all over the place, and products of these schools were competing favourably with their counterparts anywhere in the world. Generations of our best teachers, professors, lawyers, medical doctors and other professionals were trained in places like Christ the King College, Onitsha. I am a proud Old Boy of the great CKC.”




George C E Enyoazu,  President-General, Igbo Council of Europe (ICE) also wrote:
“One common feature between the Irish and Igbo nations is their embrace of Christianity. In fact, the Irish were instrumental in the evangelization of Igboland, courtesy of the Irish missionaries. Our common Christian heritage enhanced our love for education. The Irish (Holy Ghost Fathers) established the Catholic mission schools in all the nooks and crannies of Igboland. The Igbo Catholic Churches and educational institutions were previously run by the Irish, making Igbo school calendar to be exactly the same with the Irish. In those days, the Igbo school system was exactly the same with the Irish. Igboland operated the primary system as opposed to the elementary system. We had the best and qualitative education system. During the era, before a school pupil goes through junior infants, senior infants, first class (standard one), second class (standard two), and third class (standard three), they had already acquired a basic education which opened a world of possibilities for them. And by the time a pupil completes standard six, they were already headed for great things in life. It’s said that the Yoruba nation embraced Western education about sixty years before the Igbo nation did. Commending the meteoritic rise of the Igbo people, Stafford, Michael R., United States Army Major notes:”




He emphasized how the Irish Catholic helped to feed Igbo people during civil war: “The Irish Holy Ghost Fathers who worked in Igboland, together with other Christian missionaries rallied round us and created the Jesus Christ Airlines which brought food and other relief materials to save millions of threatened Igbo people. Furthermore, in reaction to the crisis, a combined team of responsive Irish people formed the charity, Africa Concern, which later metamorphosed into Concern International as we know it today. This act of kindness did immensely cushion the effects of the war on the dying Igbo people.”





Therefore Nigerians especially the people of eastern Nigeria and Igbo in particular wear you green proudly and make a toast to the Irish.

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Africa Policy Breakfast at the US Congress: NAL Council Analyzes Insecurity in Nigeria & West Africa;

Meets with Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Congresswoman Karen Bass, Others

Washington, DC


On February 9, 2016, the NAL Council participated in the Africa Policy Breakfast at the US Congress.  The Council delivered expert opinions and recommendations, for a renewed US engagement, in the Nigerian and West African theater; where Boko Haram is still wreaking havoc, even in the midst of relentless onslaught by Nigerian and multinational troops, and where other ethnic strife is starting to ravage Nigeria.



The high-level policy meeting was attended by Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield; US Congresswoman and Ranking Member of the House Africa-Sub-Committee, Karen Bass (chief host); Congresswoman Fredericka Wilson; and other senior officials from US AID; US Department of Defense; and others.



Other dignitaries included Ambassador Reuben Brigety, former US Ambassador to the African Union (AU) and now Dean at Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University; Dr. Raymond Gilpin; Dean, US National Defense University; and Sam Okey Mbonu, Executive Director of NAL Council, US.  Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield detailed steps the US have taken to engage with Nigeria and other West African states, which have been impacted by Boko Haram.



Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield stated that US engagement so far included reaching out to both state and non-state actors such as “Civil Society, Think-Tanks, NGOs, and Community organizations; as well as military assistance, including ongoing training for the multinational task force engaging Boko Haram”.  Thomas-Greenfield spoke of US commitment to assist in containing insecurity in the region.  She also stated that the “US had provided assistance to the tune of $145 million USD, among other assistance”.




Congresswoman Karen Bass reiterated the need for the US and international community to keep their attention on the continuing atrocities of Boko Haram in the region, until viable solutions are found, given the international dimension of global terrorism.  She recalled the ongoing search for the Chibok girls as a matter of disrepute on Nigeria and the region. 


Congresswoman Fredericka Wilson, in her remarks, provided graphic details of her visit to Nigeria, during the crisis of Boko Haram’s kidnap of the 300 School girls.  Congresswoman Wilson recounted her eyewitness account of meeting victims, including child survivors, who survived brutal attacks that left some deformed for life.  She asserted that she was committed to the notion that the girls must be rescued; in order for the world to know there is progress in the war against Boko Haram.


Ambassador Reuben Brigety, who was until recently, President Obama’s appointee as the US Ambassador to AU, spoke passionately about why “Africans must stand up and demand better governance from the leadership”. Ambassador Brigety stated that the complacency of the governed is equally complicit in bad governance and corruption. Brigety bemoaned how Nigeria’s once powerful military had been decimated by corruption at the highest levels.

eee(left) US Congresswoman Karen Bass, (c) US Assist Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield



Dr. Gilpin of the US National Defense University discussed the need to study the Colombian model of intervention as a veritable model to use against Boko Haram.
Sam Okey Mbonu who represented the Nigerian-American diaspora, through the Nigerian-American Leadership Council (NAL Council); spoke engagingly, about how US policies in engaging Nigerian and African leaders need to have substantial input from the diaspora.



Mbonu stated that because the diaspora provides overwhelming direct humanitarian support to citizens in the affected theater, through monetary remittances to the tune of $21 billion to Nigeria annually; that the US will be better off tailoring their interventions with hybrid diaspora input.



Mbonu continued to state that without the $21 billion USD the Nigerian diaspora commits to Nigeria, there would be several more Boko Harams in Nigeria and West Africa.  He also stated that other regional agitations in Nigeria, including the resurgence of the Biafra independence movement, and the reverberations of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), may crystalize into bigger problems for Nigeria, if not handled delicately.


Mbonu while acknowledging that the Nigerian government has huge problems at the moment, courtesy of the current economic and security situation; however, sees these problems as opportunities, for Nigeria to retune its political and socio-economic policies.



Mbonu called for political inclusiveness, based on competence and ability to perform by state actors.  He also called for the patience and active cooperation of the governed, so that all can work in sync; to actualize the true potential of Nigeria and the surrounding region.



Mbonu called for the government of Nigeria to humbly enlist the best minds of Nigeria, wherever they might be, rather than try to replay parochial ethnic considerations in attempting to solve the challenges at hand by themselves.



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The life, energy and development of the late American diplomat, an extra ordinary man of great caliber, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke was documented and narrated in a film by his son. The film named Diplomat is highly recommended to every student of international diplomacy and global politicking.



Image result for emeka chiakweluFormer United States Amb. Richard Holbrooke and Afripol's Emeka Chiakwelu




“THE DIPLOMAT tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film will be released in 2015, the 20th anniversary of Holbrooke’s crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia.”






“Like many Great Men, the late diplomat Richard Holbrooke wasn’t a great father. The work-life balance was never a factor in his long foreign service career, spanning a steamy backwoods post in Vietnam at the dawn of that war to his last post, the one that arguably killed him, the diplomatic version of the Augean Stables—solving Afghanistan and Pakistan.




After his death in 2010, his filmmaker son David Holbrooke set out on a personal project, with the aim of trying to understand the life of his often absent father.





The result is HBO’s The Diplomat, a moving and revealing portrait of one of America’s best-known negotiators, a man who devoted himself to settling international disagreements with talk, not bombs, and who literally died trying to negotiate the “Af-Pak” mess,” as documented by Nina Burleigh  of Newsweek.




Burleigh further commented on his family:”The thrice-married Holbrooke was larger than life, a man who, besides negotiating historic peace treaties, was a bon vivant and a limelight hog. His stature was such that his son bagged interviews with global figures—Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, Diane Sawyer (one of Holbrooke’s ex-girlfriends), General Wesley Clark, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, the president of Afghanistan and many more American foreign policy leaders, thinkers and journalists.”






Late Ambassador Richard Holbrooke was a man who had a knack and unique talent for global diplomacy. He mingled with ease and grace among Kings, presidents, regular folks and warlords.  He can be best described as the best   Secretary of State that America never had. This HBO film is worth seeing, if not for its intrigues but for its stellar and successful act of diplomacy by the man who was a real diplomat.

 

 

 

Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, celebrated his fifty years of being ordained a Coadjutor Bishop of Onitsha Archdiocese when he succeeded Archbishop Charles Heerey.




AT the Pontifical Mass held at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity in Onitsha to celebrate the fifty years anniversary, Archbishop Augustine Kassuja, Pope Francis’ Papal Nuncio to Nigeria who represented Pope Francis was quoted saying:




“Good fifty years have gone by since Cardinal Arinze was ordained a Coadjutor Bishop, Titular Bishop of Fissiana to succeed Archbishop Charles Heerey.


“At his Episcopal consecration on 29 August 1965, at the age of 32, the young Francis Arinze became the youngest Roman Catholic Bishop in the whole world. Luckily for him, he was ordained just in time to join others at the closing session of the Second Vatican Council, and after the demise of Archbishop Heerey after a long period of illness, the young Francis Arinze succeeded him, on June 26, 1967.



“What we are celebrating today is a combination of fidelity, heroism, determination, endurance, faith and joyful service of the Lord We are paying honour to whom honour is due: first to God, and appreciation to his Eminence.



“Your Eminence, when in 2005, the whole world acclaimed you a worthy Papa bile, it was not by chance. It showed that your capacity was recognized. If on that occasion you were not chosen as a Pope, surely it is not because of your incapacity, but because our continent was not yet ripe for such an election. You have been a sign of hope to many, even those who have not met you in person.”


About Cardinal Arinze:


Cardinal Francis Arinze was born on 1 November 1932 in Eziowelle, a city of the Archdiocese of Onitsha and ordained a priest on 23 November 1958 in the ceremony at the Church of the Pontifical Urban University in Rome. 


He was ordained coadjutor Archbishop of Onitsha Archdiocese on 29 August 1965 and two years later became the substantive Archbishop of Onitsha



n 1984, Pope St. John Paul II asked him to head, as pro-president, the Secretariat for Non-Christians (now the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue). He was created Cardinal on 25 May 1985.


Since the year 2005, Cardinal Arinze holds the title of Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri-Segni and Prefect emeritus of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

 

Kemi Adeosun. the newly appointed Nigeria's minister of finance has been described by the Economist magazine as "poorly qualified for the job" of  minister for finance. Economist magazine was unimpressive with her  experience and educational background.




The Harvard trained Okechukwu Enelamah, the minister for trade and investment was the preference for the finance portfolio. Enelamah who was characterized by the magazine as " respected businessman but he may lack the clout to stand up to a president with statist leanings."




This is how the Economist put it:


"Critics also fret over an absence of desperately needed financial expertise. Africa’s biggest economy, which relies on oil for 70% of its revenue, is sputtering as prices fall. Economic policy has been adrift since Mr Buhari came to power, and investors complain about the central bank’s use of trade controls and import restrictions. However, the new finance minister, an accountant who cleaned up the books of one of Nigeria’s smaller states, is poorly qualified for the job. Her counterpart in the investment ministry is a respected businessman, but he may lack the clout to stand up to a president with statist leanings."



On rating of Amaechi, minister of transportation, Economist wrote: "Rotimi Amaechi, who won the transport post, say he has delivered roads despite accusations of corruption, which he denies."

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ‘s  Half of a Yellow Sun  novel has won Baileys women’s prize for fiction ‘Best of the Best’ award and was crowned the preeminent winner from the second decade of the women’s prize for fiction.




Adichie ‘s  Half of a Yellow Sun  competed “against nine other titles – from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the Biafran war, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been named the best winner of the women’s prize for fiction of the last decade – by both the public and a 10-strong judging panel.”



Chair of the judges, Muriel Gray,  when Half of a Yellow Sun won the Baileys Prize in 2007, said: “While it’s sometimes pompous to call a book ‘important’, it’s appropriate to say it of Half of a Yellow Sun.”

“For an author, so young at the time of writing, to have been able to tell a tale of such enormous scale in terms of human suffering and the consequences of hatred and division, whilst also gripping the reader with wholly convincing characters and spell binding plot, is an astonishing feat.



"Chimamanda’s achievement makes Half of a Yellow Sun not just a worthy winner of this most special of prizes, but a benchmark for excellence in fiction writing.”


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The novel was made into a movie with same title Half of a yellow sun n 2014 by the Nigerian director Biyi Bandele, which featured Igbo British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor ,  Thandie Newton and many Nollywoods stars including Genevevi Nnaji, Onyeka Onwuenu and many others.



“Adichie, who grew up in Nigeria, is also the author of novels Purple Hibiscus, and most recently Americanah, both of which touch on themes similar to those explored in Half of a Yellow Sun. Her work has been translated into 30 languages, and in addition to her latest ‘Best of the Best’ recognition, she has won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Orange Prize for Fiction.”




In her most recent novel Americanah, Adichie was not only brilliant but she also displayed her understanding of human sociology with imbibing cultural theatrics that defines a vibrant and dynamic human society.

 

The 10 winners of the second decade were:

2006 - On Beauty by Zadie Smith (Chair, Martha Kearney)

2007 – Half of a Yellow Sun by Ngozi Adichie (Chair, Muriel Gray)

2008 – The Road Home by Rose Tremain (Chair, Kirsty Lang)

2009 – Home by Marilynne Robinson (Chair, Fi Glover)

2010 – The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver (Chair, Daisy Goodwin)

2011 – The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (Chair, Bettany Hughes)

2012 – The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Chair, Joanna Trollope)

2013 – May We Be Forgiven by AM Homes (Chair, Miranda Richardson)

2014 – A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Chair, Helen Fraser)

2015 – How to Be Both by Ali Smith (Chair, Shami Chakrabarti)

 

credit British Guardian

Senator Hillary Clinton has finally gained back the elusive Big Mo; Yes!  The Big momentum and the thrill are back again in her camp. The last night CNN Democratic Party presidential debate was a gift to her and stellar was her performance.



Unlike the wary Senator Clinton of the past, she looked happy and joyful without rancor and bitterness. She appeared more like a friendly neighbor than as a yesterday and overused politician that is pestering everybody for recognition and acknowledgment. Her sense of entitlement was totally waned and her emerging personality as a trusted friend was transparent.



With a floundering campaign and a declining popularity, the Democratic party loyalist and political pundits were calling on Vice president Biden to jump into the Democratic party primary contender for the nomination of the presidential candidate.



Lately Senator Clinton has appeared tired, less sure of herself and campaign direction was floundering as the email problem becomes overwhelming. But last night at the debate, a brand new star was re-casted and her unquestionable leadership was on display with a smile and confidence that out shines all her rivals on the stage.



Senator Clinton during the debate displayed political quickness, vim and gravitas. Among all the contenders she took control and showed that she has what it takes to be Democratic candidate and the leader of the free world. She was so much in control that rests of other candidates except Senator Sanders were merely observers rather than partakers.



Senator Clinton stood up for feminism without intimidation and aggression. It was natural and unthreatened when she reinforced women’s rights to equal pay and paid maternity leave.


At a point in the debate, she even defended capitalism without pandering to her base. She looked strong and confident as she reassured her belief in American capitalism but insisted that the problem is not capitalism but its excessive.  Senator Bernie Sander a democratic socialist was diluting capitalism with his criticism but Clinton refused to join the fray and thereby assured all Americans that small business is the backbone of American capitalism.



Senator Bernie Sander became a great asset to Hillary Clinton, when he defended her on the so-called email gate:


"Let me say this. Let me say something that may not be great politics," Bernie Sanders  said. "But I think the secretary is right. And that is that the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails!"


"Thank you," Clinton responded. "Me too. Me too."


The aforementioned interaction between Sanders and Clinton was the zenith of the debate.  Without attacking Clinton’s weak spot on the email issue, Sanders conceded and handover the nomination to Senator Clinton. My friends the game is over!


Image result for emeka chiakweluEmeka Chiakwelu is the principal Policy Strategist at Afripol. Africa Political and Economic Strategic Center (Afripol) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa.Emeka Chiakwelu is the principal Policy Strategist at Afripol. Africa Political and Economic Strategic Center (Afripol) is foremost a public policy center whose fundamental objective is to broaden the parameters of public policy debates in Africa. To advocate, promote and encourage free enterprise, democracy, sustainable green environment, human rights, conflict resolutions, transparency and probity in Africa.

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