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Béhanzin – King of Dahomey

Béhanzin – King of Dahomey

The kindom of Dahomey was one of the greatest on the African continent for 300 years before it was annexed by the French colonial powers. Located in what is now southern Benin, its last monarch was Béhanzin Hossu Bowelle who fiercely resisted the French until for the survival of his people he surrendered himself to the […]

Awakening African Consciousness! – Part Two

Awakening African Consciousness! – Part Two

In part one of my open letter on ‘Awakening African Consciousness’ resulting from President Donald Trump’s statements about Haiti and African countries I shared an aspect of the vision given to me in 1977 for the 21st century. I said I saw the end of white supremacy and my role in its eradication. In this second […]

Looking for A Code of Conduct

Looking for A Code of Conduct

Anyone interested in free and fair elections (clean elections) should not only familiarize themselves with the 1944 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which detail the essential ingredients to a ‘meaningful election process’, but should understand that free and fair elections are not confined to poll day only. Indeed, three articles […]

Cetshwayo – king of the Zulus

Cetshwayo – king of the Zulus

The mention of the word Zulu immediately conjures up images of a proud, powerful people. The Zulu kingdom was blessed with leaders whose military savvy frequently was second to none. Many stories have been told about the great Shaka Zulu but two years before he was assassinated in 1828, another Zulu, Cetshwayo, was born destined […]

Seeking advice for a friend

Seeking advice for a friend

A friend of mine asked me some questions this week and I would like some feedback so that I can give him good advice. Let us suppose that he is a shareholder in a public company and unable to find a market for his shares, but he is very dissatisfied with the way the CEO […]

Structure, not ad hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations

Structure, not ad hoc agendas key to US-Caribbean relations

Much has been said about the United States government cutting off aid to countries which do not support that country’s position in international organizations. The US, of course, is free to direct its aid where it wishes and very much within its rights to show its displeasure with countries that take its money but don’t […]

Tutuola – the storyteller who enthralled generations

Tutuola – the storyteller who enthralled generations

Students of literature and those with an affinity for African literature, in particular, would no doubt have at some read the works of Nigerian author Amos Tutuola. His Palm-Wine Drinkard has been a staple at the University of the West Indies Campuses for decades and a source of immense literary pleasure. Born in 1920 in […]

A total shame!

A total shame!

The warning about drinking water issued by the American Embassy has again turned our attention firmly back to the debacle of the south coast sewage system.  Actually let me not seek to be myopic in outlining this reflection. The advisory should make us ponder broadly about water management in Barbados and the decisions to be made […]

School days are definitely not like before

School days are definitely not like before

I vividly recall awaiting Common Entrance results just before I left primary school a few years ago. We were all assembled in the parking lot and our names were read out followed by the schools to which we had successfully gained entrance. Some cried in sorrow whilst others cheered happily having gotten back the results […]