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In the good old days, this was what Africa was, and still is, famous for!

By Mike Cunningham On August 17th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

So how do you combat an outbreak of a virus which is virtually unstoppable?

Well, if you are in Africa:-

Three Liberian patients received ZMapp on Friday, according to Tolbert G. Nyenswah, a Liberian assistant minister of health and social welfare. The patients signed consent forms stating that they understood the risks of the untested drug, and waived liability for any adverse effects.

The doses had been flown into Liberia after appeals from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to President Obama and senior American officials. Its arrival last week lifted morale and “raised the hope of everybody,” Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf said. The situation, however, was volatile. On Saturday afternoon, several hundred people in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum broke through the gates of a former school that had been converted days earlier into a holding center for people with suspected Ebola.

Samuel Tarplah, 48, a nurse running the center, said Saturday evening that the protesters wanted to shut it down. “They told us that we don’t want an Ebola holding center in our community.” He said the intruders stole mattresses, personal protective equipment, even buckets of chlorine that had just been delivered. “They took everything.”


Yep, the very place where the ‘experts’ hoped to contain the sick and the dying was trashed and ransacked.

Modern Africa…………..Just like the old Africa!

Update comment!

‘in an area of Monrovia known as the West Point slum’ which is really difficult to distinguish from all the other slums!


and what say the brave Black nations? Send your aid and charity cash; and your soldiers!

By Mike Cunningham On May 18th, 2014 at 10:04 am

I note that Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, (perhaps his mother should have chosen a Christian name less prone to fortune or chance) has cancelled a visit to the village from where all those schoolgirls were abducted some weeks ago. His security men were worried that the road to the village passes through an area largely controlled and patrolled by the Muslim bandits of Boko Haram, and they decided that they could not guarantee the safety of their leader.

Surely a further indictment of this corrupt and crime-laden country, which is possibly the wealthiest of all Africa, with oil and gas reserves totalling billions, is that the only Army it can field is so afraid of contact with a well-armed and –motivated group of terrorists that some opened fire on the commander who is ordering them to move against the Boko Haram terror fighters.

So all the so-called African leaders are heading to Paris, and will be asking the British, the French and the Americans to help in their battle against a determined and disciplined rebel force. I hold no liking for the Muslim bandits of either Africa or the blood-soaked sands of Arabia, but one thing which must be agreed of these savages is the fact that they believe in their cause; no matter how blood-soaked it becomes! The corruptions which have crippled Nigeria’s attempts to even govern itself are but typical of the mindset of the Black nations of Africa, who, once ‘freed’ by ‘Independence’ from the allegedly ‘despotic’ regimes of the Colonial West, decided to enrich themselves and their lackeys, as we have seen time and time again, from Zimbabwe to South Africa, from the Ivory Coast to Kenya, they are all at the trough, Black leaders driving in their limousines past the shacks of those who once hoped for better times; and then, when the bullets commence flying, seek the white man’s help to dig them out of the cess-pit they have helped construct after their ‘Freedom from the White Man’!


You just do not argue; you run!

By Mike Cunningham On January 15th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

My mate and I were on a business trip from Johannesburg to Zimbabwe some thirty-five years ago, and we were heading down a partly-tarmacced  road in a Game Park, en route to the Hwange power station. My mate was driving, and I was slouched against the passenger side door, arm out and trying to catch a breeze. We were driving along, a wide stretch of grass to the right, and fairly thick dry bush to the left. We saw a big bull elephant standing by a large tree to our right, and my mate just had to stop and take a photo.  I tried to argue that it wasn’t perhaps the best idea to stop some thirty-odd yards from five-odd tons of very unpredictable wild animal, but Sarel had to get his camera out.

Now a short lesson in elephant behaviour is now due, as I later discovered. The big lone elephant is called an ‘Askari’, or sentry, and he stands guard at a distance from the females and calves who move together for safety. If he senses or sees danger, he tells that herd that they must be aware, and then faces the threat himself. If you have ever seen an elephant close up when he is really, really annoyed, you get the message really, really fast!

anelephantHis head came up, his large ears flapped forwards, his trunk commenced waving, he trumpeted his annoyance, and then one of his forelegs came up, ready to charge. My mate Sarel still had his bloody camera out of the window, trying to focus his picture through the eyepiece. I literally pulled him back inside the car, and shouted, “Reverse, reverse; you bloody idiot!” We shot backwards for about seventy yards before we slowed down and stopped.

The big ‘Askari’ elephant, point firmly made, trumpeted once more, and some twenty elephants and calves slowly moved across the road to join the big elephant who now stood firmly at the edge of the road, mollified by our removal from his line-of-sight to the herd, which of course we didn’t even know was there until his alarm sounded. Once all these huge animals crossed over and moved away into the wide grassland, we started up once more and drove quietly onwards towards our destination; luckier than some who didn’t move fast or far enough so that another elephant might not be worried.

Siege; or Shopping Spree?

By Mike Cunningham On October 4th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I am often accused of making disparaging remarks about Black-ruled African countries. So what do those same commenters think about the multitude of reports, coming out of the Kenyan Westgate Mall siege, of rampant theft, looting and robbery on a scale unprecedented in the time when ‘militants’ or terrorists to give them proper title, took over the mall and killed all those people.

The reports do not implicate the terrorists, who were just out to kill and terrorise in the name of a Muslim god; but instead the Kenyan Army, who were the only group allowed inside the perimeter. The reason why the siege took four days to break down wasn’t that the terrorists resisted so fiercely; not at all, it took that amount of time, along with explosives, to break open all the cash registers and safes, and to remove the high value jewellery, clothing and electronics which was stored on the premises.

Hundreds of empty bottles of booze piled up on the counters, whilst inside the mall this week, the evidence of widespread theft was all around. Parking machines and cash registers were pried open and emptied. A huge, mounted flat-screen television had been lifted off the wall. Doors were wrenched open, and in several stores that showed no obvious signs of having been caught up in the fighting, display cases were ransacked.

Black rule? Black independence? Don’t make me laugh!

and the truth goes marching on..

By Mike Cunningham On April 13th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Tambo, 54, who founded Artists Against Apartheid, said his father did meet foreign secretary Geoffrey Howe, who urged Thatcher to give him an audience, but she always refused. “She called us a terrorist organisation and compared us with the IRA. It’s unbelievable!”






Yup; Truly unbelievable!


Not guns; but butter?

By Mike Cunningham On August 5th, 2011 at 9:35 am


“To the British taxpayer I say this: our aim is to spend every penny of every pound of your money wisely and well. We want to squeeze every last ounce of value from it. We owe you that.

That is incredibly good value for the taxpayer. It’s incredibly good for development and everyone wins – most especially the poor and disadvantaged people you describe.

We are currently strengthening the existing processes in place for review of our programmes annually during implementation and at completion, which will place greater emphasis on results and value for money.

Thirdly, that transparency, accountability, responsibility, fairness  and empowerment will be our watchwords.

Andrew Mitchell Sec. State Dept. for International Development.

“They have a point. Some of our money has been wasted. But that’s not an argument to stop aid. It’s an argument to change the way aid is delivered and that’s what we’re doing.”

“This is a time for the whole of Africa to meet the aspirations of its people. A time when aid, trade and democracy can come together to offer a new future for Africa.”

“We have the vaccines and the tools to do it. All that’s missing is real and sustained political will to see this effort through to the end.

David Cameron Coalition Prime Minister


An Ethiopian farmer speaking to Angus Stickler on the Today Programme regarding DfID funding to the Ethiopian Government: “If you don’t support the Government, you are denied access to vital supplies, seeds, fertiliser!”


By David Vance On July 20th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

David Cameron has announced that millions of pounds of foreign aid has been ‘wasted’, but insists this is not a reason to turn off the tap.

The Prime Minister, on a curtailed tour of Africa,  hit out at those in his own party who criticise his decision to pour billions more into foreign aid at a time of cutbacks at home. In a speech in Lagos, Nigeria, he will declare: ‘The aid sceptics are wrong. Aid is essential. It can work and we are making it work”

Nonsense. Of course Africa needs help. It just doesn’t need cash thrown at. As is argued eloquently here by Dambisa Moyo, there is much we can do to help African countries but Cameron has it precisely wrong. He is lavishing OUR cash in order to keep assorted thugs, tyrants, and theocrats in the sort of limos they feel they deserve.

‘hear hear’, to the man with audacity!

By Mike Cunningham On July 10th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

It is not often that I truly recommend an article; especially when the subject is self-criticism, but when I read the piece by Idang Alibi, I honestly thought that I was reading some of my own thoughts re-distilled into a stronger version.

So, without further comment, Mr. Idang Alibi:-

Albert Einstein who is acknowledged as one of the brainiest men that ever lived on the surface of the earth once said that the average human uses less than 10 per cent of the brain God has given to him.

Whether out of a sense of modesty or he was seriously speaking the truth, he said further that even he himself (who had such a high reputation for accomplishing much with his brain) did not use more than that 10 per cent. . If this assertion is correct and if other races use less than 10 per cent of their installed capacity for production, I can safely say that we Black people use less than one per cent of our installed brain capacity for reasoning, inventing and producing things.

Why do I say so? Our race seems so averse to thinking and this helps to explain why we have achieved so little in terms of socio-political organisation, scientific and technological inventions, economic and material development and in all other indices of human progress or development. Please do not accuse me of being harsh on ourselves. I say this out of patriotic anger and disappointment and there is truth in what I am saying.

I have said several times that this earth that God has made our habitation is a work-in-progress. God deliberately did not ‘complete’ creating a perfect world for us his children to just dwell in it without a care for anything but to tend it, subdue it and make it to suit our requirement because he did not intend us to be robots, but to be thinking and creative beings who will be his partners-in-progress.

That is why God did not build houses for us to just inherit and live in, once we are born; but He created limestone, clay, sand, water and granite for us to figure out how we can convert them to building materials and use them in making for ourselves habitable houses. God could have made us furniture but he instead made for us tress so that we can fashion out from them wood and turn them into the kind of furniture we desire.

With thinking or creative faculty bestowed upon us we are meant to put our brains to work. But we the Blacks are the least willing or the least able of all the races to put our brains to productive work.

Our refusal, so to say, to use our brains and think out solutions to the challenges confronting us is the number seven reasons why we are the way we are–poor, miserable and pitiable.

We Blacks everywhere are too willing to resign ourselves to any situation in which we find ourselves. The Black man can remain in a ghetto environment for centuries without thinking about how to improve his circumstances. Government will not care about him and he will not care about himself. Go to any African country: the same type of grass-thatched round mud house that our ancestors of pre-historic times lived in is the same type of houses many of our people are still living in today. This does not in any way show a people who regard life as a continuing battle to conquer and subdue the earth so we can live a better life than our forebears did. This shows a people who do not sit down and use their brain for their own good.

From the little reading I have done, I have discovered that every great civilisation that has ever been built was done so based on certain ideas: the wise elders of the people of that material time sat together and reasoned among themselves and decided that they needed to follow certain principles of life before they can grow and develop. It is said that ideas rule the world. They indeed do. Every country that is known as great is built on an idea or a set of ideas. Any discerning person who visits any country for the first time, will know what ideas, or if any ideas at all, informed the building of that country. You will know if a country is built to confer the greatest good on the greater number of the people or is meant for the elite or is a looters’ haven.

Europeans who fled from religious persecution to the new world of what is today America decided that they will embrace what we call today Protestant Ethic namely frugality, liberty, hard work, discipline and the pursuit of happiness. Employing these principles they proceeded to build a country that has become an empire still bulling the rest of us in the world today.

About fifty years ago the tiny city-state island of Singapore was a dirt poor place, even more backward than some of the countries in present day Africa. One man, who can be called the island’s philosopher-king according to the prescription of Plato, sat down, thought hard and decided that certain things needed to be done to take Singapore from a backward Third World nation to a successful First World country. That man is called Lee Kuan Yew.

He said the country must embrace a sort of capitalism driven by the state which is in turn governed by a tiny band of highly educated, patriotic, honest, absolutely corrupt-free, disciplined and visionary elite. Today, that country that is smaller both in size and population than Sokoto state is called a tiny titan; it punches far above its weight!

Where, I cry, are our own thinkers, planners and executors of the ideas we have for building great African societies? First of all, what are the ideas that we Africans have for building our countries? This is where everything starts: a good thought.

On what ideas is a country like Nigeria founded? From the way our country is run, it looks like this is anything- goes- place. It is a place without rule or order. Do anything you can and anything you please to grab as much as you can. If you like keep your loot here or better, hide it in safe havens abroad. Even if a country is founded to be a rouge haven, there must be guiding rules for roguery so that every rogue can enjoy his loot in relative peace. But no. Dare to call for some kind of conference, whether sovereign or non-sovereign so that our governing elite can sit down and decide what we need to do as a people, and many who are afraid that an inconvenient rule may be made to stop looting may be thought of to spoil their own chance, will not like to hear that. And so we are stuck.

And that is the fate of many African countries. We are afraid of even thinking about the way forward. What a tragedy!


By David Vance On April 18th, 2011 at 8:29 am

The EU is really just one vast organised hypocrisy;

“Billions of taxpayers’ cash is being spent on spurious aid projects through the EU, including giving dance lessons to Africans who earn less than 70p a day.

Britons pay £1.4billion towards the EU’s £10billion aid budget, but much of the money is going to corrupt regimes or projects where no checks are made that it is properly spent. Meanwhile, relatively wealthy Turkey is the EU’s main recipient of aid, raking in £500million a year.

The EU’s Court of Auditors has criticised Brussels for failing to measure the impact of the aid. It said the EU commission randomly selected projects without assessing a country’s needs, and corrupt regimes were getting vast handouts just by filling out paperwork. In Burkina Faso, where half the population earn less than 70p a day, Belgian instructors are teaching people how to dance through the ‘I Dance Therefore I Am’ project. Organisers say: ‘If its music moves, Africa will also move.’

The EU has given £8.8million to an immigration advisory centre in Mali, which tells people how to find jobs in Europe. The centre has found work for six people in three years.”

You couldn’t make it up, could you?

Meanwhile, in the Dark Continent

By ATWadmin On May 7th, 2010 at 8:30 am

When the Colonial Powers decided, or were reminded, or were indeed forced to relinquish control over their African possessions the dominoes commenced toppling from Libya south to Tanzania, from Nigeria in the west to Zanzibar and Tanzania in the east. France, Great Britain, Portugal, Belgium; all the once mighty Colonial powers handed control back to the owners of the nations which had grown under colonial rule.

Most if not all former Colonial states have shuffled from crisis to crisis, as repressive regimes sprang up in place of the usually beneficent rule of the various colonial rulers; we saw the Congo pillaged by Mobutu, we watched as Nigeria turned inwards to strangle the separatist hopes of the Ibos in Biafra; and we watched in silence as Zimbabwe tore itself to pieces. 

True, there have been small victories for common sense in countries such as Botswana, where there was a sense of democratic rule, but even there the treatment of the Bushmen, and the government grab of lands which historically belonged to the San people brings deep discredit upon that once respected Government.

We heard of the disappearance of the Shanty towns of South Africa after the ANC-dominated Government decided that they were unsightly, but discovered they were still there, but had been re-named ‘Informal Settlements’. A rose by any other name?

However, the disappearance of Colonial rule, and the consequent rise of rule by the indigenous people has not changed Africa one bit, apart from the fact that the rich now have different coloured skins from those who came before. That is, unfortunately the impression of one who has lived in that Continent, and has certain knowledge of the Genocide of millions in Rwanda, in Somalia, in Darfur in the Sudan. Knowledge too of the untold BILLIONs of dollars, pounds, francs and deutschmarks in Aid which have been poured into the parched soils of the Continent, for so little return.

When Alan Paton wrote his masterpiece, ‘Cry, The Beloved Country’, little could he know that his writings against Apartheid could be so well placed as to report upon the whole Continent.