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Gbemisola Olujobi
Gbemisola Olujobi

A journalist since 1984, Gbemisola Olujobi is the former Editor of the Living Section at The Guardian, Nigeria’s biggest and most influential...

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What Will ‘Brother Barack’ Do for Africa?

As the dust settles from the feverish dances that greeted Barack Obama’s victory in the American elections, Africans wonder what “our son and brother” will be able to do for Africa in the face of daunting challenges in the United States and other parts of the world.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


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AIDS and the Myth of the Oversexed Negro

Why do so many in the global health establishment insist on viewing the AIDS crisis in Africa through the lens of a 19th century stereotype?

Posted on Jul 24, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Karel Prinsloo

How Not to Help Africans

The French charity group L’Arche de Zoé (Zoë‘s Ark) took 103 Chadian children from their homes with promises of sweets and a trip to the city of Abeche. But the group actually planned to fly the children to France on a 220-seater plane from Abeche airport in Eastern Chad, passing them off as “Sudanese orphans from Darfur” who needed urgent medical care and foster homes. The fiasco sheds new light on the activities of Western “angels of mercy” in Africa.

Posted on Nov 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Nigeria: New Government or Puppet Succession?

In some ways, the ascension of Nigeria’s new President Umaru Yar’Adua to his country’s top post can be seen in a hopeful light, however his ties to his predecessor may make him more of a representative for the old guard than a fresh new face in Nigerian politics.

Posted on Jun 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Between Wrongdoing and ‘the Done Thing’

On April 21, Nigerians held elections to replace outgoing President Olusegun Obasanjo, who staged a battle (outwardly, at least) against corruption in Africa’s most populated country during his tenure in office. Nigerian journalist Gbemisola Olujobi explains how outsiders’ ideas about the issue of corruption in Africa can be limited by their differing cultural perspectives.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Don’t Touch That Mail!

A native Nigerian writer takes stock of the changing face of her country’s most prominent economic export after oil: e-mail scams.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Denis Farrell

The Africa You Need to Know

The Western media love to portray Africa as a backward, famine-plagued caricature, but the world’s second most populous continent has more to offer than tragedy.

Posted on Nov 28, 2006 READ MORE


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Gbemisola Olujobi
Gbemisola Olujobi

A journalist since 1984, Gbemisola Olujobi is the former Editor of the Living Section at The Guardian, Nigeria’s biggest and most influential newspaper. The bulk of her work as a journalist has been in the area of women’s rights as human rights.

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