Nollywood: Censored at Home, Available on the Internet

April 22, 2013, 3:24 pm By FRANKIE EDOZIEN Nigeria’s movie industry — often dubbed Nollywood — has been a source of pride and escape for years for many of Nigeria’s 160 million residents. But the recent banning of a Nigerian documentary on corruption and the country’s oil wealth, “Fuelling Poverty,” has left many crying foul.… Continue reading Nollywood: Censored at Home, Available on the Internet

Nigeria Abuzz Over Who Paid for Beyoncé Concert

  Feb. 24 2013 By FRANKIE EDOZIEN Did the Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan, divert $1 million from an anti-poverty program to finance a trip to Lagos by American pop stars Beyoncé Knowles and her husband Jay-Z? A document recently released by SaharaReporters, a group of well-regarded and some famous Nigerian journalists, some of them dissidents… Continue reading Nigeria Abuzz Over Who Paid for Beyoncé Concert

Africa’s Second Female President Delivers

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN JUNE 11 2012 ACCRA, Ghana — Well, that didn’t take too long. Just weeks after Malawi’s new president, Joyce Banda, began her charm offensive to the West, the International Monetary Fund is about to hand her a $157 million check. This loan comes hard on the heels of a $51 million cash… Continue reading Africa’s Second Female President Delivers

African Style Goes Global, Despite Little Tangible Support From African Leaders

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN May 26, 2012, 9:25 pm ACCRA, Ghana — Every day on the downtown streets of Accra, debonair men and fashionable women can be seen proudly attired in Western-style skirts, shirts and slacks, all made from African prints by local tailors. In recent years, local designers created ready-to-wear outfits with these prints. But… Continue reading African Style Goes Global, Despite Little Tangible Support From African Leaders

A Female President Demands Equal Rights for Africa’s Gays

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN MAY 20 1012 ACCRA, Ghana — The endorsement of marriage rights for same-sex couples by Barack Obama, the African-descended president of the United States, has struck some observers as a political calculation, others as courageous and some here in Africa as outrageous. But might Mr. Obama’s words have also inspired an African… Continue reading A Female President Demands Equal Rights for Africa’s Gays

‘Comfort Women’ Controversy Comes to New York

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN NEW YORK — Every Wednesday since January 1992, protestors have held a demonstration outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul demanding an official apology and compensation from the Japanese government for women held in soldier brothels during World War II. Now, a New York lawmaker’s proposal to memorialize the plight of the women,… Continue reading ‘Comfort Women’ Controversy Comes to New York

Occupy Wall Street Brings May Day to America

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN NEW YORK — For decades, workers in Europe, South America and China have been celebrated with an official holiday on May Day. The United States, however, has not followed suit. (And Britain and Canada have tried to wash out the holiday’s leftist hues.) Even though the day’s origins date to a riot… Continue reading Occupy Wall Street Brings May Day to America

Obama Will Need Young Voters to Keep His Job, Even if They Don’t Have One

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN NEW YORK — If he’s to have any hope of keeping his job, President Barack Obama needs to regain the love of young voters. But with 50 percent of Americans under 30 jobless or underemployed, the once cozy relationship is strained. So Mr. Obama has kicked off his now re-election campaign by… Continue reading Obama Will Need Young Voters to Keep His Job, Even if They Don’t Have One

Osama Bin Laden Joins the U.S. Presidential Race

By FRANKIE EDOZIEN NEW YORK — By Monday morning, the newest skyscraper rising from the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks is expected to be the tallest building in New York’s skyline. The tower at One World Trade Center, at 1776 feet — or 541 meters — and 104 floors, will be 403 feet… Continue reading Osama Bin Laden Joins the U.S. Presidential Race