Thursday, July 20, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - I Repeat: Shoot Movie Abroad, Face Prosecution — Lai Mohammed Nigerian Information Minister


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USA Africa Dialogue Series - Teens from African robotics team reported missing in Washington


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Teens from African robotics team reported missing in Washington


Top row, from left: Don Charu Ingabire, Aristide Irambona and Richard Irakoze. Bottom row, from left: Audrey Mwamikazi, Kevin Sabumukiza and Nice Munezero. (D.C. Police)
By Clarence Williams and Moriah Balingit July 20 at 7:10 AM 
Six teenagers from the Burundi robotics team, who had come to Washington to compete in an international competition, were reported missing to D.C. police on Wednesday, according to police reports.
The team from the small east African country had competed in the inaugural international event of the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition, which drew hundreds of young people from 157 nations to Constitution Hall in Northwest. The event opened Sunday with a parade of nations and closed Tuesday at around 6:30 p.m.
Police posted fliers of the missing teens on the department's Twitter account, which stated the teens were last seen in the area 5 p.m. Tuesday, around the time the final robotics matches finished.
The missing teenagers range in age from 16 to 18 and include four males and two females, police said.
"FIRST Global learned the adult mentor of Team Burundi is unable to find the group of six students of the team who participated in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge," according to a statement from an organization spokesman early Thursday.
"The proper reports have been submitted to the police who are investigating the case," said spokesman Jose P. Escotto.
Escotto said FIRST Global President Joe Sestak, a former Navy admiral and congressman, called police after receiving word from the team's mentor, Canesius Bindaba, that the teens had gone missing. Sestak then called a volunteer who helped Bindaba file a report with police.
Bindaba is listed in a previous press report as a team coach.
Officials from the Burundi Embassy in Washington could not immediately be reached late Wednesday.
A State Department spokesman referred all questions to local authorities.
According to six identical police reports, one filed for each missing teen, a mentor to the teens told the event volunteer the group went missing and that volunteer called police. The mentor later reported that "they traveled from Burundi Africa for the competition. They have one-year visas," the reports state.
In each report, Bindaba told police that each teen "went missing after the competition and he does not know where he could have went."
Police said they canvassed Constitution Hall with 2nd District officers but did not find the teens.
Each report said that police attempted to contact an uncle from one missing teen but received no response.
Escotto said he believed the Burundi team members had attended closing ceremonies which began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
"Security of the students is of paramount importance to FIRST Global," the organizer's statement said. "FIRST Global ensures that all students get to their dormitories after the daily competition by providing safe transportation to the students staying at Trinity Washington University who are always to be under close supervision of their adult mentor and are advised not to leave the premises unaccompanied by the mentor."
A spokesman for the university was not immediately available Thursday morning.
This week's competition had already garnered global headlines after a group of teenage girls from Afghanistan faced a plight to get visas to travel to the U.S. because of President Trump's recently implemented travel ban. Organizers had previously hosted domestic competitions, but this was the first international event.
Police identified the missing teenagers on Twitter as:
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Richard Irakoze, 18, a black male with a dark complexion who is 5-foot-11, 140 pounds; Kevin Sabumukiza, 17, a black male with a medium complexion who is 6-foot-4, 160 pounds; Nice Munezero, 17, a black female with a dark complexion who is 5-foot-7, 140 pounds; Aristide Irambona, 18, a black male with a dark complexion who is 5-foot-6, 130 pounds; Don Ingabire, 16, a black male with a medium complexion who is 5-foot-8, 130 pounds; Audrey Mwamikazi, 17, a black female with a dark complexion who is 5-foot-3, 130 pounds.
Officials did not have any description of the clothes the teens wore when last seen, only that they were last seen in the 1700 block of D Street NW.
Burundi is a small country in East Africa bordered by Tanzania, Rwanda and Lake Tanganyika.
The State Department issued a travel warning in late June, advising Americans of "political tensions, political and criminal violence, and the potential for civil unrest."
That warning stated that rebel forces, ex-combatants and youth gangs from the Democratic Republic of Congo had reportedly attacked and kidnapped civilians, while armed groups have ambushed vehicles.

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Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Professor Ali A. Mazrui Lives Again!!!

im thinking of a PDF of the Irele tributes. something more elaborate can come later, particularly after the publications by Transition and other academic platforms of tributes to Irele.

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Full support!  Hes well deserviing!



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Giant of letters: When Ali Mazrui died in 2014 after a 50-year career as a political philosopher and public intellectual, tributes poured in from across the continent. These have been collected and edited in A Giant Tree Has Fallen. Picture: YOUTUBE
Giant of letters: When Ali Mazrui died in 2014 after a 50-year career as a political philosopher and public intellectual, tributes poured in from across the continent. These have been collected and edited in A Giant Tree Has Fallen. Picture: YOUTUBE

A Giant Tree Has Fallen

Edited by Seifudein Adem, Jideofor Adibe, Abdul Karim Bangura, Abdul Samed Bemath

African Perspectives Publishing

When one of Africa's most prolific public intellectuals died in 2014, there was an avalanche of appreciation. Globally, renowned professor Ali Mazrui was indeed a gigantic tree.

Glowing tributes came from people who had known him; those who had not met the top academic but had been profoundly touched by his work; those he had helped financially; former colleagues from secretaries to top academics; adversaries and admirers.

His body of work comprised more than 35 books that he authored or co-wrote and more than 100 academic papers. This repository of knowledge was produced in the 50 years that Mazrui worked as an academic at institutions in Africa, the US, Europe and Asia.

He was a true public intellectual who connected easily with the ordinary and the elite — including presidents and royalty — and yet he remained humble and grounded as an African scholar of superior knowledge.

Now, through a coup of sorts in local publishing, African Perspectives owned by Rose Francis negotiated the rights with Mazrui's family and the authors of the tributes, to produce a book that reads like a complete biography of this giant of letters.

The book's 500 pages leave one with a sense that you too had all along been part of the professor's life, even if you had not read a single word he had written in his lifetime.

Mazrui gifted the world with his immense intellectual insights on issues as widespread as the African condition, its problems and potential, north-south relations, global politics, culture, slavery and the need for reparations, and Islam and its uncomfortable relationships with other civilisations.

SOYINKA ACCUSED MAZRUI OF AN ISLAMOPHILE SLANT, BERATING HIM FOR UNDERPLAYING THE ARAB SLAVE TRADE.

The tributes paint a picture of a cool head facing the complex issues afflicting the world. Mazrui mixed sometimes confusing and contradictory dogmas and ideologies, like the excellent academic that he was, and was able to clinically analyse issues — even using television documentaries and film to get his message across.

He attracted admirers and critics. Some were irritated by his fearlessness on issues the world did not universally accept, as in his take on Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism, the need for reparations for African slavery, the Palestine-Israel conflict, capitalism, socialism, and almost every subject.

His scholarship was interdisciplinary, a point made by Burjor Avari, a fellow Kenyan who met Mazrui at Manchester University, where they were undergraduate students from 1957 to 1960.

Mazrui graduated with a BA degree before proceeding to Columbia University, where he completed an MA in political studies in 1961. He then got a doctorate in political studies at Oxford University in 1965.

"Ali is essentially a political philosopher, and his scholarly books and articles engage with a variety of theoretical perspectives in the field of political philosophy," writes Avari.

"In his works, he deals with issues concerning political leadership, violence and warfare, resolution of conflict, ethnic and linguistic differences, institutions of world order, human rights, the role of culture in politics, and many other themes in line with the works of many other political philosophers."

Mazrui was born in Mombasa, Kenya in 1933 to a prominent Muslim family, part Arab and part African. His father was chief justice of Kenya's Islamic Court. His grandfather was a prominent Muslim scholar.

Committed to Islam but progressive, the young Mazrui had other ideas when his family wanted him to become a Muslim scholar. He loved the arts, and first dabbled in journalism in Mombasa when he failed to gain entrance to study at Makerere University in Uganda.

He worked at a technical college, where the governor of colonial Kenya noticed his command of English and offered him a scholarship to the UK, where he completed his A-levels and proceeded to Manchester University.

After completing his doctorate, he became the youngest professor of politics in Africa when he joined Makerere University at the age of 32.

Mazrui excelled at Makerere for 10 years. His lectures attracted crowds from outside the university. This did not sit well with the authorities. Former Ugandan president Milton Obote reportedly summoned the young professor to his office and asked him: "Do you know the difference between a professor of politics and a politician?"

When Obote was deposed in a coup by Idi Amin, there was initially a curiously cosy relationship between the professor and the dictator before it soured, forcing Mazrui into exile in the US, where he taught at prestigious universities including the University of Michigan. He had just retired from Binghamton University when he died.

Mazrui's only work of fiction, The Trial of Christopher Okigbo, published in 1971, is an allegorical tale about the Nigerian poet. The friend of Mazrui was slain for his defence of the quest for Biafran independence.

His seminal book, Towards a Pax Africana, was a critique of postindependence Africa in which he famously asked: "Now that the Imperial Order is coming to an end, who is coming to keep the peace in Africa?"

It is perhaps the television series The Africans: A Triple Heritage, financed by the BBC and the Public Broadcast Service in the US, that made Mazrui's work known worldwide. A book with the same title was published in 1986.

The series was lauded, but also criticised by fellow academics, notably Nobel literature laureate Wole Soyinka, who argued that Mazrui's series tended to elevate Arabic culture above indigenous cultures. The acrimony between the two professors degenerated into an ugly public spat in 1991.

"Soyinka effectively accused Mazrui of an Islamophile slant, berating him for underplaying the damage of the Arab slave trade and for trivialising and misrepresenting African indigenous culture, shockingly questioning the authenticity of the author as an Arab to make an authentic documentary about Africa and parochially asking that the story be retold from a black African perspective," writes Adekeye Adebayo in his tribute in the book.

However, in line with the African culture of respecting the dead, Soyinka wrote a glowing tribute to his former academic adversary on his death.

"The ranks keep thinning, bringing sadness both for the individual loss and for the inevitable receding of an era whose seizure owed so much to the intellectual industry of scholars such as Ali Mazrui," Soyinka reflects poetically in A Giant Tree Has Fallen, a compelling read for those seeking intellectual nourishment.







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