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10 Masters of the Universe at work in Africa!

Letters 4 Your news and views

DECEMBER 2009 ISSUE 490 WWW.AFRICASIA.COMSee page 72 for subscription offer details

Baffour’s Beefs 8 The tale of two ‘sham’ elections

Did the Nigerian politicians M.K.O. Abiola and General Sani Abacha really die of heart attack in mid-1998? We have new suggestive evidence that they were eliminated by the Masters of the Universe to pave the way for the Masters’ chosen candidate to become president of Nigeria, which throws up the wider question of whether Africans really choose their leaders even though they physically vote for them.

Cover Story: Nigeria 10 The Masters at work? 18 A prediction too far? 19 Head to head: Nigeria vs South Africa 20 The black man’s burden 26 Anna Mbachu: A woman on a mission 28 In my father’s land

Lest We Forget 32 Humanising aliens or alienating Africans? Features 34 Kenya: The ICC arrives 36 South Africa: The man the ANC forgot 40 Ghana: Nkrumah’s miraculous escapes 42 Ethiopia: New ocean

The redundant Special Court Reflections 54 Escape from Africa NA Market 56 Jatropha, best of biofuels? 60 NEPAD: ‘We cannot fail’ Under the Neem Tree 62 File and forget? Forget it! Guest Column 64 Why are we so … troubled? Diaspora 68 Ireland: Nowhere cool The Arts 70 Swaziland: Mountain Kingdom ablaze! 73 Senegal/France: Marie NDiaye criticises Sarkozy African Footbal 76 World Cup: The great escape! 80 Comment: A matter of (dis)honour 82 Great football moments: Eusebio the Legend 86 Puma unveils new kits for African teams 88 South Africa: Nice stadiums, poor football

to split the country? 44 Zimbabwe: Are fresh

elections inevitable? 46 Mali: Fighting a proxy war for America 48 Sierra Leone/Liberia:

The Charles Taylor affair 52 Sierra Leone:

Member of The Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Back to the Future 90 Containing the rage and retribution

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