Helplessly Hoping

[The above is the marketplace in Dapaong, Togo--probably in 1990.]One of the legacies of colonial rule in Africa is the modern nation-state. Before the European colonists imposed their preconceptions on Africa, there were no “countries,” as we in the West know them. Instead, there were areas of influence and prerogative, borders being gray areas of … Continue reading Helplessly Hoping

ABC’s Digital Correspondents

Last fall, ABC News began an experiment with “digital correspondents,” young reporters who were handed equipment and sent to live in under-covered areas of the world. The program is a cheap way of replacing the old,unwieldy news bureaus that have all but disappeared and are a substitute for “parachute” journalism where reporters land, get a … Continue reading ABC’s Digital Correspondents

Kenya… Wither Goest?

My interest in Africa began at age of eleven, when I met a Kenyan who was studying at Antioch College. Alphonse Okuku was living with the Ernest Morgan family, the founders of the little boarding school, The Arthur Morgan School (named for Ernest's famous and influential father), I was attending. Ernest and Elizabeth's son Lee … Continue reading Kenya… Wither Goest?