Archive for June 26th, 2012

Africa’s richest man – Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote

Eddie Grant – Hello Africa

Africa’s richest man – Cementing a fortune

The king of concrete has ambitions beyond Nigeria

Jun 23rd 2012 | LAGOS | The Economist

Aliko Dangote

IN A grey building on a busy roundabout in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, Aliko Dangote deals in everything from cement and sugar to pasta and prayer mats. His ascent did not follow the usual path of the Nigerian mega-rich who feed at the oil trough. A decade ago he took over several failing state enterprises and made them profitable. His critics say he is too cosy with politicians, and that his dominance of certain sectors harms the economy. But his record of building factories and reducing Africa’s dependence on imports is undeniable. “I want to be the most successful businessman in the world,” he says.

At 55, he is ranked 76th on the latest Forbes list of billionaires as Africa’s richest man. He was born into a well-to-do Muslim family in the northern city of Kano. A forebear traded in kola nuts, paid for young Aliko’s business studies in Cairo, and in 1977 funded his first firm, a commodities-trading company that became a continental conglomerate.           Continue reading


Buddy Miles – Down By The River.


By EWALT AINSWORTH            06 15 2012

Word has begun to filter out in the diaspora that both Presidents Jagdeo and Ramotar have been staging and fully engaged in communicating with Party operatives in hinterland communities in which they have been using the portraits of the Opposition executives as bulls eye for bow and arrow terrorists.  The target practice operatives have also been taking aim at a select group of Lindeners who allegedly have been “obstinate” and not cooperating with the government in charging increased tariffs for electricity.

The portraits of local touchaus and captains who also allegedly supported the opposition APNU/AFC groups have also been placed on tree trunks and home-made screens as part of a deliberate plot to ferment hatred and distrust among the indigenous peoples in the Rupununi and other communities in regions nine and eight.    Continue reading

Caribbean politicians acting like monarchy – ACM’s Gibbings

Caribbean politicians acting like monarchy – ACM’s Gibbings

Demerara Waves 25 June 2912.

President of the Association of Caribbean MediaWorkers (ACM) Wesley Gibbings says politicians have replaced the monarchy in the region with the use of criminal defamation laws to punish journalists.

He was speaking on Monday during a session on the colonial legacy of criminal defamation laws in the Caribbean on day two of the three-day International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress in Trinidad and Tobago.

Gibbings said the law was introduced in the colonial days to protect the status quo of the monarchy and is now a tool of the governments.

‘Unfortunately we have had generations of leadership in the Caribbean which consider themselves to be the new monarchs. If you look at the application of criminal defamation in the Caribbean, even up to the 20th century and into the 21st century, in every single circumstance in recent memory in the English-speaking Caribbean the actions have been taken by politicians and or their agents.”  [more]