Africa’s Long Walk to Free­dom

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Since Bib­li­cal times, all the great na­tions and em­pires that arose and pros­pered were those that were founded on and pre­served the his­tory of their found­ing fa­thers and moth­ers, in par­tic­u­lar, the rev­o­lu­tion­ary moral val­ues that in­spired their strug­gles for na­tional lib­er­a­tion, free­dom, equality and jus­tice for all.

The Long Walk to Free­dom was also Africa's story. The in­dig­na­tion that once per­me­ated our con­ti­nent has been re­placed by in­spi­ra­tion. The un­der­cur­rent of pes­simism re­sult­ing from the on­slaught of mal­adies – wars, coup d’etats, dis­ease, poverty and op­pres­sion – has given way to a steadily in­creas­ing sense of pos­si­bil­ity. It wasn't only Nelson Man­dela who was trans­formed dur­ing those years of his im­pris­on­ment. We all were. And Africa is all the bet­ter be­cause of that.

The thing about he­roes is that their acts are right­eous only when nur­tured by their na­tion and peo­ple, to in­ter­vene for the in­ter­ests of such na­tion and peo­ple. Some even say that the as­sas­si­na­tion of Patrice Lu­mumba was the most im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tion in the 20th cen­tury. This spe­cial free­dom edi­tion of No­mad Africa mag­a­zine presents us with an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the lives and times of the he­roes of our na­tional lib­er­a­tion strug­gles, an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect upon and reaf­firm the in­trin­sic roots of our na­tion and the con­tin­u­ing rel­e­vance for na­tion build­ing and so­cial co­he­sion.

In this edi­tion, Chris­tine Sia­manta Ki­nori in­vites our read­ers to meet the Turkana tribe – one of the 42 tribes in East Africa that has man­aged to stick to their undi­luted way of life. The tribe have sur­vived nat­u­ral calami­ties, mod­ern­iza­tion and have still re­mained strong (see page 42). In an­other spe­cial fea­ture, the pop­u­la­tion in African cities have been pre­dicted to dou­ble by year 2015 (page 46).

Tourism is a ma­jor source of in­come glob­ally es­pe­cially for smaller coun­tries that have a rich di­ver­sity of of­fer­ings for in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers, yet cur­rent is­sues of cli­mate change, sus­tain­abil­ity and dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion to­gether with su­per rapid progress in the data and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sec­tors are ex­ert­ing a pro­found im­pact on tourism world­wide. Our me­dia crew at­tended the first In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Dig­i­tal­iza­tion and Sus­tain­able Tourism in Mau­ri­tius hosted by the Mau­ri­tius Min­istry of Tourism. Read more about this two day high pro­file event on Page 82. On the sec­ond day of the same event, Mau­ri­tius boosted en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness by inviting guests to wit­ness a coral plant­ing (Page 94).

As we cel­e­brate Nelson Man­dela’s 100 years an­niver­sary with this spe­cial edi­tion, we be­lieve that if we ap­ply Nelson’s hu­mil­ity, tact and pen­chant for di­a­logue, we can face the chal­lenges that threaten Africa as a con­ti­nent.

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