Category: Opinions

My personal debt to Mandela

By Soumanou Salifou In the African culture in which I was born, raised and nurtured, the death of a person, regardless of his/her age, is always a sad occurrence. Like millions, probably billions of...

Business management in Africa: the missing link

By Daniel D. Dossou While the shortage of professional managers is considered the biggest impediment to economic performance in Africa, thousands of Africans are eagerly “marketing” their managerial “know how” elsewhere. A real paradox!...

As President Obama takes us to the mountaintop

By Sam Salifou Our country has had great and not-so-great presidents. Typical of our diverse society where out of many we make one, there is really no consensus over who the greatest presidents –...

American women’s double standard

By Soumanou Salifou The student advisor at the American embassy back home in Africa had warned me that I would have to adjust to American culture on and off campus. And I tried to...

Cultural gap

My 13-year old son came home from school at 3 o’clock one rainy afternoon and realized that he had left his key in his locker at school. He called me up in the office...

An African in Paris

By Soumanou Salifou An airline employee’s incompetence (or ignorance) caused me to spend one day and one night in Paris during my latest trip back from Africa to the United States, instead of the...