The African Magazine

Soumanou Salifou
Founder/Publisher
"The African" Magazine

What President Obama will do for Africa

By Soumanou Salifou In light of President George W. Bush’s positive legacy to Africa, which was unexpected of a (white) Republican president with no emotional ties to Africa, we can expect U.S. positive involvement......


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Samir Salifou
Master of Public Policy candidate at the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy.

A campaign of wild emotions

BY SAMIR SALIFOU The 2008 presidential campaign was one of wild emotions and high intensity. It is almost unimaginable to me that there were people in the country that weren’t passionate about this election......


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Business lawyer Gustave Gazard
President of the PR firm GGConsulting

Lessons Obama has taught us

By Gustave Gazard When I arrived at my office on November 5 at 8 in the morning (which was late in the night in Atlanta, Georgia), I was greeted with cheers, shouts of victory......


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Soumanou Salifou
Founder and Publisher
"The African" Magazine

African American brothers’ broken promises

By Soumanou Salifou  “Welcome Back to Africa, Marion Barry. Tell other African Americans that their motherland is waiting for them.” Thatwas the inscription on justone of many colorfulbanners welcoming formerWashington, D.C. mayorMarion Barry, Jr. to......


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Agbeyome M. Kodjo, former Prime Minister of Togo, president of the OBUTS political party. 59-years-old.

Dr. King’s legacy to Africa

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversarsy of the 1963 March on Washington led by the late Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., we have put this question to Africans across the world: “As an African,......


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Soumanou Salifou
Founder, Publisher and CEO

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...

Soumanou Salifou
Founder/Publisher
"The African" Magazine

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...

Soumanou Salifou
Founder/Publisher
"The African" Magazine

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...

Soumanou Salifou
Founder/Publisher/CEO

About The African

  Just as John H. Johnson in November 1942 founded Negro Digest (which later became Ebony) to fill the information vacuum about Afro-Americans in the United States, Soumanou Salifou, who came from Benin, West Africa to the United...