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one of subtleties and differentiations and I wish more of its kind were discussed in the public realm. It looks specifically at the consequences of the land reform, not the consequences of Western sanctions. Tese are two different research questions and albeit connected, are not the same. For me, Boateng’s article is just another sad example of a journalist’s simplifica- tion (and none too subtle) of a complex situation. Tis is, ironically, what the study is trying to counteract in the first place.


Nora Hanke Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


Africa and its agricultural produce I have never seen a chocolate bar in the West with the words manufactured or processed in Ghana (the producers of so much cocoa) on it. It is about time Africa looked at this matter more seriously. For over 60 years now, Africa and the


West have discussed drawing up a signifi- cant agricultural agreement, but nothing has come to fruition. All we hear con- stantly are a barrage of words and calls for free trade. Why is it that the West can accept


processed agricultural produce from coun- tries like China or Brazil, but not from Africa? Tere are many reasons; one of them is the portrayal of Africa in the media, as a dirty and disease-infested place. Yet, I have never heard of mad cow disease in Africa! And again, how come the same diseased Africa is only good for its resources? I am sure if, for example, Switzerland had oil, they would never accept oil from Nigeria. Te West is too cold to grow cocoa, they therefore accept it from Ghana, but will not accept chocolate produced in Ghana. If they could grow cocoa, they would say Ghanaian cocoa is diseased. With the recent boom in Chinese in-


vestment in Africa, Africa must demand from China what the West has never given,


The West accepts cocoa from Ghana, but will not accept chocolate produced there


a complete agricultural deal in processed agricultural goods: a win-win situation.


Bhekuzulu Khumalo Toronto, Canada


It’s not Jonathan, it’s the PDP As a concerned Nigerian, I would like to comment on the article “What type of leader for Nigeria?” published in your Jan- uary edition. Te point is, many Nigerians are not very concerned about President Jonathan, while they are about the party he represents. Te People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has milked the country dry for twelve years and Nigerians want this party to be sent packing, come the April elections. It is quite unfortunate that President


Jonathan, a seemingly good man, has found himself in the wrong party, among the wrong people. He may mean well for the country as I am inclined to believe, but the people he surrounds himself with – his party members – will, out of selfish inter- est, scuttle his good plans for the nation. We are not scared of him, but the PDP, which must leave power.


George Okoro Bong Mines, Liberia


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The Editor 6 | March 2011 New African


Was Nkrumah “put down” because he was a genius? Jesse Kodua’s letter (New African, January 2011), in which he asks, “... if Nkrumah was such a genius, why did they overthrow him?” has really baffled me. Well Jesse, they overthrew him for ex-


actly that reason – the fact that he was a genius! Some Westerners have never liked any


black person who shows an inkling of genius or intellect. Tey feel threatened by any black man who shows that he is way beyond them intellectually and they will do anything to ensure that person is put down. Look at what they are doing to


Obama right now. Remember what hap- pened to Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcom X. They were just too much for them. Recent WikiLeaks have also revealed how the West is so afraid of Mugabe’s intellect. It’s so simple to understand why they


want to put black geniuses down – they are a threat to white hegemony. Tey would rather have us as begging ignorant peasants. Look at how the so-called aid is given to Africans and blacks in general. Tey never want to give aid to individual geniuses amongst us. Instead they give money to cooperatives or groups as they know that there is no real ownership there and therefore no individual effort to ensure the success of such a thing as a cooperative. Terefore, Jesse, Nkrumah was put


down for the very reason that he was a genius, because black and African geniuses are a threat to white supremacy and any westerner will not fund individual black geniuses because they are a threat to them. It’s as simple as that.


Claude Maredza Harare, Zimbabwe


WikiLeaks South Africa Reactions to Julian Assange and the WikiLeaks cables range from vague irrita- tion to outright derision in South African newspapers. However, I do rather suspect they regard it as turf war! Whatever the outcome of it all, in fu-


ture history will be written with one eye firmly on the content and fall-out from these cables.


Elvira van Oudtshoorn Johannesburg, South Africa


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