No excuse for not emulating Nelson Mandela

Author Raphael Obonyo, originally published December 13 2013, cross-posted on January 29 2014:

Nelson Mandela who passed away at age 95 years was a true legend if one considers what he was able to achieve in his lifetime. African leaders have a tough act to follow.

As we mourn his passing, there are many lessons we can pick from the man who impacted the lives of millions.

When Mandela toured African nations, particularly Kenya in 1990 after he was released from prison, I was only nine years old.

Madiba: Emblem of Peace, Master of his Work, Patriot of his Fatherland

Author Jimm C. Fomunjong, January 29 2014:        What lessons can Cameroonians draw from the life of a unique son of African soil?

My dear compatriots, at the dawn of December 2013, the global media sphere experienced one of the world’s largest traffic jams caused by words. This was provoked by the passing away of a great man - Nelson Mandela, on the 5th day of this month.

Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013): He sacrificed his freedom so others could be free

Author Vikas Nath, originally posted on December 10 2013, cross-posted January 29 2014:      Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the last of the giants who led South Africa’s struggle against colonialism, is no more. "White supremacy implies black inferiority." His words were truth to the powers. It made him the most recognisable icon of struggle against oppression, injustice and discrimination all over the world.

How to create PSAs in emergencies

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Author: Parambrahma Tripathy, January 24 2014       The BBC Media Action team in India are used to tight deadlines. But last October, we faced a deadline with a difference: after cyclone Phailin hit the eastern state of Odisha, we had 72 hours to script, produce and broadcast three radio public service announcements [PSAs] to provide life-saving information to those affected.

REMEMBERING MANDELA: How Canada's Coady Institute was quietly training anti-apartheid leaders

Author Olga Gladkikh, January 28 2014:         The world’s attention was focused on South Africa as Nelson Mandela was laid to rest. People inside and outside South Africa are remembering the years of struggle to end apartheid and the birth of a new inclusive democracy.

Perhaps less known is the long history that the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has had in building the Canadian-South African connection.

Internet Rights in Ecuador: the possible triumph of activists

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Authors: Analia Lavin and Valeria Betancourt, originally posted on December 21 2013, cross posted on January 21 2014     The appearance of the "Free Internet” coalition was crucial in raising the alarm on one of the most controversial articles of the new criminal code, that would allow the monitoring of Internet. But is the possible end of Article 474 sufficient enough for the government to respect fundamental rights in communications?

Mungu Fm 88.5MHZ - Second Chapter

Author: Mukeya Liwena, January 21 2014 [This blog follows an earlier blog: Mungu Fm 88.5MHZ - The Heartbeat & Voice of Southern Africa]       On 18th October 2013, The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Zambia issued Mungu Fm Radio a full time broadcasting License,  after the Licensing committee were satisfied our application. The full License brought to an end our test transmission period which began on July 17th 2013.

Remembering Nelson Mandela: A True Youth and Development Advocate

Author: Michael Boampong, originally posted January 7, cross-posted January 17 2014:
From the 3-year-old who salutes Nelson Mandela (Madiba) in Soweto to the school children who grip portraits of the icon during a ceremony in India, it is evident that people across the globe feel the loss of Madiba’s passing.

Life and death discussions in Bihar

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Author: Peter Horrocks, January 14 2014    I've met audiences of BBC programmes in the UK and many parts of the world. But never have I met a group for whom a BBC programme inspired so much discussion as the women of the village of Vyapur in Bihar state in northern India.

Rumours and fear in South Sudan

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Author: Manyang David Mayar, January 15 2014      In my hideout for about 200 displaced people near the town of Bor in South Sudan, our day usually started with questions like ‘What have you heard?’ or 'What is new today?'.

But information gleaned from news reports or phone calls with relatives all too often fuelled terrible rumours.

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