Friday, January 13, 2017

Cryptic Lines from Africa (Excerpts from "The Usurper: and Other Stories)



“True classical dropouts in society are those who avoid difficult challenges and cling to the first opportunity that comes their way. They never test their talents. These latent talents will only help to produce the next cycle of dropouts.”
FRANKLYN S. BAYEN



“A brilliant leader is someone who makes himself appealing to his people, even when it is against his conviction.”
IDRISS M. DOH



“An intelligent leader gets his way even over his people and their values, irrespective of the degree of his popularity or the opposition against him.”
EBENEZER D. AKWANGA



“A wise leader is realistic in his dealings with his people.”
SALOMON MUNA YAKANA (LIBERTE)



“Bad leaders are known to destroy one, more or even all of the foundations of their people’s way of life.”
SAMPSON E. BAIYE



“Legendary leaders often get ahead of their people from an impasse and futile general consensus by finding new grounds or bases that would enable the people to start a new, progressive or better chapter in their destinies.”
JANVIER CHOUTEU-CHANDO



“A canonical leader is someone whose exemplary rule may be construed to be for the alleviation of the pains and miseries of a particular group, but which in reality is for the advancement of humanity.”
CHRISTOPHER NKWAYEP-CHANDO


“A man’s thoughts are a combination of other people’s actions.”
IDRIS M. DOH


“Truth is one of life’s enigmas that can never be eternally concealed.”
FREDERICK BABILLA


“Legends and myths are closer to reality than their custodians present them.”
RODNEY E MUSOKO


“The mythical light that keeps alive a people’s hope and meaning of life should vanish mysteriously rather than undergo turbulence that undermines the belief.”
JOHN TIOHNJANG-CHANDO


“We have the options in life, our ancestors have their influences in our lives, but God decides our fate.”
MATHIAS NKENGZO-CHANDO



“A mother has the right of nurture over a child, but the right of nature is in favor of the child’s father.”
PATRICIA N. CHANDO


“No custom or tradition should be retained if it contravenes the progress, development, freedom and essential rights of a people.”
EWANDE EBONGALAME


“Options are the prerogative of the free and customs are the limitations on the constrained.”
GABRIEL A. NKENG


“Man is born free, but we must live under constraints that guarantee serenity in the society that we are an inalienable part of.”
VALENTINE FORCHAK


“Our grandchild is our friend and our true child in sobriety; the grandchild is also a parent, a husband, a wife, a brother, a sister or a child missed; but above all, this special child is an ascertainment of the continuity of a bloodline and somebody we wish to protect even from our mistakes.”
SUSAN NJIKI NJUTEU-CHOUTEU


“The full protection of our ancestors and the armor of God are powerful shields to cherish in life.”
FLORENCE N. CHANDO


“The humane legacies of our ancestors are the frameworks of progress that could be followed, revised or improved, but that should never be rejected.”
SUSAN N. CHANDO-NJOMO


“The most fulfilling and reliable parent-child relationship is one involving the trust of a sister’s child whose affection for you is at the level for a parent.”
JOSEPHINE N. CHANDO


“The depth of a woman’s love is a reflection of her ties to the fatherly and brotherly figures in her life, and the degree of honesty, love, trust and respect that she developed with those male figures.”
ANNE-MARIE N. CHANDO


“Ego and/or insecurity are the factors in a genuine marriage that drive most men to become unfaithful. Meanwhile, for most women, revenge is the motivating factor for breaking their vows.”
GWENDOLINE K. FINJAP



“Women are gentle in manner but resolute in their deeds. Therefore, remorse has no place in their hearts after a calculated and decisive deed.”
RUFINA MANKA’A ONGA



“A man finds satisfaction in winning the rationally independent mind of a woman he loves, and derives only pleasure in the subjugation of the will of the woman who betrayed him while being loved.”
ROSE-FRANCOISE TCHWENKO



“The irrational exploits of a compulsive womanizer, cuckold or jilt comes from an insatiable desire to win the substitute of a beloved figure they lost in life because they were not forthcoming. The elusive reason(s) for womanizing often become(s) deeply buried in their subconscious minds.”
ELIZABETH F. TCHWENKO


“Parents tend to be blindingly loyal to their wayward offspring, and older siblings become too protective over their younger unruly siblings, not because they can’t help it, but because they harbor regrets for failing to be there during determining moments in the lives of those offspring or siblings.”
PHILOMENE-SYLVIE T. TCHWENKO


“A gorilla crawls because it wants to succumb to nature. We pay the bride price because the stiffness of our waists makes it difficult to plead at the feet of the women we want to marry. So we pass through their families to perform this honorable act of nature.”
CASTRO-TERENCE NJWEYA NKEMBENG (CHANDO)


“Traditions and cultures make us victims of those who love us, especially when we succumb to their perception of the norms and try to live their dreams.”
SUZIE-VALERIE NJIKI EKWEH (CHANDO)


“The children of a family always dream of extending their love to the next generation, buttressed by the sense of trust and solidarity. However, the dream stays alive only when their own children understand and accept it.”
TERESE-SUZIE NJOMO NGWE (CHANDO)


“Our fathers should be the first men we trust in life because we need their love to be able to mature into loving and secure women, and to become nurturing and self-sacrificing wives and mothers.”
TERESE EPOSI CHANDO


“Heaven sends us friendship so that we can open up our hearts and find relief from the mysteries that suppress us.”
ANTON CHEKHOV



“No man is foolish when his friend betrays him because a man’s world is most serene when he has people to trust and call friends. After all, is it not often said that a friend is another self?”
SALOMON MUNA YAKANA



“The greatest test of friendship is misfortune.”
TCHAKONTIO NJOPA-KABA



“It is bad to be betrayed by someone you love when you are at your peak, but it is disastrous to encounter betrayal when you are at your lowest ebb.”
JOSEPH CHANDO-NJIAH



          

Monday, January 9, 2017

Africa's Billionaires

Full list of Africa's billionaires:
RankCountryNameNet worthOrigin of wealth
1NigeriaAliko Dangote$12.1 billioncement, sugar, flour
2South AfricaNicky Oppenheimer & family$7 billiondiamonds
3NigeriaMike Adenuga$5.8 billiontelecom, oil
4South AfricaJohann Rupert & family$5.5 billionluxury goods
4South AfricaChristoffel Wiese$5.5 billionretail
6EgyptNassef Sawiris$5.3 billionconstruction, chemicals
7EgyptNaguib Sawiris$3.7 billiontelecom
8AngolaIsabel dos Santos$3.2 billlioninvestments
9AlgeriaIssad Rebrab & family$3.1 billionfood
10EgyptMohamed Mansour$2.7 billiondiversified
11South AfricaKoos Bekker$2 billionmedia, investments
12MoroccoOthman Benjelloun$1.9 billionbanking, insurance
13EgyptYasseen Mansour$1.8 billiondiversified
14NigeriaFolorunsho Alakija$1.6 billionoil
14South AfricaPatrice Motsepe$1.6 billionmining
16MoroccoAziz Akhannouch & family$1.4 billionpetroleum, diversified
16TanzaniaMohammed Dewji$1.4 billiondiversified
18EgyptYoussef Mansour$1.1 billiondiversified
18EgyptOnsi Sawiris$1.1 billionconstruction, telecom
18MoroccoAnas Sefrioui$1.1 billionreal estate
18South AfricaStephen Saad$1.1 billionpharmaceuticals
METHODOLOGY