Reading Note: From the Avenue to the Chateau-Rouge Metro, Chronicles of the World Below

Bitter News from “Eternally Developing” Places, by Jean-Pierre Listre François-Xavier Akono, a Cameroonian Jesuit priest, gives us a series of bittersweet chronicles of trying realities, around little people whose way out one day is not very clear. First of all his style: he writes in small incisive sentences, sometimes “poetic” but precise, never practicing melodramatic...

Reading Note: Kako Nubukpo, The African Emergency, Let’s change the Growth Model! (by Jean-Pierre Listre)

Kako Nubukpo, Editions Odile Jacob; September 2019; 236 pages; €22.90, Professor Kako Nubukpo is an economist (with a sensitive historian’s tropism) and a renowned academic. He was Minister in charge of Prospective and Evaluation of Public Policies in Togo (2013-2015). His past experiences and a certain disenchantment inspired his recent book “L’Urgence africaine; changeons le...

African urbanization: the prospects are overflowing, so are the garbage cans

“Africa in the face of waste management” ephemeral work of art, anonymous, 2010. Among the evils that affect the global ecosystem and from which the African environment is no exception, the overexploitation of resources leading to deforestation, pollution of rivers, air and soil, all accompanied by the rapid and large-scale disappearance of wildlife through the...

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