Although the limelight seems to be gradually dimming over Tunisia, the true meaning of the Jasmine Revolution still appears to be questioning our understanding of the apparent stability enjoyed by many North African countries. This ultimately shows the short-sightedness of the policies of European partners that have for long regarded these countries almost exclusively in terms of the help they could offer in curbing Islamism and illegal migration without paying due attention to other problems and challenges blossoming in the shade.
As the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the US issue continuous warnings to the President of Cote d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo to step down, the former president seems ever more determined to stay.
Sierra Leone is a beautiful country on the bulge of West Africa. Coconut palms and flame trees line its beaches against some of the most amazing sunsets I have seen ever. Lush green mountains and white sands under pure blue skies reflect the three colours of the national flag.
Having lived near Mount Kenya for most of my life in the town of Nyeri in the Central Province of Kenya, I have grown so accustomed to the mountain that I almost ignore it despite its imposing beauty. The jagged snow capped peak was part of my childhood scenery. I revered it but kept my distance.