The African Professional (formerly The Expatriate) :: Editor's Letter
Issue 9
   The African Professional (formerly The Expatriate)


Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a Kenyan immigrant, was handed a second term in office when Americans went to the polls on 6th November 2012. A near landslide was the resounding result of a campaign against Mitt Romney that ‘
pundits’ thought was too close to call. From a radio spot stating “Obama – great talk show host, terrible commander in chief” to a billboard bearing caricature of him and the tag line “There is a village in Kenya missing an idiot; Obama – One Big A** Mistake America!”, the race often turned nasty.

I stayed up all night cheering favourable results for this son of Africa. This was a great month for us; first we celebrate a second term for Barack, then we celebrate a second anniversary for this publication.

Our cover story is the inspirational profile of Professor Wanyana Oguttu, a champion of research and academia who can be proud of a number of firsts in South Africa. She can claim another one here by being the first Ugandan to conquer our cover. This was certainly long overdue.

Another professor we feature is Kenya’s Fred Otieno who gives us a candid account of his rise to the top of various organisations and battle with cancer. The other Fred we feature is Mr. Eboka, a man from Nigeria who has dressed the high and mighty in this nation and can comfortably stake claim to having played a role in defining the country’s fashion intent.

Get insight into the thinking of a Ghanaian billionaire, Kwabena Danquah and learn his secrets to accumulating wealth that will span generations and read our interview with Akin Omotoso who examines his film-making outfit’s tab on the topic of xenophobia in the film “Man On Ground”.

Our Southern African offering includes my travel story which documents a day in Gaborone, Botswana summarised as “Just Meat and Dry Heat”, a profile feature on Zimbabwean born entrepreneur David Tayler and a “Know Your Envoy” piece on the Zimbabwean Ambassador Phelekezela Mphoko.

Christine Asiko returns to our pages as a contributor with her anecdote on life’s dance floor together with our regular columns from Hannington Kasirye, Andreas Krensel and Sheila Lynn Senkubuge.


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