‘Wax & Gold’ – the new J!GG e-magazine

Claudette Carr - editor

Welcome to the inaugural edition of our quarterly e-magazine ‘Wax & Gold’. This special issue focuses on the International Year for People of African Descent and coincides with the official launch of the Jethro Institute for Good Governance (J!GG). Following the successful launch of our website earlier this year, we invite you to join us on an exciting journey as we move forward into the next phase in the development of our new and innovative organisation. […]

The Content

 SPECIAL EDITION  FEATURES CATEGORIES
05 AFRICA’S REBIRTH AND GOOD GOVERNANCE11 LETTER TO THE EMPEROR15 IRMA PANY

21 REFLECTING ON UNTOLD STORIES OF SOUTHERN SUDANESE WOMEN

23 INTERVIEW WITH EMMANUEL JAL

27 THE NEW JERUSALEM

29 RAISING THE GREATER HORN

33 DEFENDING PUBLIC EDUCATION35 COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP AND GOOD GOVERNANCE IN A BIG SOCIETY36  TRANSCULTURAL LEADERSHIP FOR TRANSFORMATION 03  LETTER FROM THE EDITOR07  ORGANIZATION PROFILE

09  PATRONS PROFILE

08  SCHOLARSHIPS

13  J!GG LAUNCH

40  EVENT

AFRICA’S REBIRTH AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

BY GEORGE CLERK

When Thabo Mbeki’s spoke about Africa’s Renaissance, he recaptured the history, trajectory and vision of some of the founding fathers of modern Africa. In doing so, he suc- cessfully set out a vision for Africa and Africans who can be described as a distinct people with a significant presence in nearly every part of the world. The scope of this vision broadly covers political renewal and economic integration. The celebration of the International Year for People of African Descent which started on January 1st 2011, provides the platform to highlight this vision of Africa’s rebirth which should be characterised by a renewal of our political freedom, which was fought for through years of struggle from Ghana’s independence in 1957 to the death knell of apartheid in South Africa in 1994. […]

FEATURED ARTIST: Irma Pany

Best International recording artist for International Year for People of African Descent

No doubt about it: Irma is part of a generation that can do just about anything. She’s capable of remov- ing the blinkers of received ideas and transcending the boundaries between categories.

And she was also daring enough to re-record her first album, initially entrusted to the greatly respected New York- producer, Henry Hirsch, long-time musical partner of Lenny Kravitz. “We recorded in a place two hours from New York, in a chapel that had been converted into a studio. I thought it sounded good, but when Ilistened to it again back in Paris, I was pretty disap- pointed!” Too many musicians around her, too many effects and not the emotion she was after. Driven by the audacity of youth, the 20-year-old Irma took the risk of re-recording in Paris. And it was worth it because the album reveals her personality, with her soft vocals and hazy aura, and shows a gentle mod- esty that is perfectly consistent with her barely disguised shyness. She did most of the takes herself from the mixing desk in a studio converted from a former cellar. She played around with the various tracks to recreate the private world of this young woman barely out of childhood and give us a sense of the atmosphere of the bedroom where she composed for many years. […]

CREATIVE ‘GOVERNANCE’ IN MEDICAL EDUCATION IN SUDAN

A Community-Oriented Approach

BY GEOFF WYKURZ

EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE

Governance is about ‘process’, it emphasises the ‘activity’ of decision-making and leadership as a collective, dynamic endeavour which should be inclusive and participatory. Through such a process we believe the outcome is effective.

It was my privilege to witness a creative example of ‘governance’ in action in my role as a facilitator of a four-day workshop with members of a medical school over ten years ago. Looking back and reflecting on that experience I remain impressed with the openness of the university to welcome staff from the medical faculty and other departments, medical students and representatives of other universities in Sudan to actively participate in a review of their medical curriculum. I am not aware of a similar open and inclusive exercise in the UK! […]

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