Africans Spell Success With Scrabble

African countries vie for top spot at this week’s Francophone World Scrabble Championship in Dakar, Senegal as 600 entrants from 21 countries, more than half of which are African countries, compete in this year’s games.

Now in its 37th year, the francophone competition is incredibly popular among French colonized countries of West Africa, with Africans claiming top honors since 2000. Mali’s Ministry of Sports picked up the tab for 10 players to compete in this year’s championship and Senegal’s Minister of Sports declared the tournament one of the year’s most important sports events, proving Scrabble is more than just a past time for many African countries.

Even though Africans face considerable economic and educational disadvantages, they have proven to be extremely resourceful….

French President Sarkozy’s Plan To Divide Africa

A plan to join the 27 states of the European Union and countries bordering the Mediterranean, including North Africa, has been launched and led by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Dubbed the “Union for the Mediterranean”, the plan is outlined as aiming to improve energy supply, fight pollution, and strengthen the surveillance of maritime traffic, among other goals.

Sengal’s President Abdoulaye Wade has criticized the plan, claiming that the union will divide Africa into two separate groups. “Africans should now brace themselves to face up to the consequence of the departure of some African states from the African Union in favor of Europe,” Wade says, pointing out that “there are other obvious goals behind the Union for the Mediterranean initiative like Algeria’s oil and gas and Libyan oil.”

Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi also describes the plan as “divisive and dangerous to African and Arab unity.”