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The Africa Century: Bono, Geldof and the Globe & Mail.

This Monday, May 10, 2010 musician activists Bono and Bob Geldof will edit the Toronto-based newspaper the Globe and Mail. In the issue, will be a special edition devoted to the future of Africa.

This stint is especially timely head of the G8 and G20 meetings, which will be held in the Toronto area in June, the paper will be exploring issues of extreme poverty in Africa. Also part of the editing team is Kenyan activist and blogger Ory Okolloh. Bono is the founder of One, an advocacy group that fights poverty and disease around the globe and has also led a global campaign urging world leaders to forgive African countries’ debt.

While the deadline fast approaches, I thought I would include the following message from the guest editors and the Globe itself:

We want to hear from you

The Monday, May 10th, edition of The Globe and Mail will be bear a decidedly different look as two of the world’s most well known anti-poverty activists – Bono and Bob Geldof – will edit the paper, a first for the paper.

Africa is a continent in the midst of profound change, a rebirth some might say. Beyond the stereotypes, the continent is poised for a renaissance. The excitement of this summer’s World Cup aside, there has never been such a period of optimism for this continent.

What does the potential of Africa mean – here are some questions?

What does this change mean for the continent?

How will these changes affect the global economy?

What about disease, wars and decade-long conflicts?

Has Canada done enough for Africa?

If you were Prime Minister of Canada, what would you do tomorrow?

Why video comments?

It’s simple. We want to put a face on this subject. Each selected video will be played before Bono and Bob Geldof and they will respond to the questions raised by you, the Globe reader.

We will publish the selected questions and Bono and Bob’s answers as part of our coverage leading up to the G20 summit in Toronto.


All video submissions must be made before Thurs. May 6 at midnight ET. Please keep your questions short and to-the-point.

Can’t wait!


  1. fogiv

    Will you share some of the results?

    Bob Geldof flashback:

    …and for fun, Stiller as Bono:

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