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Contributor: Victor Amokeodo

At a time when the more financially secure Black publications continue to churn out tired, tepid stories, we are writing the kind of articles that make us rightfully lay claim to being Britain's most authoritative Black publication. One needs to understand the many constraints (financial and otherwise) that face us, being a small Black publication, to appreciate the task we faced in producing the lead story. And all credit goes to the ever-dependable James Ogunleye who did a lot of research, investigation and interviews with leading operators within the Jamaican Banking industry both here and in Jamaica. Indeed his relentless investigation eventually earned him a response direct from the Prime Minister's office.
The subject itself - the crisis within the Jamaican Banking industry, is one which, considering the high number of investors from Britain, any self-respecting publication cannot but treat in-depth. One can only hope that, for the sake of these investors, the problems are solved, and speedily too.
A number of events have and have not occurred since our last issue. One occurrence which comes to mind is the death, from AIDS, of one of the greatest musicians to come out of Africa in modern times - Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. There is little which we can write, now, which has not already been written by the mainstream press, about this great, non-conformist musician. So, suffice to say that yours truly was nurtured on Fela?s unique Afro-beat music.
Amongst the events that have not occurred is the death of another Black man in police custody. Let us hope that this is the beginning of a permanent trend rather than a mere aberration.
This issue boasts the return of our Arts columnist Juwon Ogungbe, as part of our revamping of the Arts section. It also includes our new classified advertising section (on the last page). Of course we have our regulars, including 10 pages of Headlines and the International news section, where we report on the run-in between the Eritrean and Sudanese Heads of State. One only wishes that, for once, they had come to blows so that they and not their often blameless citizens bear the brunt of wars that are often brought about by the egos of these "leaders".
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