Dear Financial Times,
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse assassination in his private residence in Port-au-Prince on 7 July 2021 was widely covered by the global media, including the Financial Times. Over the past couple of days, I have been reading the FT’s coverage and have noticed a disturbing trend. Some FT journalists have been using the adjective poor to modify the noun Haiti. As a result, the phrase “Haiti, the poorest nation in the Americas,” is being used repeatedly.
In an article titled, “Haiti police arrest émigré over presidential assassination” published in the 11 July 2021 edition of the FT, Michael…
by Ahmed Sule, CFA
On 11 July 2021, England played Italy in the final of the postponed 2020 European Championship. Millions of people in England anticipated that the England National team would end its 55 year quest to win an international football tournament. At the end of the day, Italy won on penalties - thus football went to Rome instead of coming Home.
Below are the images I took on the day.
by Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA
Dear Esteemed Pastor Agu,
Calvary greetings, grace, and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father to whom be glory forever and ever. I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.
I have taken the unusual step of writing this open letter because my conscience has left me with no choice. I trust you will read it…
by Ahmed Sule, CFA
Happy Valentine’s Day. Let me begin by congratulating all of you on the continuous humiliation of the Windrush Generation. Over two years after it was revealed that many Windrush generation members were wrongly detained, deported and denied legal rights, these citizens are yet to get justice. Victims have not been adequately compensated; some Windrush campaigners and other victims have died. The hostile attitude towards black and brown immigrants continues.
On Saturday 10 October 2020, Sofia Kenin lost to Iga Swiatek in the final of the 2020 French Open. Despite the defeat, Kenin made an impressive run in the competition which saw her defeat two times Grand Slam Champion Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals. The 21-year-old tennis ace made her grand entry to the tennis scene in early 2020 when she defeated Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open to capture her maiden Grand Slam. In winning the Australian Open, she became the youngest American to win a Grand Slam title since Serena Williams won the 1999 US Open. …
To : The Board of Governors and Staff of International Tennis Hall of Fame
Contributor Class of 2021 Hall of Fame
We are compelled to write another letter to the Board of Governors of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, following our earlier letter in July 2017 because we have just witnessed history repeating itself and we can’t remain silent. To recap, in February 2017, we submitted our nomination of Richard Williams and Oracene Price to the ITHOF, and we got confirmation from the Enshrinement Manager that your organization had added…
Author: Merlisa Lawrence Corbett
Book reviewed by Ahmed Olayinka Sule, CFA
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Hardcover: 208 pages
Ever since Serena Williams burst on the scene, several books have been written chronicling her life as a tennis player. However, there aren’t many books, which analyze Serena Williams beyond the tennis court. Merlisa Lawrence Corbett’s book titled Serena Williams differentiates itself from the pack in the sense that it one of the first books to analyze Serena from a multi-dimensional perspective.
If one is looking for a book that discusses Serena’s exploits on the tennis court, one might have to look…
Dear Ms Beddoes ,
Happy Valentine. Exactly a year ago, I penned a letter to the Economist Group in which I expressed my concern at the lack of black representation in your esteemed organisation. I brought to your attention the fact that of the 231 front office staff working for The Economist Group at the time, there was only one black person. On 15 February 2019, you responded to my letter stating you and your organisation think about diversity. You noted that blacks are underrepresented relative to whites and Asians. You sent me a link to statistical data on the…
Dear Sir Iain Duncan Smith,
Re: Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Happy New Year and congratulations on your appointment as the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I guess you must be discouraged with the negativity surrounding your knighthood. I understand that over 220,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Queen to withdraw your name from the honour list. I also read that Mike Smith-Clare is planning to return his MBE medal in protest at the decision to knight you. Haters…
Richard Williams overcame the odds of Jim Crow in the South to coach Venus and Serena Williams to multiple Grand Slam glory thereby rewriting tennis history. In the process, he and Oracene Price changed how the game of women’s tennis is played and consequently inspired a generation of young black tennis players. They also facilitated the emergence of a new demographic of fans to engage with the sport which led to more followers. Oracene helped instill racial pride in her daughters and as a result of her…