Africa often shines with ideas and is always the origin of good and prosperous ideas. The oldest known possibly mathematical object is the Lebombo bone, discovered in the Lebombo mountains of Swaziland and dated to approximately 35,000 BC. It consists of 29 distinct notches cut into a baboon’s fibula, (http://mathworld.wolfram.com/LebomboBone.html). The Ishango bone, found near the headwaters of the Nile river (northeastern Congo), may be as much as 20,000 years old and consists of a series of tally marks carved in three columns running the length of the bone. (Williams, 2005).
So in the year 2009, the ISI congress was hosted in the Africa at Durban, the Kwa-Zulu city in South Africa. Prior preparations culminated in many ideas among which was encouraging the formation of the African Young Statisticians, AYS. I am happy to associate myself to the AYS because I was one of the founding members and beneficiary of the AYS. During the last ISI congress in Dublin, not only was the congress in Africa referred to as the best ever, but also the Young Statistician innovation upheld and this was looked at as a missing link in all the previous congresses.
During the 2011 version of the SASA conference that I ably attended and also presented a paper titled “parametric framework to the analysis of aircraft delay”, I found that there is an arching desire to monopolize publications in statistical journals by a few authors! There is no way, we can encourage the young statisticians without giving them an opportunity to improve and publish their papers.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year, 2012.