Cameroon’s Reunification Monument: A New Historical and Touristic Destination

By Ali Pechu on July 19, 2014

Cameroon Re-Unification Monument

Cameroon Re-Unification Monument

There are varied opinions about Africa, including the Central African nation of Cameroon. When visiting Cameroon for the first time, people expect different things.

But what seems to be giving Cameroon and Buea–the South West Regional Headquarters and Former Capital of German Kamerun, in particular a new image, is the new historical touristic site, the Reunification Monument.

The monument symbolizes the legacy, beginning on May 20, 1972, since East and West Cameroon united to become the present day Republic of Cameroon.

Barely months after the celebration in Buea, the monument is a huge touristic attraction, with the influx of tourists, national and international, clamoring to see the symbolic structure.…

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Perceptions: A Look Towards the U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit

By George Bamu on July 13, 2014

US Africa Leaders Summit

US Africa Leaders Summit

From August 4 to 6, more than 40 heads of state and governments from across Africa will gather in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Africa Leaders summit.

Organized by the U.S. government, we are told, ‘President Obama invited all African heads of state or government in good standing with the United States and the African Union to attend the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. An invitation was also extended to the African Union Chairperson.’

A statement from the White House said:
‘This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions’

The Real Africa, according to David Brooks
As we wait to see and learn more, the question on my mind is–have impressions about the continent in the U.S.…

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Is there such a thing as a U.S. Pivot towards Africa?

By George Bamu on July 6, 2014

Over the next few years China will build a multi-billion dollar railway linking the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Nairobi (shown here), based on an agreement signed earlier this month by East African and Chinese officials. It's one of many examples of China's increasing economic engagement with African countries.

The past few months and weeks have been interesting as far as African news is concerned. Here are some of the more compelling Africa headline stories that have piqued my interest.

U.S. Shows new interest in Africa

Howard French: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

In an analysis of relations between the United States and African countries, Deutsche Welle (DW) the German broadcaster, says, “There is no doubt that Africa is attracting greater interest in U.S. politics. For a long time the continent was seen only as a source for armed conflict, disasters and famine”

That perception may have changed.…

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Five African Nations Competing for the World Cup: Let’s Enjoy the Tournament

By George Bamu on June 11, 2014

World Cup in Brazil/Getty Images

A Ghana fan blows a vuvuzela during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

As the world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup, Kicks off in Brazil June 12, I like to take a cursory look at the five countries representing the African continent. Also I want to highlight what some commentators, broadcasters and football analysts are saying about the chances of success for these countries.

The five African teams are as follows:
Cameroon (Group A)
Ivory Coast (Group C)
Nigeria (Group F)
Ghana (Group G)
Algeria (Group H)

Writing for ‘A billion voices’ , the Guardian’s Africa Network, Antoinette Muller wonders why African teams under-perform at the World cup?

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White House counselor John Podesta writes about Power Africa

By George Bamu on June 5, 2014

Developing access to electricity in Africa

Developing access to electricity in Africa

John Podesta, counselor to U.S. President, Barack Obama writes about Power Africa for the White House blog.

‘President Obama launched Power Africa nearly one year ago to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa – electricity needed for students to succeed, businesses to thrive, and African economies to grow.’

In addition to listing the names of the 27 ‘Beyond the Grid’ partners and examples of their commitment towards the initiative, Podesta states, ‘new distributed energy companies are now delivering clean, reliable energy in Africa at a competitive price point.’

Power Africa is a commitment by the U.S.…

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As a new leader emerges, questions abound about Malawi’s 50-50 campaign

By Muthi Nhlema on June 1, 2014

The electoral commission said 99 percent of the voting was "trouble-free" and that the people had spoken [AFP]

Peter Mutharika was declared the winner of Malawi’s disputed presidential election Photo: AFP

After the recent general elections, the results of the 50-50 campaign, designed to advocate for equal representation between men and women in elected positions in Malawi, are disappointing.

The seemingly elusive goal has been fraught with all kinds of challenges. My ‘un-womanly’ take on the matter is that its major problem has more to do with strategy than material challenges.

With a few years of experience working alongside many gender activists, there is one issue I have with the women’s empowerment movement in Malawi.

The movement was more concerned with quantity, and less on quality, in the hope that the numbers would somehow magically translate into actual policy gains without really clarifying how that would happen.…

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After Malawi’s General Elections: A critical look at the leadership of Joyce Banda

By Muthi Nhlema on May 26, 2014

Joyce Banda_President of Malawi

Supporters of Malawi’s incumbent President cheer during her final campaign rally at Songani village on the outskirts of the city of Zomba, the former capital of Malawi, May 17, 2014

If the past two years have achieved anything, besides everything–between nothing and mediocrity–it is that very little has been done to convince Malawians of the value ‘some’ women can create if given the reins of power.
The nation and the world saw Joyce Banda, current president of Malawi, as a beacon of hope and a great possibility for all women in Africa. Some even called her a ‘game-changer.’

But Joyce Banda, almost single-handedly, managed to turn this national goodwill and positive energy, which characterized her ascension to leadership, into a national joke – a joke which even had its own sickening catchphrase: “Is it because I’m a woman?”

Banda’s two years at the stirring wheel of this crazy little southern African country will raise all kinds of questions about whether her leadership has hurt or bolstered the factoids that have placed women as better caretakers of homes and communities–and therefore countries–than their male counterparts.…

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