In Case You Missed It: 1/3/17 – 1/16/17

By George Bamu on January 16, 2017

Reuters

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news,world leaders wrap up the 2017 France-Africa summit in Mali, and embattled Gambian leader Yayah Jammeh continues to lead the Africa news headlines around the world.

With France-Africa summit 2017, Francois Hollande Builds Africa legacy

This week the 27th France-Africa summit was held in Bamako, Mali.

The event brought together heads of state and governments from over 20 African countries, as well as representatives from the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and many other institutions.…

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How the Obama Administration Engaged with the African Continent

By Raevyn Goates on January 13, 2017

United States Agency for International Development, USAID

As Barack Obama wraps up his time as president of the United States, we are looking back at the relations he forged with the African continent and what was achieved during the last eight years.

A few months ago, we looked at what U.S. official trips to Africa can tell us about U.S.-Africa relations, especially during the Obama administration. Official visits made by the president and the secretary of state are a good starting point, but by no means are they the only way to gauge the importance of the African continent to the U.S.…

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In Case You Missed It: 12/26/16 – 1/2/17

By Africa Agenda on January 4, 2017

Reuters

Gambia Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.

In this week’s news, politics take center stage in the African continent. Elections in The Gambia and Ghana are being finalized and a look ahead to Zimbabwe in 2018.

Election Results in The Gambia

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh surprised nearly the entire world when he acknowledged defeat in this year’s presidential election. However, it did not take him long to return back to form after he then came out and said that he will reject all results of the election.  

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Lest We Forget: There Is An Obama Legacy for the African Continent

By George Bamu on January 2, 2017

Reuters/Newsweek

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a roundtable discussion with civil society leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 26, 2015. Obama has sought to engage African leaders to help themselves during his presidency.

As Donald Trump prepares to to assume the U.S. presidency, we are continuing to look back at the important legacy of Barack Obama and his administration vis-à-vis the African continent.

On November 8, 2016, the election of Trump as the 45th president of the United States shook the world. Many people from the African continent who I spoke with the day of the election and in the weeks after, have told me how they experienced nightmares following the shocking decision by American voters.…

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