By Sarah Ford on April 16, 2015
BBC Africa Live’s streaming page
Western media organizations and U.S. “legacy” media, including well-known names such as The Washington Post and New York Times have a well-documented ongoing contraction of resources, particularly in international reporting, as the industry of journalism and media continues to undergo drastic changes.
This has meant a changing resource distribution, often leaving Africa with a shortage of reporters and coverage in comparison to the Middle East and Europe.
But there seems to be an awakening within Western media towards the news value of Africa as more than just a continent of civil strife and Ebola.…
By George Bamu on March 30, 2015
Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock speaking at an Ebola Eradication Campaign Gala in Denver, March 19.
The devastation caused by the Ebola crisis in West Africa is unimaginable. That is the bad news.
The good news is that the region is seeing a decline in deaths associated with the disease and the infection rate continues to go down. In Sierra Leone, the get -to-zero Ebola Campaign aims to bring the infection rate to zero within 60 days.
But we are also being told–it’s not over yet. That is because while there is a decline in infection rates and deaths, new cases continue to emerge.…
By Africa Agenda on March 19, 2015
For Immediate Release
The Africa Agenda organization is pleased to announce that it was selected as a community partner for an African Diaspora research study involving the University of Denver Public Good Fund.
Under the subject “Contextualizing African/African American Migration and Diaspora Narratives,” the initiator–University of Denver (DU) professor of English Maik Nwosu says the project is “a focused study, not just an abstract theorization on the nature of immigration of the African and African American community in the Denver area.”
Described as The Denver Africana Project, the proposal characterizes the focus group for the research as one that is “often under represented or misrepresented in immigration and settlement studies.”
The research seeks to put the community into proper context and ultimately “present a study that relates this community to the larger Denver community in ways that facilitate real understanding and productive interaction.…
By George Bamu on March 10, 2015
African Community leaders gather at the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Aurora, CO. February 28
When Mike Coffman, a Republican member of Congress from Colorado won re-election against Andrew Romanoff last November, one of the many thank-you messages the congressman offered on election night went to the African, Latino and Asian communities that are part of his constituency.
For sure—the community of minorities which make up Colorado’s 6th congressional district continues to expand. Both the Coffman and Romanoff camps fought a hard battle to win over votes from thousands of immigrants that are concentrated within the district.…
By George Bamu on February 26, 2015
While some people would like to quickly equate the extremist actions of the so-called ISIS terrorist group with the Islamic faith, the carnage that a similar terrorist organization—Boko Haram–is inflicting on its people goes on. Read: Why Calling ISIS Islamic Only Plays Into Its Hands
This debate is even more intense vis-à-vis Boko Haram, a group that is bent on the imposition of Sharia law in Northern Nigeria.
John Campbell, a former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria provides a comparison between the two groups. In ISIS and Boko Haram, Campbell thinks, “The relationship, if any, between Nigeria’s Boko Haram and ISIS is a question that vexes the policy community’”
In sub-Saharan Africa, three nations; Nigeria, where Boko Haram originated, Cameroon and Chad–are all in the throes of the carnage which the group has caused.…