Cameroon and Nigeria: Building ties through a thriving film industry

By Ali Pechu on August 28, 2014

Cameroon Producer Agbor Gilbert and Nollywood Actresses in 2012

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Cameroon Producer Agbor Gilbert, with Nollywood Actresses in 2012

The movie industry in Africa is fast-growing.

As cooperation between African nations increase, two neighbors, Cameroon and Nigeria, are improving their relationship through a thriving film industry in both countries.

There is especially increased interest in the so-called Nollywood movies that Africans love. This phenomenon–is bringing the two friendly counties to the table of cooperation.

According to Cameroon’s minister of Arts and Culture, Ama Tutu Muna, this collaboration will expose Cameroonian film industry talents to the world, and build the capacities of the Cameroonian film makers.

The minister stated, “this is an opening that illustrates that Africa is one, and that experience ought to be shared in order to contribute to sustainable development in Africa.…

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CABJ preparing next generation of journalists

By George Bamu on August 11, 2014

Justin Adams of KMGH TV, Denver. CABJ Broadcast Journalist

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Justin Adams of KMGH TV, Denver. CABJ Broadcast Journalist of the Year

As a tradition for 27 years now, the Colorado Association of Black Journalists (CABJ), the local affiliate of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), held its annual media and scholarship banquet on Friday August 8 in Denver. The event brought together members of the media and the community for what was a show of the young and emerging talent that the organization is preparing for the future.

While commending the nominees and award recipients for a job well done, association president, Gloria Neal reflected on what CABJ has accomplished over the years.…

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Rwanda on the rise, thanks in part to the work of local cooperatives

By Diana Aqra on August 10, 2014

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Twenty years after the infamous 1994 genocide, the African nation of Rwanda appears to be a reformed country – one built on the ideals of strong governmental accountability, social justice and grassroots organization.

There are now more than 6000 registered social or industrial cooperatives in Rwanda, many of which are in the business of agriculture, according to the Rwandan Cooperative Agency, the agency responsible for registering and ensuring compliance of cooperatives in Rwanda.

These cooperatives make up more than 2.5 million people, or roughly 22 percent of the country’s entire population, according to Adolph Kajangwe, a native of Rwanda, now working and living in Boulder, Colorado.…

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‘Colorado is no exception to human trafficking,’ says Colo. Senate President, Morgan Carroll

By George Bamu on July 28, 2014

Morgan Carroll and Edith Okupa

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Participants at Restoration Project International Concert in Aurora. Saturday, July 26

The issue of human and sex trafficking is wide spread and has lots of consequences. That’s according to Senator Morgan Carroll who is President of the Colorado Senate. Carroll made the statement on Saturday, July 26 while speaking at a fundraising concert to combat human trafficking.

The event was organized by Denver-based non-profit Restoration Project International and held at Kingdom Connection Christian Church in Aurora. There is a link between human trafficking and sexual exploitation,’ according Restoration Project International.

In highlighting the problem through its website and community education efforts in Colorado, among other things, the organization tracts and monitors trafficking activities stemming from countries that have experienced war, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Darfur region of South Sudan.…

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

By Ali Pechu on July 19, 2014

Cameroon Re-Unification Monument

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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

The White House

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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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