Blog by George Bamu

avatarGeorge Bamu, journalist and IT professional, cherishes fair, unbiased reporting of global African news. With independent analysis, he searches for a fresh perspective and the impact of events on positive change in the African continent. He is based in Colorado, USA.


Thank You America! Campaign Recognizes Aurora, Colorado Civic, Community Leaders

By George Bamu on March 18, 2017

Africa Agenda | Africa Agenda

Honorees from the Thank You America! Campaign, Betsy Oudenhoven (1st left), Papa Dia(second right) pose with Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan(2nd left) and City Manager, George Noe(1st right) at city hall, March 15. Richardo Gambetta-Alvarado of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs looks on.

The idea and story of Aurora, Colorado as a diverse, prosperous city never gets old every time it is told. While Aurora has seen its share of issues which trouble American inner cities, it remains a place that revels in its beauty, making it an attraction to people from all over the world.…

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Trump administration ready to disengage from the African continent

By George Bamu on March 5, 2017

The New York Times

A rail project by a Chinese construction company in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015. The Trump transition team asks, “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”

This week we learned the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has proposed a budget that would cut foreign aid drastically. The issues, facts, and implications of decisions made under the administration are inescapable.

The State Department, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would be greatly impacted by these cuts. If you are not aware, the State Department shapes U.S.…

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Cameroon diaspora use protests, discussion to shed light on human rights issues in the country

By George Bamu on March 2, 2017

Members of the Aurora city council(Angela Lawson, Francois Bergan, and Marsha Berzins) in a meeting with the Cameroon community, Feb. 26.

The Cameroonian diaspora in Colorado is not large when compared to the country’s diaspora in places such as Washington D.C., Virginia or California, which has hundreds of Americans with roots from the country.

While this is the case, the small community in Colorado’s front range, made up of students and professionals working in many fields, boasts some of the most vocal activists who are seeking change in the country.

Even before the current crisis which threatens to erase the future of the country started, many of them had been waging a silent battle of the Southern Cameroons National Council (SCNC) for some time.…

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Cameroonians in Colorado plan rally against government of President Paul Biya

By George Bamu on February 20, 2017

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Cameroon President, Paul Biya, and First Lady, Chantal Biya, at a reception for the Cameroon National Football team at the presidential palace in Yaounde. February, 2017

Since November 2016, the African nation of Cameroon has been embroiled in civil unrest marked by demonstrations and boycotts against the Francophone-dominated government of President Paul Biya.

Recent news reports point to many civilian deaths through police action, while others, including journalists, lawyers and civil society leaders, have been arrested and placed on trial.

The Cameroon administration recently began the use of French in courts and classrooms in the Anglophone regions of the country as a way to promote bilingualism and national integration.…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/30/17 – 2/6/17

By George Bamu on February 7, 2017

Getty Images

Former ExxonMobil CEO, now U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

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

In this week’s news, Africans scrutinize United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s role in enabling dictators in the continent and despite the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) football win, the situation in Cameroon could take a turn for the worse.

Rex Tillerson’s Ties to African Dictators Under Scrutiny

During his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson received pointed questions about his relationship with leaders around the world while he led the world’s largest oil company, ExxonMobil.…

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Faced with Trump orders, Denver mayor says city remains welcoming to immigrants, refugees

By George Bamu on January 29, 2017

Africa Agenda

Denver mayor, Michael Hancock, with members of the African Leadership Group, Jan. 28

 When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was invited to deliver a keynote address at the African Leadership Group (ALG) International Business Program on January 28, the mayor’s prepared remarks for the evening were about something else; not about executive orders from the Trump administration.

But when faced with protests and disruptions at Denver International Airport the night of his appearance before the ALG, the mayor said he abandoned his scripted remarks. Instead, Hancock decided to focus his improvised speech on the reasons why the city will not follow orders from the President of the United States.…

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Experts warn of civil war in Cameroon if “internal divisions” not resolved

By George Bamu on January 22, 2017

gngwane.com

Petrol station in Mamfe in English-speaking Cameroon with all-French signs

Beyond academic and diplomatic circles, many have not heard of the International Crisis Group or Crisis Group. The Brussels-based non-governmental organization, tracks and warns of the potentials of conflict in nations around the world. The group is highly respected and often quoted in news reports due to their thorough research.

Just before the Arab Spring took hold in the Middle East and North Africa, the Crisis Group made a dire warning about Cameroon.

In its report 160 of May, 2010, the group stated, “Cameroon’s apparent stability is deceptive; even if it overcomes its near-term challenges, longer-term deterioration could lead to conflict.”

Cameroon is often praised for being a stabilizing force in an unstable region that has seen its share of war and catastrophes.…

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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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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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U.S. Election 2016: The African Continent Reacts to A Trump Victory

By George Bamu on November 9, 2016

Voice of America

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga speaking to U.S. Ambassador Robert Godec during an election results watch breakfast at the ambassador’s home in Nairobi, Nov. 9, 2016.

In the United States, the reaction to victory on Election Day by the Republican (GOP) candidate, Donald Trump was swift.  While many Democrats were stunned that their candidate, former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, failed to gain the 270 electoral votes needed to clinch the presidency, GOP faithful rallied to praise Trump.

Cable News Network (CNN) reported there were protests in at least 7 U.S. cities on November 9,  the day after the election.…

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