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With ribbon-cutting ceremony, Colorado’s Afrikmall Takes Off

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on July 19, 2015

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Aurora, Colo. Mayor, Steve Hogan with the Afrikmall executives celebrating, during a ribbon- cutting ceremony, July 16

History was made on July 16, when Afrikmall, an American-style shopping, business center catering to Colorado’s growing African,  Caribbean and global community was opened.

With a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Aurora Mayor, Steve Hogan, the 56,000-square-foot building, filled with salons, lounges,  African cuisine restaurants, art and clothing stores, along a busy East Colfax avenue, opened its doors to the public.

The people behind the massive project–Cobina Lartson, a science educator at the Denver Public Schools, Emmanuel Eliason, business development director, Albert Quarteng, an executive officer of TMG Global, operating officer, Edward Mensah, and Seth Assabil, facilities manager, were joined by officials from the City of Aurora and Denver respectively for the grand kick-off ceremony.…

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AfricAid steps in to fill educational gaps for Tanzanian girls

By George Bamu on June 8, 2015

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Jana Kinsey and Maria Rosa-Galter speaking at the Posner Center, April 15.

On April 15, AfricAid, a non-profit headquartered in Denver, welcomed Tanzania Country Director Jana Kinsey to Colorado. While Kinsey was in town, the organization organized an event to present the work that it is doing in Tanzania.

“When governments fall short, NGOs fill the gaps,” said Maria Rosa Galter, Executive Director for AfricAid. Galter outlined many reasons why AfricAid exists today. One of those reasons is the sponsorship of disadvantaged girls, to provide young women in Tanzania with an education.

It’s true–there are plenty of gaps to be filled in Tanzania.…

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A Rundown of Upcoming African Elections

By Sarah Crozier on May 15, 2015

Sarah Crozier | Africa Agenda

From the Electoral Commision of Nambia.
Nambia was the first African nation to use electronic voting machines in its November 2014 Presidential Elections.

Here is a quick summary of some of the elections happening across the African continent in 2015. For a full list, click here.

 

Country:

Benin

Election:

Members for the National Assembly (April 2015)

Why it Matters:

Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi has said that he will not seek a third term when his current time in office ends in 2016. However, a major constitutional reform proposition is to take the two-term limit off the table, potentially giving Yayi the ability to run again.…

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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]
AFP

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

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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What Would Jesus Do About Gays in Uganda?

By Muthi Nhlema on March 8, 2014

Ugandan President-Yuweri Museveni

 

BBC News

Ugandan President-Yuweri Museveni

Recent news of Uganda’s bold and controversial move to sign into law various new anti-gay legislations, which will make life even harder for homosexuals living in that country, has been welcomed with open arms across Africa, including my own country, Malawi. That was  expected. But this is not ‘good news’ at all. Instead, it is really bad news.

As this intriguing drama is quickly taking shape under the watchful eyes of a spellbound global community, the next episode in this tragicomedy of sorts has to be the recent publishing of Uganda’s Top 200 Homosexuals in the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper.…

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Fascinations with Captain Phillips, Lost Boys highlight ‘Danger of a Single African Story’

By George Bamu on March 1, 2014

The danger of a single African story
CBS News

OUR AMAZING 12 -YEAR JOURNEY WITH THE BOYS

It is becoming apparent that Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is a hero, if not a literary star, among today’s generation of young Africans.  Adichie’s “The danger of a Single Story,” a Ted Talk she gave in 2009 about the single African narrative portrayed by the media that focuses solely on poverty, destitution and hopelessness, has received more than 6 million views on the TedEx website. Another version on YouTube  has received over 1 million views.

Adichie, 36, rocketed to top of the world literary charts after the debut of the fictional novel “Purple Hibiscus” in 2003.…

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For Americans and Africans in the Diaspora

By Muthi Nhlema on January 29, 2014

African Americans
PBS

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

I will remember the many Africans in the diaspora that I met on my recent trip to America. I listened to their stories of struggles, nostalgia and hope.

I met a proud and talkative Nigerian taxi driver who still referred to some parts of Nigeria as Biafra, who didn’t see himself, or his family, going back home to Biafra anytime soon.

But mostly I will remember Fatima, an Ethiopian beauty, who was working two jobs – as a translator for resettled Ethiopian refugees on Thursdays and as a hotel shuttle driver on other weekdays – to save up for her college degree.…

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Illegal Fishing, Dumping of Waste by Powerful Nations has led to Somali Pirates, says Hiwot Shiferaw

By Hiwot T. Shiferaw on January 22, 2014

Captain Philips
Slate

Credit: Captain Philips

At any given time there is talk about Somali Pirates and the trouble they are causing to the nations that traverse the waters and seas around the Gulf of Arden.

It’s a nagging problem for the powerful governments who benefit from trade along the Somali coast. The issue has led to many films which have become products for entertainment and business around the world.

But hardly do many imagine why the pirates do what they have been accused of doing; the kidnapping of foreigners in ships, requests for ransom money and even worse, the havoc that ensues in the process.  …

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Pew: Africans more optimistic about the future than their counterparts in Asia, Middle East

By George Bamu on December 10, 2013

Pew Global Attitudes Project

Pew Global Attitudes Project

News that the African continent is making progress continues to pour in. Not only is the continent making progress economically and politically, optimism by the African people is playing a role in this as well.

In a recent Pew Research Center survey of eight African nations, the research found out that Africans were more optimistic about their future than the people of the Middle East and Asia.

The survey was conducted from March 3 to May 1, 2013 and involved Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.

Despite the challenges which the continent faces, the survey results concluded, “Africans Are Optimistic about the Future.”

While many in the continent worry about inequality and struggle to afford for food, there is still ‘considerable optimism for the future,” the report states.…

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What I Took Back to Malawi

By Muthi Nhlema on November 19, 2013

16th Street Mall in Denver
Downtown Denver Partnership
A view of the 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado. 

One would have expected the recent U.S. government shutdown to have shaped this piece, but surprisingly it didn’t.

I initially thought I would write about how lopsided the news media in America is and how I now strongly believe that it is the media that has shaped Africa’s “single story” as a sort of impoverished version of the Flintstones.

It would have been easy to use this as an anecdote for how isolated America, and its Americans, is from the real Africa. It would have been a great blog to write – “Blame it on the media for the ‘single story!’”

But haven’t we heard it all before?…

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