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.…
By Africa Agenda on December 17, 2016
As we approach a new year, 2017, we at Africa Agenda wish you and your family a merry, joyous Christmas and splendid holiday season! We are taking a break and will resume our work in earnest on Monday, January 2.
By Africa Agenda on October 16, 2016
2016 African Ingenuity Summit Agenda
In preparation for its 3rd annual Colorado–Africa summit, the Africa Agenda organization today released the agenda for the October 21 African Ingenuity Summit.
The agenda, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time, incorporates time for guest registration, remarks by selected speakers, entertainment and more importantly time for discussion on the key issues of the day. These discussions, focused on three subjects; the media, public participation and social and economic development, will be led by specialists in the field.
A specialist will pose a question, followed by a dialogue with table participants about how best to address the issue.…
By George Bamu on January 27, 2016
Attendees visit at various booths during an NGO symposium at the University of Denver International House, January 20
Within the many cities that make up the Denver metro area, it is common to find nonprofit organizations aka non-governmental organizations or NGO’s dotted all over the map.
These organizations traverse the vast international development landscape of Colorado. They are involved in activities in sometimes very remote and dangerous places in Asia, the African continent and Latin America.
For good or for bad–they are called NGO’s for a reason. They provide a special service to the communities in which they operate. …
By George Bamu on August 11, 2014
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.…
By George Bamu on October 30, 2013
Here is an interesting story to check out. It is about the impact that is created through allocations of small grant money to local community groups and organizations in Tanzania. In this case the Maasai people in Tanzania benefitted when they used funds given to them by Global GreenGrants, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, to fight back against attempts by the Tanzanian government to transform their land into government property.
It was something the leaders of the community were able to do successfully, by mobilizing everyone and confronting the government about the despicable practice.
The Maasai people successfully stopped the effort of the government to seize their land, thanks to a recommendation for funding of their community effort from Global GreenGrants Advisor for East Africa, Makko Sinandai.…
By Duop Chak Wuol on October 19, 2013
[Photo: UNDP] South Sudan leaders with a United Nations official
On July 9 the nation of South Sudan celebrated its second independence anniversary. Around the world, birthday wishes and dance celebrations marked the event. While the country is on a path towards self-reliance and development, it faces lots of challenges.
In two years, a lot has been achieved. Roads and bridges have been built, hospitals and schools are under construction and a lot is going on. But a lot remains to be done.
In this guest opinion piece, Duop Chak Wuol takes a look at the Sudan People’s Liberation Army(SPLM), and how the country and its leaders can get on a path of success.…
By Muthi Nhlema on September 13, 2012
A group of Malawian children pose for a photo
Why do people decide to have children?
Beyond the social capital it brings – beyond those cute brown eyes – beyond the unmistakable and sometimes unpleasant small of soiled nappies – why do we have children?
There are a myriad of reasons for this somewhat inexplicable human impulse – some simply want a replica of themselves – others see it as the next stage in the pursuit of happiness like getting married or paying taxes – others believe that to populate the planet is humanity’s sole purpose.
Whatever the reason, we are now at a crossroads where we have to weigh our reasons against a possible future where having children may probably be seen as the most irresponsible thing to do.…
By Andrew Nelson on July 19, 2012
Dr. Nalova Lyonga, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Cameroon
My wife and I traveled to Cameroon in April this year to visit friends that we had made on a trip in 2010. Being our second trip to Cameroon, we saw different aspects of the country than we had previously not seen.
The following is a brief description of how we perceived the cultural and political environment in Cameroon and the effect it is having on the prospects of economic growth, democracy and education.
Today, I look at the role of women in Cameroon.
Cameroon is a patriarchy. Men seem to complicate every single transaction within the country as they struggle for more power and wealth.…
By George Bamu on July 4, 2012
Former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Zambia
According to the political website POLITICO, former president George W. Bush is spending time in Africa and championing efforts in the detection and treatment of cervical cancer.
According to POLITICO, Mr. Bush and his wife, former U.S. first lady Laura Bush are traveling between Zambia and Botswana for this effort.
Mike Allen, chief White House correspondent for POLITICO writes that “the cervical-cancer project is a collaboration among his George W. Bush institute, the U.S. government and the private sector.”
While he was president, Bush received much praise for his efforts in helping fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.…