CAF Elects New President—The African Continent Rejoices

By George Bamu on March 29, 2017

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Ahmad Ahmad being lifted by supporters at AU headquarters in Ethiopia, March 16

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), responsible for organizing the African Cup of Nations, elected a new president on March 16 at the Africa Union headquarters in Ethiopia.  He is Madagascar’s Vice-President of the Senate, Ahmad Ahmad.  Ahmad, 57, was also the leader of the Madagascar Football Federation.

He defeated longtime CAF President, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon.

There has been a lot of news going around about this story. Some of the headlines screamed with relief following Hayatou’s long tenure at both CAF, as well as the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).…

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In Case You Missed It: 2/6/17-2/12/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on February 16, 2017

mgafrica.com

King Mohamed VI of Morocco greets President Paul Kagame of Rwanda upon being readmitted to AU.

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

In this week’s news, impactAFRICA proposals are being accepted across the African continent, Somalia’s newly elected president has dual-U.S. citizenship, and Morocco is readmitted to the African Union.

impactAFRICA encouraging innovation for budding journalists

ImpactAFRICA is the sister initiative of InnovateAfrica, a competitive program that seeks to strengthen and transform African news media by compelling applicants to combat fake news.

Through the use of emerging technologies, both organizations, under the International Center for Journalists and Code for Africa, award grants of up to $100,000 to participants who can help transform African news media into traditional, factual, evidence-driven reporting.…

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In Case You Missed It: 6/13/16 – 6/19/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on June 20, 2016

The White House

Michelle Obama at an event for the Let Girls Learn initiative

In this week’s news, American first lady, Michelle Obama, will travel to Liberia for a goodwill visit, and the much-anticipated African Union e-passport is set to roll out in July.

Michelle Obama Plans Trip to Liberia to Promote Girls’ Education

U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, will travel to Spain, Morocco and Liberia later this month to support the Let Girls Learn initiative, according to this story from the Washington Post.

Obama’s activities in Liberia will occur on June 27, according to the While House.…

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In Case You Missed It: 5/16/16 – 5/22/16

By George Bamu on May 22, 2016

An A-29 Super Tucano. Nigeria may purchase up to 12 of the light attack planes.

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and about Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, The New York Times thinks it’s a bad idea for the Obama administration to sell arms to Nigeria at this time, and the news that Haiti would become a full member of the African Union is a big lie.

The New York Times Wants U.S. to Stop Arms Sale to Nigeria

As the war against Boko Haram intensifies, the Nigerian government is requesting the sale of sophisticated American-made planes to aid its fight against the terrorist group.…

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In Case You Missed It: 5/2/16 – 5/8/16

By George Bamu on May 8, 2016

World Economic Forum on Africa

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and about Africa, for those who need help catching up.

In this week’s news, the World Economic Forum on Africa holds in the Rwandan capital, and African push for a European-style integration of the continent.

Who Cares: World Economic Forum on Africa Holds In Rwanda

The 26th World Economic Forum on Africa, a part of the World Economic Forum, a not-for-profit platform which engages leaders and nations around the world for public-private partnerships, is scheduled to hold in the Rwandan capital, Kigali from May 11 to 13.…

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Africa VS the ICC – Are there more war criminals in Africa?

By Sarah Crozier on June 26, 2015

AP

An aircraft said to be carrying Mr Bashir takes off from an air base near Pretoria on Monday

Al-Bashir has escaped the clutches of the International Criminal Court (ICC) … again.

Leaving South Africa on his private jet after attending the African Union Summit last week, the President of Sudan, accused of war crimes over his conduct in the Darfur region, somehow felt safe enough to attend an event hosted by a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the ICC in 2002.

So what is the deal? Are Africans willfully ignoring the ICC, or is the ICC just that incompetent?…

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At DU, AU Ambassador espouses “Africa Rising” story

By George Bamu on April 28, 2015

Ambassador Amina Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

 

Africa Agenda

Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

It is believed that the transformation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)  into the African Union  in 2001 has brought many benefits for the African continent.

With the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the continent now estimated at about $1.7 trillion, a population over a billion people, and projected to reach two billion by 2025, the dynamics and cross-connections between its growth and development agenda cannot be underestimated.

Now undertaking a so-called Agenda 2063, the AU’s Permanent Representative to the United States, Ambassador Amina Ali, says the organization’s goals for the next 50 years call for it to be a much stronger institution whose long-term plan is for “one government, one economy and one political system for all of Africa.”

Speaking at the University of Denver(DU) Josef Korbel School of International Studies on March 24, the ambassador said the AU is moving “step-by-step” towards achieving this goal.…

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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

US Africa Leaders Summit

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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Gaddafi U.N. speech puts ordinary Africans in a bind

By George Bamu on September 30, 2009

Good speech–Bad speech

At a time when Africa badly needs good PR, the speech delivered by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi at the U.N General Assembly may have done more harm than good for the continent.

For one thing, Gaddafi represents not just his country Libya–he is also chairman of the African Union.

Not only was it a controversial speech, marked by outbursts of anger, his presentation spoke volumes about the influential role that Gaddafi now exerts on the nations he represents.

For many ordinary Africans that I have spoken with, the reactions remain mixed. The questions raised have many split along lines of liberation for the continent as well as questions about progress far removed and separate from African history and the realities of the 21st century.…

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Is Gaddafi right man to lead AU?

By George Bamu on February 12, 2009

AU

Muammar Gaddafi

At a meeting of the 12th ordinary session of the assembly of the heads of state and governments of the African Union (AU) on February 2, representatives elected Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi as the new AU chair.

Gaddafi’s role as chair would be to help set and implement the AU’s agenda during the period for which he is elected to serve. The leadership position of the AU is a rotating position similar to the chair of the European Union. Gaddafi takes over from Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete.

Already, Gaddafi is stirring up controversy by saying that democracy is not good for Africa and is calling for African nations to emulate the system that now exists in socialist Libya, where multi-party elections are outlawed.…

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