In Case You Missed It 10/31/16 – 11/6/16

By Raevyn Goates on November 7, 2016

Georgina Goodwin/CNN

Miss Albinism Kenya, Loise Lihanda (center) is crowned at the “Beauty Beyond Skin” pageant while Mr. Albinism Kenya, Jairus Jzay (left) looks on.

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

In this week’s news, beauty goes beyond skin, a Tanzanian professor gets a new job, and a missing Chibok schoolgirl is found.

World’s First Albino Beauty Pageant Held In Kenya

Over the years, many people and organizations have worked to spread awareness of the prejudices albinos face. One such organization is Beauty Beyond Skin Color, who recently hosted the world’s first albino beauty pageant in Kenya.…

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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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Why The Next U.S. President Should Forge Stronger Ties with Africa

By Raevyn Goates on April 8, 2016

DIPNOTE-U.S. Department of State

Nigerians Vote in Kaduna, Nigeria, in the Country’s March 2015 Presidential Elections

For the seven years or so that he’s been in office, U.S. President, Barack Obama has focused on the African continent. This is something that is not talked about much, despite such accomplishments as holding the first US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in 2014. Before him, President George W. Bush was praised for his Africa policy.

Since the beginning of the 2016 U.S. election season we at Africa Agenda have paid attention to Africa-related issues that have come up in the debates, interviews and town-hall meetings in which the candidates have participated.…

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In Case you Missed It 2/22/16 – 2/27/16

By Maite Wantwadi on February 28, 2016

Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Faustin Archange Touadéra waves to the crowd after voting on February 14

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

In this week’s news, after a runoff election the Central African Republic picks Faustin Archange Touadéra to lead the country, the U.S. considers action to stem the tide in Boko Haram-related killings in Nigeria, and Zimbabwe’s leader celebrates his 92nd birthday amid a clamor for him to step down from office.

The U.S Considers Training To Boost Nigerian Military

Boko Haram, the terrorist organization said to be affiliated with the Islamic State(ISIS) has been a huge factor in the killings of civilians and the destruction of villages in Nigeria and neighboring countries.…

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In Case You Missed It: 12/28/15-1/3/16

By George Bamu on January 4, 2016

(AFP /Issouf Sanogo)

Central African presidential candidate Faustin Archange Touadera, pictured on December 28, 2015, garnered 23% of votes with a quarter of the ballots counted.

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

In this week’s news, elections in the Central African Republic bring hopes for reconciliation, Cameroon’s President thanks the U.S. for their help in the fight against Boko Haram, and Somalia’s al-Shabab group uses footage of U.S. presidential candidate, Donald Trump in a propaganda video.

  1.  Central African Republic Decides

After more than two years of civil conflict and instability, the citizens of the Central African Republic (CAR) went to the polls, December 30 in presidential and parliamentary elections.…

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In Case You Missed It 10/19/15 to 10/25/15

By George Bamu on October 26, 2015

Financial Times

A protester displays a placard which says “The Congo is not the property of N’Guesso.”

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

This week we look at a story with concerns for Africa’s dwindling middle class, an editorial reminds Obama about his own statements, a big headline about a Canadian first, and another African leader attempts an extension of his time in office.

1. African middle class may be disappearing, according to The Economist

The Economist magazine prognosticates about an emerging African middle class even while it remains thin.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/20/15 – 9/27/15

By Raevyn Goates on September 28, 2015

Alamy/The Guardian newspaper

A pharmacist prescribes medication to an HIV positive patient at a clinic in Kitwe, Zambia.

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

In this week’s news, the Obama administration provides aid to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, the administration is increasing efforts to stop Boko Haram, the situation in Burkina Faso continues to evolve, Nigeria holds its own by taking a significant step towards eliminating Polio and by rescuing  prisoners from Boko Haram.

1. Obama administration allots more money for HIV/AIDS treatment in Africa

The Obama administration is allotting an additional $300 million to help reduce the rate of HIV/AIDS infection among women and girls in Africa.…

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In Case You Missed It 8/24/15 – 8/30/15

By Raevyn Goates on September 1, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week brings news of an economic slowdown, a victory for Kenya’s athletes, a setback for Sierra Leone in the battle against Ebola, and Chad’s crackdown on Boko Haram terrorists.

Asbel Kiprop won the gold in the 1500m event at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

1. African Economies Slow Down

Due to economic hardships around the world, the growth rate of the economies of African countries has slowed down this year.

GDP growth in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other countries have fallen by approximately 1%.…

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In Case You Missed It 8/11/15 – 8/16/15

By Raevyn Goates on August 18, 2015

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

The week bring news about a live-tweet that made news around the world, a travel website that is expanding into markets in Africa, another menace from the Boko Haram and a crack down on slave owners in Mauritania.

Surgeons at Abuja National Hospital in Nigeria prepare an 8-year-old patient for surgery.

1. Nigerian Hospital Live Tweets Surgery

Doctors at the Abuja National Hospital in Nigeria live-tweeted the open-heart surgery of an eight-year-old girl. The girl had been born with a hole in her heart, which the doctors repaired during the three-hour surgery.…

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In Case You Missed It 7/29/15 – 8/3/15

By George Bamu on August 4, 2015

 

USA Today

An American dentist is in hot water after killing Cecil the lion, a famous animal in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks. The dentist could face poaching charges. VPC

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

The week brings us news about an uproar about animal poaching in Zimbabwe and the controversy it is causing, as well as news that an estimated 178 people captured by Boko Haram were freed by the Nigerian military, and a meeting in Washington D.C. between a group of young African leaders and U.S.…

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