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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In Case You Missed It: 10/24/16 – 10/30/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on October 31, 2016

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Project

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

In this week’s news, Kenya is set to have the largest wind farm on the continent and the International Criminal Court loses Burundi, Gambia and South Africa.

Kenya to host largest wind farm in Africa

There has been an influx of energy investment toward the African continent. The Lake Turkana Wind Project (LTWP) covers 40,000 acres and is set to be the largest wind farm on the continent by June 2017. This stems from the global push to move from existing conventional power generation toward renewable energy.…

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In Case You Missed It: 9/12/16 – 9/18/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on September 22, 2016

Pixabay

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

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

In this week’s news, Morocco’s mosques transitioning to solar energy, Burundian refugees are offered a university education in Rwanda and Ethiopian Electric Power signs a deal with neighboring countries.

Green program to provide solar energy for all mosques in Morocco

One of the 15,000 mosques expected to run completely on solar energy.

Morocco launched the Green Mosques program two years ago in hopes of  saving money. The program seeks to raise awareness of renewable energy to the 15,000 mosques in the kingdom. Morocco has one of the largest mosques in the world.…

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In Case You Missed It: 12/14/15 – 12/21/15

By George Bamu on December 22, 2015

AFP

Months of street protests in Burundi have turned into regular armed attacks

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, Burundi takes center stage in discussions at the African Union, the U.S. Senate unanimously passes Electrify Africa Act.

  1. U.S. Senate Passes 2015 Electrify Africa Bill

The legislation which requires the president of the United States to create a comprehensive strategy for U.S. engagement with sub-Saharan Africa to develop a mix of “power solutions” to boost electricity access and reliability in the continent, is aimed at stimulating economic growth and access to education.…

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In Case You Missed It: 12/7/15 – 12/13/15

By Raevyn Goates on December 15, 2015

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, farmers in Burkina Faso take a risk, South Africa appoints a new Minister of Finance, and Burundi’s crisis continues.

Arwa Aburawa/Al Jazeera

A female farmer in her fields.

  1. Farmers In Burkina Faso Reject Industrial Farming

Farmers in Burkina Faso are taking what they call a “risk worth taking” on agro-ecology.  Although large-scale industrial farming is the most productive form of farming, it can be destructive and the food produced does not always end up in the hands of those who need it the most.…

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In Case You Missed It 10/26/15 – 11/1/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 2, 2015

STEPHEN WANDERA/AP

Ugandans drink a home-brewed drink known as “Malwa.” As the African economy grows, home-brews like Malwa may be on the way out.

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 a beer merger which impacts consumers in Africa, a change in AGOA trade benefits, and terror in Somalia.

 

  1. Beer Merger Hints at Economic Change

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $100 Billion for rival SABMiller in Africa. Currently, many Africans drink cheap, home-brewed drinks. Anheuser-Busch sees these people as potential customers, and hopes to cash in on growing African economies.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/28/15 – 10/4/15

By George Bamu on October 5, 2015

The China-Africa Project

China in Africa

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, China continues its soft power campaign in Africa, a war of words between two East African nations, and the World Health Organization (WHO) makes a prediction about the future of AIDS.

  1. China continues a soft power campaign in Africa

Washington, DC-based Brookings Institution brings us a story about the intrigues of China’s soft power politics in Africa after more than 100 African as well as Chinese Think Tanks met in Pretoria, South Africa for the Fourth China-Africa Think Tank Forum.…

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In Case You Missed It: 6/20/15 – 6/27/15

By Sarah Ford on July 27, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week brings controversy over President Obama’s visit to Ethiopia, an election outcome in Burundi and a U.S. visit by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari. 

BBC

1. President Barack Obama arrived in Ethiopia Sunday night in the final leg of his tour through Africa, a decision that has brought attention and some controversy from civil rights groups. Many civil rights group in Ethiopia do not hold hope that Obama’s visit will spur significant political change in human rights abuses, and U.S. activists have criticized the visit, though the U.S.…

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In Case You Missed It 6/29/15 – 7/5/15

By Sarah Ford on July 7, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. In the past week, a controversial vote was made in Burundi, another case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia and a victory for LGBT rights in Mozambique. 

1. While the U.S. celebrates a victory for LGBTQ couples in a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide, Mozambique made its own steps forward. A new penal code decriminalized same-sex relationships, overthrowing colonial-era laws. While the change shows movement in a positive direction, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria and Uganda, continue to support laws criminalizing LGBT relationships.…

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In Case You Missed It 6/15/15 – 6/21/15

By Sarah Ford on June 22, 2015

The most important of this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week, major steps made in the fight against illegal ivory poaching, a Denver figure runs for president in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda weighs changing its constitution. 

1. As part of a trip to Africa in late July, it was recently announced that President Barack Obama will be making his first visit to Ethiopia as president.

2. While the nation still reels from the racially-motivated shooting in Charleston’s AME Church, a recent poll found that 14 percent of African Americans rank race relations as a top priority in U.S.…

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