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: 2/21/17 – 2/27/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on March 2, 2017

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17 year-old Nij Collins is a winner of the Google Code-In competition.

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

In this week’s news,  Nij Collins of Cameroon wins Google Code-In competition, the 19th Africa Energy Forum dates are confirmed, and South Africa remains in the International Criminal Court despite President Zuma’s notice of withdrawal.

Google Code-In competition sees first black-African winner

The Google Code-In competition is an open source project for pre-university applicants. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a pre-university program, between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and a possess a willingness to learn.…

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Cameroon diaspora use protests, discussion to shed light on human rights issues in the country

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.…

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Cameroonians in Colorado plan rally against government of President Paul Biya

By George Bamu on February 20, 2017

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Cameroon President, Paul Biya, and First Lady, Chantal Biya, at a reception for the Cameroon National Football team at the presidential palace in Yaounde. February, 2017

Since November 2016, the African nation of Cameroon has been embroiled in civil unrest marked by demonstrations and boycotts against the Francophone-dominated government of President Paul Biya.

Recent news reports point to many civilian deaths through police action, while others, including journalists, lawyers and civil society leaders, have been arrested and placed on trial.

The Cameroon administration recently began the use of French in courts and classrooms in the Anglophone regions of the country as a way to promote bilingualism and national integration.…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/30/17 – 2/6/17

By George Bamu on February 7, 2017

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Former ExxonMobil CEO, now U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

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

In this week’s news, Africans scrutinize United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s role in enabling dictators in the continent and despite the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) football win, the situation in Cameroon could take a turn for the worse.

Rex Tillerson’s Ties to African Dictators Under Scrutiny

During his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson received pointed questions about his relationship with leaders around the world while he led the world’s largest oil company, ExxonMobil.…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/16/17-1/22/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on January 25, 2017

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

In this week’s news, 16 countries compete in the African Cup of Nations and a crackdown on social media in Cameroon.

African Cup of Nations Holds in Gabon

Nigeria’s national football team celebrates the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations win against Burkina Faso.

Football or soccer is a global sport. As the most popular sport in the African continent, it’s no wonder 14 countries are participating in the Africa Cup of Nations. Categorized into four groups, Uganda was eliminated when Day 3 of the tournament comes to a close.…

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Experts warn of civil war in Cameroon if “internal divisions” not resolved

By George Bamu on January 22, 2017

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Petrol station in Mamfe in English-speaking Cameroon with all-French signs

Beyond academic and diplomatic circles, many have not heard of the International Crisis Group or Crisis Group. The Brussels-based non-governmental organization, tracks and warns of the potentials of conflict in nations around the world. The group is highly respected and often quoted in news reports due to their thorough research.

Just before the Arab Spring took hold in the Middle East and North Africa, the Crisis Group made a dire warning about Cameroon.

In its report 160 of May, 2010, the group stated, “Cameroon’s apparent stability is deceptive; even if it overcomes its near-term challenges, longer-term deterioration could lead to conflict.”

Cameroon is often praised for being a stabilizing force in an unstable region that has seen its share of war and catastrophes.…

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U.S. Election 2016: The African Continent Reacts to A Trump Victory

By George Bamu on November 9, 2016

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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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Film about Cameroon to show in Denver Friday, Nov. 11

By Africa Agenda on November 6, 2016

Jude Fokwang

Something New in Old Town

Something New in Old Town, is not just another film about the African continent. Director, Jude Fokwang, has taken to the time to delve into the multi-layer facet to some of the most challenging socio-economic issues facing communities in the African continent today. The nation of Cameroon is at the forefront of the film.

What are the issues and how do we solve them? More than this, you can become a part of the solution by joining Africa Agenda and the Department of Sociology at Regis University for the public screening of this timely film.…

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About that “African Saying” on which Cory Booker Built his DNC Speech?

By George Bamu on August 4, 2016

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New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, quoted from African literature in his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, July 25.

On the idea of being each others’ keeper, which many democrats talked about during the  Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, PA this leads me to Cory Booker. The senator from New Jersey has received lots of praise after he spoke so eloquently during the event.

He is often considered a star in the Democratic Party. He was a contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, according to The Washington Post.

As I was looking for things that would connect the dots between America and the rest of the world in the parade of speeches, Booker sealed the deal.…

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