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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Africa Agenda to host its 3rd Annual Africa Summit on Oct. 21

By Africa Agenda on September 10, 2016

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A member of the Makomba Ensemble dances during Africa Agenda State of the African continent event, Nov. 2015

Celebrating and Learning from African Ingenuity

Each year Africa Agenda organizes an event to promote awareness about U.S.-Africa relations, the local African community, and positive developments across the continent.

We are excited to announce our 3rd annual Africa summit to hold on October 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Posner Center: 1031 33rd Street, Denver, CO 80205.

This year the focus is on African Ingenuity. Africans are innovating tremendous solutions combining traditional knowledge and new ideas.  Designed as a World Café, with an African buffet dinner, special speakers, music and entertainment, participants will take part in three energizing dialogues led by U.S.…

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Photos: Denver’s World Press Freedom Day Celebration, 2016

By Africa Agenda on May 3, 2016

World Press Freedom Day May 3, 2016

Held at the Posner Center for International Development, the event brought together local journalists, academia, students and the public to discuss issues of free speech around the world and how they relate to international development.

Moderated by media expert and consultant, Susan Abbott, the panelists included the following:

  • Robert Uttaro Ph.D., Professor University of Denver (Nigeria)
  • Sherry Manning, Founder and Executive Director, Friends of ENCA Farms (the Philippines)
  • Charles Kirya, CEO & Founder MEAIntl LLC (Uganda)
  • Marcelo A. Ramirez Garcia-Rojas, Student, University of Denver (Mexico)
  • Tony Shawcross, Executive Director, Open Media Foundation (Honduras and Colorado)
  • George Bamu, Founder and Executive Director,  Africa Agenda (Cameroon)

Prior to the discussions, the audience was treated to a film, Reportera, which chronicled the challenges which journalists face in Mexico as they report about crime, drug cartels, and other social problems.…

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Is Emmanuel Weyi “the change” the DRC needs?

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on October 12, 2015

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Dziedzorm Sanaki speaking with Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) presidential candidate, Emmanuel Weyi. Denver, September 22, 2015

It’s difficult to write about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) without referring to its unstable and authoritarian past. It’s a past which brings reminders about Patrice Lumumba, Mubutu Sesse Seko, Laurent-Desire Kabila, Belgian colonization, and Zaire.

The tumultuous past remains a backdrop even as the country charges forward in a new era of elections and democracy.

This trajectory is akin to a stereotype, a glass-half-empty view about the country.

Buts it’s also apparent that the case of the DRC is symbolism of the struggles reporters face with balancing two sides of every story; what needs to be reported, mostly negative news in a corrupted and dangerous world, and what prospects there are for improvements to occur with the subject of a story.…

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AfricAid steps in to fill educational gaps for Tanzanian girls

By George Bamu on June 8, 2015

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Jana Kinsey and Maria Rosa-Galter speaking at the Posner Center, April 15.

On April 15, AfricAid, a non-profit headquartered in Denver, welcomed Tanzania Country Director Jana Kinsey to Colorado. While Kinsey was in town, the organization organized an event to present the work that it is doing in Tanzania.

“When governments fall short, NGOs fill the gaps,” said Maria Rosa Galter, Executive Director for AfricAid. Galter outlined many reasons why AfricAid exists today. One of those reasons is the sponsorship of disadvantaged girls, to provide young women in Tanzania with an education.

It’s true–there are plenty of gaps to be filled in Tanzania.…

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Ambassador speaks of strong ties between Tanzania and Colorado

By George Bamu on October 24, 2011

In what was styled a Tanzania Love Fest, a gathering of non-profit groups, university faculty and individuals interested in the African nation of Tanzania, the country’s ambassador to the United States underscored the profound impact that linkages with Tanzania have had on the lives of the peoples of her country.

Ambassador Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar spoke about the important role that organizations and institutions such as Colorado-based Friends of Tanzania, the University of Colorado, Denver(UCD) and many others have made in fostering social development in Tanzania.

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University of Colorado, Denver officials and Tanzania ambassador, Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar at St Cajetans Center at UCD

“You help, actually, to build very strong relations, you impact lives in a way that other projects cannot impact,” the ambassador said.…

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