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: 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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2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to Visit Colorado

By George Bamu on October 29, 2012

TED

Leymah Gbowee

Denver-based Peace Jam Foundation has announced that one of the recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Peace, Liberian social worker, Lemah Gbowee, will visit Colorado in November.

The announcement posted on the organization’s website stated, “Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee will presenting the 2012 Peace Jam Hero Award to Edie Lutnick and Ken Fellman. Both of these amazing individuals have been instrumental in advancing peace and supporting Peace Jam in a variety of capacities.”

Gbowee will deliver a keynote address during the Peace Jam “4th Annual Hero’s Award Luncheon” on November 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.…

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Liberia Moves Ahead with the Iron Ladies…

By George Bamu on November 18, 2007

Personal Reaction from George Bamu
Someone is telling the story about change in Africa

A map of Liberia

Iron Ladies of Liberia
30th Denver Starz Film Festival
. Nov 15th, 2007

The premier of the Iron Ladies of Liberia at the 30th Denver Film Festival was nothing short of spectacular.

Watching the depictions of the reconstruction of Liberia’s institutions of government after years of civil war, human and physical destruction, was a relief. The film was mixed with a little fun about how much the citizens have to work themselves up to bring about change, the governments’ attendance to citizen expectations about change and also the portrayal of the Iron Ladies, represented in the head of state, president Ellen Sirleaf Johnson and her cabinet, as tough-minded and ready to make change happen.…

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