In Case You Missed It: 12/26/16 – 1/2/17

By Africa Agenda on January 4, 2017

Reuters

Gambia Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island

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

In this week’s news, politics take center stage in the African continent. Elections in The Gambia and Ghana are being finalized and a look ahead to Zimbabwe in 2018.

Election Results in The Gambia

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh surprised nearly the entire world when he acknowledged defeat in this year’s presidential election. However, it did not take him long to return back to form after he then came out and said that he will reject all results of the election.  

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KETO FM, Africa-focused Radio, Coming to Metro Denver Airwaves

By George Bamu on September 28, 2016

KETO FM, Colorado, USA

As Colorado’s African community grows, the needs of the community have increased as well.

We’ve seen how American local governments, city council and municipalities around the area address these challenges of growth in Colorado, from boosting road infrastructure expenditures to addressing issues associated with housing.

For a community that has become woven into the fabric of the state’s most diverse city, this is an issue of which Aurora is keenly aware. So, officials have held meetings with leaders and other citizens geared toward integration as new people come into town.

How do you inform a community as diverse as Aurora, with people and languages from all corners of the world?…

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In Case You Missed It: 9/19/16 – 9/25/16

By Raevyn Goates on September 26, 2016

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

Leslie Lumeh uses his artwork to chronicle the ongoing effects of Ebola in Liberia.

In this week’s news, France invests in Africa, art saves lives, and floating power plants make waves off Africa’s coast.

Man Used Art to Save People During Ebola Crisis

During last year’s major Ebola outbreak, UNICEF called on artists to create informative posters on how to stay safe.

One artist, a Liberian named Leslie Lumeh, spoke about his work with CNN this week. While Liberia has been declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization, Lumeh has continued to document the diseases’ effects on the country through his art.…

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In Case You Missed It: 9/05/16 – 9/11/16

By Raevyn Goates on September 12, 2016

Getty Images

Nigerian actress Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama stars in three of the Nigerian films showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

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

In this week’s news, Nigerian filmmakers get a big break and Ghana’s women take to the roads.

Toronto International Film Festival Turns Spotlight to Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria was chosen by the Toronto International Film Fesitval (TIFF) to take part in its 2016 City to City program. Each year, TIFF chooses a city whose filmmakers are showcased, and this year they turned their sights to Africa. The Nigerian film industry, known informally as ‘Nollywood’, is one of the largest in the world.…

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In Case You Missed It: 8/22/16 – 9/1/16

By George Bamu on September 2, 2016

Techcabal.com

Mark Zuckerberg dining with business and political leaders in Kenya

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

In this week’s news, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg visits Nigeria and Kenya, and African migrants flow into Mexico.

Mexico Issues Transit Visas to African Migrants

According to an Associated Press story reprinted by the Colorado Springs Gazette, authorities in Mexico have recently issued transit visas to an estimated 424 African migrants on their way to the United States.

The migrants are expected to apply for asylum in the United States when they get to the U.S.-Mexico border, the report states.…

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In Case You Missed It: 5/30/16 – 6/6/16

By George Bamu on June 6, 2016

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, Ethiopia’s former health minister seeking to be next WHO chief, and African chefs want you to savor an African dish.

African Chefs Using The Web to Promote Their Dishes

For those who travel around the world, it may be hard to find an African dish listed on the menu of your favorite restaurants. Even while it’s delicious, the dishes may not be familiar to people from other cultures.

“African cuisines, however, have been slow to catch on globally,” writes CNN’s Phoebe Parke.…

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In Case You Missed It 8/17/15 – 8/23/15

By George Bamu on August 25, 2015

Google

Android One, Hot 2

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

The week brings news about the launch of Google’s newest gadget in several African countries, as well as analysis from Foreign Affairs magazine which gives a rating of the Obama administration’s Africa policy thus far.

  1. Google expands phone program in six African countries

In a blog post on the Google Africa website, the company announced the introduction of a low-priced smart phone aka Hot 2 in six African countries. The countries are Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Egypt.…

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With ribbon-cutting ceremony, Colorado’s Afrikmall Takes Off

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on July 19, 2015

Africa Agenda

Aurora, Colo. Mayor, Steve Hogan with the Afrikmall executives celebrating, during a ribbon- cutting ceremony, July 16

History was made on July 16, when Afrikmall, an American-style shopping, business center catering to Colorado’s growing African,  Caribbean and global community was opened.

With a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Aurora Mayor, Steve Hogan, the 56,000-square-foot building, filled with salons, lounges,  African cuisine restaurants, art and clothing stores, along a busy East Colfax avenue, opened its doors to the public.

The people behind the massive project–Cobina Lartson, a science educator at the Denver Public Schools, Emmanuel Eliason, business development director, Albert Quarteng, an executive officer of TMG Global, operating officer, Edward Mensah, and Seth Assabil, facilities manager, were joined by officials from the City of Aurora and Denver respectively for the grand kick-off ceremony.…

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Is there such a thing as a U.S. Pivot towards Africa?

By George Bamu on July 6, 2014

Over the next few years China will build a multi-billion dollar railway linking the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Nairobi (shown here), based on an agreement signed earlier this month by East African and Chinese officials. It's one of many examples of China's increasing economic engagement with African countries.

The past few months and weeks have been interesting as far as African news is concerned. Here are some of the more compelling Africa headline stories that have piqued my interest.

U.S. Shows new interest in Africa

Random House

Howard French: How a Million Migrants Are Building a New Empire in Africa

In an analysis of relations between the United States and African countries, Deutsche Welle (DW) the German broadcaster, says, “There is no doubt that Africa is attracting greater interest in U.S. politics. For a long time the continent was seen only as a source for armed conflict, disasters and famine”

That perception may have changed.…

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Five African Nations Competing for the World Cup: Let’s Enjoy the Tournament

By George Bamu on June 11, 2014

World Cup in Brazil/Getty Images
(Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

A Ghana fan blows a vuvuzela during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

As the world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup, Kicks off in Brazil June 12, I like to take a cursory look at the five countries representing the African continent. Also I want to highlight what some commentators, broadcasters and football analysts are saying about the chances of success for these countries.

The five African teams are as follows:
Cameroon (Group A)
Ivory Coast (Group C)
Nigeria (Group F)
Ghana (Group G)
Algeria (Group H)

Writing for ‘A billion voices,’ the Guardian’s Africa Network, Antoinette Muller wonders why African teams under-perform at the World cup?

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