At Inauguration, Buhari promises to be a different leader

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on June 23, 2015

The Guardian, Nigeria

Jonathan and Buhari walking together

May 29, the day set for former president Goodluck Jonathan to hand over power to new president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has come and gone. With the country in the midst of a fuel shortage, many see Buhari’s reign as the new hope the country has been waiting for.

He is said to be the new hope for the Nigerian youth, who desire a new,  peaceful and progressive country, free of corruption.

Arriving in the country after a six-day tour of the U.K., right before inauguration day, Buhari met with Jonathan to submit the handover notes.…

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At DU, AU Ambassador espouses “Africa Rising” story

By George Bamu on April 28, 2015

Ambassador Amina Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

 

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Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, speaking at University of Denver Korbel School, March 24

It is believed that the transformation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU)  into the African Union  in 2001 has brought many benefits for the African continent.

With the overall Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the continent now estimated at about $1.7 trillion, a population over a billion people, and projected to reach two billion by 2025, the dynamics and cross-connections between its growth and development agenda cannot be underestimated.

Now undertaking a so-called Agenda 2063, the AU’s Permanent Representative to the United States, Ambassador Amina Ali, says the organization’s goals for the next 50 years call for it to be a much stronger institution whose long-term plan is for “one government, one economy and one political system for all of Africa.”

Speaking at the University of Denver(DU) Josef Korbel School of International Studies on March 24, the ambassador said the AU is moving “step-by-step” towards achieving this goal.…

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How did the media cover the Nigerian election?

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on April 22, 2015

AP

A supporter of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, dressed to represent and mock Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, celebrates Buhari’s anticipated electoral victory in Kano, Nigeria. (Ben Curtis, The Associated Press)

 “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian,” said outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement congratulating his successor, Mohamadou Buhari on his victory. “I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word.”

The March 28 election has become one of the most talked about elections in Africa. This election was to break barriers and prove to the world that Nigerians can rise from the ashes into a new season of hope and peace for their nation.…

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At Achebe’s Funeral, Africans Reminded to be Stewards of Democracy

By Kenneth Usongo on June 15, 2013

Igbo Chief at Achebe's Funeral
BBC News

A Woman holds a copy of Achebe’s book, No Longer At Ease.

Thousands of mourners converged in Ogidi, Anambra State of Nigeria, on May 23, for the funeral service of Africa’s literary icon, Chinua Achebe. He died in Boston, USA, on March 21.

Achebe was the David and Mariana Fisher Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University. The Nigerian novelist is globally revered for his masterpiece, Things Fall Apart, which continues to impress most readers.

Among the numerous sympathizers who turned out for the occasion were Presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and John Mahama of Ghana, as well as traditional and religious dignitaries.…

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