In Case You Missed It 3/13/17 – 3/21/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on March 25, 2017

Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

Nigeria is a major tomato importer, despite having enough land to grow them.

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

In this week’s news, countries in Africa are limiting imports to support economic growth, and all African delegates denied visas for Africa Summit held in U.S.

African Nations Propose Limits to Imports into their Countries

Kenya and Ethiopia are among the countries that are taking measures to restrict international imports into their nations. This strategy is to boost internal revenue markets and incentivize citizens to shop local.

The African continent imports billions of dollars worth of grains annually.…

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Lest We Forget: There Is An Obama Legacy for the African Continent

By George Bamu on January 2, 2017

Reuters/Newsweek

U.S. President Barack Obama holds a roundtable discussion with civil society leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 26, 2015. Obama has sought to engage African leaders to help themselves during his presidency.

As Donald Trump prepares to to assume the U.S. presidency, we are continuing to look back at the important legacy of Barack Obama and his administration vis-à-vis the African continent.

On November 8, 2016, the election of Trump as the 45th president of the United States shook the world. Many people from the African continent who I spoke with the day of the election and in the weeks after, have told me how they experienced nightmares following the shocking decision by American voters.…

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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 10/31/16 – 11/6/16

By Raevyn Goates on November 7, 2016

Georgina Goodwin/CNN

Miss Albinism Kenya, Loise Lihanda (center) is crowned at the “Beauty Beyond Skin” pageant while Mr. Albinism Kenya, Jairus Jzay (left) looks on.

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

In this week’s news, beauty goes beyond skin, a Tanzanian professor gets a new job, and a missing Chibok schoolgirl is found.

World’s First Albino Beauty Pageant Held In Kenya

Over the years, many people and organizations have worked to spread awareness of the prejudices albinos face. One such organization is Beauty Beyond Skin Color, who recently hosted the world’s first albino beauty pageant in Kenya.…

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In Case You Missed It: 10/24/16 – 10/30/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on October 31, 2016

Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Project

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

In this week’s news, Kenya is set to have the largest wind farm on the continent and the International Criminal Court loses Burundi, Gambia and South Africa.

Kenya to host largest wind farm in Africa

There has been an influx of energy investment toward the African continent. The Lake Turkana Wind Project (LTWP) covers 40,000 acres and is set to be the largest wind farm on the continent by June 2017. This stems from the global push to move from existing conventional power generation toward renewable energy.…

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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: 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: 8/15/16 – 8/21/16

By Raevyn Goates on August 22, 2016

2016 Rio Olympics

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya

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

In this week’s news, Africa takes home the gold at the Olympics, an Olympian uses his win to protest violence in his home country, and John Kerry plans an Africa trip.

Ten Gold Medals Go to African Continent

The 2016 Olympics have concluded, and it’s time to look at the scores. Several African nations competed, bringing home a combined total of 44 medals for the continent, 10 of which were gold.

Kenya won the most medals of any African nation: they won 13 medals, 6 of which were gold.…

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In Case You Missed It: 6/27/16 – 7/3/16

By George Bamu on July 4, 2016

African flags on display

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

In this week’s news, the African Union takes the next steps on its Agenda 2063 plan, and Indian Premier Narendra Modi, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visit the African continent.

With e-passport, African Union Furthers Continental Integration

Just as the European Union faces the challenges of Britain’s exit from the fold, the African Union is taking steps towards further integration of the African continent.

In a round-up of some of top Africa news stories for the week of June 13, my colleague, Gellilla Gebre-Michael, reported about the unveiling of an e-passport by the AU.…

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In Case You Missed It: 4/25/16 – 5/1/16

By George Bamu on May 1, 2016

 

Getty Images

Papa Wemba

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

Papa Wemba’s Legacy Celebrated Worldwide

The musical legacy of Papa Wemba, the Congolese musician who died on April 24, is being celebrated not just throughout the Africa continent but around the world. Wemba collapsed on stage and died minutes later during a performance in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast.

Many are asking questions about what may have caused his collapse, captured on video.

“Last weekend, when news of the real Papa Wemba’s death began to circulate on the internet, many of his fans were in denial, “writes Chinedu Ukaban with The Fader.…

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