U.S. Election 2016: The African Continent Reacts to A Trump Victory

By George Bamu on November 9, 2016

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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

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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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Obama Delivers Final State of the Union – What Does it Mean for Africa?

By Raevyn Goates on January 15, 2016

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 12, 2016.

United States President, Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12.

In his speech, Obama focused on a number of ideas, including the fact that America has never stopped being great, that diplomacy is a better way to deal with conflict, and that all Americans – regardless of differences in their religion, origin, or political ideology – need to work together to improve the country and the world.

Barring all political spin, it was a good, inspiring speech that reminded us that America has has done great things in the past, and it is capable of doing great things in the future.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/14/15 – 9/19/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on September 20, 2015

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

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Washington-based Burkina Faso citizens and friends of Burkina Faso demonstrate in front of the White House, Sept. 20, 2015.

1. Protesters demand end to military rule In Burkina Faso

At least three people are reported killed and more than 60 injured by troops in the African nation of Burkina Faso, according to the Reuters News Agency. This happened following demonstrations after a transitional government and its leaders were removed from office just weeks before scheduled elections on October 11.…

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In Case You Missed It 6/29/15 – 7/5/15

By Sarah Ford on July 7, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. In the past week, a controversial vote was made in Burundi, another case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia and a victory for LGBT rights in Mozambique. 

1. While the U.S. celebrates a victory for LGBTQ couples in a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide, Mozambique made its own steps forward. A new penal code decriminalized same-sex relationships, overthrowing colonial-era laws. While the change shows movement in a positive direction, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria and Uganda, continue to support laws criminalizing LGBT relationships.…

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Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock, pleased with global Ebola response

By George Bamu on March 30, 2015

Africa Agenda

Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock speaking at an Ebola Eradication Campaign Gala in Denver, March 19.

The devastation caused by the Ebola crisis in West Africa is unimaginable. That is the bad news.

The good news is that the region is seeing a decline in deaths associated with the disease and the infection rate continues to go down. In Sierra Leone, the get -to-zero Ebola Campaign aims to bring the infection rate to zero within 60 days.

But we are also being told–it’s not over yet. That is because while there is a decline in infection rates and deaths, new cases continue to emerge.…

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Midterm elections: Neguse and Ricks on the steps of history

By George Bamu on October 29, 2014

Joe Neguse (1st from left) and Nequetta Ricks (2nd from the right) at the Mesop Ethiopian restaurant in Denver
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Joe Neguse (2nd from left) and Naquetta Ricks (2nd from the right) speaking at the Mesop Ethiopian restaurant in Denver

November 4, the day of the midterm elections in the United States, is almost here.

As the jostling for votes goes on, we are taking a moment to tell you about a recent campaign event, featuring Joe Neguse and Naquetta Ricks.

Neguse is a running for Colorado Secretary of State, while Ricks is a candidate for the University of Colorado(CU) board of Regents.

Both candidates have been the subject of much discussion locally and nationally because of their African heritage.…

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It’s tempting to jump into the Ebola fray…

By George Bamu on October 13, 2014

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It’s tempting to jump into the Ebola fray these days. The news about the spread of the disease in “West Africa” is interesting and it has gripped public attention in the United States and around the world. So, I get asked, what is going on.

I’ve tried to hold back from getting into a defensive mode, the urge to try to clarity every assumption about the disease and educate my peers about Ebola. I am not an expert on the subject, and I am only getting my own information from the experts at the U.S.…

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If It Bleeds, It Leads: Coverage of Ebola in West Africa

By George Bamu on September 17, 2014

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WHO plastic buckets for hand washing in Guinea

There is a cliché in the news business which says, ‘if it bleeds, it leads.’ Its a reporters’ frame of mind when dealing with big news stories and events of the moment.

By this maxim, there is a tendency for crises, disaster-like events to garner much attention to the detriment of everything else. So, we have seen how much resources, money and personnel, media organizations have poured on the Ebola coverage. To a certain extend, this is good news. We need to know what is happening so everyone is prepared.…

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2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to Visit Colorado

By George Bamu on October 29, 2012

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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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