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: 5/2/16 – 5/8/16

By George Bamu on May 8, 2016

World Economic Forum on Africa

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, the World Economic Forum on Africa holds in the Rwandan capital, and African push for a European-style integration of the continent.

Who Cares: World Economic Forum on Africa Holds In Rwanda

The 26th World Economic Forum on Africa, a part of the World Economic Forum, a not-for-profit platform which engages leaders and nations around the world for public-private partnerships, is scheduled to hold in the Rwandan capital, Kigali from May 11 to 13.…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/25/16 – 2/2/16

By George Bamu on February 2, 2016

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Electricity grid-transmission lines

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

In this week’s news, U.S. Commerce Secretary undertakes a fact-finding mission to Nigeria and Rwanda, Congress passes Electrify Africa Act, and Power Africa outlines a roadmap for the future.

  • U.S. Commerce Secretary Visits Nigeria and Rwanda on Fact-Finding Mission

U.S. Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker visited Nigeria, January 25, and Rwanda, January 27, in what was termed a fact-finding mission to both countries.

We’re told the Secretary’s delegation comprised of senior members of the U.S. President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA).…

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In Case You Missed It: 1/18/16 – 1/24/16

By Raevyn Goates on January 25, 2016

@yoza_app

Yoza is a new app that provides laundry services in Uganda.

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

In this week’s news, a new app reinvents laundry in Uganda, and Sierra Leone’s abortion bill faces a setback.

  1. New App Acts As “Uber” For Laundry

Yoza is a new company that connects people looking for help with their laundry to those offering help.

The company was founded by 24-year-old Solomon Kitumba of Kampala, Uganda, according to CNN. Because laundry is usually done by hand, it can be time consuming and difficult.…

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In Case You Missed It: 12/14/15 – 12/21/15

By George Bamu on December 22, 2015

AFP

Months of street protests in Burundi have turned into regular armed attacks

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

In this week’s news, Burundi takes center stage in discussions at the African Union, the U.S. Senate unanimously passes Electrify Africa Act.

  1. U.S. Senate Passes 2015 Electrify Africa Bill

The legislation which requires the president of the United States to create a comprehensive strategy for U.S. engagement with sub-Saharan Africa to develop a mix of “power solutions” to boost electricity access and reliability in the continent, is aimed at stimulating economic growth and access to education.…

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The Women’s Bakery and Possibility-Driven Media in Rwanda

By Heather Newell on October 20, 2015

The Women's Bakery

Co-Founder of the Women’s Bakery, Julie Greene, demonstrates the baking process for bread to a group of women in Rwanda.

People always have questions and concerns. For example, when it involves the African nation of Rwanda, I hear things like, “Oh. Rwanda…Isn’t there still a war there? Another person stated, “I saw in the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ that chaos had completely ruled the city….how can you be safe there?”

Its been four years since my first visit to the country and I can’t help but think, “How in the world am I still fielding questions like these?”

The reality of misconception about the country is both simple and also extraordinarily complicated.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/28/15 – 10/4/15

By George Bamu on October 5, 2015

The China-Africa Project

China in Africa

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

In this week’s news, China continues its soft power campaign in Africa, a war of words between two East African nations, and the World Health Organization (WHO) makes a prediction about the future of AIDS.

  1. China continues a soft power campaign in Africa

Washington, DC-based Brookings Institution brings us a story about the intrigues of China’s soft power politics in Africa after more than 100 African as well as Chinese Think Tanks met in Pretoria, South Africa for the Fourth China-Africa Think Tank Forum.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/1/15 – 9/6/15

By George Bamu on September 7, 2015

AFP

The All Africa Games, Brazzaville, Congo

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

This week we look at the threat posed by religious radicals in a Central African nation, the effects of technological innovation in many African countries, and a sporting extravaganza begins in Brazzaville.

1. Religious radicals risk instability in Cameroon

Despite the recent troubles caused by Boko Haram, the African nation of Cameroon is known to be a place of peace around the Lake Chad region of Africa.

For one thing, the country, unlike its neighbors, Nigeria and the Central African Republic, has never experienced massive destabilization caused by radical religious groups.…

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In Case You Missed It: 7/13/15 – 7/19/15

By Sarah Ford on July 20, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week saw the release of five jailed Ethiopian bloggers, banning of full face veils in Cameroon and the opening of sub-Saharan Africa’s first Starbucks. 

Starbucks

1. Starbucks will open its first sub-Saharan Africa coffee shop in Johannesburg in 2016. Global Post writes that the increasing middle class in the region may be enough to sustain the new store.

2. In response to a terror attack last week that killed 13 people Cameroon has banned the wearing of the full-face veil in an attempt to identify possible terrorists.…

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The Arkansas-Rwanda coffee blend

By Heather Newell on February 3, 2015

Westrock Coffee
Westrock Coffee

“Westrock Coffee links community to community. Our drive is to be a catalyst for real change in lives of farmers and our families, through honest, direct trade with transparency at every stage in the supply chain from crop to cup. The end result is strong, sustainable growth at origin and a quality product for our customers.”

Community to community, huh? That’s a literal understatement.

I stood in my little kitchen, barefoot on a winter afternoon, reading the label from my gifted gold bag of medium-roasted Meza coffee. “Meza” is a Kinyarwanda word for morning and so I knew this small bag was special – at least for me.…

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