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

By Raevyn Goates on January 25, 2016

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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: 01/11/16 – 01/18/16

By George Bamu on January 18, 2016

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, South Africa goes head-to-head with the U.S. over chicken, meat and pork, and a new case of Ebola is discovered in Sierra Leone a day after it is declared Ebola-free.

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  1. South Africa Settles Trade Row with U.S., Averts AGOA Suspension

Uncertainly about South Africa’s role in the new African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) agreement seems over after the country settled the trade dispute with the U.S.

Under the agreement signed by U.S.…

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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 11/2/15 – 11/8/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 9, 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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Morocco is currently building the world’s largest solar power plant.

This week brings news of the world’s largest solar power plant, an African data boom, record numbers of African immigrants in the US, and another victory over Ebola.

  1. Morocco to Build World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Morocco is currently building the world’s largest solar power plant. The 30 square kilometer plant is being built near the city of Ouarzazate. The first phase of the building will be complete next week, and when the entire plant is completed in 2018, it will provide power to more than 1.1 million Moroccans.…

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In Case You Missed It 8/24/15 – 8/30/15

By Raevyn Goates on September 1, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. This week brings news of an economic slowdown, a victory for Kenya’s athletes, a setback for Sierra Leone in the battle against Ebola, and Chad’s crackdown on Boko Haram terrorists.

Asbel Kiprop won the gold in the 1500m event at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing.

1. African Economies Slow Down

Due to economic hardships around the world, the growth rate of the economies of African countries has slowed down this year.

GDP growth in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and other countries have fallen by approximately 1%.…

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Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock, pleased with global Ebola response

By George Bamu on March 30, 2015

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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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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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Obama meets with African leaders who “exemplify progress” in the continent

By George Bamu on March 28, 2013

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African leaders meeting with U.S president, Barack Obama at White House, March 28, 2013.

U.S. President Barack Obama met Thursday, March 28 with the leaders of Senegal, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde.

It was no ordinary meeting. Perhaps as a clear sign of some sort of a ‘litmus test” the White House has set for African leaders, the guests were carefully selected for this meeting.

How do we know this?

In the president’s words, “the reason that I am meeting with these four is, they exemplify the progress that we are seeing in Africa,” Obama stated. So, what about the leaders who do not exemplify the kind of progress the White House would like to see in Africa?…

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Who is getting Somalia Wrong. The Somalis, the Audiences or the Journalists?

By George Bamu on November 30, 2012

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Bakara Market in Somalia

Sometime in November I said to myself that NPR’s Jon Burnett has a really good reason to be reporting from Africa.

That statement was for a good reason. Burnett, whom NPR dispatched to Nairobi this year to help beef up its Africa bureau,  had just reported about the incredible work that was being done by The Tanzania Heritage Project to help preserve historical archives and tapes of Tanzania’s oldest broadcasting house, Radio Tanzania.

I thought the story was very enriching and heartwarming. I heard it while driving during a Saturday morning errand in Denver, Colorado.…

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