In Case You Missed It: 2/21/17 – 2/27/17

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on March 2, 2017

Konbini.com

17 year-old Nij Collins is a winner of the Google Code-In competition.

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

In this week’s news,  Nij Collins of Cameroon wins Google Code-In competition, the 19th Africa Energy Forum dates are confirmed, and South Africa remains in the International Criminal Court despite President Zuma’s notice of withdrawal.

Google Code-In competition sees first black-African winner

The Google Code-In competition is an open source project for pre-university applicants. Participants are required to be currently enrolled in a pre-university program, between the ages of 13 and 17 years old and a possess a willingness to learn.…

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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: 10/24/16 – 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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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: 7/18/16-7/24/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on July 26, 2016

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

In this week’s news, Bill Gates invests $5 billion into the African continent and a look into the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Bill Gates to invest $5 billion into the African continent over the next 5 years

Bill Gates, the founder of American tech giant Microsoft,  will visit the African continent this month, taking his tour across multiple countries.

At the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on July 17, Gates delivered a speech in which he said he wants to find innovative solutions to the problems that prevent people from making the most of their lives in developing countries.…

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In Case You Missed It: 7/11/16 – 7/17/16

By Raevyn Goates on July 18, 2016

SKA

MeerKAT satellite dishes in South Africa have made major astronomical discoveries.

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

In this week’s news, South Africa looks to the cosmos, Morocco seeks reinstatement in the AU and Zambia hopes for a peaceful election.

South African Observatory Discovers Hundreds of Galaxies

A radio array telescope in South Africa, known as MeerKAT, has discovered hundreds of previously unknown galaxies.

The telescope discovered over 1,300 galaxies in an area where only 70 galaxies were previously known. The telescope also discovered several black holes in the region. These discoveries come despite the fact that less than 1/4 of the site is operational; of a planned 64 radio satellite dishes, only 16 have been completed.…

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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: 6/6/16 – 6/12/16

By Raevyn Goates on June 15, 2016

Goal.com

South African Women’s Soccer Team

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 U.S. Women’s soccer team to face South Africa in a highly anticipated friendly, bakers in Burkina Faso go on strike and Zimbabwe frees protestors.

U.S. to take on South Africa In preparation for Brazil Olympics

The 2016 Olympics in Brazil are just a few weeks away.

In preparation, the U.S. Women’s National Team or WNT has been training by playing friendlies with the national teams of other countries. The preparations that have been styled as a “send-off” for the American team have thus far involved matches with countries around the world, including Ireland, Japan and Columbia.…

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In Case You Missed It: 5/9/16 – 5/15/16

By Raevyn Goates on May 15, 2016

Access to social media in Uganda was suspended before the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni.

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, Uganda silences social media, South African gold miners move forward with a lawsuit, and rescued circus lions find new life in a South African preserve.

Social Media Blocked in Uganda

The Ugandan government blocked all forms of social media preceding the inauguration of incumbent President, Yoweri Museveni. Sworn in on Thursday, May 12, this is Museveni’s fifth term as President of Uganda.

Many, both in Uganda and abroad, question the legitimacy of the election results.…

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In Case You Missed It: 3/28/16- 4/4/16

By George Bamu on April 4, 2016

Forbes.com

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 Central African Republic names a new Prime Minister, and U.S. economist Harry Broadman wants our economic perceptions about Africa to change.

 Economist, Harry Broadman, Frustrated By Notion of “Africa As A Country”

We’ve heard it many times, when many smart and not-so-smart people in America and in other parts of the world think, or refer to the African continent as a “country” rather than a continent. There is even a website, Africa Is A Country, founded as a way to poke fun at the notion that a continent of 54 countries could even be considered a country.…

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