In Case You Missed It: 8/08/16 – 8/15/16

By George Bamu on August 16, 2016

Reuters

PF supporters in Lusaka celebrate while holding a portrait of Lungu

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

In this week’s news, Zambians go to the polls, and an editor looks at the 2016 U.S. election and its likely impact on the African continent.

Edgar Lundu Declared Winner of Contested Zambia Election

After tensions and calls for a recount of the vote, Zambian leader Edgar Lundu was declared winner of the August 11 elections.

The Zambia Electoral Commission declared Lundu winner on Monday, August 15 via a live broadcast to the country. The incumbent president, representing the Patriotic Front Party, won the close and hotly contested vote by 50.3 percent.…

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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: 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: 4/18/16 – 4/24/16

By Raevyn Goates on April 25, 2016

theeastafrican.co.ke

An oil rig in Uganda

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 revises plan for oil pipeline, and the Republic of Congo gets a new Prime Minister.

Uganda to Export Oil Through Tanzania

Uganda has decided that it will build a pipeline through Tanzania in order to export it’s oil. The land-locked nation had originally struck a deal with Kenya, but backed out. They cited security concerns over terrorist groups active in certain areas along the pipe’s route as a primary reason for the change.…

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In Case You Missed It: 2/1/16 – 2/7/16

By Raevyn Goates on February 8, 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, social media falls for a polygamy hoax, the WHO urges Africans to be vigilant about the Zika virus, and Zimbabwe declares a state of disaster over drought.

Wikipedia

Mosquitoes, such as this Aedes aegypti, are the primary carriers of the Zika virus.

Social Media Falls for Eritrea’s Forced Polygamy Hoax

It’s no secret that people on social media sometimes have difficulty telling a fake news story from a real one.

Last week, the Standard, a Kenyan news company, claimed on their website that the Eritrean government had recently passed a law requiring all men to have at least two wives.…

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NGO’s reaching out to DU students and the community

By George Bamu on January 27, 2016

Africa Agenda

Attendees visit at various booths during an NGO symposium at the University of Denver International House, January 20

Within the many cities that make up the Denver metro area, it is common to find nonprofit organizations aka non-governmental organizations or NGO’s dotted all over the map.

These organizations traverse the vast international development landscape of Colorado. They are involved in activities in sometimes very remote and dangerous places in Asia, the African continent and Latin America.

For good or for bad–they are called NGO’s for a reason. They provide a special service to the communities in which they operate. …

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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: 11/23/15 – 11/29/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 30, 2015

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, Pope Francis visits Africa, the citizens of Burkina Faso cast their votes, and the WHO is criticized for their Ebola response.

AFP

Crowds cheer for Pope Francis in Uganda.

Pope Francis Visits Africa

Pope Francis embarked on a six-day mission to Africa this week, visiting the countries of Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic. The Pope – who was enthusiastically greeted by crowds wherever he went – went to Africa to promote peace and urge politicians to act responsibly.…

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In Case You Missed It 11/9/15 – 11/15/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on November 17, 2015

Intelligencebriefs.com

Kenya heightens security checks at airports, malls, institutions and across the country to curb terror 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, leaders reject EU plans for Africa, East African nations step up security, and big news from Zimbabwe.

  1. After Paris attacks, Kenya and Uganda step up security

Kenya and Uganda has stepped up security patrols in their respective countries in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Both countries have experienced attacks from Somalia-based militant Islamist groups.

A recent attack in Kenya claimed the lives of 147 people.…

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In Case You Missed It 10/26/15 – 11/1/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 2, 2015

STEPHEN WANDERA/AP

Ugandans drink a home-brewed drink known as “Malwa.” As the African economy grows, home-brews like Malwa may be on the way out.

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 a beer merger which impacts consumers in Africa, a change in AGOA trade benefits, and terror in Somalia.

 

  1. Beer Merger Hints at Economic Change

Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to pay $100 Billion for rival SABMiller in Africa. Currently, many Africans drink cheap, home-brewed drinks. Anheuser-Busch sees these people as potential customers, and hopes to cash in on growing African economies.…

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