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: 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: 3/7/16 – 3/13/16

By George Bamu on March 14, 2016

A view of Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast

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, Ivory Coast is rated a top spot for prospective investors into the African continent, and two economic giants try to bridge their difference.

Nigeria And South Africa Mend Diplomatic Fences

There is plenty of speculation as to why Jacob Zuma, South African President, visited Nigeria in the last week.

After years of tension between the two economic giants, it is believed that they skates were high when Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President, welcomed Zuma to Abuja.…

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In Case You Missed It: 2/15/16 – 2/21/16

By Raevyn Goates on February 22, 2016

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

This week, Ethiopia continues their successful fight against HIV/AIDS, Zambian President promises to have a female running mate in upcoming election,  and Nigeria’s army takes on Human Rights violations.

HIV/AIDS awareness ribbon

Ethiopia Plans to Eliminate AIDS by 2030

Ethiopia’s Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office (HAPCO) believes that the disease could be eradicated in the country by 2030.

Since 2010, Ethiopia has focused on reducing the number of new HIV/AIDS cases that occur each year. They have done this by focusing on three core areas: disease prevention, better care and support for those infected, and gathering strategic data.…

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GOP ignores Africa on foreign policy

By George Bamu on September 19, 2015

CNN

A slate of GOP presidential candidates line up to debate

As we track the 2016 U.S. presidential primary debates, I am keeping an eye on any utterings by the candidates and their campaigns about the African continent.

Also, as we witness the events, there are those who are scratching their heads in awe at the nasty dramatization of American democracy.

The people who know this best think it’s full of fantasies and fiction.

So, for more than three hours on September 17, we heard plenty of talk about Planned Parenthood, abortions, immigration, as well as  claims about the dangers of vaccines, etc.…

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Exchange Program for Entrepreneurs connects African nations with Metro Denver

By George Bamu on May 26, 2014

World Denver International Visitor Program for African Entrepreneurs
Africa Agenda | Africa Agenda

Participants at World Denver’s Networking Reception for African Entrepreneurs. May 21,2014

Today I am sharing some insights and photos from a May 21 networking reception held at the Posner Center and organized by World Denver, for six emerging entrepreneurs from Zambia and Zimbabwe respectively.

The reception brought together members of World Denver, the hosting organization, tenants at the Posner Center, as well as the public, to hear directly about the U.S. Department of State sponsored program.  The program is intended further  relations between the U.S. and the African continent

The audience heard from Doug Vilsack, Executive Director of the Posner Center, Karen de Bartolome, Executive Director of World Denver, Douglas Jackson, CEO of Project CURE, as well as from all six entrepreneurs from Zambia and Zimbabwe.…

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DU honors Bush for his work in Zambia

By George Bamu on September 14, 2013

Bush at DU Dinner
DU Today

Former U.S. President, George W. Bush chatting with the Dean of the Korbel school, Christopher Hill.

Since leaving office in 2009, former U.S. President George W. Bush has been busy doing many things, including humanitarian work in Southern Africa.

Bush and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, have been traveling back and forth to Zambia, where they have setup a clinic to help in the fight against cervical cancer in the country.

Bush is also doing work on Malaria and HIV/AIDS in neighboring Botswana.

For this work and other humanitarian work he did while still president, the University of Denver (DU) Josef Korbel School of International Studies honored Bush with a Global Service Award at its annual Korbel Dinner on September 9.…

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Innovative techniques from iDE changing the way Africans farm

By George Bamu on December 29, 2012

Africa Agenda

Duncan Rhind and Stephanie Cox at the iDE front office in Golden,CO. Dec. 7, 2012

Golden, Colorado-based International Development Enterprises (iDE),  works with the private sector, employing unique technologies such as drip irrigation and the treadle pump to improve farming as a business.

These are proven methods resulting in more food and new ways to earn income for the poor in Africa, iDE says.

Recently, I made my way to iDE’s headquarters in Golden, where I sat down for a chat with Stephanie Cox, Africa Operations Director and Duncan Rhind, Zambia Country Director, to find out more.

“We firmly believe that the private sector is the best way to support local farmers,” said Rhind.…

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush opens a clinic in Zambia.

By George Bamu on July 4, 2012

POLITICO

Former president George W. Bush and Laura Bush at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Zambia

According to the political website POLITICO, former president George W. Bush is spending time in Africa and championing efforts in the detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

According to POLITICO, Mr. Bush and his wife, former U.S. first lady Laura Bush are traveling between Zambia and Botswana for this effort.

Mike Allen, chief White House correspondent for POLITICO writes that “the cervical-cancer project is a collaboration among his George W. Bush institute, the U.S. government and the private sector.”

While he was president, Bush received much praise for his efforts in helping fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.…

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Former Colorado House Speaker sees business in Africa

By George Bamu on May 7, 2012

He is better known as the young and dynamic politician who was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008 and also its speaker from 2005 to 2008. His name is Harlan Andrew Romanoff.

iDE

A Small Farm in Zambia

He ran for the U.S Senate in 2010 but lost to Michael Bennett in the primaries. In 2010, he took a job with Colorado-based non-profit, International Development Enterprises (iDE) as a senior advisor, a title Romanoff said he “invented” to attach to himself.

Currently, iDE operates in 14 countries in South East Asia, Central America and Africa, according to Romanoff. …

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