A Writer Sheds Light on How Africans Navigate Life in the “Land of the Free”

By George Bamu on May 20, 2017

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Author Emma Eminash speaks during a book signing ceremony on Saturday, May 20. Publicist, Iya Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti looks on.

People from the African continent, especially from sub-Saharan Africa, have been coming to the United States of America for decades, if not centuries. Some, like the slaves that were forced to come to the U.S. because of the harsh practices of the time, came because they were captured and brought in to work for their masters.  Others came and continue to come because they want a new life, a new place to live and to experience new things.…

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In Case You Missed It: 4/24/17 – 5/1/17

By Raevyn Goates on May 8, 2017

ENCA.com

scientistsagainstmalaria.net

Anopheles, the Vector

In this week’s news, the world’s first malaria vaccine is being developed, China puts pressure on African fisheries, and the Pope visits Egypt.

Malaria Vaccine Trials To Start Soon

Beginning next year, the World Health Organization (WHO) will begin real-world testing of its new malaria vaccine. The vaccine will be tested in Kenya, Ghana, and Malawi before being released to populations worldwide.

Malaria affects people in numerous equatorial countries, but the countries of sub-Saharan Africa have been hardest hit by the disease. 429,000 Africans died as a result of the illness in 2015, and many millions more are infected every year.…

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Celebrating Press Freedom: An African Perspective

By Africa Agenda on April 22, 2017

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Panelists at the 2016 Press Freedom Day event in Denver. From Left to right: Marcelo Ramirez (University of Denver student), professor Robert Uttaro (University of Denver), Sherri Maning (ENCA Farms), George Bamu (Africa Agenda), Charles Kirya (former journalist from Uganda), Tony Showcross (Denver Open Media) Susan Abbott(moderator)

Each year the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) sanctioned World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on May 3.  For the last four years Denver’s Africa Agenda has led the celebrations in Colorado. This year we are doing the same with a unique film screening event and discussion.…

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In Case You Missed It: 4/3/17 – 4/12/17

By George Bamu on April 12, 2017

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AB/InBev

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

As the global consumption of beer increases, production and sales from Africa see growth, and the U.S. Council of Foreign Relations writes about entrenched African leadership.

Africa Projected to Beat North America in Beer Sales by 2040

In the last several years there has been much talk about “Africa Rising” especially as it relates to business and investment in the African continent. While there is a slump in the prices of oil and commodities which fueled the economies of many countries, the trend is not dead just yet.…

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In Case You Missed It: 3/27/17 – 4/2/17

By Raevyn Goates on April 3, 2017

Paul Ridgeway

A military drone

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

In this week’s news, United States President Donald Trump targets Somalia, the United Nations deals a blow to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a Nigerian pilot makes history.

US Orders Airstrikes in Somalia

In an effort to fight terrorism around the world, President Trump has approved airstrikes in Somalia. U.S. military airstrikes are usually carried out by drone, and have become a common tool in the effort to eradicate terrorism. The practice is controversial, and the controversy shows no sign of slowing down during the Trump presidency. …

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CAF Elects New President—The African Continent Rejoices

By George Bamu on March 29, 2017

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Ahmad Ahmad being lifted by supporters at AU headquarters in Ethiopia, March 16

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), responsible for organizing the African Cup of Nations, elected a new president on March 16 at the Africa Union headquarters in Ethiopia.  He is Madagascar’s Vice-President of the Senate, Ahmad Ahmad.  Ahmad, 57, was also the leader of the Madagascar Football Federation.

He defeated longtime CAF President, Issa Hayatou of Cameroon.

There has been a lot of news going around about this story. Some of the headlines screamed with relief following Hayatou’s long tenure at both CAF, as well as the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).…

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