By Muthi Nhlema on March 8, 2014
Recent news of Uganda’s bold and controversial move to sign into law various new anti-gay legislations, which will make life even harder for homosexuals living in that country, has been welcomed with open arms across Africa, including my own country, Malawi. That was expected. But this is not ‘good news’ at all. Instead, it is really bad news.
As this intriguing drama is quickly taking shape under the watchful eyes of a spellbound global community, the next episode in this tragicomedy of sorts has to be the recent publishing of Uganda’s Top 200 Homosexuals in the Red Pepper tabloid newspaper.…
By George Bamu on March 1, 2014
It is becoming apparent that Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie is a hero, if not a literary star, among today’s generation of young Africans. Adichie’s “The danger of a Single Story,” a Ted Talk she gave in 2009 about the single African narrative portrayed by the media that focuses solely on poverty, destitution and hopelessness, has received more than 6 million views on the TedEx website. Another version on YouTube has received over 1 million views.
Adichie, 36, rocketed to top of the world literary charts after the debut of the fictional novel “Purple Hibiscus” in 2003. Then she released “Half of a Yellow Sun” in 2006, “The Thing Around Your Neck” in 2009 and “Americanah” in 2013.…
By Ali Pechu on February 2, 2014
The three northern regions of Cameroon, a country in sub-Saharan Africa, are characterized by savannah vegetation and landscape. These unique geographical features greatly favor the rearing of cattle and horses, which is the focus of the minority Mbororo community of the North-west region and the Fulanis of the Northern regions.
These communities are also sparingly dispersed in other parts of the country.
While many people tend to focus on the importance of cattle for their survival, many have paid little attention to horses. Which brings me to the lucrative business of gambling in horse racing in Cameroon.
From the early times, horses were used for riding, the hauling of loads, and much more.…
By Africa Agenda on January 31, 2014
Africa Agenda is excited to be the fiscal sponsor of the recently launched international development organization, Africa Development Promise, as it seeks nonprofit status.
Founded in 2013, the organization facilitates the growth and development of agricultural cooperatives that leads to sustainable livelihoods and wealth creation.
With seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies coming from Africa, the region is not only dynamic, but one that holds a lot of economic potential for the world. Urbanization, increased demand for raw materials, commodity prices, foreign investment and rising incomes have fueled faster growth in domestic demand.
While this is the case, there is a problem that needs to be addressed.…
By Muthi Nhlema on January 29, 2014
I will remember the many Africans in the diaspora that I met on my recent trip to America. I listened to their stories of struggles, nostalgia and hope.
I met a proud and talkative Nigerian taxi driver who still referred to some parts of Nigeria as Biafra, who didn’t see himself, or his family, going back home to Biafra anytime soon.
But mostly I will remember Fatima, an Ethiopian beauty, who was working two jobs – as a translator for resettled Ethiopian refugees on Thursdays and as a hotel shuttle driver on other weekdays – to save up for her college degree.…
By George Bamu on January 28, 2014
I was in the middle of my routine research work on the ways U.S. local and the international media portray Africa in the news when I found out that one of Africa’s outstanding journalists in the twenty first century had suddenly passed away.
British Broadcasting Corporation journalist, Komla Dumor, from Ghana, died January 18 in London, United Kingdom, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced. Dumor was 41 years old.
I had just finished watching a TED Talk featuring the broadcaster in which he was discussing his experiences as a journalist in Ghana and at the BBC.
The subject was How to Cover Africa in 2012 and Beyond.…
By Hiwot T. Shiferaw on January 22, 2014
At any given time there is talk about Somali Pirates and the trouble they are causing to the nations that traverse the waters and seas around the Gulf of Arden.
It’s a nagging problem for the powerful governments who benefit from trade along the Somali coast. The issue has led to many films which have become products for entertainment and business around the world.
But hardly do many imagine why the pirates do what they have been accused of doing; the kidnapping of foreigners in ships, requests for ransom money and even worse, the havoc that ensues in the process. Hiwot Shiferaw explains:
On her paper titled Fighting Piracy in Somalia (and Elsewhere): Why More Is Needed, Milena Sterio, a faculty member at Cleveland State University, stated that “They are sea-terrorists, operating on a supra-national level: beyond the reach of any laws, in the name of no particular state, and against no specific nations.…