Blog by Dziedzorm Sanaki

avatarA Metropolitan State University of Denver Journalism and Social Work student, graduating in 2015. A native of Ghana.

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

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on November 17, 2015

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 10/12/15 – 10/18/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on October 19, 2015


India Africa Forum Summit, 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, bloggers are freed in an African country, the U.S. deploys troops in Central Africa, and African leaders head to India for a summit.



  1. African Leaders Prepare for India-Africa Summit

More than 41 African Heads of State and Governments are expected to converge on the Indian capital, New Delhi for the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) on October 26-29.

According to the Indian Express newspaper, if all the invited leaders show up for the even this “makes it the highest attendance, surpassing China, US and Japan which have held African leaders’ summits in the past.”

In a tweet from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the PM stated, “India is proud to host @indiaafrica2015.…

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Is Emmanuel Weyi “the change” the DRC needs?

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on October 12, 2015

Africa Agenda

Dziedzorm Sanaki speaking with Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) presidential candidate, Emmanuel Weyi. Denver, September 22, 2015

It’s difficult to write about the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) without referring to its unstable and authoritarian past. It’s a past which brings reminders about Patrice Lumumba, Mubutu Sesse Seko, Laurent-Desire Kabila, Belgian colonization, and Zaire.

The tumultuous past remains a backdrop even as the country charges forward in a new era of elections and democracy.

This trajectory is akin to a stereotype, a glass-half-empty view about the country.

Buts it’s also apparent that the case of the DRC is symbolism of the struggles reporters face with balancing two sides of every story; what needs to be reported, mostly negative news in a corrupted and dangerous world, and what prospects there are for improvements to occur with the subject of a story.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/14/15 – 9/19/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on September 20, 2015

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

Drisa Dao/VOA News

Washington-based Burkina Faso citizens and friends of Burkina Faso demonstrate in front of the White House, Sept. 20, 2015.

1. Protesters demand end to military rule In Burkina Faso

At least three people are reported killed and more than 60 injured by troops in the African nation of Burkina Faso, according to the Reuters News Agency. This happened following demonstrations after a transitional government and its leaders were removed from office just weeks before scheduled elections on October 11.…

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In Case You Missed It 8/4/15 – 8/8/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on August 10, 2015

Reuters/James Akena

Ugandan leader, Yuweri Museveni inspecting the guard of honor

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

This week brings news about talks of Museveni running for re-election as president of Uganda, Cameroon returns 12,000 Nigerian refugees, and a Mali hotel siege that ends with 12 people dead.

Meseveni seeking another term in office

After being in power since 1986, Yuweri Museveni, the president of the East African nation of Uganda, has picked up his re-election form.

This decision to run again, after almost 30 years as president, is causing an uproar as many Ugandans question what will become of their country.…

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With ribbon-cutting ceremony, Colorado’s Afrikmall Takes Off

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on July 19, 2015

Africa Agenda

Aurora, Colo. Mayor, Steve Hogan with the Afrikmall executives celebrating, during a ribbon- cutting ceremony, July 16

History was made on July 16, when Afrikmall, an American-style shopping, business center catering to Colorado’s growing African,  Caribbean and global community was opened.

With a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Aurora Mayor, Steve Hogan, the 56,000-square-foot building, filled with salons, lounges,  African cuisine restaurants, art and clothing stores, along a busy East Colfax avenue, opened its doors to the public.

The people behind the massive project–Cobina Lartson, a science educator at the Denver Public Schools, Emmanuel Eliason, business development director, Albert Quarteng, an executive officer of TMG Global, operating officer, Edward Mensah, and Seth Assabil, facilities manager, were joined by officials from the City of Aurora and Denver respectively for the grand kick-off ceremony.…

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At Inauguration, Buhari promises to be a different leader

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on June 23, 2015

The Guardian, Nigeria

Jonathan and Buhari walking together

May 29, the day set for former president Goodluck Jonathan to hand over power to new president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has come and gone. With the country in the midst of a fuel shortage, many see Buhari’s reign as the new hope the country has been waiting for.

He is said to be the new hope for the Nigerian youth, who desire a new,  peaceful and progressive country, free of corruption.

Arriving in the country after a six-day tour of the U.K., right before inauguration day, Buhari met with Jonathan to submit the handover notes.…

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More Complete Story Needed Behind South African Xenophobia

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on May 26, 2015

BBC News

Protestors take part in an anti-xenophobic march in South Africa in May.

Today a country once separated by Apartheid has become the center stage of xenophobia. The headlines have been filled daily with the ongoing killing of foreigners in South Africa.

When we think of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s strength and fight for freedom is what comes to mind. This contributed in making South Africa the nation that it is today.

But now we see South Africa becoming the nation killing their own neighbors.

For those who do not know, the actual definition of xenophobia is “the intense fear or dislike of a person from another country.”

For 50 years, South Africa was under an all-white government which ruled the nation by implementing a segregation rule to separate blacks from whites.…

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How did the media cover the Nigerian election?

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on April 22, 2015


A supporter of opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari, dressed to represent and mock Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan, celebrates Buhari’s anticipated electoral victory in Kano, Nigeria. (Ben Curtis, The Associated Press)

 “Nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian,” said outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in a statement congratulating his successor, Mohamadou Buhari on his victory. “I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word.”

The March 28 election has become one of the most talked about elections in Africa. This election was to break barriers and prove to the world that Nigerians can rise from the ashes into a new season of hope and peace for their nation.…

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