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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

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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

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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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Trump “Slash-and-Burn” Africa Policy “will spare” HIV/AIDS Programs

By George Bamu on March 26, 2017

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People read a Kenyan daily newspaper with the front page showing newly elected US President Donald Trump in Nairobi on November 10, 2016.

The sad thing about the 2016 U.S. Election is not that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States; it is that the new administration may be abandoning the African continent.  And the damages caused by the new U.S. administration continue.

The other news is that China and other big powers have stepped in to fill the leadership void in the international system.

I wrote earlier about the Trump administration’s Africa policy, which some experts describe as “non-existent.”

As noted, the administration has proposed a stringent budget which aims to cut foreign aid drastically as it applies to the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).…

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Thank You America! Campaign Recognizes Aurora, Colorado Civic, Community Leaders

By George Bamu on March 18, 2017

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Honorees from the Thank You America! Campaign, Betsy Oudenhoven (1st left), Papa Dia(second right) pose with Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan(2nd left) and City Manager, George Noe(1st right) at city hall, March 15. Richardo Gambetta-Alvarado of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs looks on.

The idea and story of Aurora, Colorado as a diverse, prosperous city never gets old every time it is told. While Aurora has seen its share of issues which trouble American inner cities, it remains a place that revels in its beauty, making it an attraction to people from all over the world.…

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In Case You Missed It: 2/27/17 – 3/5/17

By Raevyn Goates on March 9, 2017

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Akon speaks at the Powering Africa Summit in 2016. The rapper is currently in Gambia to bring solar energy to isolated populations within the country.

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

In this week’s news, Akon brings light to Gambia, and a new sickle cell treatment brings hope to millions.

Akon Arrives In Gambia

Rapper Akon arrived in the Gambia this week as part of his “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative. He will meet with Gambian President Adama Barrow before launching a solar power project in the country.

He will also meet with local young people as part of a youth empowerment program called “‘the Role of Young People in Building a New Gambia.”

Akon, who was born in the United States but raised primarily in Senegal, has made it a personal goal to bring electricity to millions of people throughout the African continent, particularly to those in rural or isolated areas.…

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Trump administration ready to disengage from the African continent

By George Bamu on March 5, 2017

The New York Times

A rail project by a Chinese construction company in Lagos, Nigeria in 2015. The Trump transition team asks, “How does U.S. business compete with other nations in Africa? Are we losing out to the Chinese?”

This week we learned the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump has proposed a budget that would cut foreign aid drastically. The issues, facts, and implications of decisions made under the administration are inescapable.

The State Department, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) would be greatly impacted by these cuts. If you are not aware, the State Department shapes U.S.…

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