In Case You Missed It: 1/3/17 – 1/16/17

By George Bamu on January 16, 2017


Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow

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

In this week’s news,world leaders wrap up the 2017 France-Africa summit in Mali, and embattled Gambian leader Yayah Jammeh continues to lead the Africa news headlines around the world.

With France-Africa summit 2017, Francois Hollande Builds Africa legacy

This week the 27th France-Africa summit was held in Bamako, Mali.

The event brought together heads of state and governments from over 20 African countries, as well as representatives from the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and many other institutions.…

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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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BBC Boost Signals a Media Shift on Africa

By Sarah Ford on April 16, 2015

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Western media organizations and U.S. “legacy” media, including well-known names such as The Washington Post and New York Times have a well-documented ongoing contraction of resources, particularly in international reporting, as the industry of journalism and media continues to undergo drastic changes.

This has meant a changing  resource distribution, often leaving Africa with a shortage of reporters and coverage in comparison to the Middle East and Europe.

But there seems to be an awakening within Western media towards the news value of Africa as more than just a continent of civil strife and Ebola.…

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Outcry about poor coverage of Africa by Western media may be paying off

By George Bamu on July 7, 2012


A vendor sells newspapers at an intersection in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It has long been a point of contention within many African communities both at home and abroad that coverage of Africa by Western news media is largely biased, if not fractured.

It’s a fractured view and image of an estimated one billion inhabitants of Africa, living in 54 nations; from the North, West, East and Southern Africa.

The outcry has been consistent, with many Africans taking up opportunities to change perceptions about Africa with actions of various sorts. These actions include the drumming up of support to change behaviors towards Africans, the starting of media organizations that specialize in news coverage about Africa, commentaries and books about the issue.…

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After Lansana, what democracy in Guinea

By George Bamu on September 28, 2009

Who is deciding the future of Guinea?

In what appears to be civil unrest, the BBC is reporting that many people have been killed in Guinea following opposition protests against the candidacy of captain Moussa Dadis Camara in the country’s upcoming presidential elections. The elections are scheduled to hold in January 2010.
The current president, Moussa Camara took over, through a coup, in December 2008 following the death of long time president Lansana Konte. At the time, reports said he would remain in power until presidential elections are held and promised not to run for office himself.

The BBC says the following about why the unrest started:
“It was triggered by indications he is to reverse a pledge not to run in a presidential vote planned for January.”


The G-20 and Africa: Protests, questions, what not?

By George Bamu on September 25, 2009

What are they saying and doing about Africa?

Photo:The BBC

How beneficial is this relationship?

For many years, developed countries have made lots of promises to help deliver health, development and democracy to Africa. Healthcare and economic development are most critical to the stability of the continent.

From the G-20, the G-8, the United Nations, the European Union, the World Trade Organization, you name it, everyone has made and continues to make promises to help the continent of Africa. Critics argue that much is left to be desired from all these promises to Africa. The continent still lags behind in clean water and sanitation, and treatment for preventable diseases .…

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Bashir warrant arrest will serve neither peace nor justice

By George Bamu on March 23, 2009

Photo credits: BBC

According to Andrew Natsios, the arrest warrant issued by the UN calling for the arrest of Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir does not help the cause in that country. Please see the full article written by Mr. Natsios for the Council on Foreign Relations(CFR) below.

Waltz With Bashir
Andrew Natsios

ANDREW NATSIOS is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006–7.

Two weeks ago, the judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced what many had long clamored for: an order for the arrest of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, whom it indicted in July for the atrocities his government committed against the people of Darfur.…

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Tension mounts in Ghana ahead of election announcement

By George Bamu on December 31, 2008

Ghana’s Electoral Commission is set to release the result of last Sunday’s presidential runoff, perhaps as soon as this Friday. While the results from the last constituency are being counted, the British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) reports that tension has risen as the opposition and the ruling NPP party supporters prepare for the unknown.



Atta Mills set to win Ghana presidential runoff, reports say

By George Bamu on December 31, 2008

Based on reports from the BBC, Reuters and CNN, there is tension in Ghana as supporters of both the ruling party and the opposition started squaring off Sunday prior to the announcement of the runoff election results. A victor has not been announced but some reports say Atta Mills of the Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is ahead and poised to win.


One Planet: Powering Africa’s Future

By George Bamu on December 5, 2008

If you are crazy about nuclear power in Africa, please check out the BBC’s series on this topic coming up Dec 4. Please check out the below notes or follow the attached link to learn more.


Africa is searching for future sources of energy. Vera Kwakofi looks at whether the continent should go nuclear or use solar power.

If you’ve ever flown over Africa at night, there’s no escaping the fact that it is a continent of darkness.  Lights twinkle only around the northern and southern tips of the continent. That’s because only one in three of Africa’s 700 million people has electricity, and in the countryside only one in ten has light at the flick of a switch.…

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