In Case You Missed It: 8/22/16 – 9/1/16

By George Bamu on September 2, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg dining with business and political leaders in Kenya

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

In this week’s news, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg visits Nigeria and Kenya, and African migrants flow into Mexico.

Mexico Issues Transit Visas to African Migrants

According to an Associated Press story reprinted by the Colorado Springs Gazette, authorities in Mexico have recently issued transit visas to an estimated 424 African migrants on their way to the United States.

The migrants are expected to apply for asylum in the United States when they get to the U.S.-Mexico border, the report states.…

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In Case You Missed It: 8/1/16-8/7/16

By Gelllilla Gebre-Michael on August 9, 2016

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

In this week’s news, 54 countries are represented at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and President Obama speaks to the Young African Leaders Initiative.

Fifty-Four African Nations Attending Rio Olympics

Of the 54 African countries competing in this years’ Olympics, only one team contends under the Olympic flag.

This is the first year that a team of refugees from South Sudan, Syria, Congo and Ethiopia will be represented. This is an opportunity to send a worldwide message of hope and persistence where a group of 10 athletes will be competing in three sports.

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In Case You Missed It: 4/25/16 – 5/1/16

By George Bamu on May 1, 2016


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Papa Wemba

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

Papa Wemba’s Legacy Celebrated Worldwide

The musical legacy of Papa Wemba, the Congolese musician who died on April 24, is being celebrated not just throughout the Africa continent but around the world. Wemba collapsed on stage and died minutes later during a performance in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast.

Many are asking questions about what may have caused his collapse, captured on video.

“Last weekend, when news of the real Papa Wemba’s death began to circulate on the internet, many of his fans were in denial, “writes Chinedu Ukaban with The Fader.…

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In Case You Missed It: 4/18/16 – 4/24/16

By Raevyn Goates on April 25, 2016

An oil rig in Uganda

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

In this week’s news, Uganda revises plan for oil pipeline, and the Republic of Congo gets a new Prime Minister.

Uganda to Export Oil Through Tanzania

Uganda has decided that it will build a pipeline through Tanzania in order to export it’s oil. The land-locked nation had originally struck a deal with Kenya, but backed out. They cited security concerns over terrorist groups active in certain areas along the pipe’s route as a primary reason for the change.…

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In Case You Missed It: 3/14/16 – 3/20/16

By Raevyn Goates on March 21, 2016

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

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A woman examines a list of candidates at a polling station in Zanzibar

In this week’s news, many countries head to the polls, Egypt makes a major discovery, and Nigeria deals a blow to its women.

Major Elections Held in Six African Countries

On Sunday, voters in Benin, Cape Verde, Congo, Niger, Senegal and Zanzibar turned up to vote in Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The elections have been met with a fair amount of disorder and unrest. The Republic of the Congo has enforced a media blackout during the elections, prohibiting the use of telephones, the internet, and texting.…

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In Case You Missed It 10/19/15 to 10/25/15

By George Bamu on October 26, 2015

Financial Times

A protester displays a placard which says “The Congo is not the property of N’Guesso.”

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

This week we look at a story with concerns for Africa’s dwindling middle class, an editorial reminds Obama about his own statements, a big headline about a Canadian first, and another African leader attempts an extension of his time in office.

1. African middle class may be disappearing, according to The Economist

The Economist magazine prognosticates about an emerging African middle class even while it remains thin.…

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In Case You Missed It 9/1/15 – 9/6/15

By George Bamu on September 7, 2015


The All Africa Games, Brazzaville, Congo

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

This week we look at the threat posed by religious radicals in a Central African nation, the effects of technological innovation in many African countries, and a sporting extravaganza begins in Brazzaville.

1. Religious radicals risk instability in Cameroon

Despite the recent troubles caused by Boko Haram, the African nation of Cameroon is known to be a place of peace around the Lake Chad region of Africa.

For one thing, the country, unlike its neighbors, Nigeria and the Central African Republic, has never experienced massive destabilization caused by radical religious groups.…

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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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Film about 2010 Soccer World Cup airs in Denver

By Rahwa Meharena on August 9, 2012


Africa United, the movie

Africa Agenda hosted a fundraising movie showing of Africa United on Saturday, July 28.

With a humorous spin on critical issues in Africa, this film captures the story of five African children with different backgrounds that unites them as they embark on an adventure they will never forget.

Dudu is a young orphan who lectures on condoms and safe sex to his peers and lives with his young sister who is inspired to be a doctor. Dudu’s best friend, Fabrice, is a talented soccer player convinced by Dudu they should leave Rwanda and head to the audition for a warm-up act at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.…

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