In Case You Missed It: 8/08/16 – 8/15/16

By George Bamu on August 16, 2016


PF supporters in Lusaka celebrate while holding a portrait of Lungu

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

In this week’s news, Zambians go to the polls, and an editor looks at the 2016 U.S. election and its likely impact on the African continent.

Edgar Lundu Declared Winner of Contested Zambia Election

After tensions and calls for a recount of the vote, Zambian leader Edgar Lundu was declared winner of the August 11 elections.

The Zambia Electoral Commission declared Lundu winner on Monday, August 15 via a live broadcast to the country. The incumbent president, representing the Patriotic Front Party, won the close and hotly contested vote by 50.3 percent.…

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With Election 2016, U.S. Democracy, Journalistic Ethics, Fall Short

By George Bamu on March 26, 2016

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Demonstrators cheer after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump canceled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago March 11

The very brutal politics which we’ve seen in the primary process to elect the next U.S. president has left millions of people in the U.S. and around the world spelled bound. It’s been especially rough on the battlefield where the Republicans (GOP), and Democrats to a lesser extent, are waging a new kind of politics.

Also it’s been said that this is a consequential election in American history, with ramifications that touch on many areas of public life, domestic and foreign.…

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What if Africa is really Rising?

By Kenneth Usongo on March 17, 2013

Africa Rising
LaChance Pickett Photography

African Valentine’s Day party in Denver


Africa, Africa arise from the shadow of your underachievement

Arise from the slough of war, from the scourge of prejudice

Awake to the drum of political, socio-economic sustenance

Relive your legendary status of generosity, sensuality, and as the cradle of civilization

Through forums of discussion, mass media outlets, we shall celebrate your achievements

Through cultural exchanges and book clubs, we shall disseminate under-reported information about you

By bringing together the elderly and the young, the colored and the biracial, the informed and the misinformed, blacks and whites.

We shall champion you in a global context

From the banks of the Nile to the summit of Kilimanjaro

We shall foster understanding among your offspring

From the caravans in Timbuktu to the heart of the Kalahari

You are endowed with abundance

From the shores of the Atlantic to the frontiers of the Pacific

We shall facilitate valuable discourse on democracy, culture, business, and economics

Between you and the rest of humanity.…

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Youth instrumental for democracy in Cameroon

By Andrew Nelson on July 17, 2012

Kah Walla

Kah Walla, a member of the Cameroon opposition movement

My wife and I traveled to Cameroon in April this year to visit friends that we had made on a trip in 2010.  Being our second trip to Cameroon, we saw different aspects of the country than we had previously.

The following is a brief description of how we perceived the cultural and political environment in Cameroon and the effect it is having on the prospects of economic growth, democracy and education.

In this post, I look at democracy in Cameroon.

Democracy is a wonderful concept. Many Cameroonians embrace the idea, but laugh at the prospects of democracy surviving in Cameroon.…

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White House unveils plans for increased ties with sub-Saharan Africa

By George Bamu on June 14, 2012

White House unveils plans for increased ties with sub-Saharan Africa


Africans have grown in democracy, new Malawian leader tells Al Jazeera TV

By George Bamu on April 8, 2012

We are beginning to learn more about Malawi’s first female president, Joyce Banda, who assumed the presidency April 7 after the death of president Bingi wa Mutharika.

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President Joyce Banda

Banda was vice president and the natural successor to the president according to Malawi’s constitution but frequent wrangling with Mutharika fueled speculation that she would be blocked from taking over. Despite disagreements and speculations of a succession struggle, the new president is optimistic that Malawians will place their trust in her leadership going forward.


Freedom of the Press Alive and Well in Kenya

By Andrew Katarikawe on April 5, 2012

In January Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki suspended Kenyan Deputy Chief Justice Nancy Baraza and appointed a tribunal to investigate her conduct in an incident that occurred on December 31, 2011.

According to a story that first appeared under the headline “Deputy CJ in Gun Drama” in Kenyan newspaper The Star on January 4, 2012, the DCJ went to the upscale Village Market Mall in Gigiri, Nairobi, and walked past the mall entrance security checkpoint where other mall customers were waiting in a queue to be searched.

Security guard Rebecca Morara Kerubo, who told The Star that she did not recognize the DCJ, followed the DCJ and told her she had to undergo the routine mandatory search.…

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Obama showers John Atta Mills with praise

By George Bamu on April 4, 2012

Obama and Atta Mills



Andudu leading Sudan peace efforts from Denver

By George Bamu on March 31, 2012

Africa Agenda

Members of the Sudanese community in Colorado chatting with Rev. Andudu

He recently marched along side American movie star George Clooney at the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C.  He is the episcopal bishop of the diocese of Kudugli, capital of South Kordofan or Nuba Mountain State in Sudan.

While the Rt. Rev. Andudu Adam Elnail may not have seen a movie by George Clooney, as he readily admits, he is a leading spokesperson for the people of the Nuba Mountains.

Andudu is now in Denver and working to bring peace to Sudan after he could not return home because he was on a list of wanted people by Sudanese government officials.…

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Niger 2010: Lessons in African Governance

By George Bamu on February 22, 2010

Intended Audience: Students of African politics

***Open book study: 1 hour. Please see questions at end of the page.
You are welcome to supplement your reading with material outside of the text book.

What recently happened in Niger and what are the consequences:
The reverberations of a “soft coup” which occurred in the uranium rich nation of Niger are just about reaching their intended destination, those now in positions of power throughout Africa and those who aspire for leadership there, and yet it is hardly believable that coup d’états are still en vogue in Africa.

On Thursday February 18, “President Mamadou Tandja was deposed and the government dissolved,” according to reports from the BBC.…

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