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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Talk about transition to internet highlights CABJ media banquet

By George Bamu on August 1, 2009

Amani Ali & Nadia Gedeon

The 2009 Colorado Association of Black Journalists (CABJ) Annual Media Awards and Scholarship Banquet is now history, but the key word, uttered many times throughout the event, was “transition to the internet.”

Keynote speaker, Greg Moore, editor of the Denver Post, the 2009 CABJ-Bertha Lynn Legacy Award winner, as well as the Keven McNeal Grace Under Fire Award winner, noted that journalism needs to be inclusive, relevant and fair. Moore said the profession and its business model were under threat, the mold has been broken and it was time for journalists to reinvent themselves during such times.…

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Africans Discuss Democracy at DU

By George Bamu on June 24, 2007

The Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver is where a lot of discussions are held every year on many hot-button international affairs. There was no exception to that rule on Saturday July 23, 2007 when a group of Africans across the United States came together to discuss the state of democracy on the continent after the 2007 General Elections in Nigeria.

The elections in Nigeria saw the ascent into power of many new faces in the Nigerian political landscape. Most notable among the new faces is Nigeria’s newest president, Musa Yar’Adua. The arrival of Yar’Adua and other developments throughout Africa is what spurred the contentious discussion at the DU cyber café’.…

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