In Case You Missed It: 4/24/17 – 5/1/17

By Raevyn Goates on May 8, 2017

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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In Case You Missed It: 1/30/17 – 2/6/17

By George Bamu on February 7, 2017

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Former ExxonMobil CEO, now U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

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

In this week’s news, Africans scrutinize United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s role in enabling dictators in the continent and despite the Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) football win, the situation in Cameroon could take a turn for the worse.

Rex Tillerson’s Ties to African Dictators Under Scrutiny

During his confirmation hearing to be the U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson received pointed questions about his relationship with leaders around the world while he led the world’s largest oil company, ExxonMobil.…

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In Case You Missed It: 5/23/16 – 5/29/16

By Raevyn Goates on May 30, 2016

Arthur Zang, creator of the Cardiopad, poses with his invention.

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, Cardiopad and Ethiopian Airlines are recognized for their excellence, and ancient treasures are returned to Egypt.

Cardiopad Creator Wins Engineering Prize

Arthur Zang, an engineer from Cameroon, won the African Prize for Engineering Innovation this week.

Zang invented the Cardiopad, which is a tablet-like device that performs heart tests, such as an EKG, and sends the results to cardio specialists through a mobile network.

This is important because Cameroon, a country with over 20 million people, only has about 50 cardio specialists.…

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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: 1/04/16 – 1/10/16

By Raevyn Goates on January 11, 2016

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

In this week’s news, Netflix expands to Africa,  the IMF addresses falling oil prices and economic hardships in Nigeria and Cameroon, and Egypt’s new parliament gets to work.


Video streaming service Netflix is now available in all 54 African countries.



  1. Netflix Officially Launches in Africa

Netflix announced this week that it is now available in 130 additional countries, including all African countries.

Many people in these nations took to Twitter to express their excitement and their criticisms. The move highlights the growing economic interest in Africa, but it might be a threat to local programming and streaming alternatives.…

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In Case You Missed It 11/2/15 – 11/8/15

By Raevyn Goates on November 9, 2015

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


Morocco is currently building the world’s largest solar power plant.

This week brings news of the world’s largest solar power plant, an African data boom, record numbers of African immigrants in the US, and another victory over Ebola.

  1. Morocco to Build World’s Largest Solar Power Plant

Morocco is currently building the world’s largest solar power plant. The 30 square kilometer plant is being built near the city of Ouarzazate. The first phase of the building will be complete next week, and when the entire plant is completed in 2018, it will provide power to more than 1.1 million Moroccans.…

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In Case You Missed It 8/17/15 – 8/23/15

By George Bamu on August 25, 2015


Android One, Hot 2

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

The week brings news about the launch of Google’s newest gadget in several African countries, as well as analysis from Foreign Affairs magazine which gives a rating of the Obama administration’s Africa policy thus far.

  1. Google expands phone program in six African countries

In a blog post on the Google Africa website, the company announced the introduction of a low-priced smart phone aka Hot 2 in six African countries. The countries are Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Egypt.…

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What it means to be an Egyptian teaching Arabic in the U.S.

By Guest Blogger on April 12, 2014

Mohamed and his students

Mohammed Mehanny

Mohamed and his students

I came to the United States through the Teachers of Critical Languages Program (TCLP). TCLP is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S Department of State and implemented by American Councils for International Education.

TCLP gives Egyptian and Chinese teachers the chance to have an authentic experience to come to the United States and teach Arabic or Mandarin. I teach Modern Standard Arabic and act as a cultural resource for the school and the community around Thornton and Denver.

From my perspective, it is a challenge to come from the other side of the world and work as a teacher in a school that has a different system from what I am used to, to learn to adapt to a new culture and then also to be able to manage classes of students with all different backgrounds.…

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Pew: Africans more optimistic about the future than their counterparts in Asia, Middle East

By George Bamu on December 10, 2013

Pew Global Attitudes Project

Pew Global Attitudes Project

News that the African continent is making progress continues to pour in. Not only is the continent making progress economically and politically, optimism by the African people is playing a role in this as well.

In a recent Pew Research Center survey of eight African nations, the research found out that Africans were more optimistic about their future than the people of the Middle East and Asia.

The survey was conducted from March 3 to May 1, 2013 and involved Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.

Despite the challenges which the continent faces, the survey results concluded, “Africans Are Optimistic about the Future.”

While many in the continent worry about inequality and struggle to afford for food, there is still ‘considerable optimism for the future,” the report states.…

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Think you know Africa?

By George Bamu on November 30, 2013

South Africa

While perusing the web for African news, I stumbled upon something interesting. A quiz to test my knowledge of the continent. Surprisingly I did really well.  No bragging rights to this. How well do you know the continent? Let’s start with this question.

[Credit] Christian Science Monitor

Which African city is pictured in the photo on this blog post? You may or may not know the answer, but don’t worry. The Christian Science Monitor designed this quiz as a way to help us learn more about the continent.

I have to say,  The Science Monitor does a pretty good job reporting about Africa through The Africa Monitor Blog.…

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