In Case You Missed It: 2/27/17 – 3/5/17

By Raevyn Goates on March 9, 2017

Akon speaks at the Powering Africa Summit in 2016. The rapper is currently in Gambia to bring solar energy to isolated populations within the country.

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

In this week’s news, Akon brings light to Gambia, and a new sickle cell treatment brings hope to millions.

Akon Arrives In Gambia

Rapper Akon arrived in the Gambia this week as part of his “Akon Lighting Africa” initiative. He will meet with Gambian President Adama Barrow before launching a solar power project in the country.

He will also meet with local young people as part of a youth empowerment program called “‘the Role of Young People in Building a New Gambia.”

Akon, who was born in the United States but raised primarily in Senegal, has made it a personal goal to bring electricity to millions of people throughout the African continent, particularly to those in rural or isolated areas.…

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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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In Case You Missed It: 12/26/16 – 1/2/17

By Africa Agenda on January 4, 2017


Gambia Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island

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

In this week’s news, politics take center stage in the African continent. Elections in The Gambia and Ghana are being finalized and a look ahead to Zimbabwe in 2018.

Election Results in The Gambia

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh surprised nearly the entire world when he acknowledged defeat in this year’s presidential election. However, it did not take him long to return back to form after he then came out and said that he will reject all results of the election.  

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About that “African Saying” on which Cory Booker Built his DNC Speech?

By George Bamu on August 4, 2016

Democratic National Convention

New Jersey Senator, Cory Booker, quoted from African literature in his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA, July 25.

On the idea of being each others’ keeper, which many democrats talked about during the  Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, PA this leads me to Cory Booker. The senator from New Jersey has received lots of praise after he spoke so eloquently during the event.

He is often considered a star in the Democratic Party. He was a contender to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, according to The Washington Post.

As I was looking for things that would connect the dots between America and the rest of the world in the parade of speeches, Booker sealed the deal.…

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A Look at Media Coverage of the European Migration Crisis

By Allison Sanders on November 8, 2015

Carmelo Imbesi/Time/AP

Migrants wait to disembark from the Irish Navy vessel LE Niamh at the Messina harbor in Sicily, Italy, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015.

This post begins a series of analyses of migration crisis media coverage in French-speaking news outlets.

In order to properly analyze the media coverage of this issue, this first article aims to provide a very general overview of the ongoing crisis. While the complexity of the migration crisis cannot be overstated, certain key facts can present information essential to beginning to understand the magnitude of this catastrophe.

The media coverage analyzed in this article is from French-speaking media sources in order to represent this widely used, official language of many African countries.

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