Obama Delivers Final State of the Union – What Does it Mean for Africa?

By Raevyn Goates on January 15, 2016

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President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 12, 2016.

United States President, Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12.

In his speech, Obama focused on a number of ideas, including the fact that America has never stopped being great, that diplomacy is a better way to deal with conflict, and that all Americans – regardless of differences in their religion, origin, or political ideology – need to work together to improve the country and the world.

Barring all political spin, it was a good, inspiring speech that reminded us that America has has done great things in the past, and it is capable of doing great things in the future.…

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In Case You Missed It 10/5/15 – 10/11/15

By Raevyn Goates on October 13, 2015

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

This week brings news of an airline expansion, a political resignation, and voters in Guinea head to the polls.


Ethiopian Airlines is looking to expand by buying more planes and offering more flights to the US.

  1. Ethiopian Airlines Looking to Expand

Ethiopian Airlines – Africa’s largest airline – is looking to expand. They plan to buy 20 Boeing 777’s, and are looking to offer more flights to the United States. A plan to open a hub in New York City is being seriously considered, and other cities are being looked at as well.…

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Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock, pleased with global Ebola response

By George Bamu on March 30, 2015

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Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock speaking at an Ebola Eradication Campaign Gala in Denver, March 19.

The devastation caused by the Ebola crisis in West Africa is unimaginable. That is the bad news.

The good news is that the region is seeing a decline in deaths associated with the disease and the infection rate continues to go down. In Sierra Leone, the get -to-zero Ebola Campaign aims to bring the infection rate to zero within 60 days.

But we are also being told–it’s not over yet. That is because while there is a decline in infection rates and deaths, new cases continue to emerge.…

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It’s tempting to jump into the Ebola fray…

By George Bamu on October 13, 2014

Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)


It’s tempting to jump into the Ebola fray these days. The news about the spread of the disease in “West Africa” is interesting and it has gripped public attention in the United States and around the world. So, I get asked, what is going on.

I’ve tried to hold back from getting into a defensive mode, the urge to try to clarity every assumption about the disease and educate my peers about Ebola. I am not an expert on the subject, and I am only getting my own information from the experts at the U.S.…

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West African Journalists Pay Visit to Africa Agenda

By Africa Agenda on September 29, 2014

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Members and friends of Africa Agenda join 15 Journalists from West Africa for a group photo

Thanks to World Denver and the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), on Monday, September 29, 15 Investigative Journalists from West Africa paid a visit to the Africa Agenda organization in Denver, Colorado.

The visit included a discussion about innovative ways for delivering news today, freedom of the press in Africa, how do you report both negative and positive African news, coverage of Ebola in West Africa, and a question and answer session. The visitors also had a chance to learn about Africa Agenda’s mission as well as the challenges involved with building an online news portal today.…

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If It Bleeds, It Leads: Coverage of Ebola in West Africa

By George Bamu on September 17, 2014

WHO plastic buckets for hand washing in

Photo: WHO/L. Toure

WHO plastic buckets for hand washing in Guinea

There is a cliché in the news business which says, ‘if it bleeds, it leads.’ Its a reporters’ frame of mind when dealing with big news stories and events of the moment.

By this maxim, there is a tendency for crises, disaster-like events to garner much attention to the detriment of everything else. So, we have seen how much resources, money and personnel, media organizations have poured on the Ebola coverage. To a certain extend, this is good news. We need to know what is happening so everyone is prepared.…

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Derrick Hudson: African nations not eager to take sides on Crimean crisis

By George Bamu on April 12, 2014

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A U.N. General Assembly meeting on Crimea.

The recent Russian annexation of Crimea is a hot-button international issue that pits the West against Russia and has brought back memories of the Cold War. While this goes on, little attention has been paid to the position of many African nations on the issue.

Many of the countries which make up the African Union (AU) have been silent, and have said little publicly.

As I have been scouring the internet, listening to radio and watching TV and searching for information on where the AU countries stand on the matter, I have found very little.…

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After Lansana, what democracy in Guinea

By George Bamu on September 28, 2009

Who is deciding the future of Guinea?

In what appears to be civil unrest, the BBC is reporting that many people have been killed in Guinea following opposition protests against the candidacy of captain Moussa Dadis Camara in the country’s upcoming presidential elections. The elections are scheduled to hold in January 2010.
The current president, Moussa Camara took over, through a coup, in December 2008 following the death of long time president Lansana Konte. At the time, reports said he would remain in power until presidential elections are held and promised not to run for office himself.

The BBC says the following about why the unrest started:
“It was triggered by indications he is to reverse a pledge not to run in a presidential vote planned for January.”


Ghana vote causing change of heart in Guinea?

By George Bamu on January 8, 2009

Wednesday January 7 saw the installation of opposition leader John Atta Mills as president in Ghana, the second such change in the country since the return to multi party elections in 1990. It was a victory for the NDC, for the entire country of Ghana and for the opposition which snatched a narrow victory from the ruling NPP party. It may have been a hard fought and hard won election but the idea that change can come to Ghana so easily, this time and without bloodshed, after years in which military force was the only answer, is causing analysts to look at the entire African continent somewhat differently.…

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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

By George Bamu on November 26, 2007

PBS Documentary film…Nov 25th, 2007. KBDI Channel 12, Denver.

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

The narratives of hope and courage in Africa:

Until very recently-about 2002, Sierra Leone was embroiled in a protracted civil war which resulted in the killing of tens of thousands of its citizens and a conflict that spread beyond its borders to involve neighboring nations, Guinea and Liberia.

What started as the expression of dissatisfaction from a group of rebel soldiers about the way the government was being run resulted in the displacement of citizens, the encroachment of strife, poverty, disease, pain and suffering for the country.…

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