In Case You Missed It: 8/15/16 – 8/21/16

By Raevyn Goates on August 22, 2016

2016 Rio Olympics

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya

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

In this week’s news, Africa takes home the gold at the Olympics, an Olympian uses his win to protest violence in his home country, and John Kerry plans an Africa trip.

Ten Gold Medals Go to African Continent

The 2016 Olympics have concluded, and it’s time to look at the scores. Several African nations competed, bringing home a combined total of 44 medals for the continent, 10 of which were gold.

Kenya won the most medals of any African nation: they won 13 medals, 6 of which were gold.…

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In Case You Missed It: 3/7/16 – 3/13/16

By George Bamu on March 14, 2016

A view of Abidjan, capital of Ivory Coast

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, Ivory Coast is rated a top spot for prospective investors into the African continent, and two economic giants try to bridge their difference.

Nigeria And South Africa Mend Diplomatic Fences

There is plenty of speculation as to why Jacob Zuma, South African President, visited Nigeria in the last week.

After years of tension between the two economic giants, it is believed that they skates were high when Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s President, welcomed Zuma to Abuja.…

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With ribbon-cutting ceremony, Colorado’s Afrikmall Takes Off

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on July 19, 2015

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Aurora, Colo. Mayor, Steve Hogan with the Afrikmall executives celebrating, during a ribbon- cutting ceremony, July 16

History was made on July 16, when Afrikmall, an American-style shopping, business center catering to Colorado’s growing African,  Caribbean and global community was opened.

With a ribbon-cutting ceremony officiated by Aurora Mayor, Steve Hogan, the 56,000-square-foot building, filled with salons, lounges,  African cuisine restaurants, art and clothing stores, along a busy East Colfax avenue, opened its doors to the public.

The people behind the massive project–Cobina Lartson, a science educator at the Denver Public Schools, Emmanuel Eliason, business development director, Albert Quarteng, an executive officer of TMG Global, operating officer, Edward Mensah, and Seth Assabil, facilities manager, were joined by officials from the City of Aurora and Denver respectively for the grand kick-off ceremony.…

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Five African Nations Competing for the World Cup: Let’s Enjoy the Tournament

By George Bamu on June 11, 2014

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(Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

A Ghana fan blows a vuvuzela during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa

As the world’s biggest sporting event, the World Cup, Kicks off in Brazil June 12, I like to take a cursory look at the five countries representing the African continent. Also I want to highlight what some commentators, broadcasters and football analysts are saying about the chances of success for these countries.

The five African teams are as follows:
Cameroon (Group A)
Ivory Coast (Group C)
Nigeria (Group F)
Ghana (Group G)
Algeria (Group H)

Writing for ‘A billion voices,’ the Guardian’s Africa Network, Antoinette Muller wonders why African teams under-perform at the World cup?

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“Africa Rising” phenomenon takes new turn: Japan Battles China in Africa

By George Bamu on March 30, 2014

Abe and Quattara
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Ivory Coast President, Alassane Ouattara sitting with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe

Today I want to provide some up-to-date information–if you are not already aware–as it relates to trade and diplomacy between China, Japan and many countries in the African continent.

First is this story published by The Diplomat in January and picked up by the influential U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

It is about the new tug of war between China and Japan, which has shifted territory into many African nations. While the two may be wrangling over territory in the China seas, both are said to be playing a trade game in Africa.…

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Africa’s new era continues with gains in peace and democracy

By George Bamu on October 5, 2007

African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Photo

In the world of fast-paced twenty-four-hour news, to craft a powerful news headline means the headline should stand out and draw readers’ attention amid a plethora of stories from all directions.

It’s a theory that applies to print and television news–when powerful headline news, embodied in sudden peace agreements, rebel surrenders, mayhem and conflict, easily lead to wins in the ratings battle.

For Africa, a continent often portrayed in negative terms, with headlines bordering on poverty, war and disease, progress in the democratic and development processes, don’t help with ridding the continent of thoughts about underdevelopment.…

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