In Case You Missed It: 4/25/16 – 5/1/16

By George Bamu on May 1, 2016


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Papa Wemba

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

Papa Wemba’s Legacy Celebrated Worldwide

The musical legacy of Papa Wemba, the Congolese musician who died on April 24, is being celebrated not just throughout the Africa continent but around the world. Wemba collapsed on stage and died minutes later during a performance in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast.

Many are asking questions about what may have caused his collapse, captured on video.

“Last weekend, when news of the real Papa Wemba’s death began to circulate on the internet, many of his fans were in denial, “writes Chinedu Ukaban with The Fader.…

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In Case You Missed It 8/4/15 – 8/8/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on August 10, 2015

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Ugandan leader, Yuweri Museveni inspecting the guard of honor

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

This week brings news about talks of Museveni running for re-election as president of Uganda, Cameroon returns 12,000 Nigerian refugees, and a Mali hotel siege that ends with 12 people dead.

Meseveni seeking another term in office

After being in power since 1986, Yuweri Museveni, the president of the East African nation of Uganda, has picked up his re-election form.

This decision to run again, after almost 30 years as president, is causing an uproar as many Ugandans question what will become of their country.…

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Colorado’s African Communities Reach Out for Political Action

By George Bamu on March 10, 2015

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African Community leaders gather at the office of U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Aurora, CO. February 28

When Mike Coffman, a Republican member of Congress from Colorado won re-election against Andrew Romanoff last November, one of the many thank-you messages the congressman offered on election night went to the African, Latino and Asian communities that are part of his constituency.

For sure—the community of minorities which make up Colorado’s 6th congressional district continues to expand. Both the Coffman and Romanoff camps fought a hard battle to win over votes from thousands of immigrants that are concentrated within the district.…

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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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“Africa has the potential to be a bread basket to the world,” Romanoff tells Africans in Colorado

By George Bamu on August 14, 2013

Romanoff and Dia at Carte Blanche
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Andrew Romanoff and Papa Dia at the Carte Blanche

It is well-known that former two-term Colorado House Speaker, Andrew Romanoff, is challenging Republican Rep. Mike Coffman for Colorado’s 6th congressional district. But while the elections are about a year away, POLITICO has already named the race as potentially the nation’s toughest House battle of 2014.

“Romanoff has long been seen as an up-and-comer in Colorado democratic politics,” according to Meghan Verlee, who covers politics for Colorado Public Radio.

For news junkies that may be old news. But for casual observers of the increasingly diverse district, which encompasses much of Aurora, anything the candidates say or do in the lead up to the elections could be significant, one way or another.…

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What if Africa is really Rising?

By Kenneth Usongo on March 17, 2013

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African Valentine’s Day party in Denver


Africa, Africa arise from the shadow of your underachievement

Arise from the slough of war, from the scourge of prejudice

Awake to the drum of political, socio-economic sustenance

Relive your legendary status of generosity, sensuality, and as the cradle of civilization

Through forums of discussion, mass media outlets, we shall celebrate your achievements

Through cultural exchanges and book clubs, we shall disseminate under-reported information about you

By bringing together the elderly and the young, the colored and the biracial, the informed and the misinformed, blacks and whites.

We shall champion you in a global context

From the banks of the Nile to the summit of Kilimanjaro

We shall foster understanding among your offspring

From the caravans in Timbuktu to the heart of the Kalahari

You are endowed with abundance

From the shores of the Atlantic to the frontiers of the Pacific

We shall facilitate valuable discourse on democracy, culture, business, and economics

Between you and the rest of humanity.…

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Opinion: U.S. Politics, Leave Mali Alone!

By George Bamu on October 27, 2012

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Mali’s civilian leader; President Dioncounda Traore (left) with Prime Minister Diarra

The idea that Mali is a snap shot of what goes on in Africa is a crazy one.  It’s a crazy idea because Mali is the newest impression when talk of Africa comes up at any moment. At least that’s what happens when Americans continue to see Africa from the lens of one fractured African nation.

Problem is, there are not many fractured or disintegrated African nations left in 2012.

By contract, most African nations today, two-thirds of which lie below the Sahara, are fully functional entities, with legitimate and stable governments and institutions in place.…

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If anything, what will the candidates say about sub-Saharan Africa?

By George Bamu on October 21, 2012

Freedom House

The last presidential debate before Election Day on November 6 will be heavy on foreign policy, we are told.  As Election Day in America draws closer and closer, “everyone” closely following the race, has their own questions for the presidential candidates.

On October 16, Freedom House, ‘an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world,” posed 16 sharp questions for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to answer. Freedom House did so in anticipation of what it thinks would be a much heated debate on Monday October 22 between the two candidates for the U.S. presidency.…

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Why You should Invest Your Money In Africa

By George Bamu on August 12, 2006

Here’s a mix of reasons, ideas in Industries, Jobs and Financing.
Written by George Bamu and Published both in the Denver Urban Spectrum and the African Vibes Magazine.

If you plan a trip to Africa anytime soon, think about how a few of your dollars could easily turn into profitable investment for the long term. The major indexes and stock exchanges around the world now see Africa as the next big thing in the emerging new markets sector. The chances are, the next time you talk to your stock broker or attempt to pick new funds in emerging markets or try to diversity your portfolio and risks of sorts, your shares could be from sectors in Mali, Malawi, South Africa, Rwanda or Nigeria.…

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