In Case You Missed It: 3/27/17 – 4/2/17

By Raevyn Goates on April 3, 2017

Paul Ridgeway

A military drone

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

In this week’s news, United States President Donald Trump targets Somalia, the United Nations deals a blow to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a Nigerian pilot makes history.

US Orders Airstrikes in Somalia

In an effort to fight terrorism around the world, President Trump has approved airstrikes in Somalia. U.S. military airstrikes are usually carried out by drone, and have become a common tool in the effort to eradicate terrorism. The practice is controversial, and the controversy shows no sign of slowing down during the Trump presidency. …

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In Case You Missed It: 1/23/17 -1/29/17

By Raevyn Goates on January 31, 2017

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President Adama Barrow of the Gambia returns home after his predecessor finally steps down.

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

In this week’s news, the Gambia’s new president comes home, African clinics face tough times, and one of African literature’s most important voices passes away.

Adama Barrow officially becomes President of the Gambia

A week after he was supposed to give up power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh finally stepped down, allowing his successor, Adama Barrow, to take over. Barrow had defeated Jammeh in an election last december, but Jammeh, who ruled for 22 years, refused to accept the results.…

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Experts warn of civil war in Cameroon if “internal divisions” not resolved

By George Bamu on January 22, 2017

Petrol station in Mamfe in English-speaking Cameroon with all-French signs

Beyond academic and diplomatic circles, many have not heard of the International Crisis Group or Crisis Group. The Brussels-based non-governmental organization, tracks and warns of the potentials of conflict in nations around the world. The group is highly respected and often quoted in news reports due to their thorough research.

Just before the Arab Spring took hold in the Middle East and North Africa, the Crisis Group made a dire warning about Cameroon.

In its report 160 of May, 2010, the group stated, “Cameroon’s apparent stability is deceptive; even if it overcomes its near-term challenges, longer-term deterioration could lead to conflict.”

Cameroon is often praised for being a stabilizing force in an unstable region that has seen its share of war and catastrophes.…

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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 10/31/16 – 11/6/16

By Raevyn Goates on November 7, 2016

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Miss Albinism Kenya, Loise Lihanda (center) is crowned at the “Beauty Beyond Skin” pageant while Mr. Albinism Kenya, Jairus Jzay (left) looks on.

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

In this week’s news, beauty goes beyond skin, a Tanzanian professor gets a new job, and a missing Chibok schoolgirl is found.

World’s First Albino Beauty Pageant Held In Kenya

Over the years, many people and organizations have worked to spread awareness of the prejudices albinos face. One such organization is Beauty Beyond Skin Color, who recently hosted the world’s first albino beauty pageant in Kenya.…

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Africans Make A Mockery of “Rigged U.S. Election 2016”

By George Bamu on October 28, 2016

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(Left) Donald Trump (Right) Hillary Clinton

Earlier during the U.S. primary elections, a prelude to the general election process, I said that with Donald Trump, the U.S. may be experiencing the bitter taste of its own democracy medicine. As you may know, with that democracy comes freedom of expression, freedom to choice, assembly, all ingredients that make for a free society.

Trump, the Republican candidate for the American presidency, has not only been shunned by the so-called establishment of his party, he succeeded in turning American politics upside-down. This phenomenon has been much food for thought and discussion on the internet.…

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In Case You Missed It: 9/05/16 – 9/11/16

By Raevyn Goates on September 12, 2016

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Nigerian actress Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama stars in three of the Nigerian films showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

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

In this week’s news, Nigerian filmmakers get a big break and Ghana’s women take to the roads.

Toronto International Film Festival Turns Spotlight to Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria was chosen by the Toronto International Film Fesitval (TIFF) to take part in its 2016 City to City program. Each year, TIFF chooses a city whose filmmakers are showcased, and this year they turned their sights to Africa. The Nigerian film industry, known informally as ‘Nollywood’, is one of the largest in the world.…

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In Case You Missed It: 07/25/16 – 07/31/16

By Raevyn Goates on August 2, 2016

National Institutes of Health

Malaria is a blood disease that effects many Africans. However, innovators are coming up with new ways to battle the disease, including a new test that will simplify diagnosis.

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

In this week’s news, Nigerian scientists invent a new Malaria test, thousands of protesters take to the streets in Ethiopia, Tunisia ousts its prime minister, and Chad’s former dictator is ordered to pay for his crimes.

New Malaria Test Allows For Self-Diagnosis

Fyodor, a Nigerian biotech company, has created a new malaria test that promises to make diagnosing the disease much simpler.…

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In Case You Missed It: 7/4/16 – 7/11/16

By George Bamu on July 12, 2016

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Portugal’s Renato Sanches jumps on teammates after Eder scoresl

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

In this week’s news, we look at the questions raised by European teams being dominated by Africans, and we find out why African entrepreneurship is booming.

African Footballers in the Diaspora Facing a Dilemma of Loyalty

Whether it’s in the United States, Europe or in other parts of the world, many Africans are divided in their loyalty between their native country and their new home.

For Portugal and France, two European countries with colonial ties to the African continent, the severity of the issue of home and country is seen when one looks at the composition of their national soccer teams.…

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In Case You Missed It: 5/16/16 – 5/22/16

By George Bamu on May 22, 2016

An A-29 Super Tucano. Nigeria may purchase up to 12 of the light attack planes.

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, The New York Times thinks it’s a bad idea for the Obama administration to sell arms to Nigeria at this time, and the news that Haiti would become a full member of the African Union is a big lie.

The New York Times Wants U.S. to Stop Arms Sale to Nigeria

As the war against Boko Haram intensifies, the Nigerian government is requesting the sale of sophisticated American-made planes to aid its fight against the terrorist group.…

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