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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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: 3/14/16 – 3/20/16

By Raevyn Goates on March 21, 2016

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

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A woman examines a list of candidates at a polling station in Zanzibar

In this week’s news, many countries head to the polls, Egypt makes a major discovery, and Nigeria deals a blow to its women.

Major Elections Held in Six African Countries

On Sunday, voters in Benin, Cape Verde, Congo, Niger, Senegal and Zanzibar turned up to vote in Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

The elections have been met with a fair amount of disorder and unrest. The Republic of the Congo has enforced a media blackout during the elections, prohibiting the use of telephones, the internet, and texting.…

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In Case You Missed It: 02/08/16 – 02/15/16

By George Bamu on February 15, 2016

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, the Obama administration fiscal year budget 2017 requests 7.1 billion in assistance to the African continent, and former Chadean Leader, Hissene Habre, faces life in prison if convicted for crimes against humanity.

  • Obama Administration Allocates $7.1 Billion in Assistance to Africa

When U.S. President Barack Obama released his administration’s budget for fiscal year 2017, there was plenty in it, amounting to a record $4.1 trillion in proposed spending.

The Republican-controlled Congress has promised a fight with the administration to cut back on what it considers massive and unnecessary spending.…

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NGO’s reaching out to DU students and the community

By George Bamu on January 27, 2016

Africa Agenda

Attendees visit at various booths during an NGO symposium at the University of Denver International House, January 20

Within the many cities that make up the Denver metro area, it is common to find nonprofit organizations aka non-governmental organizations or NGO’s dotted all over the map.

These organizations traverse the vast international development landscape of Colorado. They are involved in activities in sometimes very remote and dangerous places in Asia, the African continent and Latin America.

For good or for bad–they are called NGO’s for a reason. They provide a special service to the communities in which they operate. …

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Colorado’s African Communities Reach Out for Political Action

By George Bamu on March 10, 2015

Africa Agenda

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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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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Pew: Africans more optimistic about the future than their counterparts in Asia, Middle East

By George Bamu on December 10, 2013

Pew Global Attitudes Project

Pew Global Attitudes Project

News that the African continent is making progress continues to pour in. Not only is the continent making progress economically and politically, optimism by the African people is playing a role in this as well.

In a recent Pew Research Center survey of eight African nations, the research found out that Africans were more optimistic about their future than the people of the Middle East and Asia.

The survey was conducted from March 3 to May 1, 2013 and involved Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa, Kenya and Uganda.

Despite the challenges which the continent faces, the survey results concluded, “Africans Are Optimistic about the Future.”

While many in the continent worry about inequality and struggle to afford for food, there is still ‘considerable optimism for the future,” the report states.…

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Obama’s Africa Visit was no “Guilt Trip”

By George Bamu on July 10, 2013

Bush and Obama at site of embassy bombing in Tanzainia
White House

Michelle and Barack Obama with the Zuma’s at the steps of the South African Union Building in Pretoria.

There is continuing talk about U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to sub Saharan Africa. The six-day trip, from June 27 to July 2, took Obama and his delegation to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The three countries selected by the White House represent some of the continent’s most successful nations. So it was no coincidence that these countries were carefully selected to represent African success stories; and there are plenty of successful African nations in the 21st century.

But what long-term impact, tangible and intangible, might the trip  have on the lives of ordinary Africans on the continent after the media leaves once again?…

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