In Case You Missed It: 8/22/16 – 9/1/16

By George Bamu on September 2, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg dining with business and political leaders in Kenya

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

In this week’s news, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg visits Nigeria and Kenya, and African migrants flow into Mexico.

Mexico Issues Transit Visas to African Migrants

According to an Associated Press story reprinted by the Colorado Springs Gazette, authorities in Mexico have recently issued transit visas to an estimated 424 African migrants on their way to the United States.

The migrants are expected to apply for asylum in the United States when they get to the U.S.-Mexico border, the report states.…

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Ahead of elections, Kenyans in Colorado pray for the homeland

By George Bamu on February 23, 2013

Kenya Prayer for Peace
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Kenya Prayer for Peace at Anchor of Hope Church in Denver, February 23.

The upcoming Kenya presidential election, part of scheduled general elections, has been described as the most critical election for Kenya in a decade. The election is critical because it is the first of its kind since a disputed vote in December 2007 sparked chaos in the country.

In Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2013, Kenyan native, Nwangi Kimenyi, director for the Africa Growth Initiative at U.S. Brookings Institution says:  “This will also be the first general election after the 2007-2008 post-election vio­lence, and there is growing anxiety over whether there will be a repeat outbreak of violence.”

Not only that, Kenyans will be electing leaders in other areas as well.…

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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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White House unveils plans for increased ties with sub-Saharan Africa

By George Bamu on June 14, 2012

White House unveils plans for increased ties with sub-Saharan Africa


Next G20 Meeting in Africa?

By George Bamu on September 22, 2009

The ONE organization, a grassroots campaign organization against extreme poverty and preventable diseases, is asking leaders of the G20 nations, now meeting in Pittsburg, to hold the next G20 summit in Africa. Today, the organization sent out an email asking everyone to take action and pressure these leaders to hold the next G20 meeting in Africa.

In the statement they released, the organization said:

“Africa’s tremendous potential will only be unleashed if the rest of the world makes a real effort to bring the continent into the global economy. Africa’s resources, intellectual and physical, can help re-start the global economy and lift a generation out of extreme poverty.

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