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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In Case You Missed It: 6/27/16 – 7/3/16

By George Bamu on July 4, 2016

African flags on display

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

In this week’s news, the African Union takes the next steps on its Agenda 2063 plan, and Indian Premier Narendra Modi, as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visit the African continent.

With e-passport, African Union Furthers Continental Integration

Just as the European Union faces the challenges of Britain’s exit from the fold, the African Union is taking steps towards further integration of the African continent.

In a round-up of some of top Africa news stories for the week of June 13, my colleague, Gellilla Gebre-Michael, reported about the unveiling of an e-passport by the AU.…

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In Case You Missed It: 4/18/16 – 4/24/16

By Raevyn Goates on April 25, 2016

An oil rig in Uganda

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, Uganda revises plan for oil pipeline, and the Republic of Congo gets a new Prime Minister.

Uganda to Export Oil Through Tanzania

Uganda has decided that it will build a pipeline through Tanzania in order to export it’s oil. The land-locked nation had originally struck a deal with Kenya, but backed out. They cited security concerns over terrorist groups active in certain areas along the pipe’s route as a primary reason for the change.…

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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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In Case You Missed It: 2/1/16 – 2/7/16

By Raevyn Goates on February 8, 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, social media falls for a polygamy hoax, the WHO urges Africans to be vigilant about the Zika virus, and Zimbabwe declares a state of disaster over drought.


Mosquitoes, such as this Aedes aegypti, are the primary carriers of the Zika virus.

Social Media Falls for Eritrea’s Forced Polygamy Hoax

It’s no secret that people on social media sometimes have difficulty telling a fake news story from a real one.

Last week, the Standard, a Kenyan news company, claimed on their website that the Eritrean government had recently passed a law requiring all men to have at least two wives.…

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The Women’s Bakery and Possibility-Driven Media in Rwanda

By Heather Newell on October 20, 2015

The Women's Bakery

Co-Founder of the Women’s Bakery, Julie Greene, demonstrates the baking process for bread to a group of women in Rwanda.

People always have questions and concerns. For example, when it involves the African nation of Rwanda, I hear things like, “Oh. Rwanda…Isn’t there still a war there? Another person stated, “I saw in the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’ that chaos had completely ruled the city….how can you be safe there?”

Its been four years since my first visit to the country and I can’t help but think, “How in the world am I still fielding questions like these?”

The reality of misconception about the country is both simple and also extraordinarily complicated.…

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GOP ignores Africa on foreign policy

By George Bamu on September 19, 2015


A slate of GOP presidential candidates line up to debate

As we track the 2016 U.S. presidential primary debates, I am keeping an eye on any utterings by the candidates and their campaigns about the African continent.

Also, as we witness the events, there are those who are scratching their heads in awe at the nasty dramatization of American democracy.

The people who know this best think it’s full of fantasies and fiction.

So, for more than three hours on September 17, we heard plenty of talk about Planned Parenthood, abortions, immigration, as well as  claims about the dangers of vaccines, etc.…

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AfricAid steps in to fill educational gaps for Tanzanian girls

By George Bamu on June 8, 2015

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Jana Kinsey and Maria Rosa-Galter speaking at the Posner Center, April 15.

On April 15, AfricAid, a non-profit headquartered in Denver, welcomed Tanzania Country Director Jana Kinsey to Colorado. While Kinsey was in town, the organization organized an event to present the work that it is doing in Tanzania.

“When governments fall short, NGOs fill the gaps,” said Maria Rosa Galter, Executive Director for AfricAid. Galter outlined many reasons why AfricAid exists today. One of those reasons is the sponsorship of disadvantaged girls, to provide young women in Tanzania with an education.

It’s true–there are plenty of gaps to be filled in Tanzania.…

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Photos: Visit to Denver by Tanzanian ambassador to the U.S.

By Africa Agenda on November 22, 2014

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula visit Denver
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Tanzanian ambassador to the U.S., Her Excellency Liberata Mulamula extending a handshake to guests during a visit to Denver, November 17. Pat Kelly of the Friends of Tanzania looks on.

The Tanzanian ambassador to the U.S., Liberata Mulamulawas, was in Denver at the invitation of the Friends of Tanzania. While in Denver she held discussions at Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Denver as well as the Posner Center for International Development.

In a press statement prior to the visit, the nationwide Friends of Tanzania noted that, “Ambassador Mulamula’s visit to Colorado is the second from a Tanzanian Ambassador in the past three years and has attracted some 27 non-government organizations working with Tanzania to improve the lives of its citizens and promote greater understanding and international cooperation between Coloradoans and Tanzanians.”


Energy conference highlights ways for expanding access to energy in Africa

By Naz Medhanie on November 16, 2014

Dr. Luka Powanga of Regis University speaking at the start of the 7th Annual Energy Africa conference in Golden, CO
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Dr. Luka Powanga of Regis University speaking at the start of the 7th Annual Energy Africa conference in Golden, CO

“Africa is for all of us. We all came from Africa,” said Melvin Foote, President and CEO of Constituency for Africa at the culmination of the 7th Annual Energy Africa Conference held November 13-14 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO.

The two-day conference on energy brought together many executives, decision makers and thought leaders from the private sector, national governments, non-government organizations, and academia from across the globe.

They came together to learn, share, collaborate, and invest in efforts of sustainable, clean energy and power systems in Africa. …

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