In Case You Missed It: 01/11/16 – 01/18/16

By George Bamu on January 18, 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, South Africa goes head-to-head with the U.S. over chicken, meat and pork, and a new case of Ebola is discovered in Sierra Leone a day after it is declared Ebola-free.

International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development


  1. South Africa Settles Trade Row with U.S., Averts AGOA Suspension

Uncertainly about South Africa’s role in the new African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) agreement seems over after the country settled the trade dispute with the U.S.

Under the agreement signed by U.S.…

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Obama majority includes many who are yearning for real engagement with Africa

By George Bamu on November 12, 2012

The Denver Post

World Reacts to Obama Victory-

The recriminations are pouring in; Mitt Romney and the GOP lost the elections, big time. What’s the reason for the loss? Let’s take a look at what people are saying in America and beyond.

Many pundits, including those who wrongly predicted the outcome of the elections, attribute the main cause to changing U.S. demographics.  Ross Douthat, a conservative voice for the New York Times editorial pages calls this change, “The Obama Realignment.”

Douthat wrote, rather candidly on November 7, a day after the elections, “The age of Reagan is officially over, and the Obama majority is the only majority we have.” What a statement!…

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Opinion: In Africa, 9/11 defined the emergence of a new, scary world

By Muthi Nhlema on September 9, 2012


National September 11 Memorial

September days are remembered for a great many reasons.

Some days in September are known for noble reasons like “World Peace” day on September 21. Other days in September are known for more bizarre reasons like “Ask a Stupid Question” Day on September 28.

And some days in September are more personal like September 19,  which so happens to be my best friend’s birthday, which I hope I won’t forget this year.

Of course, we are all yet to see whether September 21 will be remembered for the right or wrong reasons.

But there is one day in September that overshadows the significance of these others.…

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Things may be fast in America, but in Malawi, things are still slow

By Muthi Nhlema on August 4, 2012

Fast and Furious, the movie

There are many strange facts in this world that are best kept within the realm of fiction. Some of these facts even border on the ridiculous and they make you wonder whether even facts can be adjusted and thus, in extrapolation, the truth also.

Americans often refer to things being fast; fast food restaurants aka McDonald, Burger King, and even the U.S congress thinks there can be a “Fast and Furious” gun investigation and what have you. Well, that fast gun investigation came to an end really fast and we’ve all forgotten about it, or maybe about to forget it really fast, too.…

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America or China. Who will win the battle for Africa’s heart?

By George Bamu on August 2, 2012


U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton with Senegalese President, Macky Sall

A lot of news has been reported about the work that the Chinese are doing in Africa. Granted, these are well researched news reports from trusted sources. The news has come from the likes of The Economist, BBC, Washington Post, New York Times, Fortune, Newsweek, Time and many others. These publications are read and taken seriously by the public.

And the news that is conveyed in these publications is getting better by the day, especially about the huge transformation that is taking place in Africa, thanks in some measure to investments from world powers such as the U.S.…

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Find out what Americans can learn from Cameroon

By Andrew Nelson on July 26, 2012

A book donation ceremony in Cameroon

My wife and I traveled to Cameroon in April this year to visit friends that we had made on a trip in 2010.  Being our second trip to Cameroon, we saw different aspects of the country than we had previously not seen. The following is a brief description of how we perceived the cultural and political environment in Cameroon and the effect it is having on the prospects of economic growth, democracy and education.

In this post, I look at education in Cameroon.

In school as a small child, we always read about how African children did not go to school, had no books, and no running water.…

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