In Case You Missed It: 5/1/17 – 5/31/17

By Raevyn Goates on June 4, 2017

BBC News

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

This week’s most important headlines out of and about Africa.
In this week’s news, an Ethiopian is elected the new WHO Managing Director, South Africa’s President faces more investigations for alleged corruption, and longtime Zimbabwean leader, Robert Mugabe goes on a speaking tour.
Ethiopian Politician Named Head of the WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as its new Director General. Ghebreyesus was formerly Ethiopia’s health minister, and is the first African to ever be elected to lead the WHO. He won the election by 66%, beating out the UK’s David Nabarro for the job.

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In Case You Missed It: 12/26/16 – 1/2/17

By Africa Agenda on January 4, 2017


Gambia Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island

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

In this week’s news, politics take center stage in the African continent. Elections in The Gambia and Ghana are being finalized and a look ahead to Zimbabwe in 2018.

Election Results in The Gambia

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh surprised nearly the entire world when he acknowledged defeat in this year’s presidential election. However, it did not take him long to return back to form after he then came out and said that he will reject all results of the election.  

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In Case You Missed It: 6/6/16 – 6/12/16

By Raevyn Goates on June 15, 2016

South African Women’s Soccer Team

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 U.S. Women’s soccer team to face South Africa in a highly anticipated friendly, bakers in Burkina Faso go on strike and Zimbabwe frees protestors.

U.S. to take on South Africa In preparation for Brazil Olympics

The 2016 Olympics in Brazil are just a few weeks away.

In preparation, the U.S. Women’s National Team or WNT has been training by playing friendlies with the national teams of other countries. The preparations that have been styled as a “send-off” for the American team have thus far involved matches with countries around the world, including Ireland, Japan and Columbia.…

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After Birthday Saga, Mugabe Critics Offer No Solutions to Zimbabwe’s Woes

By Maite Wantwadi on March 10, 2016


Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe with his wife Grace cut a piece of cake during his birthday event at state house in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Feb. 22, 2016. Mugabe, who has been ruling the country since 1987, turned 92 on Feb. 21

This past week Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe celebrated his 92nd birthday.

In the midst of a severe drought and mass starvation, Mugabe spent a little over $800,000 with students singing, and with multiple politicians attending the event.

Writing for Quartz Africa, Tanashe Mushakavanhu states that “To outside observers, it can be hard to reconcile how Mugabe still manages to occupy such a beloved position in the Zimbabwean national psyche.”

“To critics and opposition politicians, Mugabe and his party are out of touch with the daily struggles of the country’s 14 million people.…

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In Case you Missed It 2/22/16 – 2/27/16

By Maite Wantwadi on February 28, 2016

Issouf Sanogo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Faustin Archange Touadéra waves to the crowd after voting on February 14

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, after a runoff election the Central African Republic picks Faustin Archange Touadéra to lead the country, the U.S. considers action to stem the tide in Boko Haram-related killings in Nigeria, and Zimbabwe’s leader celebrates his 92nd birthday amid a clamor for him to step down from office.

The U.S Considers Training To Boost Nigerian Military

Boko Haram, the terrorist organization said to be affiliated with the Islamic State(ISIS) has been a huge factor in the killings of civilians and the destruction of villages in Nigeria and neighboring countries.…

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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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In Case You Missed It 11/9/15 – 11/15/15

By Dziedzorm Sanaki on November 17, 2015

Kenya heightens security checks at airports, malls, institutions and across the country to curb terror attacks

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, leaders reject EU plans for Africa, East African nations step up security, and big news from Zimbabwe.

  1. After Paris attacks, Kenya and Uganda step up security

Kenya and Uganda has stepped up security patrols in their respective countries in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Both countries have experienced attacks from Somalia-based militant Islamist groups.

A recent attack in Kenya claimed the lives of 147 people.…

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In Case You Missed It 7/29/15 – 8/3/15

By George Bamu on August 4, 2015


USA Today

An American dentist is in hot water after killing Cecil the lion, a famous animal in one of Zimbabwe’s national parks. The dentist could face poaching charges. VPC

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

The week brings us news about an uproar about animal poaching in Zimbabwe and the controversy it is causing, as well as news that an estimated 178 people captured by Boko Haram were freed by the Nigerian military, and a meeting in Washington D.C. between a group of young African leaders and U.S.…

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ZATA Project—Mixing Science with the Arts, to bring change in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe

By Heather Newell on December 23, 2014

ZATA Project Art on Display
Africa Agenda

ZATA Project Art on Display

December 1 was World AIDS Day, but with Ebola capturing the headlines, the global campaign against HIV/AIDS may be taking a back seat in the global news agenda.

This may just be temporary, as the disease remains a big challenge, a health issue that is not going away or abating anytime soon.

While the rates of transmission in Zimbabwe have decreased, the consequences  remain. Demographics, as well as economic opportunities, have all been impacted.

In looking forward, there is hope that the next generation of scientists, governments and philanthropic organizations will stay at the forefront in the fight to combat, if not eliminate, HIV/AIDS.…

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Op-ed: Dams will not solve all Africa’s energy problems

By Africa Agenda on September 9, 2014


POWER ON: A surge of water signals that President Jacob Zuma has opened the control valves during the opening ceremony of the De Hoop Dam, near Steelpoort in Limpopo in March. Picture: GCIS

This op-ed was shared by Peter Bosshard of International Rivers with our friends at the Global Green Grants. While sharing, Peter stated:

‘Today Sweden’s King Carl Gustav awarded the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize to John Briscoe, a long-time water manager at the World Bank and the most passionate promoter of large dams in the past two decades. Please find below an opinion piece by our Africa director Rudo Sanyanga in response to the prize.…

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