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African writers rip U.S. summit, asking ‘for whose benefit?’

African writers rip U.S. summit, asking ‘for whose benefit?’

| August 12, 2014

(GIN)—Charles Onyango-Obbo of The East African, a Kenyan daily, joined a growing number of writers and scholars questioning the aims of the U.S.-Africa Summit. Where, he asked, were the wives? “Africa’s Big Men but none of its Big Women made it to the meeting,” he observed in a wrap up of the ballyhooed three day […]

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U.S. proposed wind farm riles ownwers of ‘ancsestral lands’

U.S. proposed wind farm riles ownwers of ‘ancsestral lands’

| August 10, 2014

(GIN)–A proposed U.S. wind farm in Kenya must first overcome objections by farmer David Kinyanjui who says the farm would desecrate ancestral land where his father and mother are both buried. Kinyanjui has joined other farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley who intend to fight the Kinangop wind farm–part of President Obama’s signature “Power Africa” plan […]

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Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

| August 9, 2014

(GIN)–Expectations of a windfall from the discovery of oil have been dashed by a weakening cedi, with ordinary citizens feeling the pinch. “Prices of ingredients in the market have been changing almost every month,” Anastancia Bokpe, who runs a restaurant in the east Legon suburb of the capital, complained to Reuters. “We are already in […]

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White American fights to save ‘African Heritage’ house from demolition

White American fights to save ‘African Heritage’ house from demolition

| August 9, 2014

(GIN)–A petition drive, organized by a white American settler in Kenya, is underway to preserve a grand multi-leveled red mud building of mixed African influences overlooking Nairobi National Park. The “African Heritage House,” home to Colorado-native Alan Donovan, lies in the path of a future railway. Donovan, who lives in and runs a bed and […]

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Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

| August 7, 2014

(GIN)–The Belgian researcher who first identified the Ebola virus is playing down fears of a global pandemic. “I would sit next to an infected person on the train,” said Professor Peter Piot, whose credentials include the title of former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, former head of UNAIDS, and now director of the London […]

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With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—As an Ebola epidemic sweeps relentlessly across West African borders, with the death toll topping 600, some are now asking if the virus can be stopped. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has been called the deadliest in recorded history, with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the […]

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French firm loses bid to own Africa’s ‘Roobios’ trademark

French firm loses bid to own Africa’s ‘Roobios’ trademark

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—South African tea planters won a major victory over European and U.S. tea dealers this week. They defeated efforts by a French firm to gain control of the name “Rooibos”—a popular tea that grows in South Africa—by trademarking it abroad. Under the agreement, Rooibos, which means “red bush” in Afrikaans, will refer to tea grown […]

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Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

| July 29, 2014

(GIN)—Militants appear to be gaining the upper hand in West Africa’s spreading ethnic/religious fighting. This week, insurgents with Nigeria’s Boko Haram launched a cross-border attack on Kolofata, a town in neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the wife of Amadou Ali, the vice-prime minister, and killing at least three people. It was their third incursion into Cameroon just […]

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Acclaimed young Kenyan writer takes top literary prize

Acclaimed young Kenyan writer takes top literary prize

| July 25, 2014

(GIN)—Nairobi-based author Okwiri Oduor was the highly-acclaimed winner of this year’s prestigious Caine Prize for African writing. The much-awaited selection was announced last week in Oxford, England. The award carries a prize of 10,000 British pounds (about $17,000) for the 25-year-old Kenyan who was among the top five writers shortlisted for the prize. Oduor’s story—“My […]

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Niger jails protesters asking to see French mining contract details

Niger jails protesters asking to see French mining contract details

| July 25, 2014

(GIN)—Niger activists planning peaceful demonstrations during a recent visit of French President Francois Hollande found themselves in custody after police raided homes including that of Ali Idrissa, national coordinator of the Publish What You Pay coalition. The protestors were demanding to see the terms of a new uranium extraction contract between Niger and the French […]

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