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Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

Nigerian, Namibian papers scoop highest prize in explanatory journalism

| April 20, 2017

(GIN)—Way to go African media! The prestigious Pulitzer Prize which honors excellence in journalism has named two media outlets in Africa—working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)—as distinguished 2017 winners for their groundbreaking reporting on the Panama Papers. This historic, global investigation uncovered offshore hideaways tied to mega-banks, corporate bribery scandals, drug kingpins, […]

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Wreath-laying ceremony planned for anti-apartheid activist

Wreath-laying ceremony planned for anti-apartheid activist

| April 16, 2017

(GIN)—Fierce anti-apartheid fighter Chris Hani will be remembered in South Africa this week at a time when the Africa National Congress faces its most serious internal divisions. Fortunately, many writings survive that reveal Hani’s physical and moral bravery. Among his most famous quotes are these: “What we need in South Africa is for egos to […]

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Uganda tries to silence ‘impolite’ activist fighting for sanitary pads

Uganda tries to silence ‘impolite’ activist fighting for sanitary pads

| April 13, 2017

(GIN)—She’s an activist and academic whose rants against the current Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni are definitely rated PG if not Triple X. On live television, in one memorable occasion, she stripped half-naked to protest her eviction from her office at Makerere University, for allegedly breaching departmental policy.  In that case, […]

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Ashanti cultural center hit by wave of vigilantes

Ashanti cultural center hit by wave of vigilantes

| April 12, 2017

(GIN)—Once the envy of its neighbors and the model of democracy and the rule of law, Ghana has been struck by “vigilantism” led by one-time security guards turning against the political parties that once hired them. Most recently, former political party guards by the name “Delta Force” stormed the Kumasi Circuit Court, in the heart […]

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U.N. chief cites ‘chapters of inaction’ as Rwanda marks 23rd memorial year

U.N. chief cites ‘chapters of inaction’ as Rwanda marks 23rd memorial year

| April 11, 2017

(GIN)—The poison of intolerance still exists around the world, laments U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. “Even today, minorities and other groups suffer attacks and exploitation based on who they are,” said Guterres. Guterres sent his message recalling “tragic chapters of hatred, inaction and indifference” on the occasion of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide […]

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Ugandan warlord no longer priority for U.S. capture

Ugandan warlord no longer priority for U.S. capture

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—American special operations forces will no longer be searching for the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, described as a “specially designated global terrorist,” by the International Criminal Court. The Geneva-based Court issued an arrest warrant for Kony in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. A spokesman for the U.S. […]

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Ghana to review previous government’s signed contracts for gross overpayments

Ghana to review previous government’s signed contracts for gross overpayments

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is pledging to review all 42 power deals signed by the previous government of John Mahama after the discovery of an apparent overpayment of $150 million to a Dubai power producer. Ghana is burdened by a heavily indebted energy sector with a debt estimate of $2.4 billion, according to the […]

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Congolese president urged to allow vote as killings in provinces spike

Congolese president urged to allow vote as killings in provinces spike

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—In a country that suffered 30 years under the boot of a brutal dictator, a last minute power grab by the current president, Joseph Kabila, to stay beyond the two term legal limit, has ignited a firestorm in the population. An eleventh hour deal with the opposition in December gave Kabila till the end of […]

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Pentagon gets green light to expand war in Somalia

Pentagon gets green light to expand war in Somalia

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—Clouds are moving across Somalia’s drought-wrecked landscape – but not the kind that make grass grow and flowers bloom. Instead, military aircraft will be raining down “precision fires” after an authorization signed by President Trump that relaxes rules meant to prevent civilian casualties in the region. Military officials are also granted wider authority for conducting […]

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New York’s African Center finally finds benefactress

New York’s African Center finally finds benefactress

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—The daughter of the wealthiest man in Africa has been appointed president of the Africa Center in New York City and will soon begin fundraising for the long-empty upper Fifth Avenue building. Halima Aliko Dangote, daughter of the multi-billionaire Aliko Dangote, will hold an online press conference on March 30 as part of her major […]

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