Africa Briefs

Desperate Gambian leader could find all exits now closed

Desperate Gambian leader could find all exits now closed

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Gambian President Yahya Jammeh hardened his position this week in defiance of December’s election results that put opposition candidate, Adama Barrow, squarely over the top. Now, as military loyalists peel off or are jailed, it appears he may have played his last card. For weeks, diplomatic overtures by various pan-African institutions offering a dignified departure […]

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New U.S. administration pivots toward Africa, worrying experts

New U.S. administration pivots toward Africa, worrying experts

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Longtime Africa specialists who have looked at a four-page list of Africa-related questions from the Trump transition staff say they’re seeing an American retreat from development and humanitarian goals while business opportunities will be getting an extra push. The four-page list has been making the rounds at the State Department and Pentagon, the New York […]

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Income inequality soars in South Africa, worldwide

Income inequality soars in South Africa, worldwide

| January 18, 2017

(GIN)—Global inequality has grown to unacceptable proportions, a new study has found,  as just eight men now own the same wealth as half of the world. According to the international advocacy group Oxfam, 62 billionaires own the same wealth as the poorest half of the planet—particularly in India and China. In South Africa, three billionaires […]

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Military unrest in Ivory Coast threatens stable nation

Military unrest in Ivory Coast threatens stable nation

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—The relatively peaceful nation of Ivory Coast saw painful images of a recent past as military police launched a mutiny over low salaries and working conditions. Not long ago, the country was in chaos as former President Laurent Gbagbo rejected election returns that favored the opposition led by Alassane Ouattara. President Ouattara, who assumed office […]

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New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo was prepared for smooth sailing at his inauguration last Saturday until he delivered a speech that set off alarm bells and caused howls among social media users. Prepared by speech writers, the new leader’s address contained word-for-word passages from speeches by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. […]

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Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—Close to 50 government employees are facing a public grilling after recent revelations that they took home thousands of Ugandan shillings from a multi-million dollar oil tax settlement that was owed to the National Treasury. According to critics, this was a sign of the “resource curse,” in which free-flowing petro-dollars lead to corruption and unrest. […]

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Somali American makes dbut as Minnesota state rep

Somali American makes dbut as Minnesota state rep

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—She’s an“intersectional feminist,” a mom, a refugee, an immigrant and a resident of Minneapolis. Besides that, Ilhan Omar is a history maker and the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States. Omar was sworn into the Minnesota House of Representatives on Jan. 3, just days after an 8,500-mile journey that retraced her path from her […]

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Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

| January 5, 2017

(GIN)—Aviation officials have ordered the shutdown of the nation’s nearly-new international airport at Abuja, the capital, after severe problems on the facility’s single runway were reported. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, named after Nigeria’s first president, offered direct flights to capitals of Africa and Europe. However, runway problems developed due to “overuse,” according to the […]

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Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

Diplomacy ends deadlock in Congo—leaves presient in place for now

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Difficult negotiations appear to have finally succeeded in bridging the differences between President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo and opposition parties who wanted the president to abide by the constitution and step down, having served the two terms he is legally allowed. President Kabila had sought to stay until 2018 but will […]

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Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

Nigerian telecom tycoon hits high water mark among African billionaires

| January 3, 2017

(GIN)—Nigerian billionaire Mike Adenuga may not be the most well-known billionaire in the world but he was Africa’s biggest winner in 2016—increasing his net worth by $2.7 billion to total $5.8 billion over the past year. It was the largest increase among billionaires at a time when declining oil prices and devaluations were nibbling away […]

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