Africa Briefs

Ghana thinktank questions major shortfalls from gold sales

Ghana thinktank questions major shortfalls from gold sales

| January 19, 2016

(GIN)—Ghana’s abundant resource in gold produced $23 billion in earnings from 2013 to 2016 but only $1.7 billion for the country’s coffers, according to a newly-released report by the African Centre for Energy Policy in Ghana. Titled “Golden Days for Newmont,” the report said the U.S.-based Newmont Mining Corporation paid less than $500 million (US) […]

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MLK library in Mozambique brightens reality of American life

MLK library in Mozambique brightens reality of American life

| January 19, 2016

(GIN)—At the Centro Cultural Americano in the Mozambican capital of Maputo, there’s a trove of books in the Martin Luther King library that tell the American story with some offerings touting a mythological tolerance, belied however by the fierce struggles in the U.S. over race, religion and immigration. Materials provided by the U.S. embassy to […]

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On ANC anniversary day, resurgence of hate speech noted

On ANC anniversary day, resurgence of hate speech noted

| January 12, 2016

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma delivered the annual Jan. 8 address marking the birth of the African National Congress movement launched in 1912. Speaking at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, he opened with some ANC history: “We are celebrating that which brings us together as South Africans—the ANC and its undying commitment to this country and […]

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‘Overpopulation’ theory challenged by African writer

‘Overpopulation’ theory challenged by African writer

| January 12, 2016

(GIN)—Togolese editor Mawuna Remarque Koutonin would like to make a few corrections in the widely held belief that Africa has a problem with overpopulation. First of all, he said, if seeing is believing, then you must agree that Europe is wildly overpopulated, especially the western part. “A small country like France has about the same […]

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‘Mr. Clean,’ former math prof headed for election run-off

‘Mr. Clean,’ former math prof headed for election run-off

| January 12, 2016

(GIN)—The top two vote-getters in the Central African Republic’s just-tallied presidential ballot were a corruption fighter nicknamed “Mr Clean” by the media and a former math teacher. Both men previously held the post of prime ministers in prior administrations. Voters had turned out in large numbers to select a candidate from among 30 hopefuls. Anicet-Georges […]

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Denmark boots star African student for minor infraction, sparking outrage

Denmark boots star African student for minor infraction, sparking outrage

| January 12, 2016

(GIN)—Officials at the prestigious Aarhus University in Denmark expressed shock and dismay at the deportation of a top student from Cameroon who was found to have occasionally exceeded the 15 hours he was allowed by law to work per week. “Marius Youbi is one of the most talented students we have,” Brian Bech Nielsen, dean […]

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After 31-mile trek in tunnel, Sudanese man granted asylum in UK

After 31-mile trek in tunnel, Sudanese man granted asylum in UK

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—As the U.S. marks “National Migration Week” from Jan 3 to Jan 9, another record for migration endurance was set this week with the walk to freedom by Abdul Rahman Haroun of Sudan. Haroun, 40, was reported to have walked almost the entire length of the 31-mile Channel tunnel from France to the UK where […]

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‘Co-working’ takes root in tech-savvy Africa

‘Co-working’ takes root in tech-savvy Africa

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—The internet entrepreneur you saw staring intently into his or her laptop at a coffee shop, library or in a quiet corner of the bus terminal is finally moving indoors. The workplace has taken a step into the new century with a configuration called “co-working.” First spotted in San Francisco at the “Hat Factory” in […]

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Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

Nigerians grow impatient with president’s unfulfilled promises

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—Online petitions are piling up for Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari, claiming that a more open and democratic society promised in his presidential stump speeches has failed to appear. One petition is already demanding President Buhari’s resignation over his alleged failure to abide by international law. Nigerian-born Ndubuisi Anukwuem  and “Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),’ […]

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Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

Rwanda’s genocide court to close doors—will it be missed?

| January 5, 2016

(GIN)—After 21 years, 93 cases and $2 billion, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda wound up business at year’s end with one final case. The judges deliberated on an appeal sought by Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, the former minister for women’s development, her son, Arsene Shalom Ntahobali, and four government officials.  Their convictions, which they sought to […]

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