Africa Briefs

Thousands march to reject political shuffle by Guinea-Bissau president

Thousands march to reject political shuffle by Guinea-Bissau president

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—More than a thousand people filled the capital streets of Bissau this week, despite a downpour, in a march sparked by the unilateral dismissal by President Jose Mario Vaz of his entire government including a popular prime minister. The march was called “Mega Protest Against the Presidential Decree” and protestors carried signs reading “Respect the […]

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All eyes on Lesotho as southern African nation unravels

All eyes on Lesotho as southern African nation unravels

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—The small enclave state of Lesotho, with less than two million inhabitants, is taking on major proportions for the summit this week of the Southern African Development Community or SADC. Lesotho’s former prime minister, defeated in a national vote, claims to be on a hit list of the current administration. He and other former ministers […]

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Ugandan TV anchor snares BBC news prize

Ugandan TV anchor snares BBC news prize

| August 18, 2015

(GIN)—Prime time news anchor Nancy Kacungira is this year’s winner of the Komla Dumor award—a new BBC prize to an African journalist with exceptional talent, passion for their work and poise. Ms. Kacungira, selected from a field of 200, impressed the judges with her knowledge of the complex issues facing Africa and her awareness of […]

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Robert Mugabe: Africa must set up own ICC to try Europeans

Robert Mugabe: Africa must set up own ICC to try Europeans

| August 12, 2015

Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is advocating for his fellow African heads of state to take a stern self-determining stance against European imperialists, who have been exploiting the motherland for its labor from her indigenous inhabitants and for her natural resources for several centuries. He intends […]

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Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

Sierra Leone celebrates as ban on public gathering lifted

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Sierra Leoneans filled the beaches, nightclubs and restaurants of Freetown and beyond, celebrating their freedom from the yoke of Ebola by a presidential order. President Ernest Bai Koroma lifted the ban on Friday, giving the green light to a wide range of activities including sporting events, nightclubs, eating at restaurants after 9 p.m., football/soccer and […]

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Pressure builds on Germany to acknowledge genocide in Namibia

Pressure builds on Germany to acknowledge genocide in Namibia

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Members of Namibia’s ethnic groups—OvaHerero, San and Nama—are holding fast to an October deadline for the German government to apologize and respond to the OvaHerero people’s demand for reparations. “We demand acknowledgement, in principle, by the German government before 2 October 2015 that they are amenable to pay the two affected communities for the genocide […]

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Nigerian leader launches cleanup of nation’s ‘open sores’

Nigerian leader launches cleanup of nation’s ‘open sores’

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—As oil minister during military rule in the 1970s, President Muhammadu Buhari oversaw the birth of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp (NNPC). Now, as democratically elected president, he intends to break up the lumbering bureaucracy, which is believed to have cashed out astronomical sums of oil revenues for luxury lifestyles, leaving the oil-rich nation of […]

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South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Recognition of the indispensable role played by women in defeating apartheid was the focus of countless speeches, film showings and even fashion shows as the country paused this week for National Women’s Day, a public holiday. Women’s Affairs Minister Susan Shabangu kicked off the activities with a speech on Pan African Women’s Day, celebrated on […]

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Burundi tinderbox after president’s ally shot

Burundi tinderbox after president’s ally shot

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—The drive-by shooting that left a close aide of President Pierre Nkurunziza dead early this weekend, has raised fears of retaliation and cross-border violence. Mr. Nkurunziza, re-elected last month despite wide opposition, came on television on Monday to announce that police were searching for the individual who shot Lt. General Adolphe Nshimirimana. He urged restraint […]

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Mandela prizewinner from Namibia still practices bringing sight to blind

Mandela prizewinner from Namibia still practices bringing sight to blind

| August 4, 2015

(GIN)—There was pure emotion in the face of Dr. Helena Ndume, more used to bringing sight to the blind than wiping away tears of her own. According to friends, she was caught off guard by the rousing welcome awaiting her this past week at the Hosea Kutako International Airport after picking up the first U.N. […]

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