Africa Briefs

American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

American missionary kidnapped in Nigeria as neighbor countries seethe

| March 4, 2015

(GIN)–With kidnappings and violent attacks almost a daily occurrence in Nigeria, the disappearance of an American missionary appears to have stirred a new wave of outrage among the international community at the worsening conditions in the West African country, once considered a rising star and the largest economy on the continent. Phyllis Sortor, a reverend […]

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Namibia’s ‘good governance’ president tapped for leadership prize

Namibia’s ‘good governance’ president tapped for leadership prize

| March 4, 2015

(GIN)–A five million dollar prize for exemplary leadership, good governance and defending human rights has been awarded to the president of Namibia, it was announced this week. President Hifikepunye Pohamba is the first leader to capture the prize since it was awarded to Cape Verde’s former president in 2011. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, named for […]

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Ugandan activist tipped for famed Peace Prize

Ugandan activist tipped for famed Peace Prize

| February 25, 2015

(GIN)—From a camp for displaced people amidst war, Victor Ochen was never far from the strife that afflicted Uganda more than a decade ago. The Lord’s Resistance Army abducted his elder brother and cousin. Their whereabouts are still unknown. Since then, Ochen has turned his personal pain into an initiative that aims to rehabilitate victims […]

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South African miners in near-death fire as investors eye profits

South African miners in near-death fire as investors eye profits

| February 25, 2015

(GIN)—An early morning fire swept through the Kusasalethu gold mine, southwest of Johannesberg, trapping close to 500 workers on a Sunday shift. The miners were more than 7,500 feet underground when the incident was reported. Three underground fires were reported in October last year and at least one two-week mine closure. Prayers were said and […]

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At margins of hot war, Somalis ‘hanging by a thread’

At margins of hot war, Somalis ‘hanging by a thread’

| February 25, 2015

(GIN)—After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the assassins, the motives and the official response. This left actor Barkhad Abdi, who played opposite Tom Hanks in the movie “Captain Phillips” and was making his […]

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Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

Reversing course, U.S. to aid Nigeria in Boko Haram

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)–After a published plea from Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan for U.S. combat troops in the fight against Boko Haram fighters, the U.S. African Command appears ready to sweep aside its hesitation and jump in with both feet. The previous position held that advanced weapons could not be provided as there were troubling allegations of human […]

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Sierra Leone promises probe into missing Ebola funds

Sierra Leone promises probe into missing Ebola funds

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)—A full investigation will be conducted into multiple failures of accountability regarding the use of $5 million in funds sent for the fight against Ebola, the government of Sierra Leone has pledged. An internal audit found that nearly one-third of the money received to fight Ebola was spent without providing receipts and invoices to justify […]

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Superstar Kidjo’s ‘Eve’ spotlights Africa women’s music

Superstar Kidjo’s ‘Eve’ spotlights Africa women’s music

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)—African singer, showstopper and activist Angélique Kidjo, won her second Grammy Award for the Best World Music Album which she dedicated to African women. Speaking at the red carpet ceremony held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, she thanked the African women who inspired her. “To be recognized at the Grammys means that the […]

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New African poetry finds voice on the Web

New African poetry finds voice on the Web

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)–From the pages of private notebooks or the dog-eared copies of rare published editions, the works of modern African poets are emerging with great fanfare thanks to a dedicated handful of writers and teachers building a network of libraries and websites on the internet. The South African Badilisha Poetry X-change is one such group which […]

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Exposé haunts banking giant that helped hide African billions

Exposé haunts banking giant that helped hide African billions

| February 12, 2015

(GIN)–In an unusual collaborative effort, a team of journalists from 45 countries has produced a blistering expose of a billionaires’ bank in Switzerland which was helping to place huge sums of its clients’ money beyond the reach of tax obligations and court settlements. The banking giant HSBC was said to be a haven for tax […]

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