Africa Briefs

Another Kenyan steals limelight over highly-praised new book

Another Kenyan steals limelight over highly-praised new book

| March 14, 2014

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Kenyan by birth like her sister Lupita, has a stunning new novel, “Dust,” that is winning breathless reviews from the book trade.

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South African women taking charge in newsroom

| March 14, 2014

(GIN)—Women of color are making strides in newsrooms across South Africa. This new development was highlighted by the “rock star” of South African journalism—Ferial Haffajee—in a recap of gender accomplishments for International Women’s Day. “Today, I am happy to say, women hold strategic editorial positions across all platforms including broadcasting, print and online,” Haffajee, the […]

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BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

BBC News – Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money

| March 14, 2014

Nigeria orders probe into ‘missing $20bn’ of oil money President Jonathan says the allegations are patently false Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered a forensic audit of the state oil firm following claims that $20bn (£12bn) had gone missing. Suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi caused shockwaves last month when he said that $20bn in […]

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Former president of Nigeria linked to half a billion dollar heist

| March 13, 2014

  (GIN)—Four years ago, at a conference in Lagos, three eminent leaders took a swipe at the increasing rate of corruption in Nigeria. “Nigeria is too rich for any of its citizens to be poor… Nigerians must rise up immediately to fight the scourge of corruption ravaging the country.” That was the Rev. Jesse Jackson. […]

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BBC News – Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’

BBC News – Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’

| March 13, 2014

Colin Powell remembers ‘the real Nelson Mandela’ By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell shared his memories of Nelson Mandela with the BBC on Friday. “He was always a presence in my life and my early years in public service,” Mr Powell said. “He was something of a contemporary […]

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Report: South African blacks need 500 years to close wage gap with whites

| March 12, 2014

(GIN)—Union officials at a national bargaining conference in Pretoria had troubling news for workers hoping to get better pay and working conditions in the coming year. “We cannot lie forever,” said Andrew Chirwa of the National Union of Metalworkers (Numsa). “In 1994 we said South Africa will be a better place to live and unemployment […]

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BBC News – Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’

BBC News – Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’

| March 10, 2014

Nigeria gays: 20 lashes for ‘homosexual offences’ Islamic courts operate in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria Four Nigerian men have received 20 lashes each after an Islamic court in the northern city of Bauchi convicted them of gay sex, officials say. Confessions had been forced from the Muslim men after they were beaten up in custody, […]

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BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya

BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya

| March 9, 2014

Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya Images on Facebook showed Saadi Gaddafi before and after his head was shaved following his extradition The Libyan government says former leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saadi, has been extradited from Niger and is now in custody in Tripoli. via BBC News – Niger extradites Gaddafi’s son Saadi […]

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Desperation grows among youth for jobs, land in Zimbabwe

| March 6, 2014

(GIN)—Youth members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are running out of patience for land and jobs. They’ve reportedly told President Robert Mugabe they’re fed up and intend to seize land they say is due them since the launch of the land reform program in the year 2000. “We, together with the war veterans, played a […]

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Resistance rises to Africa’s anti-gay laws

| March 5, 2014

  (GIN)—Tough new laws criminalizing Africa’s LGBT community are getting some push back from Africans themselves who argue that more important issues are being swept under the rug during this relentless anti-gay crusade. In Uganda, opposition leader Kizza Besigye attacked the new laws signed by President Yoweri Museveni. He disputed the claim that homosexuality was […]

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