Africa Briefs

South Africa admits $10 million payment to soccer group

South Africa admits $10 million payment to soccer group

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

(GIN)–A bribery and corruption scandal of international proportions broke open last week with the arrest of 14 officials of FIFA—a worldwide football/soccer association that most recently granted World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar. While arrests, under the direction of Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. attorney general, went high up in the organization, the president, […]

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Grave of Obama’s father to get facelift before visit

Grave of Obama’s father to get facelift before visit

(GIN)–Preparing for the July visit of President Barack Obama, officials of Siaya County in Kenya are proposing to spend one million shillings or just over $10,000 on the restoration, maintenance and care of the grave. Governor Cornel Rasanga gave the Department of Tourism the go-ahead to implement the project before Air Force One arrives in […]

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Newly-recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave trade

Newly-recovered ship contains rare remnants of slave trade

(GIN)–A Portuguese slave ship that left Mozambique in 1794 bound for Brazil had hardly rounded the treacherous Cape of Good Hope when it broke apart violently on two reefs only 100 yards from shore. The Portuguese captain, crew and half of the enslaved Africans survived. An estimated 212 Africans did not and perished at sea. […]

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Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

Nigeria’s new president sworn in amidst ‘catastrophic expectations’|

(GIN)–Muhammadu Buhari, his hand on the Holy Book, was sworn in as president at an open-air ceremony May 29 in the capital city of Abuja. His speech acknowledged many of the challenges facing the largest democracy in Africa but offered hope that these challenges could be met. Giving thanks to God “who has preserved us […]

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U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

U.S.-Senegalese rock star unveils new solar campaign for Africa

(GIN)—Senegalese-American R&B singer Akon has been lighting up Africa with solar energy even while the solar industry in the U.S. struggles to catch fire. The Missouri-born artist has become a rising star in the movement to bring electricity from the sun to rural communities. Launched in February 2014, “Akon Lighting Africa” (ALA) describes its aims […]

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South African voters ‘in a bad mood’ over unemployment, corruption

South African voters ‘in a bad mood’ over unemployment, corruption

| May 28, 2015 | 1 Reply

(GIN)—Unemployment in South Africa is higher than at any time in the past 11 years—reaching 26.4 percent and almost double that for young people under 25 years of age. Joblessness, combined with lurid reports of corruption, have left voters discouraged and dismayed, according to an internal ANC election strategy document. The party will be facing […]

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As Ethiopia counts ballots, landside for ruling party expected

As Ethiopia counts ballots, landside for ruling party expected

(GIN)–Ethiopians went to the polls over the weekend in an election described as calm, peaceful, and credible by observers from the African Union. The AU observers, however, did not use the familiar phrase “free and fair” or “transparent” to describe the voting. AU observer Chika Charles Aniekwe cautiously explained to the Voice of America: “We […]

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Burundi leader, stifling attempted coup, cracks down on media

Burundi leader, stifling attempted coup, cracks down on media

(GIN)–Burundi’s President Pierre Nkuruziza, who narrowly avoided his removal from office by a citizen-backed military coup, has turned against the media that closely reported the day to day protests. Nkuruziza was out of the country in Tanzania at a meeting of East African leaders when he learned that hundreds of Burundians were cheering his overthrow […]

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Ghanaian celebrities join call to end painful power outages

Ghanaian celebrities join call to end painful power outages

(GIN)–Throngs of Ghanaians thronged the capital Accra this past week but the celebrities in their midst were not the main attraction. Thousands of citizens, movie stars, civil servant, academics and others took to the streets to protest the government’s failure to end a three-year long electric power crisis. The energy crisis has crippled business at […]

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Popular Nigerian author calls on Americans to ‘reject silence’

Popular Nigerian author calls on Americans to ‘reject silence’

(GIN)–Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, co-curator of a spectacular World Voices week of more than 100 African writers, closed the event with an admonition. Referencing “codes of silence” that govern America life, Adichie urged her audience at the Great Hall of the Cooper Union university “to reject silence.” “There is a general tendency in the […]

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