Tag: africa

‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

| March 24, 2015 | 1 Reply

Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan joins ancestors at 96 By Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm […]

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Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

Leaders clamp down as elections near in 10 countries

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)–It’s election time in nearly a dozen African countries and the wish of some leaders to fiddle with the constitution and have a forbidden third term in office is sending tremors through the fragile states involved. Ten elections are coming up this year–among them Nigeria, Burundi, Togo, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of […]

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Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

Africa to get counterterrorism assist from U.S. Green Berets

| January 28, 2015

(GIN)—U.S. Army Special Forces, America’s highly-trained operatives in unconventional warfare, direct action, reconnaissance and counterterrorism, are preparing for one of their biggest exercises of the year in Africa. Under the name “Flintlock 2015,” the exercise is a multinational training of troops in several West African countries including Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia.  It kicks off […]

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Masquerade parties, nativity plays mark African Christmas Holiday

Masquerade parties, nativity plays mark African Christmas Holiday

| December 22, 2014

(GIN)—How do Africans celebrate Christmas? Let me count the ways! According to a census study, there are 350 million Christians in Africa and more than a handful of rituals varying by country and ethnic group. Coptic Christians in Ethiopian and Egypt follow the ancient Julian calendar and celebrate the holiday on Jan. 7. Traditionally referred […]

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‘Scheme’ to lower gas at the pump hits Africa hard

‘Scheme’ to lower gas at the pump hits Africa hard

| December 19, 2014

(GIN)–Falling oil prices are happy news for American car owners but disastrous news for Africa which was recently celebrating an “oil boom” around the continent. Some energy consultants see falling prices as a political maneuver by the West designed to bring rebellious countries to their knees. Saudi Arabia also had a bone to pick with […]

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Africa leaders strengthen ties with Cuba

Africa leaders strengthen ties with Cuba

| October 2, 2014

(GIN)–While the U.S. tightens an economic embargo on its island neighbor, several African leaders were making a pilgrimage to Havana to strengthen bilateral relations.  Niger’s President Issoufou Mahamadou arrived Sept. 28 on an official visit to Cuba aimed at developing exchanges in the areas of health, sports and education. The arrival by Mahamodou follows the […]

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Hundreds head towards social media confab in South Africa

Hundreds head towards social media confab in South Africa

| August 29, 2014

(GIN)–Some 400 delegates from 36 African countries are expected to fill the halls at the 18th annual Highway Africa conference for media activism which takes place Sept. 7 through Sept. 8 at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. The two-day event will explore how social media has impacted all aspects of our lives in the last ten years. Dan […]

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Americans benefit from helping Africans

| August 15, 2014

By LaTrina Antoine Special to the NNPA from the AFRO WASHINGTON  (NNPA)–Increasing United States investment opportunities in Africa could help the economy create more jobs for Americans, according to U.S. officials “Our economic and commercial partnership is a two-way street,” Penny Pritzker, U.S. secretary of commerce, told African leaders at the U.S.-Africa Summit. “Goods and […]

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Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

Ghana’s once golden economy plunges to ‘ground zero’

| August 9, 2014

(GIN)–Expectations of a windfall from the discovery of oil have been dashed by a weakening cedi, with ordinary citizens feeling the pinch. “Prices of ingredients in the market have been changing almost every month,” Anastancia Bokpe, who runs a restaurant in the east Legon suburb of the capital, complained to Reuters. “We are already in […]

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Botswana’s Okavango Delta ‘World Heritage site’

Botswana’s Okavango Delta ‘World Heritage site’

| June 27, 2014

(GIN)–The Okavango Delta–Africa’s last-remaining wetland wilderness–has been listed as the 1000th World Heritage site by Unesco, the United Nations cultural body. The vast “Okavango wilderness” will be counted alongside such majestic formations as the Galapagos, Amazon, Arctic and Great Barrier Reef. It contains a number of endangered species and is unusual in that it is […]

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