Tag: international

Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina named Forbes Man of the Year

Nigerian Akinwumi Adesina named Forbes Man of the Year

| December 12, 2013

(GIN)—For adapting new technologies to address the financial needs of farmers, Nigerian Minister of Agriculture Akinwumi Adesina was tapped as the Forbes Man of the Year 2013. By introducing the e-wallet and using cellphones, Adesina said he was cutting out the middlemen and the losses due to corruption. “When I came on board in July […]

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Nelson Mandela passes on at 95

Nelson Mandela passes on at 95

| December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech. From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress’ struggle against […]

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Ghana’s former first lady warns of ‘seeds of dependency’ in western education

Ghana’s former first lady warns of ‘seeds of dependency’ in western education

| December 5, 2013

(GIN)—In a speech that examined the growing role for women in a rising Africa, Ghana’s former first lady also called for a critical look at formal western education. Mme. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, wife of former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings, and head of the 31st December Women’s Movement, delivered her remarks recently at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, […]

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Pan-African group takes a stand at climate summit

Pan-African group takes a stand at climate summit

| November 26, 2013

(GIN)–A movement for climate justice, building across Africa, was in the house at the global Climate Summit recently held in Warsaw, Poland. Writing in African Green Media, Fidelis Zvomuya of Zimbabwe observed: “As the world gathers for the 19th annual UN Climate Change talks (COP 19), Africa stands at the precipice. In the subcontinent, climate change […]

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Racist Dutch tradition of Black Pete comes under fire

Racist Dutch tradition of Black Pete comes under fire

| November 26, 2013

(GIN)–When Santa Claus comes to town in Amsterdam, it’s not a cluster of elves leaping around the robust figure in red waving at cheering children and adults. The dancing figures are “Black Petes” white Netherlanders in blackface wearing Afro wigs. Servants of St. Nick, they are variously Black Pete playing music or singing; Black Pete […]

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African book club presents awards for ‘kid lit’

African book club presents awards for ‘kid lit’

| November 9, 2013

(GIN)—The National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., was the venue for the Children’s Africana Awards and Book Festival Nov. 9. The annual event was sponsored by Africa Access, a nonprofit organization founded in 1989. Africa Access, according to their website, “was founded to help schools, public libraries, and parents improve the quality of […]

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Zakes Mda pleads for release of Eskinder Nega, pro-democracy scribe

Zakes Mda pleads for release of Eskinder Nega, pro-democracy scribe

| November 7, 2013

(GIN)—South African author Zakes Mda is urging Africans to step up and protest the lengthy sentence meted out to Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega for his pro-democracy writings that offended the government. Mda, a novelist, poet and playwriting, is the son of A.P. Mda, a “guiding light” in the founding of the Pan African Congress. Nega, who […]

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Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern Congo

Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern Congo

| November 7, 2013

Celebrations this week marked the end of a brutal 20-month revolt in Africa’s mineral-rich eastern Congo. The M23 rebel army reportedly scattered after the Congolese army captured its last hilltop stronghold.

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Caribbean nations united for reparations

Caribbean nations united for reparations

| November 5, 2013

In a move that has implications for blacks throughout the U.S., more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin serious discussions about reparations.

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Ugly chants by soccer fans in Moscow mar ‘No To Racism’ week

| November 4, 2013

(GIN)—African soccer stars came under a hail of racist chanting at a recent Champions League match by Russians in Moscow last week. The incident highlighted the failure of official anti-racism efforts, particularly last week’s “Football (soccer) Against Racism in Europe Action Week” organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Jeers from the Moscow […]

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