(GIN)—A ex-military officer’s off-hand remark that striking workers strapped by rising electric and water bills should pack their bags and leave the country has stirred up a hornet’s nest among the Ghanaian diaspora. Retired Brigadier-General Joseph Nunoo-Mensah was rebuked for telling Ghanaians to take a hike if they could not sacrifice in difficult times. “Go […]
(GIN)—Mozambique, profiled as the next Norway enjoying a windfall from its recent finds in off-shore gas, may be headed for troubled waters instead. A fragile peace has reigned over the southeast nation since a treaty in 1992 ended a 16-year-long civil war. A pawn in the Cold War of the great powers, the coastal nation […]
(GIN)—Members of the Dinka Ngok ethnic group are returning en masse to their homes in the oil-rich Abyei region, intent on a unilateral referendum on national identity that may have explosive consequences. The exodus began after Sudanese leaders failed to schedule an internationally-backed referendum this month. It would have allowed all Abyei citizens to choose […]
(GIN)—Twenty-seven years after his death, the celebrated leader of Mozambique and its first president, Samora Machel, remains a symbol of resistance and hope Machel—who died on Oct. 19, 1986—was called a thoughtful and decisive leader who died too soon. He died in a plane crash while on his way back from the Lusaka summit in […]
The African Union has given notice to the International Criminal Court that it should end trials of sitting heads of state and postpone the active trials of the president and deputy president of Kenya, both tied down by the recent Westgate shopping mall terror attack.
(GIN)—Africa has 55 billionaires at a time when the number of Africans living in extreme poverty has risen over the past three decades, according to the World Bank, from 205 million to 414 million. Three of the billionaires are women—the mother of Kenya’s president, a daughter of Angola’s president and a Nigerian oil tycoon and […]
(GIN)—Former diplomat Mulatu Teshome was sworn in this week for a six-year term as president—a largely symbolic and ceremonial post. Real power rests in the hands of the Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn. Mulatu, a 57-year-old economist, was Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey until his appointment. He replaces 88-year-old Girma Wolde-Giorgis, who served from 2001 until now. It […]
(GIN)—Outspoken peace advocate, former Archbishop Desmond Tutu, marked his 82 birthday Monday amidst well-wishers including former U.N. chief Kofi Annan who delivered the third annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture at the University of the Western Cape. Annan called on Africans to embrace all people regardless of their gender, sexual orientation or economic status. He […]
Counterfeit drugs are a chronic problem in Africa’s largely unsupervised market place. So-called anti-malaria drugs imported from India have been found with little or no ability to protect adults or children.
(GIN)—A coalition of reading groups represented by the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO have picked Port Harcourt of Nigeria as the World Book Capital City for its efforts to “bring back the book” to the forefront of national discourse. Credit for the award was shared by the Rainbow Book Club (RBC) and other clubs promoting the […]