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In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—This was the year African economies were poised to rise and invest some of their new-found capital in jobs and infrastructure. But, the triple threat of climate change, falling oil prices and ethnic strife has left some heads of state scrambling for alternative ways to fund their ambitious plans. Of the largest economies, South Africa […]

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China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—At the recently concluded Forum on Africa and China Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to be everywhere—shaking hands, holding one on ones, watching cultural shows and last but not least, approving generous grants. As the conference in Johannesburg drew to a close, 48 African countries had received pledges, promises and development deals from Asia’s […]

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World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

World Bank unveils ambitious climate business plan for Africa

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)—“Africans had the least responsibility for putting carbon in the air and yet they’re feeling the brunt of climate change.” That was the view expressed by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the launch of the 21st climate change conference—known as COP21—opening this week. He added: “We want to make sure Africa is not forgotten […]

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World Scrabble title scooped by Nigerian in first for Africa

World Scrabble title scooped by Nigerian in first for Africa

| November 10, 2015

(GIN)—No one disputes the enormous gifts that Africans bring to the global table. But scrabble? In fact, a Nigerian college graduate is just the latest African winner of the brainiac’s board game apparently loved around the world. Wellington Jigher joins Elisee Poka from Ivory Coast who won the French-language Scrabble World Championship in 2008 and […]

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Climate confab will be ‘a walkover for polluters,’ Nigerian activists warn

Climate confab will be ‘a walkover for polluters,’ Nigerian activists warn

| November 10, 2015

(GIN)—The upcoming climate talks in Paris—opening Nov. 30—are already firing up climate activists who fear it will do little to avert climate disaster. Nigerian environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey questioned the confab’s lofty goals when it was empowering corporations at the same time. “It’s another walkover for polluters,” he said dismissively. “The outcome is already known,” said […]

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Black immigrants boost nation’s black population

Black immigrants boost nation’s black population

| October 9, 2015

By Frederick H. Lowe Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com Provided to NNPA member newspapers courtesy of Trice Edney News Wire (TriceEdneyWire.com)—Black immigrants from other parts of the world are boosting this country’s black population, and the immigrants’ median income is 30 percent higher than that of U.S.-born blacks. “Since 1980, the […]

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UK detains five in pursuit of Nigerian oil ministry laundered funds

UK detains five in pursuit of Nigerian oil ministry laundered funds

| October 6, 2015

(GIN)—Nearly half a dozen suspects, including the former Minister of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria, were swept up by UK authorities in a crackdown on corruption coordinated with Nigerian President Muhammed Buhari. According to multiple media accounts, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) obtained a court order to seize 27,000 pounds ($41,000) from the London apartment of […]

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Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

Rwanda eases way for ‘president for life’

| September 8, 2015

(GIN)—While most African leaders want you to believe they’re for ending the colonial-era practice of rule by a “president-for-life,” Rwanda is one among several moving quietly to embrace it. A petition drive allegedly from Rwandese citizens is urging a constitutional amendment to allow President Paul Kagame to stick around for a third term. Rebuilding Rwanda […]

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Pesticide-tainted food prompts EU ban on Nigerian exports

Pesticide-tainted food prompts EU ban on Nigerian exports

| September 1, 2015

(GIN)—The European Union’s Rapid Alert System for food says it has detected excessive levels of chemical contaminants in Nigerian food exports. These include beans, melon seeds, sweet potatoes, cashew kernels, dried fish and meat, peanut chips, nutmeg, soft drinks and sesame seeds. The discovery prompted the EU to ban the import of these foods until […]

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Black lives should matter to black killers, too

Black lives should matter to black killers, too

| August 18, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist I applaud the Black Lives Matter Movement for renewing attention on police violence against blacks, an issue that is old as the republic—for black lives do matter. And black lives should always matter—even when the killers are not hyper-aggressive cops, white supremacists or other emblems of oppression. In 2011, the […]

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