Tag: senegal

After 20 years on the run, Chad’s ex-ruler gets life sentence for crimes

After 20 years on the run, Chad’s ex-ruler gets life sentence for crimes

(GIN)—Former president of Chad, Hissene Habre, who escaped punishment for high crimes including the murder of thousands, was sentenced this week to life behind bars, ending a long journey for justice by his victims and victims’ relatives who filled the court. The African Union-backed court convicted him of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings during […]

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Huge archive of famed African photographers recall groundbreaking work

Huge archive of famed African photographers recall groundbreaking work

| April 19, 2016

(GIN)—The vast archives of two remarkable photographers from West Africa who passed this year will ensure that authentic images of African life will be their legacy to future generations. The images radically depart from the clichés of colonialism. Malick Sidibé, whose pictures of Mali’s youth conveyed the high-spirited feeling of a country that has just […]

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‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

‘Super Sunday’ of polls rocks continent

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—Voters trooped to the polls in six countries  across Africa, electing presidents and in Senegal approving a constitution with shorter presidential terms. Among the surprises, the hand-picked successor to the outgoing president of Benin was defeated by a self-made entrepreneur Patrice Talon—“the king of cotton”—who ran as an “authentic Beninese” candidate. During the campaign he […]

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French, English step aside! Campaign to save local language begins with book

French, English step aside! Campaign to save local language begins with book

| March 15, 2016

(GIN)–Waly Fay of Senegal had an obsession. He was determined not to let one of Senegal’s local languages become a footnote of linguistic history. Not only was Serer the third most spoken language in Senegal but it was the language of the country’s first president. Although Léopold Sédar Senghor, a president and a poet, wrote […]

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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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Senegal loses national treasure—Doudou N’Diaye Rose joins the elders

Senegal loses national treasure—Doudou N’Diaye Rose joins the elders

| August 25, 2015

By Doris Green (GIN)—It comes with deep sadness that the hands of another of Africa’s greatest treasurers are silenced. Senegal greatest drummer Doudou N’diaye Rose died at age 85. He was born in Dakar in 1930 and was named Mamadou of which the nickname is Doudou. In fact we had just celebrated his birth and […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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Senegalese music star hoarding fake euros, nabbed in counterfeit scam

Senegalese music star hoarding fake euros, nabbed in counterfeit scam

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)–Senegalese fans of praise singer Thione Ballago Seck were stunned and confounded over the recent arrest of their musical icon associated with Senegal’s religious heroes. Police who raided Seck’s luxury home said he was hiding 50 million in counterfeit euro notes at the time of his arrest. According to the police account, Seck sat down […]

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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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In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

In one terrible weekend, ISIL beheads Christians, hundreds drown in ‘a mass grave’

| April 21, 2015

(GIN)–As Europeans debated their policies towards the leaky flotillas steaming out of Libya, carrying most to a certain death at sea, members of ISIL were streaming a video of captured Ethiopian Christians on a beach. One group of Christians is on their knees and shot to death. Another group is beheaded. The video bore the […]

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