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Optimism in DR Congo as deal reached to end political crisis »

The new year in one of Africa’s most troubled countries began in a burst of optimism Sunday after rival groups agreed a deal for hauling DR Congo out of a…

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Heat, Hunger and War Force Africans Onto a ‘Road on Fire’ »

AGADEZ, Niger — The world dismisses them as economic migrants. The law treats them as criminals who show up at a nation’s borders uninvited. Prayers alone protect them on the journey…

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Malian Air Force Buys Pricey French Chopper To Fight Local Jihadists »

A fully-loaded “Super Puma” military helicopter is the latest addition to Mali’s beleaguered air force which has been struggling to defeat rebels in the country’s central and northern region. The…

Dec 15 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Nigerian migrants: Rescued but still in the EU crosshairs »

By Kristy Siegfried and Tom Westcott After an accord with Turkey practically shut down the Aegean route, the EU is eying a raft of deals with African nations to stem…

Nov 16 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

City Council Open Letter to New York City Immigrant Communities »

Urge Those Affected to Remain Calm and Make Use of Available City Services City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Immigration Committee…

Dec 15 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Experts Warn Immigrants Against ‘Marriage Of Convenience’ »

by Edwin Martinez President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to deport mil- lions of undocumented peo- ple have caused such alarm that…

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Probe IGP’s ‘Fake’ doctorate degree – Academics »

Two Ghanaian academics have waded into the controversy surrounding what they call the ‘questionable’ doc- toral degrees of the disquali-…

Nov 16 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Nigerian Doctor in Texas successfully performs Fetal Surgery »


by U. K. Uwadinobi It is a story that has become a viral phenomenon in the digital world of social…

Nov 16 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

New York City Council Seeks to Restrict ‘Unfair’ Police Procedure »


By Camille Padilla-Dalmau For many years, countless New Yorkers have complained that the nuisance abatement law (NAL) violates their civil…

Nov 16 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Zimbabweans are sleeping overnight outside banks again to get their cash »


by Lynsey Chutel & Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi It’s a terrible moment of déjà vu for Zimbabweans as another currency looms. For the last few days, in the capital Harare, Zimbabweans have begun lining up outside of banks to get hold of what little cash is in…

Dec 15 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Nigeria has hunted down ‘700,000 firms that have never paid tax’ »


Nigeria has hunted down 700,000 firms that have never paid taxes as the country seeks new revenue sources to offset low oil prices that have pushed Africa’s biggest economy into its first recession in more than 20 years, its tax chief said. Tunde Fowler, executive…

Oct 14 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Kenya’s PesaPal is moving into the physical world with its first point-of-sale system »

by Joshua Masinde PesaPal, a Nairobi-based aggregator for online and mobile payments, is set to launch its own point-ofsale system (POS) to rival similar products from PayPal, Shopify and Square. Expected to be in place in a month, the point-of-sale system will enable business owners…

Aug 16 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Ghana’s startup hub pioneer is going pan-African with a $50 million fund »


Yinka Adegoke Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) has built one of Africa’s best known startup ecosystems in Accra, Ghana over the last eight years—and now it’s doubling down on a push to take its vision pan-African. As MEST has grown, it has opened up…

May 11 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Etisalat Sues MTN Over Deal for Nigeria Online Firm Visafone »

by Yinka Ibukun Loni Prinsloo Emirates Telecommunications Group Co is suing Nigeria competitor MTN Group Ltd. over plans by Africa’s biggest wireless company to buy local Internet provider Visafone Communications Ltd. The lawsuit centers on MTN’s potential use of Visafone’s 800 megahertz of spectrum, Abu…

Feb 14 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Ghana Starts Africa’s First High-tech Interactive Distance Learning »

There are no computers, TVs or smartphones in many schools in rural Ghana. In the classroom, teachers talk while students listen. There’s very little engagement and virtually no interaction, because many teachers themselves were not formally trained. The private, nonprofit Varkey Foundation — together with…

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AXA Buys 8% Stake In Africa Internet Group For €75m »

French insurance giant AXA announced today it is investing €75-million to take a 8% stake in Africa Internet Group (AIG), one of the continent’s largest e-commerce operations. Jumia is AIG’s main subsidiary and operates in 11 African markets. Transactions grew 265% during the first nine…

Feb 14 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Where Blackouts Shake Up Elections, Renewables Seek the Benefits »

by Anna Hirtenstein More than a quarter of the African nations south of the Sahara Desert have presidential elections this year, and renewable energy developers could stand to benefit. The region has the world’s biggest concentration of people — more than 620 million according to…

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Using Life Insurance To Jump-Start Your Financial Future (Part Two) »

By: Dr. Peter Ikre The August edition marked the commencement of a series of articles on financial planning tailored toward furthering the empowerment and emancipation of immigrant communities particularly those of African origin from the menace of financial subjugation. In case you missed the previous…

Sep 16 2015 / No Comment / Read More »

EDITORIAL: Good Faith Appointments? »

Further to the engagement of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) by the quondam NDC government, to help infuse credibility in the Ghanaian economy, the employment…

Jan 17 2017 / No Comment / Read More »

GHANA: NPP Bounces Back to Power »

Elections are dicey. Gifting or vote-buying or anything that seeks to influence voters does not win elections. Essentially, elections are referenda on government. The recent…

Dec 15 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

NPP Manifesto: A blueprint for development »

As party manifestos go, even the best has been rarely practical but looks perfect on paper. Ghana’s major opposition New Patriotic Party a couple of…

Nov 16 2016 / No Comment / Read More »

Ghanaian architect who designed US’ African American museum honoured

A renowned Ghanaian architect, Mr David Adjaye, has been honoured by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) for his outstanding achievement in architecture. He was presented with a citation by the Chairman of the NDPC, Professor…

Oct 14 2016 / Read More »