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Industrialisation the Pathway to Prosperity for Africa

by SIPHELELE DLUDLA Afreximbank, the prime Export-Import African bank, has said that the intra-Africa trade fair set to be held in Egypt later in December will be an opportunity for the continent to industrialise. Kanayo Awani, managing director of Intra-African trade initiative at Afreximbank, said that one of the aims of the trade fair is to deal with failing industrial and manufacturing growth in the […]

Africa Day – Whither To?

The Organization of African Unity, a prelude to the African Union, was established on May 25, 1963, and with it was born Africa Day. Even though Africans across the world celebrate it, fewer than ten African nations – including Angola, Ghana, and Zambia – observe May 25 as a public holiday. But what do these countries celebrate? Granted that the effects of colonialism that […]

Black Women Bridging the Continental Gap thru African Hairdos

by Kofi Ayim  Beauty trends come and go, but one style that never seems to get old is hair braiding. In Africa, the history of hair braids goes back as far as 3,500 B.C., with braid patterns and hairstyles being an indication of a person’s tribe, age, marital and social status. Hair braiding was and still is, a weaving of art and socializing. For […]

Pressure Builds for South Africa’s Land Reform Plans

by Joe Brock Twenty-four years after the end of apartheid, the African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, has been slow to act on its pledge to return 30% of land granted to whites under a 1913 law back to its “previous owners” by 2014. But with ANC elections on the horizon next year, president Cyril Ramaphosa is under […]

Ghana Consulate of NY Fires Employee, Alleging Extortion

by Kofi Ayim The Permanent Mission of Ghana in New York City has fired a security officer at the Consulate, charging him with extortion after a complaint filed by a visa applicant earlier this year. However the employee states that the charges are false and claims his firing is without cause. Charges of malfeasance at the Ghana Mission in […]

Freetown’s New Mayor Brings New Vision to Sierra Leone

by ELIZABETH ALLAN Sierra Leone conjures images of blood diamonds, child soldiers and Ebola. Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr wants us to remember a different time in her country’s history. “We were known as the ‘Athens of West Africa,’ ” she says. “Future heads of government from throughout Africa studied here, at Fourah Bay College.” Aki-Sawyerr will soon have the chance to implement her vision. In March 2018, […]

Africa’s Desperate Youth Are Getting High on Opioids and Anything They Can Get Their Hands On

Sitting in a dingy café in the crime. The actual details of the death of a young man called “Kenneth aka Dagba Junior” from the Lagos suburb of Ketu remain murky, but local news reports are clear on the culprit: gutter water. His friends say Kenneth had gone out for the night at a local hotel and decided to indulge in the potent […]

Ethiopian Airlines Revises its 15-Year Strategic Plan

Ethiopian Airlines has announced plans to revise its ambitious 15-year strategic plan from 2010, which called for the airline to become the largest carrier in Africa by 2025. While the airline’s initial plan outlined a strategy to more than double its fleet to 120 aircraft within the review period, Ethiopian Airlines has already fast approached a fleet of 100 planes at the half-way mark. […]

Africa Wants the Same Opportunity as the West Had to Develop

The West used coal to power its industrial revolution and now many developing countries argue they should not be held back from using this abundant resource to do the same. Coal is abundant across Africa. South Africa alone has around 200 billion tonnes – enough to keep the lights on for at least 200 years, according to figures by government electricity utility Eskom, which […]

Ras Baraka Relected Newark Mayor in a Landslide Victory

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka won reelection in a landslide victory to lead New Jersey’s largest city over challenger Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, securing his leadership for another four years inside City Hall. Baraka garnered more than more than 77 percent of the vote, according to an unofficial tally by the Essex County Clerk’s Office. Chaneyfield Jenkins received 22.6 percent of the vote. During his victory party […]