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Congo-Brazzaville’s Hidden War Rages On

The shells of burnt-out vehicles rust in the rain and crumbling houses poke out through the overgrown brush. The village of Soumouna in Congo-Brazzaville’s southern Pool region lies empty and guarded by soldiers, but there’s undeniable evidence of what happened here 20 months ago. Isma Nkodia, 25, said she was passing through the village at four in the afternoon when government […]

Book Launch Animates Ghanaians to Revisit Roots

About a hundred people gathered on Saturday afternoon, February 3rd, at The Priory in Newark for the launch of local author Kofi Ayim’s third book. Having previously written about a slave-turned-businessman of Akan descent (Jack Cudjo) and then about the heritage and customs of that nationwithin-a-nation (The Akan of Ghana), Ayim has now completed a volume focusing on a particular state within […]

NYC Lawmaker Pushes to Honor Ghanaian Hero

New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres says he will propose legislation to name the corner of 187 th Street and Prospect Avenue in honor of the Ghanaian military man, Emmanuel Mensah, who fell in the December 28, 2017 inferno in the Belmont section of the Bronx. The suggestion was first made during a community vigil held at the Mount Carmel Church in the Bronx on […]

Ghana’s Queenly First Lady……And “Kingly” Presidents

Throughout Africa, among the duties of a queen mother is to take care of vulnerable mothers and their children. Ghana’s current First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, set up her Rebecca Foundation that constructed a $2.5 million Mother and Baby Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana. The unit is named the Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi Ampem II Center, after the late […]

Ramses II Moves to Brand New Museum Home Near Pyramids

by KRISTEN ROMEY The colossal 3,200-year-old statue of Ramses II was moved from its home for the last 50 years in downtown Cairo to a newly built museum near the Great Pyramids. In 21st-century Egypt, the pharaohs still travel in style. A marching band and mounted military guard were on hand Thursday to escort an enormous statue of Ramses II on its fourth […]

South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Dies at Age 78

“An immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large.” -South African President Jacob Zuma Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African,” has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer.” Masekela gained global […]

Thanks But No Thanks: Used Clothes Dilemma

by MELISSA BANIGAN Importing on average over $150 million worth of used clothes and shoes from primarily the United States and Europe, several East African nations are starting to push back. With at least 70% of donated garments finding their way to Africa, now Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and other nations are considering curtailing or even outright banning such imports, in a […]

More African countries opened up to African travelers in 2017

by YOMI KAZEEM The difficulties of traveling across Africa as an African has been well-told. Getting a visa to visit another African country has typically meant being buried in a mountain of paperwork and also expensive visa fees. When procured, the visas are typically only for a short duration. Even then, getting the visa isn’t enough to stave off extra hassles at entry […]

Jury still out on huge mangrove regeneration project in Senegal

by CISSOKHO LASSANA Billed as the largest mangrove restoration programme in the world, a project in the Saloum Delta in western Senegal aims to undo decades of damage to a vital ecosystem, but critics say the scheme dispossesses the local community and amounts to little more than “ocean grab.” Climate change (lower rainfall, rising sea levels, and harsh droughts) coupled with unsustainable human exploitation has seen […]