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An Islamist Insurgency Brews in Mozambique

An emerging radical Islamist movement in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province has led to the implementation of night-time curfews and the need for military convoy escorts through some areas. While the movement is still very small and distant from the key tourist areas in the south, this growing threat should not be ignored. Residents of Naunde […]

Banking? Your Citizenship Papers, Please

With the unsettling reports of firms such as Bank of America now requesting proof of citizenship from their customers, banks are now choosing to toe the line with President Trump’s anti-immigrant stance in asking for such information, despite the fact that U.S. citizenship is not a requirment to open nor maintain a bank account. A […]

Warnings on ‘Addiction’ to Skin Bleaching

Despite the many health risks associated with the practice, skin bleaching is gaining popularity in Africa. The use of toxic creams, injections and pills to become more fair is on the rise, fueled by the the belief that fairer, lighter skin is a gateway to beauty and success. While African governments have sought to ban […]

From India with Love

Arriving in Africa ahead of the 10th BRICS summit in South Africa, Indian PM Narendra Modi first made stops in Rwanda and Uganda, in what can only be seen as an effort to cast India as the benevolent alternative to neighboring China. Without nary a mention of the Asian regional rival in speeches to legislative […]

Jack Cudjo – Newark’s Revolutionary Soldier & First Black Businessman

The following is an excerpt from Jack Cudjo – Newark’s Revolutionary Soldier & First Black Businessman by Kofi Ayim. Slavery in New Jersey The state of New Jersey officially abolished further importation of slavery in 1786, yet 74 years later (1860) eighteen slaves were recorded in the census. These slaves were apparently freed by the 1865 […]

Our Campaign Promises Coming to Fruition – Ghana VP Dr. Bawumia

by Yoyo Poku On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, the Ghana Consulate and the Permanent Mission to the U.N. organized a Town Hall meeting for the Ghanaian community in New York City and beyond with H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, in attendance. The meeting was held at the Rose Hill […]

Is the Law an Ass?

The expression “The law is an ass” (originally uttered by Mr. Bumble in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist) is explained on the website The Phrase Finder as when there is lack of common sense in the rigid application of the law. A recent judgment in a court of law in Ghana makes that phrase all too […]

A Rare Step in the Right Direction

The recently elected President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has done something that very few African leaders would do. He has selected Mr. Siddique Wai as his country’s ambassador to the U.S. Mr. Siddique emigrated to the U.S. over thirty years ago. But the length of his sojourn is immaterial to our course. He’s […]

Ghanaian Culture Performers Making Waves in the U.S.

by Kofi Ayim Okyerema Asante was first introduced to Akan drumming by his uncle at age 3 in his native Koforidua, the administrative capital of Eastern Region, Ghana. His uncle was an Okyerema at the courts of both Koforidua and Juaben in the Ashanti Region. Okyerema is an accolade bestowed on an Akan drummer who […]

Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Perform in South Africa for Mandela Tribute

by LYNSEY CHUTEL After more than a decade, Beyoncé and Jay-Z will finally perform in Africa again. The super-star couple will headline a tribute concert to Nelson Mandela in December. The concert was announced on July 9 in a video featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin and the South African rapper Sho Madjozi. On Dec. 2 in […]

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