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Amandla Staff Reporter Some sixty-one years ago, Ghana was a poor and unstable newly independent country with a population of about seven million people, untried institutions, yet with an ambitious domestic and international agenda.  Now, the West Africa nation is seen as “middle income and middle class with a large and still young population of […]


Last month several African leaders met in China for a historic economic session with Chinese leaders. Dubbed the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the “Ethiopia in Beijing” summit understandably put the West in a quandary because it sees China as chipping away at its socio-economic (and probably cultural) hold and gain on Africa since Europeans […]

Ilhan Omar Set to Become First Somali- American Member of Congress

This November, Ilhan Omar is on track to become the first Somali-American elected to the United States Congress, after winning a heated Democratic primary in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District. Omar, a 36-year-old Somali and former refugee who immigrated to the United States as a teenager, beat a packed field of six candidates in the race […]

“Let’s Look Back Home”

by Kofi Ayim Dr. Nelson Oke Aluya, assistant professor of medicine at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, has entreated his fellow citizens of Nigeria to look back home and render generous services to the needy and less unfortunate. He observed that the task requires collective responsibility to prosecute it. He challenged […]

Nearly 90 Elephants Found Slaughtered in Botswana Wildlife Park

by Emily Sullivan Uncovered during an aerial survey, wildlife conservation group Elephants Without Borders reported finding nearly 90 dead elephants near the Okavango Delta; many with tusks removed from their mutilated heads. EWB states that the scale of the incident is the largest seen in Africa. The carcasses of 87 elephants have been discovered near […]

The People Smugglers of the Sahara

Since 2014, human traf cking of mi- grants hoping to arrive in Europe has become a lucrative business in Libya, bene ting the country’s rival militias and tribes. One group at the center of the migrant smuggling trade is the the little-known community of the Toubou. What was once a clandes- tine business now operates […]

Our Community’s Thoughts on Kofi Annan

Amandla sampled a few Africans on their thoughts about the death of Kofi Annan, one-time Secretary General of the United Nations. Edited for brevity. “May the ancestors welcome him into their midst and send down to us the wisdom to accomplish as much and even more than he nobly did, as our great God of all freely will give […]

A Tribute to Busumuru Kofi Annan – On Behalf of Ghanaians Living Abroad

by KOFI A. BOATENG      Those of us who have lived awhile in the New York Metropolitan area were aware of a Ghanaian who held a high position at the United Nations.  Most of us had not met the gentleman but his name was incontrovertibly Ghanaian, and that sufficed to hail this Kofi Annan who […]

KOFI ATTA ANNAN: A Citizen of the World

by  M. O. ENE At a watering hole in Orange, New Jersey, USA, someone asked recently, “Who again is the Secretary-General of the United Nations?” Silence. Someone offered lamely, “Kofi Annan.” Wrong! The man had just passed. No one challenged him. That was a great tribute to Kofi Annan. The tenure of Ban Ki-Moon and the […]


When beggars die there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” These words in Julius Caesar, believed to have been written in 1599 by William Shakespeare, are so aptly applicable to one of Africa’s contemporary sons and international diplomats, Kofi Annan. On August 18, 2018, death laid its icy hand on […]