Category archives for: African News

Zambian First Lady’s Fire Truck Inspection Trip to US Sparks Outrage

MEL FRYKBERG An expensive overseas trip by Zambian first lady Esther Lungu to collect four fire trucks donated by the Los Angeles City Fire Department has stirred a hornet’s nest back home. In January, the first lady travelled to the US, in what has been described as a collaboration between Zambia’s Fire and Rescue Service […]

Gov’t Minister Wants “Curvy” Beauty Pageant to Boost Tourism

AANU ADEOYE An online petition is calling on Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities to scrap its plans for a “Miss Curvy Uganda” beauty pageant. The petition comes in the wake of comments made by Uganda’s State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, at the pageant’s launch event in Kampala on Tuesday, when he said […]

Senegal Blocks Popular Opposition Candidates From Presidential Race

Senegal’s two best known opposition figures have been barred from running in presidential elections next month, the Constitutional Council said on Monday, increasing President Macky Sall’s chances of securing a second term in office. Khalifa Sall, a former mayor of Dakar who bears no relation to President Sall, and Karim Wade, the son of former […]

Born to Invent – The Case of Two Enterprising Brothers

by Kofi Ayim Two young enterprising brothers, Frederick and Kojo Ansah, have been dreaming big ever since they relocated to Koforidua, Afidwase, in the Eastern Region of Ghana about a decade ago. In 2009, they put together knock-abouts and scraps of mechanical parts and build a three-seater vehicle they named JK2. The 120-mph vehicle is […]

Autobiography from 1831 provides rare, firsthand account of a Muslim slave in America

He was 37 when the army of “wicked men” invaded his West African village, murdering many and absconding with others who they put on a ship for the six-week journey to Charleston, South Carolina. “There, they sold me to a small, weak and wicked man called Johnson, a complete infidel who had no fear of […]

Gov’t Bans Teenage Mothers from School

by CATHERINE SOI Tanzanian President John Magufuli banned teenage mothers from returning to public schools in a decree. In Tanzania, teenage pregnancy can cost young mothers the opportunity to get an education. President John Magufuli’s decree banning teenage mothers from returning to public schools is strictly enforced, and teachers who refuse to comply are disciplined. In […]

Kenya to be Named ‘Anchor’ of Trump’s Africa Policy

by KEVIN J. KELLY Kenya will reportedly be named an “anchor” country when the Trump administration unveils its Africa policy on Thursday. National Security Advisor John Bolton, known for his hard-line foreign-policy views, is set to outline a new approach to Africa that puts emphasis on countering perceived threats to US interests on the continent, […]

Patients Go Untreated as Doctors Strike

Seven-year-old Carlos Kamara needs urgent surgery on a collapsed lung after he swallowed a toy whistle. Instead, all he can do is lie in pain in a half-empty hospital ward waiting to be seen. A doctors’ strike in Sierra Leone has paralysed an already threadbare health system in one of the world’s poorest countries, leaving […]

‘Tema Harbour is More Efficient:’ Director of Ports

by KOFI AYIM The director of the largest port in Ghana, Mr. Edward Osei, has high-lighted efficiency at the Tema Port since the government introduced novel ways to streamline processes. Mr. Osei, who was appointed to the position about eighteen months ago, said the elimination of red tapeism and unending bureaucracy has facilitated efficiency in […]

Canada Rejects 70.7% of Nigerian Asylum Seekers Who Crossed Borders

by SAMSON TOROMADE A recent Reuters report revealed that about 56% of refugee claims finalised between January and September 2018 were accepted, but the acceptance rates are lower for border-crossers, with Nigerians and Haitians forming the largest groups. Nigerians make up a sizeable majority of thousands of people who have walked into Canada from the […]