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Kigali’s Female Moto Drivers

by YARNO RITZEN The best way to move about in the Rwandan capital of Kilgali is by “moto” – or motorcycle. Those who do not own one can easily hail a moto as a taxi; a very common sight across the wider East African region. While neighboring countries such as Kenya and Uganda also have the same form of taxi […]

Church opposes Burundi referendum

Burundi’s influential Catholic bishops said on Thursday that they were opposed to fundamental constitutional changes to be voted on in a referendum this month. If passed, the proposed changes could see President Pierre Nkurunziza remain in charge for another 16 years. Catholic bishops in Burundi have criticized an upcoming referendum on constitutional reform, warning that voters will be too afraid to express their views. If passed […]

African Fashion Makes Inroads But…

by Kofi Ayim Without a doubt, African fashion has experienced a significant boom of late. With the growing exposure through movies and social media, African fabrics is no longer just the choice of the African diaspora, but has now become top-of-mind for celebrities and trendsetters alike. For the past several years, African fabrics that used to attract curious onlookers have gradually become fashionable in the […]

Liberian Refugees in the U.S. Facing Deportation

As President Trump announced the end of the a protected status program created for refugees of the Liberian Civil War, immigrants in New York’s “Little Liberia” are considering going underground, preparing to leave the U.S. and simply praying for a reprieve. Their experience mirrors what could happen for hundreds of thousands of other immigrants with similar […]

Ghana King Visits Former Jersey Church

Nana Amoatia Ofori Panin II, King of Akyem Abuakwa in the Eastern Region of Ghana paid a visit to his former home of New Jersey Saturday, April 7th. The King, who prior to his enstoolment and relocation to Ghana was a New Jersey resident and member of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, led a […]


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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 […]

New book probes the life of a King and a Culture

by Ben ALEXANDER Anyone who read Kofi Ayim’s comprehensive work The Akan of Ghana, released in 2015, might have concluded from the enormity of the work that he had said all there was to say about the Akan of Ghana. However, the New Jersey-based scholar, who is himself an Akan, is back with a new volume that […]