African News

At Guinea’s only specialized snakebite clinic, doctors need luck and antivenom »

SAM BRADPIECE Fatoumata Lamourana was oblivious to the green mamba’s approach. But as the 68-year-old led her cattle through the scrubby bushlands of western Guinea, she felt its short fangs…

Nov 30 2022 / No Comment / Read More »

Food insecurity is driving women in Africa into sex work, increasing HIV risk »

SEYMA BAYRAM The first time she traded sex for food to feed her family, J was 14 years old. Her father died when she was an infant, leaving her single…

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Can a Nation Replace Its Oil Wealth with Trees? »

Gabon knows its oil won’t last forever, so officials are turning to the Central African nation’s rainforest for revenue — while also promising to preserve it. DIONNE SEARCEY Evening and…

Nov 14 2022 / No Comment / Read More »

Counting the Massive Financial Costs of Illegal Fishing »

ED HOLT As a new report lay bare the massive financial costs to developing states of illegal fishing, campaigners are hoping that drawing attention to the practice’s devastating economic effects…

Nov 14 2022 / No Comment / Read More »
Community News

Why doesn’t the U.S. have more Black doctors? »

BRITTANY TRANG When LaShyra “Lash” Nolen was learning about how to recognize signs of Lyme disease in a class at…

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One-third of U.S. labs have stopped using race-based equations to diagnose kidney disease »

BRITTANY TRANG Even as a child, La’Tonzia Adams was interested in diagnosing disease. One day, when she noticed a bump…

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Police and sheriff’s deputies try to curb spike in catalytic converter thefts »

Catalytic converter thefts are on the rise in San Diego County and nationwide DAVID HERNANDEZ The job usually gets done…

Dec 28 2021 / No Comment / Read More »

Muslim and Arab voters may have secured Biden’s Michigan win »

ROWAIDA ABDELAZIZ Arab and Muslim communities likely substantially contributed to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s victory in Michigan, according to…

Nov 13 2020 / No Comment / Read More »

Breast Cancer Is Killing Black Women at Alarming Rates »

The Tigerlily Foundation, an advocacy organization supporting young women diagnosed with breast cancer, wants to help close the racial disparities…

Nov 13 2020 / No Comment / Read More »

Black officers break from unions over Trump endorsements »

CLAUDIA LAUER   Police unions nationwide have largely supported President Donald Trump’s reelection, amid mass demonstrations over police brutality and…

Oct 31 2020 / No Comment / Read More »
Business

How Wade turned a traditional Senegalese drink into a hit U.S. product and made a turnover of $3.2m »

ABU MUBARIK Magatte Wade recently recalled returning from the United States to Senegal and finding out that many Senegalese preferred foreign drinks to the country’s traditional hibiscus drink, known as bissap. “When I went to Senegal, I was sorry to see that many young people…

Apr 13 2022 / No Comment / Read More »

Nigeria-Born Tope Awotona Poured His Life Savings into Calendly. Now He’s One of America’s Wealthiest Immigrants »

AMY FELDMAN Calendly was built out of frustration. Now the scheduling app is worth $3 billion—and the subject of a heated Twitter spat among Silicon Valley elite. Tope Awotona, the 40-year-old founder and chief executive of Calendly, leans back in his chair and lets loose a…

Apr 13 2022 / No Comment / Read More »

Why Mastercard just made a $100 million bet on Africa’s mobile money market »

JACKIE BISCHOF & CARLOS MUREITHI The $100 million investment from global payments giant Mastercard in the mobile money business arm of Airtel Africa announced this week is a sign of the rapid growth and optimism in Africa’s digital payment sector. The transaction values the subsidiary,…

Apr 14 2021 / No Comment / Read More »

Tax evasion and theft ‘rob Africa’ of $89bn a year: UN study »

Nearly half of the total annual figure of $88.6bn is accounted for by the export of commodities such as gold, diamonds and platinum, the report found. Africa is losing nearly $89bn a year in illicit financial flows such as tax evasion and theft, amounting to…

Oct 1 2020 / No Comment / Read More »

Johnson & Johnson to End Talc-Based Baby Powder Sales in North America »

The company has faced thousands of lawsuits from cancer patients who claim that its talc was contaminated with asbestos, a known carcinogen, and that the company knew of the risks. TIFFANY HSU & RONI CARYN RABIN Johnson & Johnson is discontinuing North American sales of…

Jun 7 2020 / No Comment / Read More »

Ghana is the best investment destination – Prof. Amoako »

KOFI AYIM Ghana’s Consul General in New York, Prof. (emeritus) Samuel Amoako has urged Africans in the diaspora to invest in Ghana for optimal returns. He said the relative peace and stability in Ghana anchored upon democratic governance and its leading role in Pan-Africanism make…

Mar 12 2020 / No Comment / Read More »

South Africa has three months to defend investment grade rating »

PRINESHA NAIDOO South Africa is fighting to preserve its last remaining investment-grade credit rating and avert a forced selloff of billions of rand of its debt after Moody’s Investors Service gave it just over three months to get its finances in order. The ratings company…

Nov 13 2019 / No Comment / Read More »

How Will China React to Uganda’s Looming Debt Crisis? »

Uganda is heading toward a debt crisis. According to a senior official at the Bank of Uganda, unless the country is able to sustain a growth rate of at least 7 percent—which economic projections show Uganda will not do—the country will default on its payments.…

Nov 13 2019 / No Comment / Read More »

Africa Must Take Leading Role in Data Economy »

by VERE SONGWE Technology has broken down barriers and ensured freedoms for millions in a way no other invention has before. At last month’s meeting of the UN General Assembly, 91 world leaders listened to US President Donald Trump rebuke China from inside the room,…

Oct 21 2019 / No Comment / Read More »
Editorial

The ECOWAS Currency: the Eco – the Way Forward »

When in 2019 the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) agreed to adopt a common currency to be named the ‘ECO’ by 2021,…

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The ECOWAS Identity Card »

Love it or loathe it, one of the hallmarks of the current NPP administration is its propensity to become a major driver of Ghana’s digital…

Nov 14 2022 / No Comment / Read More »

The Ghana cedi: the way forward »

The Ghana cedi, since the past three months, has been struggling helplessly against the United States dollar and has received an excessive attention from the…

Oct 29 2022 / No Comment / Read More »
Artcultainment

For Ghana’s Only Openly Transgender Musician, ‘Every Day Is Dangerous’

Maxine Angel Opoku has found a new audience for her music with songs opposing a proposed law that would make it illegal to identify as gay, transgender or queer. KWASI GYAMFI ASIEDU When Maxine Angel Opoku…

Nov 14 2022 / Read More »
Uncategorized

German priest contradicts pope and backs pornography as sexual ‘relief’ for celibates

A priest of the Diocese of Münster, Germany, Father Hermann Backhaus, said that consuming pornography “can have a relieving effect” on celibate people. He also considers it a “very strong” statement to associate the devil with…

Nov 30 2022 / Read More »
Uncategorized

German priest contradicts pope and backs pornography as sexual ‘relief’ for celibates

A priest of the Diocese of Münster, Germany, Father Hermann Backhaus, said that consuming pornography “can have a relieving effect” on celibate people. He also considers it a “very strong” statement to associate the devil with…

Nov 30 2022 / Read More »
Uncategorized

German priest contradicts pope and backs pornography as sexual ‘relief’ for celibates

A priest of the Diocese of Münster, Germany, Father Hermann Backhaus, said that consuming pornography “can have a relieving effect” on celibate people. He also considers it a “very strong” statement to associate the devil with…

Nov 30 2022 / Read More »
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