Archive for: November, 2015

LA REINE POKOU: Founder of the BAULE People

The AKAN people probably came from North Africa and very early on settled in the center of today’s Ghana. Around the middle of the 17th century, the AKAN were divided into a lot of small kingdoms, sometimes linked by alliances, sometimes subjected to bloody conflicts. A great man decided to unify this divided people; OSSEI […]

Pope Francis’ trip to Africa draws excitement, trepidation in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Pope Francis’ visit to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi Nov. 25_27 will bring healing and reconciliation to the East African nation that has suffered key setbacks in the recent past, senior bishops here say. Kenya, a country with 14 million Catholics, recently announced the theme of the papal visit: “Stand firm and […]

African Bishops’ Profiles Raised In Vatican Synod

October 26, 2015 4:47 AM ET At Pope Francis’ synod on the family, African bishops played a crucial role in the debate for the first time. Steve Inskeep speaks with Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Accra, Ghana. STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: We heard there that Pope Francis was engaged in discussions with conservative […]

Sierra Leone: How Traditional Healers Helped Defeat Ebola

By Dariusz Dziewanski Freetown — A year and a half after the Ebola outbreak began there is at last good news for Sierra Leone. On Saturday it is expected the country will reach 42 days since the last recorded case, meaning it will be officially declared Ebola free. Many of the almost 4,000 Sierra Leoneans […]

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

Lenny Bernstein, Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives. The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 […]

Nigeria: Meet the Nigerian Woman Taking On Boko Haram

By Caelainn Hogan On a long, barren road in northeastern Nigeria, Hafsat Mohammed, squeezed into a public minibus, saw the gunmen materialize from the bush like a mirage. The 33-year-old was on her way to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State and the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency, when two Hilux pickups swerved […]

African Writers celebrate the works of Chinua Achebe

Accra, Nov. 6, GNA – The Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) on Friday commended the late Professor Chinua Achebe, a prolific Nigerian writer, for his enormous contributions towards the growth of African Literature across the globe. The Association noted that the good works of Prof Achebe had gained grounds all over the world, and had […]

UNDP indicts EC, STL over voters’ register – citifmonline

Godwin Akweiteh Allotey, Citifmonline A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-funded report has indicted the Electoral Commission (EC) and Superlock Technology Ltd (STL) over the handling of the biometric voter register (BVR). According to the report, STL which was contracted by the EC to assist in the management of the biometric database used for the 2012 […]

Africa: How Drones Can Improve Healthcare Delivery

By Barry Medlow, University of the Witwatersrand In the same way that manned aircraft received much of their technological impetus from their deployment as weapons of war, so too have unmanned aircraft, or drones. Drones are unmanned flying robots which may be controlled remotely or autonomously, receiving their instructions from self-contained software or hardware combinations. […]

Africa: Comesa Signs MoU With Microsoft

By Tinashe Makichi The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with global technology group, Microsoft, in a bid to collaborate in areas of access to technology and enhancement of trade in the region. COMESA through its business council and Microsoft took a step towards strengthening their working alliance […]