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Kenya is running out of US dollars

The central bank has been using its US dollar reserves to try to cushion the shilling from further nosedives. That has created a dollar scarcity FAUSTINE NGILA Kenya is facing an acute foreign exchange crunch, with US dollar reserves dropping to their lowest in eight years as its currency keeps plummeting against major global currencies. […]

How violence robs Nigerians of their votes

Violent groups known as ‘political thugs’ have been used by the established political parties for decades to influence the electoral process. As Tobi Olayinka set out to vote on Saturday morning in Nigeria’s Lagos state, she took along a backpack filled with food and drinks and an umbrella against the sun. The 31-year-old first-time voter […]

Yes to Restitution, No to Reparations

California is determined to lead the way in reparations for Black Americans. JONATHAN J. BEAN Late last year, for example, the California Reparations Task Force, created by Gov. Gavin Newsom after the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, suggested that California should pay descendants of former slaves and free Blacks “living […]

Citizenship-by-investment programs are on the rise in Africa

A growing number of African nations are looking to attract high-net-worth individuals by offering residence and citizenship through investment programs. SETH ONYANGO African economies looking to attract fresh investments are turning to innovative programs that offer residence and dual citizenship opportunities to investors with deep pockets. Migration investment programs allow people to purchase citizenship or […]

Nigeria’s Unbanked, Poor Get Reprieve After Court Rules Naira Deadline Unconstitutional

ABDULLAHI JIMOH          Nigerians confronted by hardships over the scarcity of the newly redesigned naira notes in conjunction with the country’s cashless policy introduced by the apex bank have had a last-minute reprieve from a policy that had disrupted their lives and exacerbated hunger. On Friday, March 3, 2023, the country’s Supreme Court temporarily suspended the […]

We Are Still Culturally Enslaved? – Sidia Jatta

ALI JAW Sidia Jatta, Gambian politician, academic and writer, said on Wednesday March 8, that Africans are still culturally enslaved. The former Wuli West representative at the National Assembly of The Gambia made the statement during a workshop convened by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) to discuss mechanisms for language policy development for The […]

Elections in Africa: Are they a make or break process?

A preliminary statement on the recent general elections in Nigeria by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) Joint Observation Mission led by former Malawi President Joyce Banda observed that “despite the much-needed reforms to the Electoral Act 2022, the election fell well short of Nigerian citizens’ reasonable expectations. Logistical challenges and […]

The Cameroonian migrants stranded on an island they had not heard of

How did more than 600 Cameroonians come to find themselves stranded on a Caribbean Island that many of them had never heard of? Journalist Gemma Handy reports from St John’s in Antigua. Daniel fights to hold back the tears as he recounts the day his two younger brothers were shot dead by militia during a […]

Black Tunisian women speak out amid wave of anti-migrant actions

FATMA BEN HAMAD As Tunisian authorities continue to carry out mass arrests of people from sub-Saharan Africa as part of a campaign against irregular migration, Black Tunisians report that they are experiencing increasing amounts of abuse. Black Tunisian women activists are now speaking out about this rampant racial profiling, denouncing the racist climate and showing […]

Uganda mulls new anti-LGBTQ bill

ALEX GITTA Uganda’s new anti-gay bill, which proposes punishing people who support or fund homosexuality, has widespread support from MPs — but rights activists say the bill is a diversion from the real issues affecting citizens. Ugandan lawmakers are hopeful that a new law designed to tighten restrictions on gay rights and activities will soon […]