Category archives for: African News

China growing cocoa is a cause for concern – COCOBOD

EVANS ANNANG News that China has recently exported cocoa to Belgium is a great cause of concern for the industry in Ghana, COCOBOD has said. According to the Public Affairs Manager of COCOBOD, Fiifi Boafo, Ghana should be concerned about China growing cocoa. In an interview on Citi FM, he said this development can have […]

Along the mighty Niger River, fewer fish and more jihadists

AMAURY HAUCHARD Ousmane Djebare Djenepo, wearing sunglasses and an easy smile, stands upright to show off the mighty Niger River which is flowing around his traditional wooden canoe, or pirogue. The 76-year-old Malian is one of tens of thousands of fishermen who make a living from the river and the verdant wetlands which surround it. […]

Africa digs for coal to meet energy demands amid climate concerns

Africa’s energy needs are growing. This has led some governments to turn to coal-powered plants. Critics say that’s not a smart move in times of climate change and point to the continent’s renewable energy resources. In South Africa, power outages are not the exception but the rule. In the past, those power cuts often occurred […]

Senegal ostrich farming turn lucrative business

WAHANY JOHNSON SAMBOU It’s a first of its kind in Senegal, an ostrich farm. Over the past seven years, these rare birds have become the economic powerhouse of Mlomp, a village in Casamance, southern Senegal. And now the whole community depends on these ostriches. A profitable farming business. “Nothing is discarded in the ostrich business. […]

Tanzanian President John Magufuli dies at 61

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan announces death of 61-year-old after weeks of uncertainty over his health and whereabouts. Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died, the country’s vice president announced, after weeks of uncertainty over his health and whereabouts. In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, March 17, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan […]

Ivory Coast ramps up fight against cashew smuggling

CHRISTOPHE KOFFI Cashews are big business in Ivory Coast, the world’s leading producer, and the country is waging an intensifying campaign to stop smuggling of the nut known there as “grey gold”. The West African nation has strengthened its laws to punish those caught sneaking the nuts over its borders and is trying to make […]

Morocco mulling legalizing medicinal cannabis

Morocco, a country where large volumes of cannabis are grown illicitly, is considering legalizing production for therapeutic use of the drug, the government said Thursday, February 25, 2021. The government has “begun to study a legislative bill relating to the legal use of cannabis,” it said in a statement. The draft text, seen by AFP, […]

London to remove two statues over links to slavery

The City of London Corporation voted on Thursday to remove the statues of two 17th and 18th century figures because they had accrued wealth from slavery. The local authority that runs London’s historic financial district is to remove the statues of two British colonial-era politicians over their links to the slave trade. The City of […]

Daughter of Nigerian Immigrants Hopes to Lead by Example in Minnesota Legislature

SALEM SOLOMONAs the United States marked the inauguration of Vice President Kamala Harris — the first woman, the first Black person and the first person of South Asian descent to hold the office — other lawmakers with foreign roots are breaking barriers across the country. Among them is Representative Esther Agbaje of Minnesota, who this […]

This Kenyan woman turned a $45 investment into Nairobi’s favorite shoe shop

ABU MUBARIK Maggie Wakori Mukei started her career as a receptionist after completing a diploma in Professional Computing and Information Technology (PCIT). Three years later, she quit her job, got married, and started a business in Nairobi with her husband. Since then, “we have explored so many things from selling fresh fruit to cereals, confectionery, […]