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African hi-tech taking leading position

African hi-tech taking leading position

For 48 long hours, employees of Senegal’s National Telecommunications Company cut telephone and Internet connections to the rest of the world. That bold action,...
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Nicola Lo Calzo: Capturing Africa through the lens

With his striking portraits of Nigerians working and worshipping near the Niger River—a poignant photomontage entitled “Inside Niger”—award-winning 31-year-old Italian photographer Nicola Lo Calzo...
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Aiding Children Accused of Witchcraft

Over a year ago, *Selene’s nine-year-old daughter *Emma began waking up every morning and saying that witches were taking her to the woods at...
Libya’s failing revolution

Libya’s failing revolution

Muammar Gaddafi is on the verge of thwarting the three-week old revolution in Libya as his troops and mercenaries continue to reclaim areas initially...
Women equality and rights still a challenge in Africa

Women equality and rights still a challenge in Africa

Seven of them were waving thin tree branches as they marched amid singing and sweat under the sweltering heat of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, until...
Libyans, Black-Africans and Gaddafi’s divisive power struggle

Libyans, Black-Africans and Gaddafi’s divisive power struggle

Numerous Black African mercenaries, reportedly bankrolled by Muammar Gaddafi to quell Libya's popular revolt, have taken part in the bloody crackdown by the north...
African Renaissance: Rethinking Political Leadership on the Continent

African Renaissance: Rethinking Political Leadership on the Continent

‘Gently in manner, strong in deed’ were the inscriptions sitting atop the Presidential Desk at the oval office when Dwight Eisenhower occupied the White...
Unlikely backers legitimize Black History Month observance

Unlikely backers legitimize Black History Month observance

Black History Month observances seek to correct factual inaccuracies that continue oozing across America perpetuating a litany of misunderstandings that fuel racial discord in...
Customized inventions for Africa gaining ground

Customized inventions for Africa gaining ground

In 1993, Englishman Trevor Baylis designed a windup radio that does not need electricity. He hoped his invention would help spread information about AIDS...
Jack Johnson: A Great African-American champion from Ghana

Jack Johnson: A Great African-American champion from Ghana

Boxer Jack Johnson instilled pride in the African-American community in 1908 by becoming the first African-American world heavyweight champion at 30 years old. Born...
Pastoral political Endorsements: Essential or Irrelevant?

Pastoral political Endorsements: Essential or Irrelevant?

We saw the smiles beaming during that photo-op press conference and we heard the words employed in making that political endorsement. But what we...
George Washington Carver: A scientific pioneer

George Washington Carver: A scientific pioneer

African-American scientist George Washington Carver was born in Diamond, Missouri (population: 800) prior to the abolition of slavery, yet he achieved fame for his...
United States of Africa: Just a nice dream?

United States of Africa: Just a nice dream?

The idea of creating a single state out of the African continent is well touted by numerous scholars and political autocrats such as Gaddafi....
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The Other Africa in pictures: Philippe Sibelly, a man with a mission

Philippe Sibelly is a man with a mission: to balance the “deficit of image” surrounding the African continent. Given the Western world’s daily...
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In Pictures: Vogue Italia celebrates Black History Month

Franca Sozzani, editor for Vogue Italia, continues to prove herself as a bastion of resistance to the racist image that Vogue has carved for...
Why are democracies contagious?

Why are democracies contagious?

‘……man is created free but everywhere he goes he lives in chains….’ Rousseau’s remark about the pitfalls of modernization also serves as an adequate...
Africa: A man without a job has no status

Africa: A man without a job has no status

For 17 years Peter worked as a machine operator in a South African textile plant. It was not high-paying work, but it paid the...
Salva Kiir wants CPA respected after release of Sudan referendum results

Salva Kiir wants CPA respected after release of Sudan referendum results

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday accepted the existence of a South Sudan state, as he validated the results of the referendum on self-determination...
Empowering Women: Governments must “practice what they preach”

Empowering Women: Governments must “practice what they preach”

When the former Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet, convened the first meeting of the new UN women’s rights agency, UN Women, in late January, she...
Ivory Coast: Both Gbagbo and Ouattarra isolated?

Ivory Coast: Both Gbagbo and Ouattarra isolated?

Laurent Gbagbo and his supporters have grown increasingly isolated in Côte d’Ivoire, says the U.S. ambassador to the west African country, Phillip Carter. There is...
What about farting to protest?

What about farting to protest?

Vicious and cruel as they are, most of our dictators take time out from their sadist tendencies to entertain us in one way or...
The end of dynastic presidential politics in Africa?

The end of dynastic presidential politics in Africa?

The political ambitions of Gamal Mubarak who is widely tipped to succeed his father Hosni, president of Egypt, is looking particularly grim following recent...
Addis Ababa: France and U.N. seek good governance in Africa

Addis Ababa: France and U.N. seek good governance in Africa

United Nation (UN) Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has urged African leaders to work closely to ensure peace in Africa. Warning that "violence breeds violence",...
From Negro History Week to Black History Month

From Negro History Week to Black History Month

Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves in Virginia, realized that the struggles and achievements of Americans of African descent were being ignored...
Nelson Mandela’s health causes unease

Nelson Mandela’s health causes unease

South Africa is in an uneasy state with news that former President Nelson Mandela is admitted to a Johannesburg hospital- Milpark Hospital. Official communication from...
A remodeled Marshall Plan for Africa?

A remodeled Marshall Plan for Africa?

The Marshall Plan — the world’s most successful aid project — revived post–World War II Europe by fostering entrepreneurs and local businesses. William Duggan,...
John Mahama: The Politics of Peace

John Mahama: The Politics of Peace

The practice and promotion of peace is a powerful tool of diplomacy that has all-too-often been misunderstood, especially in Africa. This became clear to...
Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Biotechnology

Africa: Unlocking the Economic Potential of Biotechnology

By 2050 population growth is expected to translate into a 70 percent increase in global demand for food. Add the estimated 27 percent...
Tunisia: Moody’s in bed with Ben Ali?

Tunisia: Moody’s in bed with Ben Ali?

Less than a week after the departure of Tunisian dictator, President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, Moody's international financial rating agency has reworked Tunisia's...
Tribute to Patrice Lumumba: His last letter

Tribute to Patrice Lumumba: His last letter

As Africa this week pays tribute to Patrice Lumumba, one of the continent's greatest men of all time, Afrik-News.com brings you an excerpt of...