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US Secretary of State Concludes Africa Visit Earlier Than Expected

The first major visit to the African region from a high-profile American official in the troubled Trump administration was cut short due to diplomatic issues between the United States and North Korea. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, a former oil industry leader who has been at odds with President Donald Trump on various issues, participated…

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Major Tennis Tournament Could be Played in Kenya Thanks to Serena Williams

The most dominant tennis star in the world wants to see greater participation in Africa, and she thinks that hosting a major international tournament in Kenya should be the first step. United States tennis legend Serena Williams recently stated that she would like to see a Women’s Tennis Association tournament staged in Kenya for the…

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International Women’s Day 2018: Making Inclusion a Priority

On March 8, the United States will join other UN nation states in celebrating International Women’s Day. This day is a celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It’s also meant to encourage further progress. Although progress has been made when it comes to women’s rights and gender…

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RippleNami: An African App Changing How We Look at the World

Of all the major developments of the Information Age, data visualization has been one of the most significant. Edward Tufte, a prominent American scholar who has been studying examples of data visualization since they first appeared on cave paintings of the Paleolithic period, has said that science and art have something in common: they both…

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Black History Month: Spotlight on the Remarkable Sojourner Truth

The abolition of slavery in the United States is an important topic of discussion during African-American History Month. Although the abolitionist movement is often said to have started when the Mennonite and Quaker communities of Pennsylvania published a pamphlet condemning slavery in 1688, organized resistance by Africans was recorded as early as 1522. By the…

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How “Black Panther” is Promoting Youth Empowerment

The film Black Panther, part of the Marvel Comics Universe, is breaking global cinema records beyond expectation, and influential figures are taking notice about the positive messages young people can derive from this movie. Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States, took to Twitter to express her gratitude to the Black Panther production team…

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Celebrating the Richness of African Ancestry and History

As the United States and Canada observe African American History Month in February, educators and historians are busy collaborating with artists, community leaders and activists for the purpose of preparing lessons, exhibits and events to highlight the importance of African ancestry and history to the development of North American society. Traditionally, African American History Month…

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Jacob Zuma Resigns

  Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa has resigned. This news comes in a few days after he defied the order instigated by ANC, his political party.  Zuma told the press that he has come to the decision to step down following pressure from the party. Zuma’s resignation comes in shortly after ANC’s decision…

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Africa Tech Summit Kigali: A Successful Start to Continued Innovation and Development

While movie fans around the world are preparing for the premiere of the Hollywood film Black Panther, which is centered on the challenges faced by an isolated African technocracy, hundreds of technology leaders gathered in the capital of Rwanda to discuss a blueprint for future development across the Continent. On Valentine’s Day, representatives from 29…

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Pan African Film Fest 2018 – Showcasing Black Experiences Through Film and Art

What if there were an event that was 100% dedicated to black movies and black art from around the globe? What if the event was especially focused on reinforcing positive images and helping to destroy negative stereotypes of the black experience? What if this event was sponsored by everyone from government officials and sports teams…

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African migrants in Israel: A Bleak Future Awaits

    In February 2018, the Israeli government made good their long held position that African asylum seekers including migrants and refugees should return to Africa by issuing and distributing deportation notices to over 60,000 Africans in Israel. The new immigration policy initiative will see thousands of African who crossed into Israel seeking asylum deported…

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Sabrina Simader: Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Alpine Skiing

Sabrina Simader: Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Alpine Skiing During the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there will be one competitor’s name that will surely standout from the rest in the alpine skiing events: Sabrina Wanjiku Simader. The February 9th to 25th games will be an opportunity for the 19-year old…

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Black Panther Could Help Highlight African Royalty Traditions 

  At the premiere for the hotly anticipated film Black Panther, star Chadwick Boseman told reporters, “It’s not just a movie.” He’s right. It’s an exciting blockbuster, sure, but the story of superhero T’Challa and the African nation of Wakanda is also a celebration of Africa and its rich history and culture. We knew Black Panther was going to…

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Black Panther Delivers: tickets show massive sales

Black Panther Delivers  The long-awaited film Black Panther won’t hit theaters for a few more weeks but advance tickets have been selling like crazy. In fact, they’re outselling all previous superhero movies. Though the general public still has to wait a bit longer, the premiere has come and gone and there have been a number of early screenings. Initial…

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African Athletes Make Waves at Winter Olympics

The South Korean city of PyeongChang is ready to welcome athletes from around the world for the major international sporting event known as the Winter Olympics. Even though news preceding the opening day ceremony have mostly centered on the participation of North Korean athletes and the reinstatement of Russian competitors previously banned for doping violations,…

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African Single Airline Transport: Open Skies in Africa

African Single Airline Transport: Liberalizing African Continent For over half a century, African leaders have pushed for a Pan-African solidarity marked by greater coordination, cooperation and consolidation of key sectors of African society. Past and present leaders across the continent have made progresses towards achieving these, but few have come close to transforming African continent…

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Total African Nations Championship Heats Up in Morocco

On the second Friday of 2018, officials from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) gathered in Casablanca to formally start the fifth Total African Nations Championship, a continental tournament that features players actively signed to local leagues. This competition, which goes by the name Total CHAN Morocco 2018, is important for many reasons, and one of…

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Farmart Ghana Offers an Innovative Online Farmers Market

Across Africa, tech entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the burgeoning consumer trend of online shopping and delivery services. In Ghana, Farmart is bringing the farmers market experience directly to consumers who can have the freshest produce, meats, poultry and seafood delivered to their doorsteps by placing orders right from their smartphones. Grocery and food delivery…

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Total African Nations Championship Will Embrace Technology

While football federations in Europe and the Americas are yet to be convinced about FIFA’s implementation of goal line technology and video assistant referee (VAR) systems, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) plans to use both technologies in 2018 during the Total African Nations Championship. During a CAF meeting in Cairo, officials resolved to roll…

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France Makes Commitment to Return African Archaeological Treasure

During a late November tour of various African nations by French President Emmanuel Macron, the young and progressive leader made an unexpected announcement from Burkina Faso, where he delivered a lecture before students at the University of Ouagadougou. President Macron spoke about post-colonial issues in the areas of immigration, development and economy, and he underscored…

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Amidst Criticism, President of Tanzania Pushes On Towards Development and Stability

President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania has been praised as the type of African leader that his country has desperately needed in the 21st century. Since taking office in November 2015, President Magufuli has been executing on an agenda that has largely consisted of shooting from the hip;  his targets have included international mining companies,…

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Dangerous Shopping: Black Friday in the United States

On November 24, the day following the traditional Thanksgiving celebration among American families, shoppers across the US will engage in a shopping extravaganza that some people consider a perfect example of a society in decline. Black Friday is an ode to consumerism expressed by incredible discounts, particularly on electronics and popular toys, that many people…

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Thanksgiving: A Time for Family and Gratitude

Thanksgiving is one of our most meaningful holidays. The day is about gratitude and family. Many people travel home to spend time with family while others celebrate “Friendsgiving.” Thanksgiving is usually centered around food and for many, the day is also about football. In many African-American communities, Thanksgiving food goes beyond just the traditional turkey.…

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Cool Runnings: Nigerian Bobsled Team Heads to the Winter Olympics

The 1993 Disney film Cool Runnings, starring the legendary Canadian comedic actor John Candy, told the curious story about the national bobsled team of Jamaica and the squad’s unlikely appearance in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Although the premise of Cool Runnings was based on the oddity of a bobsled—or bobsleigh—squad hailing from a Caribbean…

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2018 Pirelli Calendar Features All-Black Cast

  The 2018 Pirelli calendar is out and this year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland. The unique aspect of this year’s photo shoot is that it took a diversity approach casting an all-black cast featuring Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, South African lawyer Thando Hopa, Whoopi Goldberg, Sudanese-Australian model Duckie Thot, and Sean “Diddy” Combs, among others.…

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“The Lion King” Remake’s Hype-Worthy Casting Announced

Over the last few years, Disney has put out a number of live-action remakes of their classic films including Maleficent, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella. The Disney live-action remake has become so ubiquitous now that it would take something extraordinary to get people to take notice and get excited. Well…something remarkable is taking place for the upcoming Lion King remake in…

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NAACP Issues Travel Advisory for Black Travellers on American Airlines

American Airlines, an already troubled carrier in terms of passenger satisfaction and customer service, is at the center of an unusual travel advisory issued by the United States National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). According to a recent NAACP press release, passengers of African heritage could be flying the unfriendly skies aboard…

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Football a Lifeline for Poverty-Stricken Brazilian Girls

As one of the world’s most populous and majestic cities, Rio de Janeiro is home to over six million residents, and about a quarter of them live in favelas, low-income neighborhoods improvised from former shanty towns. The favelas are a reminder of the deep issues of inequality in Brazil; these are poor communities where Brazilian…

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Robert Mugabe’s Post of WHO Goodwill Ambassador Rescinded Following International Outcry

  A WHO Goodwill Ambassador is typically a celebrity that uses their fame and talent to advocate for matters relating to health across the globe. While former ambassadors have been carrying out their duties, mostly unnoticed, the recent appointment of Robert Mugabe caused public uproar. The President of Zimbabwe, aged 93, was appointed as the WHO Goodwill Ambassador…

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Dangerous Obsession: Trump’s Constant Efforts to Undermine Obama’s Policies

In the current political climate of the United States, even the most meticulous analysts have had a hard time trying to determine a constant, defining theme of the Trump administration. In the words of former President George Walker Bush, Donald Trump can be described as a “flip-flopper,” a politician whose views, goals and convictions seem…

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North Korea’s Controversial Relationship with African Nations

Many may not be aware of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)’s cozy and lucrative relationship with African countries. Following earlier attempts to establish links with some nations on the Continent through the provision of aid programs, this relationship has intensified with North Korea currently having embassies in 11 out of 54 African countries.…

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Violence on the Rise as Southern Cameroon Seeks Independence

  The Anglophone citizens of Southern Cameroon, who comprise 1/3 of the country’s population, have historically felt marginalized by the French-speaking government of the Republic of Cameroon.  Anglophone Cameroonians accuse the government of discriminating against them in matters of governance of the country, and claim that the government is forcing the French language on English-speakers…

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Sonequa Martin-Green: “The Sky is the Limit for all.”

Star Trek has a long history of diversity, the original TV series had television’s first interracial kiss and the show consistently showed progressive attitudes around race and gender. It was particularly important and revolutionary, Devon Maloney writes, for people of color who were “seeing faces like their own on television, in un-caricatured roles, for the…

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Reelworld Film Festival: Empowering Underrepresented Voices

Tonya Williams believes that there is power in storytelling. As a woman of color working in Hollywood as an actress, director, and producer, she recognized that many voices were underrepresented in storytelling and its power wasn’t being sufficiently harnessed for social good. In 2001, she founded the Reelworld Film Festival to showcase films that explore…

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Venture Capital Firm Focuses on Nurturing African Tech Talent

Technology innovation and expansion is in need of constant development by an adequate base of human capital. Major tech companies such as Facebook realize that society demands greater technological advancement, which can only come from human effort. For this reason, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, co-founded by Facebook’s CEO, started investing in Africa a few years…

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Raila Odinga Pulls Out of Repeat Presidential Polls

    Kenyan  National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate, Raila Amollo Odinga, has pulled out of the repeat elections scheduled for 26th October 2017. Mr. Odinga has pulled out of the elections citing grievances not met by the electoral body in Kenya, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Following the nullification of the presidential…

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Despite Controversy and Conflict, Uber Celebrates Four Years in Africa

Personal transportation service Uber, the poster child company of the global “gig economy,” has achieved many milestones on the African continent over the last four years, but not without significant controversy and disputes. From its corporate offices in San Francisco, Uber has established operations in eight African countries and acquired nearly two million active users…

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October 1st: Celebrating Nigerian Independence Day

  Nigeria gained her independence on October 1, 1960 from Great Britain and will be celebrating 57 years of independence this weekend. The country was granted independence under a constitution with parliamentary government provision and a level of self-rule for the country’s three regions. Nigeria, however, became a federal republic after gaining full independence from…

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Prince Harry Opens the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto

With an inspirational speech delivered by Prince Henry of Wales, more commonly known as Prince Harry, the 2017 edition of the Invictus Games kicked off in Toronto after a ceremony that attracted considerable media attention. The Invictus Games is an international sporting competition that brings together military veterans whose lives have been affected by injuries…

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Economic Recessions in Nigeria and South Africa Come to an End

The two largest African economies are beginning to emerge from the shadows of recession, but analysts believe that immediate growth could be slower than expected. After several months of stagnant economic output, the gross domestic product of Nigeria and South Africa showed year-over-year gains during the second quarter of 2017; however, both nations still have…

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Riri Launches Her First Makeup Line: Fenty Beauty

  The gorgeous Rihanna has been gracing headlines following the launch of her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. Riri’s Fenty Beauty allows women to achieve glowing skin just like the talented musician. In partnership with Kendo Brands, an established beauty developer, Fenty Beauty dropped last week in 17 countries and is being sold in over 1,600 retailers worldwide. Being…

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Sexy Hits and One Miss at New York Fashion Week 2017

Work it, girl! The runways were graced with gorgeous African-American models at New York Fashion Week this year. One of the industry’s freshest faces is Blésnya Minher. The lovely 19 year old captured her special catwalk moments on her Instagram page. Minher was discovered through an open casting call in Angola. She walked for Calvin Klein as her star is just beginning…

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The Supreme Court of Kenya Grants NASA the Permission to View IEBC Servers

  The Kenyan National Super Alliance (NASA) petition against the presidential results began on the 26th of August with the party making demands to be granted permission to view the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers. Well, the Kenyan Supreme Court has granted Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition, permission to view the server citing ‘read only’…

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The Supreme Court of Kenya Grants NASA the Permission to View IEBC Servers

  The Kenyan National Super Alliance (NASA) petition against the presidential results began on the 26th of August with the party making demands to be granted permission to view the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) servers. Well, the Kenyan Supreme Court has granted Raila Odinga, the leader of the opposition, permission to view the server citing ‘read only’…

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African Fashion Week in Toronto: August 16 – 20

Each summer, African Fashion Week descends upon Toronto, Canada with the latest in African designers, trends, and models from all over the continent and beyond. The event, held at the Royal Ontario Museum, also includes networking events and competitions. This year’s African Fashion Week began on Wednesday, August 16 and continues until Sunday, August 20. The…

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The Expansion of Netflix across Africa

  Netflix is the leading entertainment streaming service in the world and due to its increasing popularity, gone are the days of restricting oneself to a television set when watching your favorite show. Netflix has a client base of over 60 million members across 190 countries. The platform offers approximately 120 million hours of entertainment through television shows, documentaries, and feature films.…

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What African Nations can learn from China’s Internet Censorship

  A number of African nations have been recently considering measures to take greater control of social media and internet usage domestically, and many of these proposals appear to be on the verge of censorship according to proponents of internet freedom. In comparison to the statutes enacted in China, internet freedom in most African countries is still far greater. Notably,…

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Final IAAF Championship Highlights

Kenya and South Africa Finish Strong at the IAAF World Championships Surprise victories, stunning defeats, heartbreaks, and incredible levels of competition were among the highlights of the 2017 World Championships of the International Association of Athletics Federations, which finished in London on Sunday night. African athletes shone at the 2017 IAAF World Championships as Kenya…

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The Habari African Festival

Habari African Festival: A Celebration of African Music and Culture For the fourth consecutive year, Toronto will celebrate the richness and diversity of African culture during the Habari Africa Festival. The multi-disciplinary arts festival will celebrate African music, dance, film, fashion, art, and culture. This year’s event will be held Friday, August 11 – Sunday,…

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IAAF Championship Highlights

African Athletes Impress at IAAF Championships in London At the 2017 World Championships of the Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), currently underway in London, quite a few African athletes have visited the podium to collect even more glorious hardware for their respective countries. As expected, runners from Kenya are dominating the long distance events, particularly…

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Erna Brodber: Caribbean Storyteller of Diasporic History

Caribbean history is generally marred by its colonial past and unequivocal injustices, highlighting the crucial need for modern literary heroes who write from a meaningful and often forgotten perspective of African diasporic people. Social activist and novelist Erna Brodber is one such voice. Her books and literary articles shine a light on all aspects of Jamaican culture, including gender, parenthood, music,…

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Giants of Africa

African “Hoop Dreams” Camp Will Hold Court in Kenya In the mid-1990s, basketball fans around the world were delighted by “Hoop Dreams,” a documentary that chronicles the lives of two young African-Americans in Chicago whose dreams of making it to the lauded National Basketball Association (NBA) were curtailed by socioeconomic factors and other life hardships. “Hoop…

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AT&T Shape Conference Dazzles with Latest Tech

The entertainment industry hasn’t always taken full advantage of evolving technology in augmenting its endeavors. However, AT&T is attempting to make rapid changes to this matter; the company recently held its AT&T Shape Tech and Entertainment Expo at Warner Bros. Studios—an event that brought together over 10,000 attendees from the worlds of technology and entertainment. Showcasing the…

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller subpoenas a Grand Jury

Criminal Investigation of Trump Administration Now Has a Grand Jury The ongoing investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on various affairs related to the embattled President of the United States has reached a new turning point. A federal grand jury has been impaneled for the purpose of hearing matters connected to the criminal investigation, which started…

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The Growth of Entrepreneurship in Africa

  Despite the many ethnic tensions and high levels of unemployment that continue to plague many African nations, the continent is now being referred to as the “world’s most exciting economic frontier.”  Africa is experiencing record economic growth rates, surpassing the vast majority of developed economies. Although there are many underlying factors behind the growth, most notably…

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Tesh Mbaabu: Kenya’s Business Tech Wiz 

Kenya’s growing technological pursuits have coincided with a surge in entrepreneurial endeavors, particularly, among the country’s innovative youth. Tesh Mbaabu is a young Kenyan tech entrepreneur, having started several successful companies almost immediately after completing his degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi in 2015. Notably, Mbaabu’s ventures into the technological sphere commenced prior to earning his degree; having started Tesh Technologies Limited,…

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Murder Most Foul: A Run down of events to shock discovery of Chris Msando

The violent and untimely death of Chris Msando, Director of Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ICT Department, has sent shockwaves throughout Kenya and around the world. With the upcoming elections, Kenyan citizens are still coming to grips with what yet another death means for the fragile state of politics in the country. Msando was reported…

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Crowdfunding Efforts Aim to Keep African Migrants from Entering Europe

The continued wave of mass migration from Africa to Europe has led to a huge range of political and humanitarian issues, and as a result, Europe is becoming increasingly divided into left-wing pro-immigrant and right-wing anti-immigrant camps. On the pro-immigrant side are countless NGOs that have been helping European governments to patrol the waters off…

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Donald Trump Jr. Scandal Deepens with Revelations of More Players Involved

The Russia scandal that has been threatening to envelop the Trump presidency since his inauguration now appears on the verge of turning into a full-blown crisis after more details have emerged about the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer last summer. After continually decrying the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and…

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Humanitarian Drones Fly Over Malawi

In the central region of Malawi, a nation besieged by droughts and dangerous food shortages, unmanned aerial vehicles at the Kasungu Aerodrome are being loaded with emergency supplies to distribute across needy communities. These drones are airborne thanks to a collaboration between the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and the Government of Malawi. According…

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From Russia, With Love: Trump Jr Shock Email Scandal

The ongoing investigation into the alleged meddling by Russian operatives to destabilize the American democratic process has been rocked by a bombshell revelation by Donald Trump Jr., the firstborn son of the most controversial President the United States has ever seen. Even the Watergate-Nixon and Iran-Contra-Reagan political scandals cannot approximate the sordid levels being witnessed…

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President of Zimbabwe Donates $1 Million to the African Union Foundation

President Robert Mugabe, the elderly and controversial leader of Zimbabwe known for his excessive spending, has donated one million USD to the African Union Foundation. The donation did not come directly from President Mugabe’s pockets; the amount was raised through a series of cattle auctions organized by a number of Zimbabwean farmers. President Mugabe used…

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The Struggles of Diane Rwigara: Rwanda’s Female Presidential Candidate

Earlier this year a young, single, attractive, and progressive businesswoman shocked the political status quo of the Rwandan Republic by throwing her hat in the ring of the presidential election. Rwanda is no stranger to women participating in politics; in fact, this democratic nation has the highest level of legislative female representation in the world,…

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Zimba Women: Building Opportunities and Careers for Women through Tech

“I love betting on women,” says Sherifah Tumusiime. This incredible Ugandan entrepreneur has a long list of accomplishments. Among them, she earned computer science degree from Makerere University, she was inaugurated as a Mandela Washington Fellow within a leadership program initiated by former US President Barack Obama, and she founded Uganda’s first online baby store.…

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Rwanda’s Electoral Commission Recalls Decision to Screen Candidates’ Social Media Messages

On May 29th, the Rwandan National Electoral Commission (NEC) made the unsettling announcement that it would oversee social media use by candidates in the upcoming election. This was widely perceived as a means of handicapping the opposition candidates. President Paul Kagame has handily won two prior elections, and analysts are giving him very high odds of…

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Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Promotes Digital Literacy to Youth

In June of 2014, the tech climate in Nigeria shifted dramatically when The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $500,000 grant in favor of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). PIN is an ongoing project headed by social entrepreneur Gbenga Sesan that strives to familiarize underprivileged Nigerian youth with future careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). PIN’s Life…

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“Mystery” Billionaire Who Owns $50M Penthouse Facing Foreclosure Revealed as Nigerian Businessman

For the past few weeks, much of the New York City media has been focused on the luxury high-rise apartment complex known as One57, which is set to be the scene for the biggest residential real-estate foreclosure in the city’s long and storied history. Speculation was rampant about who actually owned the 79th-floor penthouse condo,…

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African Architect Creates Stunning Summer Pavilion for London’s Serpentine Gallery

London’s Kensington Gardens has hosted an architectural exhibition every year since 2000, but this year’s installation is a landmark occasion. It marks the first time that an African architect has designed a structure for the Serpentine Pavilion. Considered a centerpiece of London’s cultural summer season, being selected for the Serpentine Pavilion exhibition is a rare…

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