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KENYA LAUNCHES AFRICA’S LARGEST WIND FARM

The East African nation of Kenya has launched Africa’s largest wind farm, a move that should bring the nation closer to its goal of 100% green energy by 2020 The project is located in the northern part of Kenya near Lake Turkana, an area known for strong winds. The wind farm includes 365 turbines with a capacity of 850 kW each and is projected to produce about 310 megawatts, which is roughly enough energy to power 330,000 homes. Lake Turkana Wind Power includes 365 turbines in northern Kenya near Lake Turkana, a remote area with strong winds. It’s estimated to …

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Potentially a game changer

African countries form the largest free trade zone in the world On Sunday July 7, after years of negotiations, the African Union (AU) launched the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The AfCFTA will establish a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of businesspeople and investment, paving the way for faster establishment of a customs union. According to the UN Economic Commission for Africa, once fully operational, it’s believed that the free trade accord will boost the level of intra-Africa trade by more than 52 percent by the year 2022. The agreement …

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Blood in the Nile

The struggle continues in Sudan Omar Al-Bashir, Sudan’s président for thé past thirty years was ousted on April 11. Al-Bashir, is wanted by the international war crimes tribunal for atrocities in Darfur. He seized power in a bloodless coup back in 1989, and somehow managed his way through countless national crises. Initially the toppling of the 30 year reign raised hopes in the country that a more inclusive civilian rule may follow. However, the ruling military council that then took power has been in conflict with protesters demanding civilian rule. That transition has been halting and is fraught with risk, …

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African Roundup May 16, 2019

South Africans losing hope in their cornerstone, the ANC. For the past 25 years, democracy in South Africa has been synonymous with the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC came to power after bringing an end to white apartheid rule in 1994, under the leadership of the late Nelson Mandela. And in every election since, the ANC has always managed to win the majority vote. However, the past few years have seen the ANC lose popularity amongst its Black majority core. The recent elections on May 8, saw only about half of the total eligible population bother to register as …

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African Roundup May 2, 2019

The 27th of April is commemorated with pomp and color across three different countries in Africa as they mark their independence. Siera Leonne, Togo, and South Africa have the unique distinction of having the same independence date. This edition of the African Round-Up will highlight just how far these countries have come since the colonial rule. Togo has a population of 7.6 million people and is bordered by Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso and has a 56-kilometer coastline that runs along the Gulf of Guinea. Togo and its surrounding regions were known as “the slave coast” between the 16th and …

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African Roundup April 18, 2019

When the world looked away, 800,000 were slaughtered Remembering the Rwandan Genocide   The resilience of the African continent is a consistent wonder.  In spite of all the encumbering factors that have constantly plagued her, Africa stands and lives to fight another day. In this edition, we remember one of the most horrific massacres in Africa, The Rwandan Genocide. On the night of 6 April 1994 a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi – both Hutus – was shot down, killing everyone on board. Hutu extremists blamed the Rwandese Patriotic Front (RPF) consisting mostly …

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African Roundup April 8, 2019

    The Internet was on fire as a result of a statement made by Women’s rights activist and wife of former British Prime Minister, Cherie Blair. “Most African ladies’ first sexual experience is rape,” she is quoted as saying before a group of 100 students at a high school in London, UK. The reaction of Africans all around the world was one of outrage. Although rape is a serious problem many felt that the comment was irresponsible. Observers such as Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, a doctor and a sexual reproductive rights advocate in South Africa, say that a forced first …

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TAKING FLIGHT IN AFRICA, LESSONS FROM ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES

Ethiopian Airlines has a safety record spanning 70 years and has been hailed as Africa’s best aviation carrier. Winning many awards to this effect. In spite of the recent crash of flight 302, confidence in the airline has not dwindled with passengers still flying at record numbers, a testament to how the carrier has distinguished itself in terms of safety. Ethiopian Airlines perhaps is one of the best representations of potential in African aviation. The carrier has been consistently adding hubs all around Africa as well as to Asia, the United States and Canada. Presently, there are 731 airports and …

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THE JUNGLE PERSPECTIVE WHEN REPORTING ABOUT AFRICA

On Sunday February 24, a dead man was raised to life in South Africa. At least that’s what Pastor Lukau wanted parishioners to believe. It was obviously a stage-managed miracle. In Africa, these kinds of stunts happen here and there, where some pastors will pretend to heal people from diseases they didn’t have or make them stand from wheel chairs they weren’t confined to. While this is a menace what is an even bigger problem is how petty one off nuisances from Africa are told with such grandeur in the western media. When the news of the resurrection broke, various …

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Lingering Oppression

A BRIEF HISTORY OF EUROPE’S HAND ON AFRICA The traces of Europe’s heavy hand on Africa is still felt today in the continent. As we celebrate black history month, we must remember where it all begun. The motherland as we call it, Africa. “We was kings and queens,” a nauseating statement that we hear a lot during Black History Month. But the truth of the matter is, Africa was rising, at her own pace and in her own way until colonists came and demonized who she was, and monetized everything she has. The Slave Trade undermined the ‘Gold Coast’ economy …

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