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From Mogadishu to U.S Congress

The United States mid term elections was  characterized by a number of  trailblazing campaigns spearheaded by several  women shattering the glass-ceilings. Somali born refugee Ilhan Omar, is a part of  group of women who have broken barriers this election. She is now one of the first Somali-American Muslim women elected to Congress in Minnesota’s 5th  Congressional District on Tuesday November 6. The journey was not easy for Omar who spent the last four years as a legislator, a seat she had to fight a Titanic battle to get. Her previous campaign was marred by claims of bigotry and polygamy, claims …

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African Round up Oct 25, 2018

    Kanye In Uganda Self professed, Trump lover and Grammy award winning musician, Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian were in Uganda from the15th October till the 19th of October. The actual goal of their mission was not fully known but while in the country they held discussions with president, Yoweri Museveni. At the end of the meeting Mr. West gifted the President with a pair of the latest “Yeezy sneakers” from his collection. In a Facebook post, his office revealed that Museveni had given West, who changed his name to Ye last month, the Ugandan name Kanyesigye, …

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African Roundup October 11, 2018

RWANDA Louise Mushikiwabo emerges as favorite for SG of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo’s candidature for the post of Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the unifying body of French-speaking countries, has received a great push following Canada’s decision to support her. Canada had previously backed the incumbent, Michaëlle Jean, who was the first woman to hold the role. She was Mushikiwabo’s only rival for the position, but her term has been marred with scandals of financial mismanagement. At present only Jean’s native country of Haiti is supporting her. Mushikiwabo has served as Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister since …

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African Roundup Sept 27, 2018

South Africa Statue Honoring Freedom Fighter Unveiled at the United Nations A statute honoring South Africa’s first Black president and anti-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was unveiled on September 25, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The 1.8 metre sculpture of Mandela is the first-ever human statue to be housed in the United Nations. The Republic of South Africa donated the statue in commemoration of the 100th year of Mandela’s birth. “Nelson Mandela embodied the highest values of the United Nations – peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said at the unveiling. The UN …

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Africa Roundup Sept 13, 2018

Africa China’s Overture towards Africa The heads of African countries with the exception of E-swatini converged in Beijing on September 3, to attend the 2018 Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). At the summit, President Xi Jinping pledged that China would give financial assistance to the African continent to the tune of $60 billion (US). The finances, according to Mr. Jinping, would comprise of  $15bn of grants, interest free and concessional loans, plus another $20bn of new credit lines; furthermore, $10bn would be provided as special fund for development financing, while, $5bn would similarly be advanced for financing …

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African Roundup Aug 30, 2018

SOUTH AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA REACTS TO DONALD TRUMP’S TWEET An order by American President Donald Trump to U.S. officials to “study the South Africa land and farm seizures” due to “large-scale killing of white farmers,” has drawn an angry reaction in a country where race and land ownership remain part of her contentious legacy. His tweet was inspired by a segment of Fox News on Wednesday 22nd August when host Tucker Carlson alleged that the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, was seizing land from South African citizens who were the wrong skin color and termed this act as immoral. South …

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Africa Round up Aug 16, 2018

Uganda Engineering graduate Lawrence Okettayot is tackling fruits and vegetable wastage with his new invention, the Sparky Dryer. I is a food dehydrator that runs on biofuel. The dehydrator helps farmers avoid food loss and food waste due to spoilage, which is an issue in Uganda for many farmers. Uganda is a fertile country and farmers always have a bountiful harvest each season. However, they do not always sell their produce as fast and more often than not thy end up throwing it away as it spoils fast. The sparky drier is seen as a way to resolve this problem. …

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The Diaspora Roundup Aug 2, 2018

Human trafficking in Guyana Between January 5 and July 3, a total of 77 alleged victims of human trafficking have been rescued in Georgetown, Guyana. Amina Ally, the Minister of Social Protection said 60 of the 77 victims have been placed in protective care, while others are being assisted with jobs and educational opportunities. In one raid, 8 of 16 young ladies—14 Venezuelans, one Cuban, and one from the Dominican Republic—were rescued during a raid executed by the Guyana Police Force. Ally maintained that the protection of human rights and dignity of all the citizens of Guyana is an essential …

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The Diaspora Roundup July 19, 2018

Obama visits Kenya and South Africa Former U.S. President, Barack Obama visited Kenya, his father’s native country, on Sunday 15th July. It was his first visit to Africa since leaving office. His two-day visit was to support the launch of a sports and recreational community center pioneered by his half-sister, Dr. Auma Obama, under her foundation Sauti Kuu (Raised Voice in Swahili) at his father’s ancestral home, K’Ogelo. Mr. Obama praised his sister’s efforts in changing the narrative of the African story from asking for handouts, but moving towards empowerment and emancipation. He also made courtesy visits to President Uhuru …

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The Diaspora Roundup July 5, 2018

An all Africa exit at FIFA World Cup 2018 For the first time since 1982, there will be  no African team in  the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup Finals. All the big names from the continent including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Senegal have all been eliminated. With matches filled with close calls and near misses the five teams kept soccer fans at the edge of their seats with  some commendable performances EGYPT The hope of Egypt’s Pharaohs lay in their talisman, Liverpool forward, Mohammed Salah who scored  two of the 10 goals that assisted them to qualify. …

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