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African Roundup Feb 7, 2019 -I don’t like Black Skin….

Lighter skinned women are considered more beautiful, more likely to succeed and most likely to be married. Light skin is the right skin. Black is closer to sin. Words that are likely to be heard in jest or sometimes with serious under-tones on the streets in almost every country across the African continent. That’s why in many parts of the continent, lighter skinned women are considered more beautiful, more likely to succeed and most likely to be married. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 77% of Nigerian women use skin-lightening products on a regular basis. They are followed by …

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Africa Roundup Jan 24, 2019

How  FRANCE UNDERDEVELOPed AFRICA Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, recently criticized France’s policy in Africa in response to the migrant crisis in Europe. He is quoted as saying, “If we have people who are leaving Africa now it’s because some European countries, and France in particular, have never stopped colonizing Africa and its colonial-style policies in Africa are “impoverishing” Africans.” It could be assumed that the economic standing of France bothers Italy, as France is on one of the world super economies. Nonetheless comments France under developing its former colonies have been repeated for sometime and therefore beg …

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African Roundup Jan 10, 2019

GUINEA LEGALISES POLYGAMY According to the new Guinean civil code adopted by parliament on  December 29, 2018; “Marriage can be concluded either under the regime of monogamy; under the regime of polygamy limited to four women. If a person fails to subscribe to one of the options provided for in this article, the marriage is presumed to be under the regime of polygamy.” The legalisation of polygamy has provoked an outcry amongst the Guinean citizenry. Many of who feel that the practice undermines women’s dignity and increases the risks of diseases and poverty. Previously, polygamy was prohibited for civil marriages …

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African Roundup Dec 6, 2018

CANADA PLEDGES $50M TO SOUTH AFRICA’S EDUCATION FUND Canada will be donating $50 million to the late President Mandela’s Global legacy fund for children’s education and poverty alleviation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement via twitter to the host of the Global Citizen Festival, comedian Trevor Noah. “Hey @Trevornoah – thanks for everything you’re doing to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the @GlblCtzn festival. Sorry I can’t be with you – but how about Canada pledges $50M to @EduCannotWait to support education for women & girls around the world? Work for you? Let’s do it,” Trudeau’s tweet read. The …

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African Roundup Nov 22, 2018

    FRANCE CONSIDERS RETURNING AFRICAN ART and Artifacts White museum curator: “ The work isn’t for sale” Killmonger: “How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it… like they took everything else? For those who remember Marvel’s blockbuster film, Black Panther the villain Killmonger had a poignant exchange with a white museum curator, which alluded to the reality of Africa’s past. Ancient African artifacts that were pilfered and sent abroad. In what may seem to be a bid to right the past, French President, Emmanuel Macron has …

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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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