Tag: African

Africa: Iconic African Curator – Okwui Enwezor

July 8, 2021
Often credited for turning global attention to the rich and expansive art of the Global South, he battled fiercely against the deeply embedded and reductive nature of the Euro- and Western-centric art world. This week, our Maverick Life Art School series takes a closer look at the undeniably iconic Okwui Enwezor Curator: Okwuchukwu Emmanuel Enwezor

Africa: National Assembly Approves Ratification of African Continental Free Trade Area, Opening Door Between Seychelles and 1.2 Billion Customers

June 25, 2021
Businesses in Seychelles will be able to access a market of 1.2 billion people after the National Assembly approved the ratification of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), a top government official said on Friday. This agreement aims to create a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business people

African Union Strategy for Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment

June 24, 2021
Laying the foundation for promotion of gender equality in Africa The African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa and the Constitutive Act of the African Union underscore the principle of promoting gender equality on the continent as a prerequisite for achieving inclusive and sustainable development on the continent.

Africa: WHO Supporting South African Consortium to Establish First COVID mRNA Vaccine echnology transfer hub

June 21, 2021
Geneva/Johannesburg/Paris: Geneva/Johannesburg/Paris — The World Health Organization (WHO) and its COVAX partners are working with a South African consortium comprising Biovac, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines, a network of universities and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish its first COVID mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. The move follows WHO’s global  call

Africa: How African Union Members Came to Share Power Despite Themselves

June 13, 2021
The African Union (AU) held its first summit in 2002, establishing itself as a new international organisation. It also launched a new vision for African security cooperation. Nearly two decades later, it is worth reflecting on the process that produced that vision. It may have something to teach us about international negotiations. The vision is

Africa: Pan-African Parliament’s Woes Reflect a Crisis in Leadership

June 10, 2021
Chaotic scenes at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in Johannesburg last week have prompted a strong reaction from across the continent. African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat called for PAP activities to be suspended until the issues around electing a new PAP president and bureau were settled. The incidents have exposed an institution that,

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC/RUSSIA : PM Ngrebada flies in style aboard Prigozhin's jet

June 10, 2021
In early June, the Central African prime minister Firmin Ngrebada, a stalwart of cooperation with Moscow since 2018, boarded the Source link

African Development Fund Ranked Among the World’s Leading Providers of Development Assistance

June 9, 2021
The African Development Fund has been ranked second among 49 international agencies for the quality of its development assistance, underscoring its relevance to the continent’s most vulnerable countries. The African Development Fund is the concessional arm of the African Development Bank Group. According to the fifth edition of the Quality of Official Development Assistance report,

Africa: New Study Reveals the Origin of African Jackals

June 4, 2021
Dr Alberto Valenciano, a former researcher from the University of Cape Town (UCT), is the lead author on new research that has found the origin of some of the most emblematic groups of African carnivorous mammals: jackals. Dr Valenciano was joined by an international group of researchers, including Dr Romala Govender from UCT’s Department of

Africa: Gender Violence Claims Rock Pan-African Parliament

June 2, 2021
Johannesburg, Claims of gender-based violence have rocked the Pan-African Parliament after representatives tussled over the next president of the institution’s bureau. The incident happened during a session on Monday as the legislators listened to a presentation by an ad-hoc committee formed to harmonise proposals on how to elect the next president. A clip aired by

IVORY COAST : NGO African Parks to begin working in Ivory Coast

May 24, 2021
In Ivory Coast, the minister of water and forests has been in discussions since mid-March with the South African NGO Source link

Africa: President Arrives for the Summit On Financing for African Economies

May 17, 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa has this morning , 17 May 2021, arrived in Paris, France, to participate in the Summit on the Financing of African Economies. At the invitation of President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic, the President will join several African Heads of State and Government as well as leaders of global financing institutions

African Craft and Design Site Afrikrea Hits U.S. $10 Million Plus in Transactions and Rolls Out a One-Stop Shop, E-Commerce Solution for Exporters

May 16, 2021
London — From the very earliest of days of the internet in Africa, a recurring idea has been that it would be possible to sell African craft and design globally to European or American buyers looking for something different. But over the last two decades these kinds of sites have usually been disappointing. According to

LEBANON/AFRICA : Lebanese banks' African subsidiaries hit by chaos back home

May 14, 2021
Finance is at the heart of Lebanon’s turmoil, as illustrated by two recent events. In early May, a judge ordered Source link

Africa: Millions of African Muslims Mark Eid Holiday Amid Uncertain Times

May 14, 2021
Johannesburg — Eid al-Fitr is a special time of year for the nearly half of Africa’s population who are adherents of Islam. But this year’s celebration is different amid the continuing coronavirus pandemic and the devastation it has caused across the continent. Last year’s festival was overshadowed by lockdowns and pandemic restrictions worldwide. Some of

Namibia: South African Artists Detained At Walvis Bay

May 9, 2021
Three South African artists were denied entry into the country at Walvis Bay on Friday night for allegedly faking Covid-19 results. The artists who disembarked from a flight from Johannesburg with alleged falsified Covid-19 tests are Obakeng kekaba, Given M Eke ID and Johannes Legodi. They were refused entry through the immigration department. The trio

AFRICA : Online news media Brut out to conquer African millenials

April 29, 2021
Online news channel Brut, founded in 2016 by Renaud Le Van Kim, Guillaume Lacroix and Laurent Lucas, is launching its first African venture in May. Source link

Africa: Five African Presidents Join Global Leaders in Climate Talks

April 25, 2021
President Uhuru Kenyatta is among 40 participants in an ongoing Leaders Summit on Climate convened by United States President Joe Biden. From Africa, Mr Kenyatta was invited alongside President Félix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Ali Bongo of Gabon and Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari. The summit, a two-day virtual

Africa: Vaccine Nationalism and African Govt Deficiencies Hinder Roll-Out

April 18, 2021
The African Union – mainly through its Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) – has done well in trying to acquire COVID-19 vaccines for the continent as part of its commendable approach to tackling the pandemic in general. But Africa CDC Director John Nkengasong isn’t getting as much help as he would

African Kick-Boxing Cup – Cameroon On Honours Roll

April 16, 2021
Some 35 athletes from five countries took part in the competition that took place in Yaounde last weekend with Cameroon and Egypt finishing on top. The gymnasium of the Higher Public Works School in Elig Effa, Yaounde was the venue of the 2021 edition of the African Kick-boxing cup that took place last weekend. Organised

Africa: Call for African Medical Supplies Manufacturing Facility

April 13, 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa says the continent needs to build a vibrant and innovative African medical supplies manufacturing capability that meets the health needs of the continent’s people. Addressing the High-Level Virtual Conference on Africa’s Vaccine Manufacturing for Health Security on Monday, the President said throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa has demonstrated that it has extensive

Africa: Keys to African Recovery – Vaccines, Debt, and Commodities

April 11, 2021
As recovery from the economic fallout of the pandemic occurs, richer countries appear to be progressing faster than poorer ones–many of them in Africa, where 60 percent of the world’s poor live. Asia, notably China, is leading the global recovery, followed by the United States and other advanced economies. Behind the brighter outlook for these

AFRICA/VATICAN : The College of Cardinals' African contingent keeps shrinking

April 7, 2021
The number of African cardinals in the Holy See keeps dropping, despite the pope’s efforts to appoint more. Source link

African Online Civic Space Threatened

March 26, 2021
A new study from the African Digital Network, whose members include 30 in-country global digital rights organisations, activists, academics and analysts such as the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Associate Professor of Media Studies, Tanja Bosch, compared the digital rights landscapes of ten African countries to come to a worrying conclusion: over the last 20

Africa: Dr Motsepe Vows to Change Face of African Football

March 12, 2021
The South African who was ushered in as the new continental boss, said Africa spends a lot of money on European football and very little on their own. This has to change, he emphasised in his maiden speech in Rabat, Morocco on Friday, 12 March 2021 where he was ushered in as new CAF boss.

MAURITIUS/SOUTH AFRICA : South African furniture heir sets up shop in Mauritius

March 4, 2021
Kevin Ellerine, the son and nephew of the former South African furniture barons, the brothers Eric Ellerine and Sidney Ellerine, Source link

Africa: Covid-19 – How Five Hardest Hit African Countries Are Coping

February 21, 2021
Deaths from COVID-19 in Africa have surged by 40 per cent in the past month. On February 14, 2020, Egypt became the first African country to record a COVID-19 case. The virus has since spread to the other 53 countries in the continent. In many African countries, borders were closed, confirmed cases quarantined, and curfews

AFRICA : AfDB banks on African economic resilience to Covid-19

February 19, 2021
African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina is due to hold an event in Abidjan in mid-March dedicated to the resilience of African economies to the Covid-19 pandemic. Source link

Africa: Many African Countries Had a Surprise Manufacturing Surge in 2010s – It Bodes Well for the Years Ahead

February 18, 2021
Gaaitzen de Vries, United Nations University; Emmanuel B Mensah, University of Groningen; Hagen Kruse, University of Groningen, and Kunal Sen, United Nations University The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, with world output contracting at 3.5% in 2020, and no recovery likely before the fourth quarter of 2021. Similar to other developing

African Union Holds First Virtual Summit Today

February 6, 2021
The African Union (AU) will from midday today host its first virtual summit in Addis Ababa at which DRC’s Felix Antoine Tshisekedi will take over as chairperson, and elections of the AU Commission (AUC) will be held. While the AUC Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad is set to return unopposed at this 34th