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‘Water grab’ by profit-seeking corporations starve African lands of vital resources, report says

(GIN)—In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, a blistering new study has emerged on the escalating climate crisis in Africa and the threat to water for millions of Africans. Large-scale agricultural plantations have been drying up African lands, according to the California-based Oakland Institute in its newly published report released on the eve of the Forum Alternatif Mondial de...

Ambitions, plans of African Union Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat raising questions

The pretty bizarre exhortations by current Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Moussa Faki Mahamat and published in the daily Sudan Tribune, speaks to the ambitions of the former Chadian prime minister. The AU chairperson is a “ceremonial head” position, but Chairman Mahamat sometimes acts more like a chief potentate than a spokesperson representing 55 heads of African states.    Born...

Israel, Egypt, Ethiopia and convoluted U.S. foreign policy

Israel and Egypt are America’s principal Middle East and North Africa watchdogs of United States foreign policy. Why else would Israel be endowed by Washington with $3.8 billion in aid plus $8 billion in loan guarantees annually. Coming in a distant second is aid to Egypt, which according to the State Department’s website has long played a central role...

Zimbabwean teen teaches taekwondo to fight child marriage

HARARE, Zimbabwe—In Zimbabwe, where girls as young as 10 are forced to marry due to poverty or traditional and religious practices, a teenage taekwondo enthusiast is using the sport to give girls in an impoverished community a fighting chance at life. “Not many people do taekwondo here, so it’s fascinating for the girls, both married and single. I use it...

Burkina Faso’s prime minister resigns amid security crisis

Burkina Faso’s Prime Minister Christophe Dabire has resigned amid a security crisis and protests calling for a government reshuffle. President Roch Marc Christian Kabore accepted Dabire’s resignation and that of his cabinet on Dec. 8. Members of the outgoing government will maintain their posts until the establishment of a new government, however. The president in November stressed the need for a “stronger” cabinet on...

Africa’s development tied monetary sovereignty and an alternative economic development model

In an open letter signed by 550 internationally renowned personalities, which includes African economists, in a move that’s the intellectual equivalent of marching in the street, they challenged the continent and its leaders “to forge ahead and aspire to a better future in which all of its people can thrive and realize their full potential.” While the resource rich continent...

University of Cape Town students cited for innovated business

(GIN)—Three female students at the University of Cape Town won intervarsity recognition as top student entrepreneurs after a two-day national final in Johannesburg recently. Among the winners was Zimbabwe-born Chido Dzinotyiwei, founder of Vambo Academy, an educational technology platform that uses digital resources to offer language learning, translation and knowledge services. “We want to democratize access to indigenous language learning and...

Ghanaian activist halts coal plant, wins major prize

(GIN)—Coal kills.  Choose renewable. Those were the bedrock principles of environmental activist Chibeze Ezekiel, a grassroots organizer from Ghana, who in November was named one of five winners of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for 2020.  Through the efforts of Ezekiel and members of 350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (G-ROC), among others, the Ghanaian Minister of Environment was persuaded to drop...

Nigeria’s president battles chief judge over millions in unexplained funds

GINNEWS (GIN)–Efforts to clean up government–difficult in the best of times–were hamstrung by none other than Nigeria's top judge accused of failing to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars that “suspiciously” appear in his accounts but were never declared as required by law. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has often accused the judiciary of frustrating his anti-corruption fight, defended his announced suspension...

The Motherland’s challenge: Enriching elites or agricultural self-sufficiency

 I’ve been examining news of Africa’s growing food shortage, particularly brought on by the war between Russia and Ukraine. I reflect that what is happening has more to do with dependency on European and American systems of agricultural imperialism or “exporting commodities,” instead of the Motherland growing food stuffs as the staple for internal consumption. Carlos Lopes, a development economist...