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Women represent strength and resilience of the African continent

Each year, Africa celebrates the strength and resilience of women and their contribution to society and country. This year the month-long tribute provided an opportunity to pay tribute to the generations of African women whose struggles laid the foundation for empowering women and achieving gender equality. South Africa’s recent National Women’s Day, which annually pays tribute to all African women,...

Is ‘real talk’ by African leaders a sign of the times?

Many world leaders mounted the speakers’ platform during the recent high-level general debate week of the 78th United Nations General Assembly. However, the tone of some African leaders was eye-opening and worth noting. The annual UNGA 78 gathering at UN headquarters in New York City is where the majority of member states give their input on pressing global issues....

Ugandan presidential candidate speaks in D.C. 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ugandan politician and musician Bobi Wine came to the nation’s capital during the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference to ask politicians to stop funding the oppression of the Ugandan people.  His National Geographic Documentary, “Bobi Wine: The Man, The Music and The Movement,” was screened at an event sponsored by the Institute for the Black World 21st...

Nations of Africa demand a bigger voice, role on the global stage

If you listened to African leaders addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA-78) as I did, you would have discovered a singular unanimous message of being fed up with Western powers’ dominance over global affairs. In unison, African leaders expressed dissatisfaction with living in a world that pretends present-day economic and social conditions are not connected with historical injustices.  Much...

Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger sign agreement to defend each other if attacked

Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger have signed a trilateral defense agreement binding the three Sahel countries to assist one another in the event of a military attack on any one of them. The agreement, known as the Liptako-Gourma Charter, was inked by the three states’ military leaders on Sept. 16 and according to Mali’s junta leader, Assimi Goita, it establishes...

Sudan conflict continues and is spilling into neighboring countries

With Sudan entering its sixth month of a brutal conflict between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia, the country appears to be metastasizing into a catastrophe that has spilled over into neighboring countries. The result of fighting between the two factions in the capital city of Khartoum resulted in General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan,...

Symbolism or substance? African Union granted seat in the G-20

The Group of 20 leading industrial and developing nations concluded their annual summit of leaders in New Delhi, India, recently, under the theme: “One Earth, One Family, One Future.” World leaders held talks on issues ranging from climate change and green growth to gender equality and countering terrorism. Among major outcomes in the closing G-20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration...

Coups in African countries described as ‘signs of failed democracies’

Africa’s coup belt is growing. The coup d’état in seven African countries has been described as a sign of failed democracies in the affected countries. According to a report in the Daily Maverick, censuring leaders for coups is only a first step. Businessday.ng, a Nigerian business and financial news website, describes the seven countries experiencing “military interregnum,” including Guinea, Burkina...

Uniting Africa and the U.S. Black diaspora to forge a new global economic destiny

ATLANTA— Bridging the gaps between the African continent and the coast-to-coast diaspora was a big discussion point at the National Black Business Conference, which recently took place. The conference, hosted by the National Business League, the National Black Chamber of Commerce and The World Conference of Mayors, welcomed African representatives from all over the continent. Present were the Minister of...

African states’ resistance against global colonialism prove their vigilance, prudence: Iran president

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has praised African nations for their steadfastness in resisting global colonialism, calling it a sign of their vigilance, prudence and recognition of modern-day requirements. In a meeting with Foreign Minister of Burkina Faso Olivia Rouamba in Tehran on September 4, Mr. Raisi said Iran has been developing positive relations with African states after the victory of...