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April 25, 2015

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    South Africa’s Johannesburg marches against xenophobia

    About 30,000 people are marching through South Africa’s main city, Johannesburg, to demand an end to a recent wave of xenophobic attacks. Both locals and immigrants are taking part, with placards saying “Africa Unite” and “Welcome foreigners”. An anti-xenophobic protest is also taking place in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth. South Africa’s army was deployed to flashpoints on Monday to prevent further violence. At least seven people have been killed, 5,000 left homeless and many foreign-owned shops looted since the attacks started about three weeks ago. “We will defeat xenophobia like we defeated apartheid,” the premier of South Africa’s…

  • Dr. Thomas Mensah, accepts Excellence in Science and Technology Award at the Not Alone Foundation Second Biennial Diamond Awards at Morehouse College Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.

    KNUST Alumnus Inducted into American National Academy of Inventors

    A Ghanaian scientist and an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Dr. Thomas O. Mensah, has been inducted into the United States National Academy of Inventors (NAI). According to NAI, its Fellows Program has 414 fellows worldwide representing more than 150 prestigious universities, governmental and non-profit research institutions. Collectively, the Fellows hold nearly 14,000 U.S. issued patents. The House of Representatives of the State of Georgia in the United States of America (USA) by its Resolution 646 commended Dr. Mensah for his work. Dr. Mensah is one of 3 black men among 167 inventors who were…

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    Open Letter to the Chairman of AU: Africa Is Descending Into A Dangerous Den of Disintegration

    April 20, 2015 His Excellency Robert Gabriel Mugabe Assembly Chairman, African Union Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Dear Chairman Mugabe, I am mournfully penning down these few words with deep sympathy and empathy overshadowing my entire being for our fellow African brothers and sisters who are undergoing cruel persecution simply because they are not South Africans. My heart is beset by series of atrocious scenes emanating from cities across South Africa as inhumane hostility against peaceful immigrants and foreign nationals intensifies. The dawn of brutality and bloodletting pervading every echelon of South Africa today is a complete contradiction to Pan-Africanism and an irony to…

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    Hope deflated for Ghana’s Hope City?

    It began with a groundbreaking ceremony led by the president, followed by a lavish launch party at the national stadium that featured a performance by American R&B star Chris Brown. On the eve of the country’s independence day in 2013, Ghanaian developers announced their plans to build a $10 billion tech hub on the outskirts of the capital. Even the name they chose for the project, Hope City, underscored ambitions to once again make Ghana — the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve independence — a beacon for the rest of the continent. Two years later, though, construction on…

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    Meet the South African king whose remarks launched the Xenophobic attacks on other African Immigrants

    Zulu King Godwill Zwelithi’s utterances on March 23rd launched the Zenophobic attacks in South Africa and he had refused to apologize, even after finding out that his people have maimed, killed and destroyed businesses belonging to black foreigners. He’s still insisting that foreigners should go back to their countries but tried to save face by saying attacking the foreigners is not how to chase them away. He wants the government to do it legally. During a speech last month, Zwelithini called for the deportation of foreign nationals living in the country, saying it was unacceptable locals were being made to…

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Xenophobia in South Africa: A Recipe for Continental Disunity

Apr 20, 2015

Africa is sitting on a time-bomb that may soon explode if all of us remain reticent and reluctant about finding a permanent resolution to the ongoing hostility, cruelty, and brutality in South Africa. As Africa gradually moves towards the compass of globalization and modernization, the spirit of continental solidarity and regional harmony is becoming extinct simply because a certain group of nationals has embarked on a callous expedition of disintegration. The seed of discrimination, division, and repression is germinating very fast from the innermost cities in Southern Africa as violence and atrocious attacks against innocent immigrants and foreigners intensify. It…

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The Tragedies of African Democracies: why the best doesn’t mean good (Part I)

Apr 11, 2015

Since Ghana returned to constitutional rule in 1992, it has been a bastion of stability in a region of political instability. Apart from pockets of internal conflicts mostly related to chieftaincy issues, elections have passed without degenerating into open conflicts as has been the case in a number of countries on the continent. This is not to suggest that Ghana is free from the tensions that mark the campaigns and elections in other countries in the region. Despite the pressures associated with the campaigns and the elections, things have usually returned to normalcy with the high-pitch arguments, haggling, and the…

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Leadership Compensation is a factor in Ghana’s Underdevelopment

Apr 11, 2015

Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was referring to Ghana when he says, “now there is a new African in the world. That African is ready to fight his own battle and show that, after all, the black man is capable of managing his own affairs.” However, fifty-eight years following that rousing speech, Ghana remains more dependent than ever. In order to live up to Osagyefo’s estimation, to develop the economy, it is imperative to wean the political leadership from their utter dependence on the state. Ghana’s independence has not affected the political class in terms of their personal economy for; they…

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BRVM Investment Days: West Africa’s financial centre meets the London Stock Exchange

The regional stock exchange for the eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union has chosen the London Stock Exchange as the venue for the second round of “BRVM Investment Days”   LONDON, United-Kingdom, April 22, 2015/ — The Bourse régionale des valeurs mobilières (BRVM) (http://www.brvm.org) is to hold a high-level meeting at the London Stock Exchange on 28 April 2015. The conference, which will be attended, amongst others, by Ms Nialé Kaba, Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Economy and Finance, will provide an opportunity to present the financial centre of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)…

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Win the APO Energy Media Awards and travel to Dubai to attend the Africa Energy Forum

DAKAR, Senegal, April 22, 2015/ — APO (African Press Organization) (http://www.apo-opa.com), the sole press release wire in Africa and the global leader in media relations relating to Africa, announced today that entry is now open for the 2015 APO Energy Media Awards (#APOEnergyMediaAward). APO will offer transport, accommodation and perdiem for the first-place winner to attend the Africa Energy Forum (http://www.africa-energy-forum.com) held in Dubai from 8-11 June 2015, as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges worldwide. The Africa Energy Forum (AEF) is the only international Forum focused on power generation for Africa with attendance…

Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa

Uncharted African regions and sectors offer growth opportunities for SMEs – DHL

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, April 16, 2015/ — Despite the recent prediction by the World Bank(1) that economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa will slow in 2015, the region is still home to one of the fastest-growing middle class in the world. As a result, there are vast opportunities on the continent for progressive African entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of. Charles Brewer, Managing Director of DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) (http://www.dpdhl.com), says one sector providing plentiful prospects is the agricultural industry, which is Africa’s largest economic sector representing 15% of the continent’s total GDP and more than…

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Buildings are getting taller and these buildings are being constructed at an increasingly rapid pace

“It took around seven years to build the Burj Khalifa, an 830m skyscraper in Dubai. I was the chief engineer on this project.” DUBAI, UAE, April 7, 2015/ — Buildings are getting taller and these buildings are being constructed at an increasingly rapid pace. In this interview, world-renowned supertall buildings expert and Aurecon’s Buildings Director, Middle East and North Africa Buildings, Dr Andy Davids (http://www.aurecongroup.com), discusses the possibilities and opportunities involved in cutting down the construction time of tall buildings, the sustainability issues related to tall buildings, as well as staying true to their original design intent.   Technology as…

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e-Payments: Africa is the continent that will see the largest increase in electronic payments between now and 2016 – Visa

UBA Cameroon Wins “Prepaid Innovative Product of the Year” Award for its Innovative “Cobranded Student ID Visa Prepaid” CASABLANCA, Morocco, April 14, 2015/ — Visa (NYSE: V) (http://www.corporate.visa.com), an international electronic payment company, sponsored the Prepaid Summit Middle East event for the sixth consecutive year in 2015. The event was held in Dubai. Uniting over 150 leading participants, this conference is a regional standard for the electronic payments industry. On this occasion, various awards were presented during a ceremony to regional financial institutions, including a significant number based in Africa and the Middle East. These were Al Ahli Bank of…

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Doha GOALS partners with the Special Olympics in Los Angeles

Rechard Attias and Associates announces the fourth edition of the Doha GOALS Forum, the world’s leading platform focusing on sport as a driver of social and economic change, will be held in Los Angeles from July 25-27, 2015, during the Special Olympics World Games. Doha GOALS will partner with the Special Olympics this year for the three-day summit and legacy program. Janet Froetscher, Chief Executive Officer of the Special Olympics, said: “We have spent more than four decades proving to the world that sport has the power to transform lives and communities. We are delighted to partner with the Doha GOALS Forum this year: it is a…

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Africa: Engineering Symposium for Africa: 400 Decision-Makers Expected at the International “Engineering Symposium for Africa” Organized by Jacobs Engineering S.A

Up To 400 Decision-Makers Expected at the International “Engineering Symposium for Africa” Organized by Jacobs Engineering S.A A concentration of influential African engineering players CASABLANCA, Morocco, April 8, 2015/ — Jacobs Engineering SA (JESA) is organizing the first international symposium, “Engineering Symposium for Africa” (https://www.esa-symposium.com) around the theme of “Engineering and Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Development in Africa” in Marrakesh on Thursday, May 21st, 2015. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxRQlCryNBo This international event will feature high-level speakers: renowned experts, figures in politics, economy and finance, decision-makers in the fields of mining, industry and sustainability, besides representatives from development funding agencies. This unique event…

Mobile West Africa

Mobile West Africa 2015 garners industry-wide support

Back for a 5th year, Mobile West Africa 2015 garners industry-wide support Since 2011, Mobile West Africa has been regarded as the leading technology event in the region LAGOS, Nigeria, April 2, 2015/ — All Amber, the organisers of highly acclaimed technology conferences across Sub-Saharan Africa, today announced that they have secured a wide-ranging selection of international and local partners for the 5th edition of Mobile West Africa (http://mobilewestafrica.com), which is scheduled to take place between 21 and 23 April in Lagos, Nigeria. Organisations confirmed to sponsor and exhibit at the event include MTN Nigeria, Airtel Nigeria, Etisalat Nigeria, Eskimi,…