Africa Watch
Map of US military operations in Africa, followed by an overview of the Boko Haram in Nigeria and all the Al-Qaeda aligned terrorist groups across Africa and Middle-East as they continue their operations. We provide a closer look at Boko Haram and al-Shabaab organization - READ MORE
Americas View
In this section we present the official U.S. government statements, public opinion polls and general comments America makes about Africa to keep Africa officialdom aware of the Africa temperament in the USA –and to see “What America Sees” –– in this post we report on a historic victory of a Somali-American Muslim woman in U.S. Legislative Elections; followed by a reprint of a Commentary which appeared in the recent issue of The New Yorker Magazine-READ MORE
Africa Comment
Conversely this section presents comments by Africa which the U.S. and other overseas quarters should be aware of and understand. Current posting reports on Africa’s major gate for those trying to get to Europe – Tebu,Libya on the Sahara Desert -READ MORE
Africa Inc
Overview of the Africa’s economics, business, investments and banking. In this posting we name the top 10 philanthropists in Africa. Followed by an insightful article of Sub-Sahara economic standing, plus a report of Recent Africa airlines meeting and the Open Skies developments. Africa Development Bank President warns of coming economic problems, followed by a report “Africa Loses More Money to Illicit Financial Flows Than It Receives in Foreign Aid”-READ MORE
Travel
Our Editor-in-Chief reports on his visit to the Seychelles Islands – his conclusion – FABULOUS and recommends for you to put Seychelles on your bucket list. Take a read of our visit to the land of the Black Pharaohs, Nubia, Sudan – followed by TENERIFE – the sophisticated island retreat off Africa’s Atlantic coast with much to offer any visitor. Nairobi art galleries get a review and a look at Nairobi’s oldest hotel, the Stanley and it’s fabulous Exchange Bar. -READ MORE
The Arts
The global art world discovers contemporary artists, and is ready with $$$ millions - plus one of Nigeria’s most accomplished artist – Peju Alatisa, who is now a Museum Fellow of the African Art Museum in Washington D.C. With all the political events taking place in Egypt, its history and grandeur still comes to life - until a decade ago, no one knew of, an ancient harbor city Heracleion -READ MORE

 

Africa Kitchen
Unique airliner restaurant on the way to the Accra airport. Safari Cuisine overview. Followed by Art of Sushi-Making African-Style. The unique drinks of Africa. Then we tell you of Morocco and its saffron crop. France's cherished culinary tradition holds big attraction for foreign visitors. But few tourists realize that many chefs and most kitchen staff in Paris and other big cities are immigrants from Africa. Review of a classic Nairobi restaurant Carnivore.-READ MORE
Book Review
"Foreign Gods, Inc." a new must-read book by a Nigerian author reviewed. Nelson Mandela's autobiography turned into a film – our review. From orphan to author, the self-help guru is turning the spiritual world upside down by exploring a new concept, African Spirituality. “Our ancestors believed in African deities and gained their strength to survive one of the worst atrocities in American history," Followed by a review of a book by the President of Ghana “My First Coup D'état” – and a review of a 19th Century travel book of West Africa by Mary Kingsley, published in 1892, a must read before your visit to Sierra Leone - READ MORE

 

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Africa’s Urbanization Versus Ruralization

December 2012 the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) published its analysis on “Urbanization in Africa”.  The AfDB presentation continues to be accessible on the bank’s website and is as relevant today as it was seven years ago.  It now has a volume of local responses in their Comments Section, however most of the comments address urban growth and how to deal with it, just as the AfDB report does.
The African Times takes a differing position – over years the institutional analysis has been addressing the influx of people to the cities, and the devasting effects and costs; versus turning the issue “upside down” and as opposed to addressing urbanization, address ruralization and how to make Africa’s rural prospects, with its villages and small towns come to the forefront of planners, governments, media, and the populace. 
If portion of the massive urbanization investments be directed to improving the villages and towns of Africa and its countryside – several immediate benefits would take place – for one the conditions in rural Africa would become tolerable and promising, address the standard of living for over 50% of Africa’s population, reinvigorate African agriculture, and preserve Africa’s future of the hopeful young women and men to remain, enjoy and help make the rural Africa thrive once again.

 

 

 


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South Africa Has A New President Once Again

South African lawmakers re-elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation’s President, after the ruling ANC party returned to power in the recent legislative elections. Ramaphosa was “duly elected President of the Republic of South Africa,” Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told Parliament after Ramaphosa was the only name nominated by lawmakers. MPs from the African National Congress, which won 230 out of 400 seats, choose the head of state in the Parliament’s first post-election sitting. The ANC won the ballot with 57.5 percent of the vote, its thinnest majority since the end of apartheid.

 

LIBYA

Libyan National Army Hires Firm to Forge Closer Ties with US. The Libyan general whose forces are attacking Tripoli for control of Libya and is believed to have past and current ties to the CIA has hired a Texas-based lobbying firm to help him forge closer relations with the U.S.. Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter and his Libyan National Army have hired Linden Government Solutions, based in Houston, according to a foreign agent registration document released by the Justice Department. Linden, which would receive about $2 million under the 13-month agreement, also will assist with "international coalition building, and general public relations" for the Libyan National Army.

BOTSWANA

Zimbabwe's intelligence agency has disrupted a secret meeting of a faction from Botswana's ruling party aimed at bringing down their President Mokgweetsi Masisi, according Zimbabwe's state-owned Herald newspaper. Zimbabwe's intelligence agency reportedly stopped former Botswana President Ian Khama and Pelonomi Moitoi, a key rival to incumbent Masisi, along with a South African tycoon, from holding a secret meeting at Victoria Falls border town. Zimbabwe's well-informed state-owned Herald reports that the South African billionaire was transporting a whopping 90 million Botswana Pula (5.5 million dollars).

CANADA

Several countries have laws on the books that enables governments to freeze the assets of corrupt foreign officials. Canada is one of those countries, and now one Canadian Senator is trying to take that law one step further by redistributing the frozen assets to those harmed by the actions of the corrupt official. Ratna Omidvar is an independent Senator from Ontario to the Senate of Canada. She is the author of legislation that is starting to make its way through the Canadian Parliament called the Frozen Assets Repurposing Act. The bill would seize the assets of corrupt and abusive foreign officials and redeploy those assets to the very people harmed by those foreign officials. This includes people displaced by the actions of corrupt and violent regimes.

AFROBAROMETER

68% of Africans are not confident that their vote is secret, according to a new survey published by Afrobarometer, the Continent's leading polling organization. "The vote is supposed to be secret, but increasingly we find that people are scared that authorities might find out how they vote," said Boniface Dulani, a fieldwork operations manager for Afrobarometer. Levels of distrust were notably high in what are supposed to be some of the continent's most established democracies. In Senegal, some 89% of respondents said they had to be cautious about how they vote in an election. In Kenya that figure is 80%; in Tanzania it is 79%. In South Africa, where elections are scheduled for May 8, it is 68%.

SOUTH SUDAN

Kenya and Uganda have failed to stop the flow of South Sudan illicit money through their economies and are now facing the risk of being blacklisting by global financial regulators. Report by Kenya's Institute of Economic Affairs says Nairobi and Kampala have become East Africa's illicit financial flow (IFFs) capitals that receive and process billions of dollars in stolen funds from South Sudan, fueling inflation at home and financing civil war in South Sudan. The loot, which comes from South Sudanese government officials and military top brass, is deepening Juba's political and humanitarian crises, IEA says. Well-connected Kenyan and Ugandan businessmen have kept South Sudan's money laundering machine alive with a regular supply of US dollars to the black market and by moving the proceeds to home countries for investment in other sectors of the economy.

NETFLIX - AFRICA

African subscribers of Netflix will soon have more local options of shows to watch. The global streaming giant has confirmed plans to order original series from Africa next year to add to its ever-growing roster. At the Content London conference, Erik Barmack, Netflix’s vice president of international originals, said the company is “in the process of looking at opportunities in Africa” and will “definitely” commission series from Africa in 2019. Netflix’s $8 billion original production budget will be a boon for local creators across Africa. Netflix’s originals will be competing with MultiChoice, the South African cable TV provider, which has poured millions into original productions in African markets through its Africa Magic channel.

SOUTH SUDAN

South Sudan's government is paying a U.S.-based lobby firm $3.7 million to improve its relationship with the Trump administration and block a path to justice for victims of the country's five-year civil war. The two-year contract, seen by The Associated Press, was signed earlier this month by South Sudan's government and Gainful Solutions, a lobbying firm run by former U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger. The contract says the company was hired to, among other things, attempt to "delay and ultimately block establishment of the hybrid court." The long-delayed court is a key part of South Sudan's fragile peace deal signed in September and is meant to hold accountable those responsible for war crimes in a conflict that killed nearly 400,000 people.

AFRICA’S GOLD

Billions of dollars' worth of gold is being smuggled out of Africa every year through the United Arab Emirates - a gateway to markets in Europe, the United States and beyond - a Reuters analysis has found. Customs data shows that the UAE imported $15.1 billion worth of gold from Africa in 2016, more than any other country and up from $1.3 billion in 2006. The total weight was 446 tons, in varying degrees of purity - up from 67 tons in 2006. Much of the gold was not recorded in the exports of African states. Five trade economists interviewed by Reuters said this indicates large amounts of gold are leaving Africa with no taxes being paid to the states that produce them. Previous reports and studies have highlighted the black-market trade in gold mined by people, including children, who have no ties to big business, and dig or pan for it with little official oversight.

UGANDA

Bobi Wine (real name Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu) has rapidly built up a following based largely on his message of power to the people and criticism of the Ugandan government after he was elected in a parliamentary by-election in 2017. He returned to Uganda in September 2018 from the US where he received medical treatment following alleged torture by members of Uganda's Presidential Guard after his arrest at a political rally in August. His arrest led to violent protests in the capital, Kampala. Since then, Bobi Wine's support base has gone from strength to strength and he has been widely recognized, both at home and abroad, as a serious threat to President Yoweri Museveni who has been in power for over 30 years.

MOZAMBIGUE

A South African court has recommended that Mozambique's former Finance Minister Manuel Chang should be extradited to the US, where he is wanted on corruption charges. "There is sufficient evidence to warrant a prosecution [in the US], on charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and money laundering," Magistrate William Schutte said. US authorities issued a warrant for Mr. Chang last year, over his role in borrowing $2bn which the US believes was fraudulent. He was arrested in South Africa on 30 December and has been detained since.

ZIMBABWE – SOUTH AFRICA

Zimbabwe is to start paying compensation to thousands of white farmers who lost land under former President Mugabe's land reform nearly two decades ago, then Mugabe's government carried out at times violent evictions of 4,500 white farmers and redistributed the land to around 300,000 black families, arguing it was redressing imbalances from the colonial era. Zimbabwe’s land reform still divides public opinion as opponents see it as a partisan process that left the country struggling to feed itself. And in South Africa this same divide is part of a bitter battle. It revolves around a controversial governmental proposal to seize land from white farmers without paying for it - land expropriation without compensation. Since the end of apartheid - once South Africa's system of legal segregation - the nation's leading political party, the African National Congress, has followed a "willing seller, willing buyer" policy, whereby the government buys white-owned farms for redistribution to black farmers. It has been a long and drawn out process, going through several sessions of public review, as well as parliamentary hearings.

AFRICA

Africa’s overall debt has been rising around the world and according to a new report, the trend is unlikely to stop anytime soon. Some African countries are so indebted that they don't even bother trying to service their debt anymore. The "Debt Report 2019," presented by Jubilee Germany in Berlin, paints a dark picture. The organization, which is comprised of civic and church groups, is engaged in efforts to end the problem. The report claims that low interest rates and cheap credit are motivating poorer countries to borrow beyond their means, catching them in a debt trap they will never be able to escape from.

ON A LIGHTER NOTE:

The Zimbabwe government has come under fire after it emerged that it spent thousands of dollars on importing legal wigs from the UK for local judges, with critics lambasting the purchase as a colonial hang-up and a waste of money. The Zimbabwe Independent newspaper reported that the country's Judiciary Service Commission placed an order for 64 horse-hair wigs from Stanley Ley Legal Outfitters in London, at a cost of $2,428 per wig and totaling $155,000. Wigs from the outfitter range in price from $599 for a standard barrister's wig, to $3,265 for a judge's ceremonial wig. That’s a lot of head cover.

 

 












 

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