Africa Business West Africa World 

Where does Intra-Africa trade fits as world scrambles for Africa

The just ended Russia-Africa summit in Russia’s southern coastal city of Sochi has raised some concerns about the place of intra-Africa trade in what seems to be the second coming of the Eastern Europe and North Asia Giant to the Resource rich continent. Between October 23 and October 25, 2019, 43 Heads of State on the continent met with Russia’s President Vladmir Putin for the very first Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum. The meeting, co-hosted by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi touched on matters ranging from security to economy, healthcare…

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Africa World 

Why lack of integrity is bane of Africa’s underdevelopment

African scholars have made a strong case for African leaders to develop a high sense of integrity if the continent is to experience significant growth. Africa has for years struggled to achieve desired development across all sectors in order to improve the livelihood of citizens. It has worsened after the era of colonization with many nations crippled by high levels of corruption and mismanagement by their leaders. But some African scholars say the worrying trend is due to lack of integrity among African leaders which reflects in institutional operations and policies.…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Important gene variants found in certain African populations

In the nearly 20 years since the Human Genome Project was completed, experts in genetic variants increasingly have raised concerns about the overemphasis on studying people of European descent when performing large population studies. A study appearing October 31 in the journal Cell aims to address some of this disparity by focusing on populations living in rural Uganda, thus revealing several new genetic variants related to human health. “This study highlights the high level of diversity in African populations that remains undiscovered despite large numbers of gene sequences that have been generated…

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Africa Botswana Southern Africa World 

Why Botswana is ancestral homeland of all humans alive

Modern-day Botswana has been settled on as the ancestral homeland of all humans alive today, according to a team of researchers. In a new study published in the journal Nature, scientists said they analysed mitochondrial DNA – genetic information that gets passed down the female line – from more than 1,200 people across myriad populations in Africa. The researchers said in the study that “Anatomically modern humans originated in Africa around 200 thousand years ago.” Their findings further stated that “Although some of the oldest skeletal remains suggest an eastern African…

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Africa China Russia World 

Why U.S. is worried about Russia, China presence in Africa

Africa for centuries has been a place where the world’s super powers like to deepen their presence hoping to secure some of it’s territories and resources. That led to slavery and colonization and their impact have been devastating for years and do not seem to have ended just yet. Since the beginning of the 20th century when most African countries started fighting for their independence from colonial rule, there has been a shift in how super powers like Europe, America, China and Russia engage Africa. There have been efforts to…

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Africa China Russia World 

How world powers are distracting Africa from its development

For years Africa has been known as the continent that goes begging for help to develop. That has led to mounting debts that ultimately cripple economies on the continent. The dream of founding leaders of many African countries especially Ghana’s Dr. Kwame Nkrumah was for Africa to unite as a major force to take control of its developmental agenda. On July 7, 2019 African leaders made history by launching the much talked about continental free-trade zone in Niger’s capital, Niamey. It would be the world’s largest free trade area uniting…

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Africa Russia World 

First ever Russia-Africa summit opens in Sochi

The first ever Russia-Africa summit has opened in Russian city of Sochi with Russia displaying its military prowess and what it could offer Africa. All 54 African states have sent representation to this summit with most African leaders attending the meeting, according to Kremlin advisor Yuri Ushakov. The two-day event is welcoming more than 3,000 delegates from across Russia and Africa to discuss various issues  from nuclear energy to mineral extraction. Before Wednesday’s opening Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi who is also the chairman…

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Africa Russia World 

Russia accuses West of exploiting Africa, offers unconditional help

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the West of exploiting Africa as he offers an alternative arm of help without political conditions. Putin will be hosting a two day summit with African leaders this week. The Kremlin said it expects 47 African leaders at Sochi for the Oct. 23-24 event. This will be first Russia-Africa summit as Russia joins other super powers to push their influence in Africa. “We see how an array of Western countries are resorting to pressure, intimidation and blackmail of sovereign African governments,” Putin said in…

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Africa World 

Africans demand end to visa restrictions in online petition

A group of Africans has launched an online petition to have visa restrictions in Africa eliminated to ease movement across the continent. A new Visa Openness Report in Africa in June revealed that majority of African countries are still unwelcoming to Africans. In that report 51 percent of African countries still demand that Africans secure visas before visiting their territories. That policy means many Africans struggle to travel freely across borders on the continent. So far only 25 percent of African countries no longer require visas for African citizens. But 24…

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Africa Ghana West Africa World 

African summit to tackle climate change opens in Ghana

The 2019 Climate Chance Summit has opened in Ghana’s capital, Accra, hosting hundreds of delegates from around the world. Under the theme, “Towards the institutionalization of Local Climate Action and Access to Finance,” efforts are being made to engage local governments in new initiatives to tackle climate change. Already African countries are reportedly at risk of losing about 1.5 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to the negative impact of climate change. The opening of the summit on Wednesday brought together mayors from across the sub-Saharan Africa to discuss…

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