Ann Brown

  • Cabo Verde President Says 2014 “Was Not An Easy Year”

    By Ann Brown, 4:00 pm

    From Asemana President Jorge Carlos Fonseca believes that 2014 was not an easy year for Cape Verde, given than families encountered hardships that were aggravated by the poor harvest and by the volcanic eruption on the island of Fogo. The affirmation comes in the President of the Republic’s traditional year-end message, which was broadcast live […]

  • UN Electoral Monitoring Mission Launched In Burundi

    By Ann Brown, 12:00 pm

    The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is happy about the launch of the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi. It officially opened on 1 January 2015 as mandated by Security Council resolution 2137 (2014). The UN Electoral Observation Mission is also known by its French acronym MENUB and is headed by the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, […]

  • Looking Back At The Cabo Verde Volcanic Eruption Of 2014

    By Ann Brown, 3:20 pm AFKI Original

    The November volcanic eruption on Fogo island, Cabo Verde, has changed life there. Two towns were evacuated, and the island’s thriving vineyards were destroyed. Hundreds were left homeless, with their livelihood ruined. Donations have been pouring in. Fundraisers have been held in the U.S. by Cabo Veredean communities in the New England area. Check out these photos of the destruction from Africa’s 2014 volcanic eruption.

  • Q&A With Wunmi, Nigerian Musician With Global Appeal, Part 2

    By Ann Brown, 2:00 am AFKI Original

    U.K.-Nigerian artist Wunmi released her second CD with the help of crowdfunding. In the second of a two-part series, she talks to AFKInsider about her English-Naija sensibility, and the power of African hair salons as a vehicle for starting trends. “Naija music popularity grew as Nollywood movies became huge, especially at hair-braiding salons where they were sold,” Wunmi said. “Hear dem once and you were humming and singing dem like ring tones. The power of the hairdressers!”

  • Q&A With Wunmi, Nigerian Musician With Global Appeal, Part 1

    By Ann Brown, 11:46 am AFKI Original

    U.K.-Nigerian artist Wunmi released her second CD with the help of crowdfunding. In the first of a two-part series, she talks to AFKInsider about how she got inspired — and made it — in Africa. “I actually found myself writing a few of my melodies and lyrics while riding up and down on Accra’s tro-tro buses,” Wunmi said. “The passengers’ conversation, jokes and sights were inspiring…men and women who always find a way to get through their daily struggles with a smile and an unwavering faith.”

  • Rwandan Sees Rise Of Tech Entrepreneurs

    World Bank Giving African Startups A Boost With Business Acceleration Initiative By Ann Brown, 9:00 pm

    From Venture Beat It’s easy to forget where you are when standing by the cappuccino machine on the sixth floor of the Telecom House in Kigali, Rwanda. The Telecom House, as the building is known (most buildings in Rwanda don’t have addresses), is the center of Rwanda’s startup scene. The building houses Carnegie Mellon–Rwanda and […]

  • Hong Kong Suspends Oyster Imports From Namibia

    By Ann Brown, 8:00 pm

    From The Namibian Namibia’s oyster industry suffered a blow on Christmas Eve when the Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) suspended imports of live oysters from Walvis Bay after laboratory tests detected high levels of cadmium in oyster samples. The Chairman of the Namibian Mariculture Association, Henning du Plessis, confirmed this to The Namibian. […]

  • Journalist Sentenced To Death In Mauritania For Article Said To Have ‘Insulted Islam’

    By Ann Brown, 7:00 pm

    From Daily Mail A Mauritania court has condemned a man to be shot to death for insulting the Islamic prophet of Mohammad, a human rights group claims.  Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 28, was arrested a year ago for writing an article about the Prophet Mohammad and the caste system, an extremely sensitive subject in a […]

  • Mauritius Central Bank Chief Claims He Was Removed From Office

    By Ann Brown, 6:00 pm

    From Bloomberg Mauritius central bank Governor Rundheersing Bheenick said he was removed from office with immediate effect following this month’s general election. “I had the privilege to serve my country,” he said by phone. “I wish good luck to my successor.” No successor has been named. Bheenick, who was appointed in 2007, was known for […]

  • Morocco’s Economy Expected To Grow

    By Ann Brown, 5:00 pm

    From Financial Times Morocco may be entering a growth phase, after a seven years during which its economy struggled but avoided the turmoil that has affected some of its Arab neighbours. Having previously notched up double-digit growth rates, the North African country was hit by, in close succession, the global financial crisis, the 2011 Arab […]