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  • Upcoming Africa Energy Events Present Opportunities To Network, Exchange Ideas, Seal Deals

    Upcoming Africa Energy Events By Staff, 4:03 pm

    The Africa Energy Forum isn’t happening in Africa but 75 percent of Africa’s energy regulators, utilities bosses and ministers will be there, according to event organizers. The 19th annual conference is scheduled for June 7–9, 2017, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants travel from Africa to Europe to meet and do business with power investors from around the world. The goal? To capitalize on the wealth of Scandinavian companies investing in Africa’s power sector.

  • A Beginner’s Guide To Ghanaian Food

    Ghanaian food By Staff, 7:00 am

    Ghana’s basic food flavors include ginger, chilli pepper, garlic, palm oil and dried fish, so you’ll rarely find a bland meal, whether in a Ghanaian restaurant or private home. Often you’ll be offered red-red, a delicious bean stew served with plantain. You may get groundnut soup, or kelewele, a sinful street-food snack. Try everything. You may encounter criticism of Ghanaian food. When you push its detractors for their opinions of specific dishes, there’s always a telltale moment: “Oh, that one? I love that. That’s the exception.”

  • Can The International Criminal Court Survive Without Africa?

    International Criminal Court survive without Africa By Staff, 10:01 pm

    It would hardly come as a surprise to witness a mass exodus of African countries from the ICC in coming months. Former A.U. Chairman Idriss Déby of Chad criticized the operations of the ICC. He said, “Elsewhere in the world, many things happen, many flagrant violations of human rights, but nobody cares.” Most leading countries in other continents have failed to be part of the ICC — countries like the U.S., Russia, China, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

  • Wind, Solar Almost Half The Cost Of New Coal Generators In South Africa

    wind and solar plants By Staff, 12:01 am

    The cost of wind and solar energy has fallen so dramatically that wind and solar plants can now be built in South Africa at nearly half the cost of new coal, according to the country’s main research organisation. A request for proposals for 9.6GW of nuclear power has been put off indefinitely. South Africa’s most recent competitive tender in November 2015 for large-scale solar was one sixth the cost of its first tender in 2011. The cost of wind energy has also fallen by 60 percent.

  • Mitsubishi UFJ Considering Kenya, Morroco Offices In Africa Expansion

    By Staff, 11:31 am

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. is considering opening offices in Kenya and Morocco to boost its African business as Japanese companies seek natural resource and infrastructure-related opportunities on the continent, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Japan’s largest bank has begun studying the possibility of opening the offices in the countries and no decision has been made, the person said, asking not to be identified because the deliberations are private

  • Kenya Accused Of ‘Dumping’ Somali Refugees ​Back Over The Border

    Somali Refugee By Staff, 10:58 am

    Authorities in Somalia have denounced the way refugees are being repatriated from neighbouring Kenya, after the Kenyan government announced it would close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of 2016. Over the past five months, makeshift camps in Somalia’s southernmost border state have been swelling with families as thousands of refugees are repatriated as part of a UN scheme.

  • Is The Big Five An Outdated Concept In African Safari Bragging Rights?

    Big Five African safari bragging By Staff, 7:23 am

    The safari guide says there’s a leopard in a tree in the distance. “Now you’ve seen all the Big Five” the guide says with a grin. I see an overhanging fig branch. Come to think of it, that rhino looked more like a gray rock. Spotting the Big Five is the de facto safari bragging right, trumping anything bar the Great Migration. Big Five? Big tick, and mission accomplished. Isn’t this an outdated way to look at a safari? Truth is, the Big Five sells.

  • South Africa To Withdraw From International Criminal Court

    International Criminal Court By Staff, 10:20 am

    The ICC’s reason for existence is to hold the most powerful accountable. Nine out of 10 of the ICC’s current investigations are in Africa, leading to allegations of bias. Despite 34 African nations voluntarily signing up to the court’s jurisdiction, in recent years a handful of governments have decided their idea of international justice is incompatible with the ICC. When Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was charged with crimes against humanity, the A.U. argued that heads of state should be entitled to immunity for the duration of their term.

  • Coming Full Circle: An African American Traces Her Roots In Ghana

    African American traces her roots in Ghana By Staff, 7:16 am

    “Are you an Ashanti?” asked the teller at Ghana’s Kakum Rainforest Reserve. There are different entry fees at tourist attractions. The highest fees are reserved for foreigners. Students pay less. I had a brief flashback to my DNA test results, which traced 23% of my lineage to Ghana with Ashanti roots. I started to say “yes,” but I took too long. My guide answered for me. “No, she’s from the U.S.” Writer Starrene Rhett-Rocque reflects on her heritage and her first-ever trip to Ghana.

  • Ethiopian Coffee Culture: How And Where To Drink It

    Ethiopian Coffee Culture By Staff, 7:00 am

    Addis Ababa is fantastic for stylish coffee shops, but not so much for classic Ethiopian coffee ceremonies. So we headed to the walled city of Harar in the arid north of the country — not what you’d expect of one of the world’s leading coffee growing regions. Harar is an important trade center for coffee. Throughout the city, women were laying out beans to dry in the sun. We arrived at a small thatched hut with a dark interior that smelled of incense, earth, and the sweet aroma of coffee roasting in a pan over an open charcoal fire.