Gabon: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 9:50 pm
For ambitious young U.S. soldiers seeking leadership, a deployment in Africa is hard to beat. And that means being based in Djibouti. Djibouti’s status as a stable country in an otherwise volatile region is an asset worth millions of dollars in rent. Djibouti enjoys a lucrative role as a landlord. The U.S. pays $63 million a year to rent its base at Camp Lemonnier. China is building a base 8 miles away, and will be paying $100 million for theirs.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying is upon us, with 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend will see the opening matches of the third round group stage. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.
Dana Sanchez, 6:28 pm
Ibrahim got rich on telecommunications, but he has invested millions in good governance. “Power corrupts absolutely,” Ibrahim said. He called for more international outrage over stolen elections. “People are learning how to steal elections because that looks less brutal than saying ‘I’m president for life,'” he said. “There is a limit to how long they can go on stealing elections. More and more of these elections are being subject to the harsh light of … social media.”
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:15 am AFKI Original
The top four seeded national teams have been revealed ahead of the 2017 AFCON draw which will take place in Gabon next month. The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament is set for January and February next year in Gabon, with 16 countries aiming to be crowned the continent’s champion.
Derek Dias, 9:47 am
From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.
Staff, 6:38 am
Gabon’s Constitutional Court on Friday (Sept. 23) upheld the re-election of incumbent president Ali Bongo, extending his family’s five-decade rule over the oil-rich, small Central African nation. Bongo was announced as the winner of the country’s general elections, which were held late last month. He won the vote by a slim margin of 6,000 votes ahead of his closest rival, Jean Ping.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:39 am AFKI Original
The UEFA Champions League has returned, and Europe’s premier club competition continues to excite fans the world over. African fans can count on seeing a number of top performers from the continent taking part in the Champions League for many of the best clubs in Europe. Here are 12 Africans to keep an eye out for during the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League season.
Global Risk Insights, 7:14 am
Following contested elections on Aug. 27, Gabon has seen a crackdown as President Ali Bongo seeks to solidify his victory. The most visible sign of this was Gabon’s four day internet shutdown, which has been followed by daily internet curfews from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The situation in Gabon is therefore unique, in that it represents the first time since the 2011 Arab Spring that a country has implemented scheduled, continuous internet curfews.
Staff, 3:43 am
The head of Gabon’s top court, which has the pivotal task of ruling if President Ali Bongo’s contested re-election is valid, is a former beauty queen whose affair with the leader’s father produced two children. Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo is in the limelight in this oil-rich Central African nation where President Bongo’s victory is being challenged by his former brother-in-law, veteran diplomat Jean Ping.
Keren Mikva, 5:11 pm AFKI Original
Burkina Faso’s De La Sébure mixes the warmth of African colors with modern European styles, reflecting the founder’s native Burkina Faso and adopted home in Europe. The clothes use elegant flair, vibrant colors, and refined materials to create something entirely its own. De La Sébure is one of 30 top designers from African countries being showcased at an African fashion reception, underway at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
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