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  • Gambian Tourism Faces 50% Revenue Loss From Political Uncertainty

    Gambian tourism By Dana Sanchez, 1:15 pm

    Tourism has been the fastest-growing sector of The Gambia’s economy until now, accounting for 18-to-20% of the country’s revenue. The country, population about 2 million, is marketed to vacationers as “the smiling coast of West Africa.” In the wake of the current political unrest, tourism revenue will likely fall 50%, a stakeholder said. The sector will have to rebuilt just as it was after the 1994 coup that brought longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh to power. “I feel sorry for everybody here,” an evacuating Brit said. “It’s going to take years for tourism to pick up again.”

  • Is Africa Becoming Ground Zero In China’s Campaign To Isolate Taiwan?

    China's campaign to isolate Taiwan By Staff, 1:01 am

    As a Chinese official dangled the possible reward of $40-billion US in desperately needed investments, Nigeria this week hastily ordered the shutdown of a trade office by China’s rival, Taiwan. The Chinese diplomatic offensive has ramped up sharply since last year, when the independence-minded Democratic Progressive Party emerged victorious in Taiwan’s election. Since then, Beijing has lured two more African countries away from Taiwan’s embrace, while also battling to weaken Taiwan’s links to individual African politicians.

  • 10 More Fantastic Vintage Photos Of Africa

    more fantastic vintage photos of Africa By Karen Elowitt, 12:01 am

    In the 1920s when this photo was taken of a Xhosa man with a pipe, the South African government was busy reinforcing the foundations of apartheid. The government reserved skilled work for whites and denied black workers the right to organize. Legislation in the Natives Urban Areas Act of 1923 entrenched urban segregation and controlled movement by means of pass laws. The hated pass laws were designed to force blacks into labor and to keep them at wage levels that suited white employers.

  • Gambia: West African Economic Bloc Threatens Military Intervention If Jammeh Stays

    Jammeh By Staff, 8:50 am

    Longtime Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh took power in a coup 22 years ago. He lost the country’s Dec. 1 election, and initially conceded defeat, congratulating opposition leader Adama Barrow for his “clear victory.”Jammeh said, “I will help him work towards the transition. Then Jammeh changed his mind. The 15-country Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is threatening military intervention with troops led by Senegal.

  • An Investment Banker’s 54 Wishes For African Economies In 2017

    54 Wishes For African Economies in 2017 By Kurt Davis Jr., 4:29 pm AFKI Original

    A sense of what Zimbabwe can expect post-Mugabe. Partnership in the fight against terror for Tunisia. Better strategies combating poverty and HIV in Swaziland. These are just a few of the wishes that a U.S. investment banker visualizes for African countries as the old year winds down and 2016 gives way to 2017.

  • BP Partners With US Exploration Firm Kosmos To Invest $1B In W. African Gas Field

    BP partners with US exploration firm Kosmos By Dana Sanchez, 12:15 pm

    The deal could create a new liquified natural gas hub in Africa. BP is on a spending spree, bulking up its new drilling resources after years of selloffs. BP sold assets worth $40 billion since 2010 to cover the $60 billion costs of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. When Kosmos discovered the gas field off the coast of Mauritania and Senegal, investors were skeptical. “We think we’ve opened up one of the largest areas in the Atlantic basin in the last 15 years,” said the Kosmos CEO.

  • How To Grow Crops In The Desert: West Africans Attend First-Ever Israel-Africa Agricultural Summit

    first-ever Israel-Africa agricultural summit By Dana Sanchez, 11:16 am

    It wasn’t easy getting ECOWAS members to hold a conference in Israel. The 15-member Economic Community of West African States held their first-ever seminar outside West Africa. They learned hands-on about Israeli irrigation technology and how a tiny Middle Eastern country under attack from all sides has managed to thrive in adversity. “In Israel we make the impossible possible,” a conference organizer said. “This conference is an example.” Netanyahu plans to visit West Africa in a few months.

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gambia’s Outgoing President Yahya Jammeh

    By Kevin Mwanza, 4:11 am AFKI Original

    Yahya Jammeh is the outgoing president of The Gambia. He is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa, since he took power through a military coup in 1994. Jammeh surprisingly lost to Adama Barrow in Thursday’s presidential poll. He however, shocked the world by conceding defeat, barely a month after he vowed to lead the tiny West African nation for a billion years. Below are ten things to know about Jammeh.

  • Former Argos Security Guard Tackles Gambia Strongman Out Of Presidency

    By Kevin Mwanza, 7:24 am

    Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s long-serving president conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, a former security guard at a British catalogue retailer, Argos, in the United Kingdom, in a shock turn of events in the tiny African nation days after Jammeh declared he would rule for ‘a billion years’. The unexpected concession by Jammeh ends his 22-year old stay in power, which he took through a military coup in 1994.

  • Gambia Election: Govt. Blocks International Calls, Internet And Demonstrations

    By Kevin Mwanza, 7:16 am

    Gambia blocked international calls, internet and demonstrations as the nation went into presidential poll on Thursday, fueling fears of violence and election fraud days after President Yahya Jammeh vowed to crush any demonstrations after the poll. Jammeh faces the sternest opposition since he took over power in a military coup in 1994, after a coalition of opposition parties joined hands to support Adama Barrow, a businessman based in the capital, Banjul.

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