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Global Risk Insights, 4:15 pm
Investors continue buying Nigerian bonds despite economic recession for the first time in 25 years, and urgent calls for reform. In March, high-profile investors competed on the London Stock Exchange for Nigerian debt, a 15-year $1B eurobond issued while President Buhari was being treated in London for an undisclosed illness. S&P affirmed a stable economic outlook. If Buhari leaves office abruptly, the administration’s gains in the fight against Boko Haram could be reversed, an analyst said. The president’s mystery illness is generating uncertainty.
Dana Sanchez, 12:48 pm
The U.S. president’s travel bans provided a rallying call today for African unity. Today’s African Union summit had divisive issues on the agenda, including Africa’s relationship to the International Criminal Court and Morocco’s readmission to the A.U., but outgoing A.U. head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma identified Trump’s refugee ban as one of the “greatest challenges to our unity.” A South African A.U. expert says the A.U. is more divided than ever, but it’s not over refugees. “You have all these calls for unity but actually… (it’s) over Morocco, the regional divisions and the ICC.”
Dana Sanchez, 11:22 am
Islamic finance is in its early stages in Africa but the potential is getting huge attention from financiers on the continent, due in part to the demographic realities of Africa. Muslims account for 40 percent or more of the population in nearly half the countries in Africa. Africa’s infrastructure deficit needs around $90 billion in investment each year for the next 10 years, according to consulting firm EY. Sukuk could be an affordable way for African governments to fill the gap.
Dana Sanchez, 8:45 pm
The only country in Africa to allow same-sex marriage, South Africa is considered a haven for LGBT rights. Cape Town is regarded as the gay capital of Africa. It’s full of gay people who have chosen the city as their home, not only for its beauty but because Capetonians are generally liberal and welcoming, SouthAfrica.info says by way of promoting LGBT tourism. This is a form of niche tourism marketed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender visitors.
Dana Sanchez, 6:05 pm
In a closed-door meeting at this week’s U.N. General Assembly, Netanyahu said he plans to visit West Africa later this year, “but I don’t intent to limit myself to East Africa or West Africa. Israel is looking at all of Africa,” he said. “And I hope that all of Africa looks at Israel.” Energyia Global Capital, a Jerusalem-based solar enterprise, launched East Africa’s first solar field in 2015 in Rwanda. The company is prepared to invest $2 billion in Africa over the next four years through Obama’s Power Africa program. The goal is clean electricity for 50 million people by 2020.
Keren Mikva, 8:17 am
In a show of force ahead of the upcoming December election, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh banned music during Ramadan. He has been in power since a 1994 coup. “As the Muslim community observes the holy month of Ramadan, all the ceremonies and festivities involving singing, music and dancing are banned day and night,” he said. Citizens have been ordered to incriminate each other. About 90 percent of The Gambia is Muslim.
Dana Sanchez, 1:16 pm
Some question whether Central African Republic’s new president can deal with the armed bands that roam the country, attacking civilians and exploiting gold production. Can he restore the wrecked economy of a mostly rural country where administration has vanished in entire regions? Attending the swearing-in ceremony was engineer Igor Ali, 29. This is a “great event which will allow us to finally bury the past,” he said. Also attending was Nadege, a shopkeeper who lives in a Bangui camp for displaced people with her six children. “I want Touadera to disarm the militia. We have suffered too much,” she said.
Staff, 5:27 pm
Most people in Chad, Senegal and Niger are Muslim while one in five Cameroonians practice Islam. But historically, adherents in the region have been averse to extreme Islamic expressions, including the full face veil and baggy burqa, considered by many in the region to be a practice foreign to local traditions. Muslim women in the region have historically leaned toward colorful, face-exposing head scarves. But in the past few decades, the full black body veil has taken root in sub-Saharan Africa.
Staff, 4:53 pm
Voters in the Central African Republic cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff they hope will bring peace after the country’s worst sectarian violence since independence in 1960. The two men in the close presidential race are both former prime ministers who have campaigned on promises to restore security and boost the economy in the mineral-rich but poor country. Both are Christians.
Dana Sanchez, 9:51 am
The Vatican has released the schedule for the Pope Francis’ visit to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic Nov. 25-30. Violence and instability in the CAR have played heavily in reports about the upcoming trip to Africa — his first as pope. While he’s there, he’ll visit Muslims in a mosque in Bangui. You can check out the pope’s schedule here.
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