Yesterday evening, news broke that South African icon Nelson Mandela had passed away at the age of 95. Here, journalist and author Herb Boyd offers a personal reflection of Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba, his tribal name.
Among Forbes’ 2013 list of powerful African women who are “changing the game” is Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu. Known for her signature watercolor collages that depict themes of feminism and racial objectification, Mutu has been a rising star in the art world - both here and abroad - for more than a decade.
As the daughter of a career
diplomat, Liberian-born Saran Kaba Jones traveled the globe with her
family--from Cote d’Ivoire and Egypt to France, Cyprus, and the U.S. She had many business avenues open to her, but when she, in
2008, returned to her home country, she knew she had to do something for the people of
Liberia. Her efforts began with Fund a Child's Education (FACE). Here, TNJ.com caught up with Jones, who splits her time between Boston and Liberia, to find out more about FACE Africa.
The Africa Yoga Project (AYP) aims to empower, educate, elevate and
employ people in East Africa and globally through the practice of yoga.
AYP, which is a nonprofit in the U.S. and registered non-profit
organization in Canada, uses yoga to support economic development and
alleviate poverty by creating a local market. They offer 350 free
outreach yoga classes a week that reach more than 6,000 people.
The majority of Togo's women and children live much like Washington
entrepreneur Olowo-n'djo Tchala lived throughout his childhood, crowded
into tiny homes and forced to eke out a paltry existence from the land.
Thanks to Tchala's smart use of one of Togo's most abundant resources,
however, that is changing. His U.S.-based company, Alafia, employs over
4,500 Togolese workers in the manufacture of shea butter, a prized
ingredient in many beauty products sold in the West.
Economies throughout Africa are now improving, giving the continent a
boost out of the poverty with which it has been stricken for much of
recent history. In fact, gross domestic product itself is growing
quickly according to a new report released by the African Development
Bank. The report states that among African countries, approximately one
out of three now possesses GDP growth rates that exceed 6 percent.
As the world waits for Nelson Mandela’s health to improve, President
Barack Obama is on a weeklong trip visiting several African nations.
Yesterday while in Senegal, the president discussed trade opportunities,
progress and China’s interest in expanding trade and commerce.