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.
According to a new report conducted by a Ghanaian professor, remittances
from Africans living outside the Continent sent to family back in
Africa surpasses more than foreign aid payments by nearly $10 billion,
the BBC reports.
U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke of Brooklyn, NY, this week called
on the Obama Administration and her colleagues in Congress to expand the
face of immigration beyond the Latino (Spanish speaking) community, and
to recognize the African Diaspora that exists in the U.S.