On Jan. 5, police in Kericho, the heartbeat of Kenya’s tea industry, stormed the United States Military HIV Research Program clinic after hearing that a child had died there while donating blood. The claims proved false, Kenya’s Daily Nation newspaper reports, but they intensified muttering about the facility engaged in research into the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS.
Just shy of a year before a popular uprising toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a little-noticed revolt took place that shows how Egypt’s future is more closely tied to Africa than to the Middle East.
In an exclusive interview with TNJ, his Excellency John Dramani Mahama, vice president of Ghana, addresses why Ghana attracts African descendants.
In an exclusive interview with The Network Journal, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, vice president of Ghana, addresses why his country attracts African descendants
Early in August, at a conference organized by Resource Driven Technology Centre for South Africa, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor rolled out a prototype of a hydrogen-powered electric bicycle nicknamed “Ahi fambeni,” Tsonga language for “Let’s go.”
In 1960, Britain’s political elite conceded that the sun was indeed setting on the British Empire. Their capitulation is enshrined in a Feb. 3 address by then-British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to the parliament of South Africa during his tour of the dying empire’s African colonies.
Cameroon President Paul Biya’s remarks as he opened the Africa 21 Yaoundé International Conference in his country’s capital city were a necessary reminder of the global context in which Africa has been developing for the past 50 years.
In the new wave of filmmaking rolling across Africa, there’s Nollywood, Nigeria’s $250 million industry, which, according to a May 2009 UNESCO report, has overtaken Hollywood as the world’s second largest producer of feature films, behind India’s Bollywood; and there’s Gollywood, the Ghanaian industry with a plethora of talent and gumption.
In one of the latest cases of biopiracy, Tanzania is being pressured to do battle in court to stop the United States and Brazil from patenting a gene isolated from a variety of sorghum grown by farmers in southern Tanzanian.