After protesters decided to set fire to roughly 105 tons of elephant ivory and 1.35 tons of rhinoceros horns in Nairobi National Park in Kenya, leaders in more than 30 African countries responded, including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who issued a call to ban all international trade on ivory and rhino horns. [read more…]
“By the time I was 15, I had twins, plus the baby. At 17, I had four kids, and then I had five by the time I was 18 and, finally, by 26, I had seven,” she said, unapologetically, naming them in range from the oldest to the youngest — Jasmine, Markiesha, Marcus, DeMarcus, Sparticus, Sparkle and Joshua. [read more…]
Though it has been almost 23 years since South Africa’s system of racial segregation has ended, hundreds of students at a prestigious all-girls high school in the country who say they still feel the effects of apartheid have sparked a continental revolution. [read more…]
After the events of this past weekend, a future in which descendants of enslaved Africans can join their brothers and sisters across the Atlantic Ocean in developing the Motherland seems more like a reality than a pipe dream. More than 600 Pan-Africanists from across the country and around the world recently converged on the nation’s capital and neighboring Baltimore for four days of fellowship, planning, dancing and reflection during the 2015 Global African Stakeholders Diaspora Convention.
Despite the House easily passing a bill that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into America until key security agencies certify that they don’t pose a security risk, District area lawmakers and officials said they’d still welcome those from the war-torn terrorist hotbeds. “I feel strongly that we should be welcoming refugees from all over the world, as is our country’s proud heritage,” said D.C. At-large Councilman David Grosso, an independent.
A top-ranking D.C. health official will now head Africare, the nation’s oldest and largest African-American-founded organization that works to improve the quality of life of the people in Africa, officials for the D.C.-based organization announced this week. [read more…]
The 7th annual African Media Leaders Forum, which brought together media industry professionals to discuss how digital technology and other relevant strategies are transforming Africa’s media landscape, ended Friday in Johannesburg, having included a two-day training workshop on “Resilience Reporting,” exhibitions, and the much-awaited “Zimeo Gala Awards Night.” [read more…]
The Embassy of Ghana in D.C. hosted Friday the North American press launch of the 2016 Ghana Music Week Festival. The annual event celebrates Ghanaian music and aims to create awareness for and about the genre and musicians while promoting the nation’s tourism and culture.