Renowned South African Writer Chris Barnard Dies

Renowned South African Writer Chris Barnard Dies

Well-known Afrikaans writer, Chris Barnard, has died. Netwerk24 reported that the 76-year-old died of a heart attack in the early hours of Monday morning. The news comes shortly after it was announced that Afrikaans singer, Randall Wicomb, died on Sunday morning after a long battle with prostate cancer. Barnard leaves behind his wife, Katinka Heyns, […]

Letter from Africa: What can Ghana learn from Norway?

Letter from Africa: What can Ghana learn from Norway?

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers what her country can learn from Norway. My visit to the Norwegian city of Lillehammer a few weeks ago reaffirmed my conviction that the Scandinavians really are a class act. Those who follow these things would remember that Lillehammer was the host […]

BORN IN THE USA BUT CHOOSING GHANA

BORN IN THE USA BUT CHOOSING GHANA

Generations ago their ancestors were sold into slavery, now some Americans of African descent are choosing to return to the lands of their forefathers. Nancy Kacungira has been finding out why. The Akoma Academy in Cape Coast, Ghana, is unapologetically African. From the brightly coloured African-print uniforms sported by the students to the posters of […]

Western Union Honors Veterans

Western Union Honors Veterans

Fee Free: On Wednesday, November 11, the company will offer ALL customers the opportunity to make qualifying U.S. domestic money transfers—and transfers to and from U.S. military bases around the world where Western Union has a retail Agent location–free of charge in honor of veterans and active service members. This offer is available only at […]

Nollywood star, Desmond Elliot wins House of Assembly seat

Nollywood star, Desmond Elliot wins House of Assembly seat

Desmond Elliot ran for the Lagos state House of Assembly election and emerged victorious. The actor turned politician who would soon proceed to the State Assembly where he’ll be representing Surulere Constituency 1, took to his Facebook page to express his gratitude to everyone for believing in him and voting for him. The post said, “Today […]

Obama Heading to Kenya for Entrepreneurship Summit

Obama Heading to Kenya for Entrepreneurship Summit

By Oliver Mathenge PRESIDENT Barack Obama has finally decided to visit Kenya, in July this year, a year-and-a-half before he completes his term in office. It will be the first time Obama will visit Kenya as President. Yesterday both the White House and State House announced that Obama will be in Kenya for bilateral talks […]

South Africa’s Eskom chairman quits amid ongoing power cuts

South Africa’s Eskom chairman quits amid ongoing power cuts

The chairman of South Africa’s power utility has resigned following calls for him to be sacked over allegations of interfering with operations. Eskom made the announcement after deliberating with Zola Tsotsi on a motion of no-confidence. Mr Tsotsi recently made headlines when he suspended four senior executives over ongoing problems at the company. South Africa […]

Nigeria’s Boko Haram unrest: African leaders urged to act

Nigeria’s Boko Haram unrest: African leaders urged to act

African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria’s militant Islamists, the African Union chief has said. Cross-border raids into Cameroon showed the dangers the Boko Haram group posed, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said. Nigeria has rejected AU or UN intervention, saying regional armies are capable of dealing with the threat. […]