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WERE: African ‘agency’ crucial as foreigners court continent


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China’s President Xi Jinping (centre) with African government leaders including Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta as they attend the Forum On China-Africa Co-operation – Round Table Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 4, 2018. PHOTO | AFP 

A few weeks ago I attended a seminar organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on African agency in the context of Sino-African relations. What became clear over the course of the conversation is that African agency is important in any relationship the continent has with others.

‘African agency’ partly drawn from the paper by SAIIA, can be defined as Africa’s ability to make independent decisions, strengthen its bargaining…

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Explore a continent of African design at the Blanton Museum of Art – Entertainment & Life – Austin 360


“Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” is one of the largest exhibitions ever to reside temporarily at the Blanton Museum of Art.

It unpacks a dizzying array of more than 200 objects made by more than 120 artists from 22 countries in the widest conceivable range of patterns from the world’s second-largest continent.

One piece early in the show, in fact, demonstrates how much of the rest of the world could fit into the outline of an African map. Forget, if you can, your standard Mercator projection maps, which, in order to stretch a globe conceptually onto a flat surface, exaggerate the size of countries near the poles — Russia, Greenland, Canada and others — and reduce the scale of Africa.

This gargantuan exhibition, which continues at the University of Texas…

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2018 African Economic Conference: developing integration across the continent


This week the 2018 African Economic Conference (AEC) took place in Kigali, Rwanda from 3-5 December hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

This three-day conference, themed Regional and Continental Integration for Africa’s Development, brought together a wide range of stakeholders including policymakers, researchers and development practitioners to debate and build knowledge on solutions for continental integration.

Debates focused on four key pillars:

  • conceptual underpinning of Africa’s integration
  • infrastructure and institution for Africa’s integration
  • leveraging private sector for Africa’s integration
  • partnerships for effective integration.

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Ex Ghanaian president commends Ooni on efforts to unite African continent – Punch Newspapers


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Immediate past president of Ghana, John Mahama, has lauded efforts of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at uniting the African continent.

Mr Mahama, who spoke in Ile-Ife during a visit to the monarch, encouraged Oba Ogunwusi to do more at ensuring that the common heritage of the African continent is preserved.

The ex-Ghanaian leader, said he was in Ile-Ife to return Ooni’s visit to him while in office two years. He urged the royal father not to relent in his efforts to bring every tribe and interests in Africa under one fold.

A statement issued on Friday by Moses Olafare, the Director, Media & Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace quoted Mahama as saying: “I am overwhelmed by the welcome I got and the current atmosphere since I stepped out of the car. The drums,…

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20 African countries with the safest banks on the continent – Finance


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Morocco, Egypt and Guinea top the countries with the safest banks in Africa and the world, according to the World Economic Forum’s recently-released Global Competitiveness Survey.

The Report, The Global Competitiveness Index, assesses the competitiveness landscape of 137 economies, providing unique insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

According to the report, only countries like Ethiopia, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda are improving over the last decade in sub-Saharan Africa’s global competitiveness index.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) used executive opinion survey to ask how people perceive the soundness of banks in general.

The measure is purely based on the perception of the population and not on any objective economic or accounting measure.

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Do not be agents of scandalizing the African continent, Kapijimpanga tells African Students


Zambian High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga

Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga has called on students from Africa not to be agents of scandalizing the continent.

Mrs Kapijimpanga said it will be the last time she will officiate at any function where students cannot speak progress about Africa.

She said African students should remember that Africa will always remain their home and must strive to be ambassadors of change.

Presenting a lecture on governance to Africans at Galgotias University in Greater Noida, in India, Mrs Kapijimpanga stressed that Zambians are working hard to promote good governance.

Mrs Kapijimpanga said students should strive to make the change they want to see.

She said young people should not wait for political leadership positions to…

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