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Malawi: Anti-Corruption Official Shot

A senior Malawi government official has been shot and severely wounded in an attack the presidency says was aimed at silencing his efforts to combat corruption, local newspapers report. The Nyasa Times reported on Monday that police had "important leads" they were pursuing after the budget director in the Ministry…

Nigeria: The Good News about Economic Growth and Competitiveness, By Adebowale Adefuye

The World Economic Forum's 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), as reported 4 September, 2013 [Premium Times] on allAfrica.com, highlighted various countries, including Nigeria.  It is important to put the article into the proper context. Since the global economic crisis of 2009, Nigeria has performed better than most countries and still enjoys a…

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Africa: Invest in Ourselves for Profit and Social Good – Elumelu

When President Barack Obama announced his administration's US$7 billion 'Power Africa'initiative in Tanzania this month, Nigerian businessman and philanthropist Tony Elumelu was at his side. His Heirs Holdings investment firm pledged $2.5 billion towards an estimated $9 billion private-sector fund to boost the electrification project.  A few weeks earlier, he stood with Rockefeller…

Africa: UN Report Provides Roadmap to End Poverty By Amoussouga Gero

At this September's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, governments will discuss elements of the development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015. Recently, I was proud to serve as a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development…

Africa: Power Sector is Ready for ‘Stampede’ of Investment – General Electric

The U.S.-based multinational General Electric, which points to a 100-year record of involvement in Africa, is one of the companies participating in the Power Africa initiative, announced during President Obama's Africa visit, designed to double access to electricity across sub Saharan Africa. GE is expanding operations in several places, perhaps…

Nigeria: Knotty Cassava Tubers Can Change a Nation

When Mathius Karoni shops for bread at his local Park 'n' Shop supermarket, he's not thinking about the contribution he's making to Nigeria's national budget or to the farmers struggling to scratch a living from small plots around the country. Nor is he connecting his purchases to reducing Nigeria's death…

Zimbabwe: President Mugabe Sets Election Date

Cape Town — President Robert Mugabe has proclaimed July 31 as the date for Zimbabwe to hold general elections which are expected to end the power sharing deal with Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. According to Zimbabwe's Newsday, The President "circumvented Parliament and gazetted Statutory Instrument 85 of 2013 to proclaim…

INTERVIEW: Pulling Nigeria and Africa Towards Prosperity and Power – Moghalu

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Police confirm five officers, 20 Boko Haram killed in Gashua, Yobe

A total of 25 people, including police and assailants, were killed on Thursday in a crossfire between military operatives and gunmen in Gashua Town of Bade local government area of northeast Nigeria's Yobe State, according to local police authorities. State police commissioner Sanusi Rufai confirmed the casualties figure to reporters,…

Africa: Malaria Care Improves With Cash

A question had been nagging at Ghanaian researcher Alexander Nartey. Since Ghana’s government had made health insurance available to the country’s poor to ease the burden of health care, why were so many people still paying cash, including those seeking basic treatment for malaria? The Ghanaian government in 2003 introduced its…

Africa: Malaria – Keeping a Crafty Killer On the Run

Imagine that snake attacks were killing a person a minute. Or that it was dogs, or foxes or chickens that were killing three-quarters of a million people a year. Envision the non-stop media coverage - and the public outcry to stop the carnage. Instead, the mass killer is the mosquito,…

Sudanese President announces release of all political prisoners

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has said that he will release all political detainees in the country, AFP reported on Monday. The move comes after recent agreements were signed with South Sudan. "Today we announce a decision to free all the political prisoners and renew our commitment to all political powers…

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Senegal Koranic school fire leaves nine children dead

At least nine children burned to death after a room they were sleeping in caught fire near the centre of Dakar, Senegal, according to the Senegalese Press Agency (ASP). About 40 children, who are believed to be students at a Koranic school, were sleeping in a cramped room when the…

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Women-led farm initiative aims for peace, prosperity in Kenya

Fear of violence surrounding the upcoming general elections next week has raised anxiety among many Kenyans, but less so for Nyokabi Wamuyu. She is counting on a new initiative in communal agriculture to help unite communities that might otherwise be divided. At the same time, this initiative could save the…