Category: Opinion

Why Africa matters to Providence, Rhode Island

By Judd Devermont | Providence Journal

The idea that Providence, the capital of the smallest state in the union, has such an outsized connection to the world’s second-largest continent tends to surprise Washington bureaucrats. Many of our nation’s diplomats regard Atlanta, Houston, Minneapolis and New York City as more consequential hubs for U.S.-African relations. Providence, however, should not be underestimated. It has deep historical and cultural ties, and it routinely leads the United States in its activism and policy engagement. Some of Africa’s leading lights have lived in Providence, and the African community has supported the city’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. These linkages, as significant and deep as those of our country’s largest cities, underscore why Africa matters to Providence.

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Modern African literature is taking a journey through the diaspora back to the continent

By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo | The Quartz

On the first day of class, as a way of introduction, I asked the 15 diverse students in my class at the School of Visual Arts in New York City why they chose to take Afrodiasporic literature. One after another, these young men and women from America, India, Haiti and China stated what motivated them to register for the course. Most of them felt it would be a good addition to their knowledge of the world. Only three of them had been to Africa. One went to Egypt, one to South Africa and the other visited her parents’ country of Nigeria.

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Meet the African Multinational Enterprises that are re-industrializing the continent.

By Ebimo Amungo

As the world honkers down in the midst of the corona virus pandemic, construction on a $17 billion petrochemical complex plodders on in Lagos State, Nigeria. The complex, comprising a fertilizer plant and a 650, 000 barrel per day petroleum refinery, is the crowning glory of the industrial conglomerate, Dangote Industries, owned by Africa’s richest man, the billionaire Aliko Dangote. Already, the fertilizer plant, the second largest in Africa, has been commissioned to produce 3 million tonnes of urea yearly. The refinery would be the largest single train refinery in the world when completed and is designed to service the Nigerian and West African markets, where almost 100 percent of petroleum products consumed is imported.

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Morocco Should Embrace Dr. Slaoui’s Success

by By Samir Bennis  | Morroco World News

Since the news started circulating about US President Donald Trump’s intention to appoint Moroccan-American-Belgian scientist Moncef Slaoui to head the White House’s COVID-19 vaccine team, many Moroccans attempted to spoil their compatriots’ joy and moment of pride by saying that Dr. Moncef Slaoui is not Moroccan, but American.

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The Cultural and Social Challenges to Slowing the Pandemic in Africa

The coronavirus was slow to make its way to Africa, but it is now there in full force and will be difficult to contain because of certain cultural and social behaviors.

By Chris Macoloo  | Stanford Social and Innovation Review

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African Diaspora and Disparities in Healthcare in the Age of COVID-19

By Grace A. Jibril | The Liberian Observer

What can we learn from the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to face about ourselves both culturally and socioeconomically across either side of the Atlantic? A comparative look at disparities in local healthcare provision America offers a revealing perspective.

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Africa’s Billionaire Entrepreneurs Are Helping the Continent Battle the Covid 19 Challenge

By Ebimo Amungo

As Corona Virus ravages the world, straining health systems to creaking point in America, Italy, Spain, and countries considered advanced, the world watches with trepidation as the virus makes its way slowly, but surely, towards Africa. The World Health Organization and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have warned about the consequence of the virus taking hold in Africa. The prospects are dire for a continent with a dilapidated healthcare system and governments burdened with myriad fiscal and political challenges.

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The Rise of African Multinational Enterprises and their contributions to the development of Africa

By Ebimo Amungo

African Founded Multinational Enterprises have been doing majority of the work that is accelerating the development of Africa in the past two decades. This includes increasing food and agricultural production, increasing value added manufacturing, building infrastructure, increasing access to finance and capital for entrepreneurs, creating pathways for African integration through increased intra-African trade and foreign direct investments while also attracting capital to Africa from foreign financiers who have long shunned the continent. These insights form the crux of my new book titled “The Rise of the African Multinational Enterprise” published by Springer of Switzerland.

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COVID-19 and Its Effect on Black Arts in San Francisco

How will the impact of COVID-19 translate to Black arts communities and organizations which showcase artists from the African Diaspora? Many of these organizations and artists were already struggling due to low patronage and lack of public arts funding support. How will institutions like the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) weather the COVID-19 storm?

By Tyra Fennell | The RegistryBayArea.com

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