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Investment In Infrastructure Crucial to Africa's Economic Growth

Some development analysts question whether Africa’s current rapid economic growth will fade like the surge in the 1970s. Others say today’s growth is different.  The last such period was centered on Africa’s oil; today, they say, investors are interested in a number of sectors, including banking, tourism and agriculture. And, economists say...

Experts Disagree on African Mercenaries in Libya

Within the first few days of the uprising against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi there were reports he had deployed sub-Saharan African mercenaries against the protesters. There is now a growing backlash of violence against sub-Saharan Africans by the opposition. However, it is likely that the number of mercenaries fighting for the besieged Libyan...

ECOWAS Official: Concerned, Not Surprised by Ivorian Violence

The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has expressed concern about the violent clashes in the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan, between supporters of both President-elect Alassane Ouattara and embattled President Laurent Gbagbo. Ambassador James Victor Gbeho says there is a need for the rival parties...

Nigerian Student Athlete Finds Success in US

Exchange programs that give American high school students the opportunity to study for a year in another country are quite common.  But it is rare to find American high schools that have the resources to bring international students to the U.S. on full multi-year sports scholarships.  Episcopal High School outside Washington D.C. is an exception...

Sub-Saharan Africans Stranded in Libya

Thousands of people are pouring from Libya's borders, but the International Organization for Migration says Sub-Saharan Africans are not among those leaving.  Jemini Pandya is from the inter-governmental International Organization for Migration."On the Tunisian border with Libya in the past three day there have been nearly 7,000 Tunisians who have...

Nigerians Moving to Evacuate Nationals from Libya

Nigeria's government says it is moving to evacuate its citizens from Libya. Nigeria's government is deploring what it calls a disproportionate use of force by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Nigerian Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia says President Goodluck Jonathan is moving to evacuate Nigerians from Libya because the government is committed to...

Governor of Nigeria’s Rivers State Prepares for Re-Election Campaign

In Nigeria, preparations for the campaigns have begun now that the Independent National Electoral Commission has released the voter registration lists. One of the states where campaigning is expected to be fierce is the oil-rich Rivers State.  The incumbent governor, Chibuike Amaechi, is expected to face a formidable opposition led by his...

Growing African Middle Class is Potential Source of Political Stability

The middle class has been at the forefront of demands for political change in Tunisia and Egypt. Now, a growing middle class south of the Sahara presents challenges for governments there, as well as a potential source of political stability.Political upheaval across North Africa is being driven, in part, by a growing middle class that wants more...

Nigeria’s Electoral Commission Says 70 Million Voters Registered for National Elections in April

In Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says close to 70 million people have registered to vote in national elections this April. But critics are questioning the authenticity of the figures, saying INEC was not likely to have registered half of the country’s projected 140 million people in three weeks. They mention the...

Analyst: AU Panel Likely Last Chance for Embattled Ivorian Leader

A university professor said the African Union panel of five heads of state, which arrives in Ivory Coast Monday, will most likely give embattled President Laurent Gbagbo the last opportunity to leave power honorably. Kabiru Mato, chair of the political science department at the University of Abuja in Nigeria, told VOA the message will be no...

Cameroon: Hostages Freed

Cameroon says 11 members of its government reportedly kidnapped in the country's oil-rich Bakassi region by a separatist milita have been freed. The names of the officials who had been held hostage were read aloud by government spokesman Bakari Tchiroma at a ceremony Thursday night in Yaounde, the capital. Authorities have confirmed the hostages...

Oil a Contested But Vital Industry in Both Sudans

As south Sudan prepares for independence following the referendum in January, its leaders are counting on oil revenues to fund reconstruction and ignite economic growth. But the fact that the revenues fund more than 95 percent of the government budget and must be divided with northern Sudan creates a challenge. Decades of war prevented the...

Suspected Iranian Arms Dealer on Trial in Nigeria

A suspected Iranian arms dealer is on trial in Nigeria for a shipment of weapons that his attorney says were bound for Gambia.  Security is tight in the Lagos courtroom where state prosecutors are pursuing charges of importing prohibited firearms against Nigerian Ali Abbas Jega and Iranian national Azim Adhajani, who Nigeria's secret service...

Nigeria Electoral Commission to Display Voter List This Week

An official of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said his organization will Monday begin a week-long nationwide voter list display that will allow Nigerians to inspect and possibly make corrections to the list. The voters’ list is expected to be used for the upcoming April presidential, parliamentary and state governorship...

11 Deaths in Nigeria Stampede

Officials in Nigeria say 11 people have been killed in a stampede at a election campaign rally for President Goodluck Jonathan in the southern Niger Delta region.Police say thousands of supporters had crowded in and around a stadium in Port Harcourt Saturday to hear President Jonathan, who is from the region.  They say dozens of people were also...