Obama speaks on Mandela, as much the message as the messenger

Obama speaks on Mandela, as much the message as the messenger

The sense of gravity in the moment was hard to miss, even with a friendly joke about former United States President Barack Obama’s dancing ability, as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa introduced the speaker to thousands gathered for the Mandela Lecture at Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. The international community was…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

India, with an eye toward Africa

Sushma Swaraj of India is one of five foreign ministers meeting in Pretoria this week as the BRICS ministers convene ahead of the full summit in Johannesburg in July. On her way to the meeting, she stopped in Mauritius to visit Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, affirming their close cultural…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

In Defense of Western Style of Democracy

Kigali, Rwanda: In an exclusive interview with Xinhua, on April 29, 2018, Abdalla Hamdok, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Advisory Council said that, “The western style of democracy is not suitable for Africa…. Africa should build its…

The African Continental Free Trade Agreement: Making it count for people and planet

With the stroke of a pen, African heads of state gathered in Kigali, Rwanda on March 21, 2018, signed off on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) deal – which some pundits have characterised as the largest free trade agreement since the World Trade Organization. This signing comes at…

Dr. Richard Munang

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

China, the U.S. and Africa: Measuring corn by whose bushel?

China again defended its record on Africa Friday, this time while taking a volley of questions from reporters during a routine press briefing with Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang. It’s the latest round of responses as Beijing has pushed back in recent weeks against comments, primarily from the…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

The Tillerson farewell: Does U.S. even care about Africa?

Former United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson left Nigeria and landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington D.C. shortly after 4 a.m. local time on Tuesday. He cut short a high-visibility trip to five African nations, meant to assure African partners that the U.S. is committed to their…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Driving Socioeconomic Transformational Change for Africa through Climate Action

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” “Every adversity carries with it the seed of equal or greater benefit.” Across Africa and the globe, these and countless similar proverbs are used to mean the same thing: Hidden in adversity is opportunity. First, Africa’s challenge in adversity When we talk of…

Dr. Richard Munang

Dr. Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Africa Regional Climate Change Programme Coordinator.

Terror and targets: What’s behind the Ouagadougou attacks?

The terrorist attacks in Ouagadougou on Friday were by no means the first in Burkina Faso, where people were gunned down in the Aziz Istanbul restaurant while dining in August or died at the Splendid Hotel, a site popular among Westerners that was targeted by car bomb attacks in January…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Far from the spotlight, Somaliland makes its case for independence

Aspiring nations like Catalonia and Kurdistan captured global headlines last year in their high-profile bids to secede from Spain and Iraq. Far from the spotlight, another would-be country in the Horn of Africa continued its ongoing struggle for independence and held democratic elections in November. Despite its successes, Somaliland maintains…

Giacomo Tognini

Giacomo Tognini is a London-born Italian journalist

A new dawn for a peaceful, prosperous Great Lakes region

Africa Times contributed post By Said Djinnit On 24 February 2013, eleven African heads of state made history in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework (PSCF) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region came into being. Sudan and Kenya joined the group 11 months…