Tag Archives: Africa

Extremism in Africa: New Video May Show Missing Nigeria Girls

New York, N.Y. New video from Islamist group Boko Haram may show that some of the 200 schoolgirls seized by the group two years ago are still alive. Tweet

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Kenya Bans Music Video Saying It Promotes Gay Rights

Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan state regulators have banned a locally produced song and accompanying music video that call for equal treatment of LGBT individuals, something regulators say violates Kenya’s anti-homosexuality law. The song is a remix of the American single “Same Love,” released in 2012 by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the height of the same-sex […]

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Angelique Kidjo, Peter Buffett Release Song to Support African Girls

New York, N.Y.  I have been trying to interview Emmy Award-winning composer/philanthropist Peter Buffett for two years.  I wrote about Grammy Award-winning UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo following the U.N. Day Concert back in October of last year (here).  Both musicians have been on my radar because I cover Thought Leaders and Global Citizens – and they represent everything […]

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Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency Push 1 Million Children from School

New York, N.Y. Violence and attacks against civilian populations in northeastern Nigeria and its neighbouring countries have forced “a staggering” one million children out of school in a conflict that has dealt “a huge blow for education in the region,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported today. Girls use their new school supplies during a […]

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UNDP Africa Launches Initiative to Respond to Violent Extremism

New York, N.Y. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa today launched an initiative to support African countries to prevent and respond to the growth of violent extremism through a development lens. Boko Haram. Image Courtesy: A.K. Rockefeller. “We must confront the issues that drive many African youths away from productive lives and […]

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Nigerian Novelist in Exile Reflects on Anti-Gay Law

Malmö, Sweden. One day in January 2014, award-winning Nigerian writer and rights activist Jude Dibia woke up gasping for air.  Nigeria had just passed a law criminalizing homosexuality.  This prompted Dibia to make the decision to leave his home country. Dibia now lives in Sweden, where he is a guest writer of the Malmö City […]

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Cecil’s Shadow Haunts Africa’s Captive Lions

Johannesburg, South African. The slaying of Cecil, a protected Zimbabwean lion, sparked outrage and debate around the world. But on the annual celebration of World Lion Day, held August 10, animal rights campaigners are using Cecil’s story to illustrate what they say is a tragic truth: Cecil was one of the lucky ones. During his […]

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U.S. Takes New Steps to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Washington, D.C. The loss of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the Lion has dominated recent news coverage. What has received less attention is that five elephants were killed in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya as well last week. These incidents raise the question of how to best protect treasured wildlife. Poaching is a global problem and a […]

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