Occupy Laikipia! Kenya’s indigenous people must liberate their land

A mzungu on horseback was killed in Kenya last week. (Mzungu is the Swahili word for a white person.) Tristan Voorspuy, co-owner of a ranch in Laikipia, was reportedly shot dead in the mid-day sun of northern Kenya as he leisurely rode his horse to survey the damage caused by local cattle herders who had…

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ZAAD Mobile Money: a Precious Lifeline for Somalis

Somaliland is not only a pioneer as a cashless country but as one of the leading markets in mobile banking platforms in Africa. The phenomenon is not only revolutionising the people’s concept of money but also the way urgently needed assistance is provided to affected people in emergency situations. When disaster hits somewhere in the…

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Ahmed Kathrada: Veteran Communist and National Liberation Icon in South Africa Dies

“Kathy”, as he was popularly known, was elected to parliament in 1994  but declined to seek re-election five years later. He wrote an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, suggesting that perhaps he should step down due to widespread corruption in government. Zuma did not attend Kathrada’s memorial, citing the wishes of the family of…

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Why Are African Men and Women Still Fleeing to Yemen?

Conflict has been raging in Yemen since 2015, yet people from Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea remain undeterred to thread on the perilous routes only to encounter dangerous conditions when they get there. To paraphrase the Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, they continue to flee their lands, as home won’t let them stay. Just how dangerous this…

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Morocco Fails in First AU Test on Western Sahara

The Chair of the Kingdom of Morocco was empty during the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC)668th Meeting, held on Monday 20 March 2017, despite an official invitation extended to the kingdom to attend the discussion of briefings on the situation in Western Sahara. “Morocco failed in the first AU test” of its willingness…

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Young, Gifted and Unapologetically Black in America

Recently, NBCBLK28 honored “Black America’s 28 under 28” — “young and gifted” innovators, vanguards, trendsetters and pioneers. Those whom they consider game changers defying stereotypes and “redefining what it means to be young, gifted and unapologetically Black” in America. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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