Tackling Africa’s “Unemployable” Challenge

By Misan Rewane Each year, hundreds of thousands of graduates join a growing pool of unemployed and often unemployable young men and women in Nigeria. It is the greatest challenge of our era: creating jobs for the largest segment of our population. We know that the youth make up 65 percent of Africa’s population. What we, as a society, often forget is that...
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Addressing Hate Speech in African Digital Media

By Mohamed Keita Across Africa in recent years, cycles of xenophobia, ethnic hatred, and homophobia have sometimes degenerated into deadly spasms of violence. On many occasions, the dissemination of unfiltered incendiary messages on digital media and social media platforms allows hateful messages to become more widespread—and quickly. The deadly xenophobic violence i...
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Status and Sustainability in Malawi

By Jon Twingi Sojkowski, Hastings Jolotie, and Simon Chimwaza Malawi recently suffered severe floods, where, ironically, many of the homes destroyed were built using techniques that made the environment more susceptible to catastrophic flooding. In particular, the use of so-called burnt bricks—mud bricks that have been dried in a wood-fire kiln rather than the sun—ha...
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Nigeria 2015: Challenges of Delayed Elections

By Mmakgantsi Mafojane As interest in Africa has increased in recent years, the presidential elections in Nigeria have come to gain global attention. And at a time when many African countries are making strides toward consolidating their democracies—holding repeated successful elections with peaceful transfers of power—the postponement of elections in the continent’s...
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Debasing Africa’s Largest Economy

The African Angle seeks to amplify the voices of contemporary African thought leaders speaking on issues of global concern. It is an initiative of The Africa-America Institute, Fireside Research, and World Policy Journal. By Soji Apampa There was outrage in Nigeria when the U.S. National Intelligence Council (NIC), at a conference in 2005, dared to consider the possibil...
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How (not) to Write About African Wars

  By André-Michel Essoungou Even a seasoned follower of political affairs might be excused for struggling to make sense of the seemingly worsening vortex of ongoing armed conflicts. Chances are, given the recent war in Gaza, the promising but still fragile developments in Afghanistan, and the twinned and tragic mess Syria and Iraq has become, his analytic bra...
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Hong Kong’s Warning Signs for South Africa – The African Angle

By Ufrieda Ho It’s busy and noisy in the fast food joint not far from the old Hong Kong airport where Mak Yin-ting is sipping a cold red bean drink at a corner table. The noise doesn’t bother the journalist, who’s also head of the Hong Kong Journalism Association (HKJA), but the stranger at the next table leaning too far back in his seat, as if straining to...
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The African Angle: Adeyemi Adewole on Advances in Nigerian Health Care

June 11, 2014 - 9:52am | admin By Adeyemi Adewole  “Average per capita health spending is low in Africa, but higher than in South Asia. Yet South Asia, in general, has better health outcomes. So Africa not only needs more money for health, it also needs more health for the money” – Key message from Africa Health Forum 2013 As Africa’s demographic and econ...
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The African Angle: Part 2 of Dr. George Ayittey’s exploration of leadership, despotism, and accountability in Africa.

The Imported Tradition of African Dictatorship May 28, 2014 - 9:03am | admin By George B.N. Ayittey, Ph.D. Despotism and dictatorship did not exist in traditional African political schemes. In fact, the famous British economist, the late Lord Peter Bauer, noted this in his book, "Reality and Rhetoric: Studies in Economics of Development" where he wrote, "De...
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Dr. George Ayittey discusses Swaziland and kingship for The African Angle in his piece “A Vulgar Caricature of an African King”

A Vulgar Caricature of an African King May 14, 2014 - 2:12pm | admin By George B.N. Ayittey, Ph.D. King Mswati III is Africa’s last absolute monarch of the tiny kingdom of Swaziland, wedged between South Africa and Mozambique. The king lives an extravagant style while his people live in abject poverty. His lavish lifestyle includes the trappings of luxuriou...
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