Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 20 August 2014

China must stop its arms sales to war-torn South Sudan
Source: South China Morning Post

Shortage of school toilets leaves stink
Source: IOL/Daily News


Africa’s necessary data revolution
Source; Korea JoongAng Daily

E-readers bring hope to Africa's schools
Source: CNN

Uganda Foreign Missions websites a disaster
Source: New Vision

African Women Are Africa's Future
Source: The Huffington Post

'Sony phones top for porn in SA'
Source: iAfrica.com

Can China Save Africa's Elephants?
Source: Bloomberg View

Global Consulting Firm Links Businesses to Partnerships in Africa
Source: AFK Insider

'In Morocco youth unemployment is driving up inequality'
Source: The Guardian

Aga Khan Development Network to Invest U.S. $1 Billion (Sh1.6 Trillion)in Expansion Plans for Tanzania
Source: Daily News

Conservationists Urge Action As African Elephants Reach Tipping Point
Source: NPR/Here & Now

African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola
Source: Voice of America

Mutharika Urged to Protect Sexual Minorities in Malawi
Source: Nyasa Times

UK, US support Uganda malaria eradication efforts
Source: New Vision

Museveni tells off Bukusu, Bagisu over archaic circumcision ritual, 
says it promotes prostitution
Source: The Star

These Two Charts Show How China Is Helping Decimate Africa's Elephants
Source; Foreign Policy

President Uhuru assures investors in tourism industry of support
Source: Standard Digital

FM: Kenya Supports Iran's Right to Use Peaceful N. Technology
Source: Fars News Agency

In Liberia, Ebola Quarantine Sparks Riots
Source: NPR/Here & Now

Clearing the air on US-Kenya relations
Source: Standard Digital

Why Are So Many Women Dying From Ebola?
Source: Foreign Policy




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 19 August 2014

Plan early, Uganda sports federations urged
Source: Kawowo

Gender Commission criticises Uhuru’s Envoys list
Source: Kenya Satellite Network

United Nations warns Nigeria on dangers of open defecation
Source: The Guardian

UN predicts rapid urbanization in Uganda
Source: New Vision

African elephant numbers collapsing
Source: Nature

Legalising prostitution could 'boost' SA's economy
Source: Eyewitness News

Biggest porn watchers in SA revealed
Source: mybroadband

Museveni to water down anti-gay law
Source: Legalbrief Today

Africa needs ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ projects
Source; Business Day

Uganda criminalises HIV transmission
Source: GayNZ.com

The President of Gabon meets with Eni’s CEO
Source: Energy Global

Africa' top business school goes on show in Johannesburg
Source: Bizcommunity

Nigeria-South Africa forum to discuss intra-African trade
Source: SouthAfrica.info

Ugandan President Says Humanities Are Useless; Here’s Why He’s Wrong
Source: Ventures Africa

Partnership with Lagos is for skill acquisition, capacity building – Nigerite
Source: Business Day

UPDF Somalia troops not paid for six months
Source: The Observer

Ugandan archbishop acknowledges gays are “human beings”
Source: Metro Weekly

Arusha college launches degree in good governance
Source: Daily News

African Writers Rip U.S. Summit, Asking ‘For Whose Benefit?’
Source: Black Press USA

Middle Class in Nigeria, Others to Balloon, Says Standard Bank
Source: This Day Live

Crude Oil from Africa Surging to Decrease Dependency on Middle East
Source: Business Korea

Can South Africa's Tourism Boom Survive Its Own Government's Regulations?
Source: Travel Pulse

In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision
Source: Big News Network/VOA

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Law Masks The Real Scandal – 
A Growing Western Child Sex Trade In Africa
Source: The Daily Caller

Post US-Africa Summit Analysis: Kenya Won The Beauty Pageant
Source: AFK Insider

Ten Books for Approaching Religious Conflict in Nigeria
Source: Africa in Transition

Angola’s Benguela rail project is complete, says construction firm
Source: Out-Law.com

Diplomatic appointments unconstitutional, Uhuru told
Source: News24




Monday, August 18, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 18 August 2014

The truth about porn in South Africa
Source: Mybroadband

South Sudan's Coming Famine
Source: Foreign Policy

Handmaiden to Africa's Generals
Source: The New York Times

Kenya seals deals worth Sh50b in the US
Source: Standard Digital

Behind the Africa-America Summit
Source: The Independent

SA teen sexting warning
Source: IOL/Daily News

Scramble for ‘New Africa’ hots up
Source: Zambia Daily Mail

Finally, A Continent Gets Recognized: US-Africa Summit Begins History Anew
Source: Tadias Magazine

Giant Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosis in Africa
Source: National Geographic

China’s million-migrant march into Africa
Source: The Japan Times

Gabon rules out closing border over Ebola, vows to remain vigilant
Source: Shanghai Daily

Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger
Source: Hawaii News Now/AP

Conflict experts warn South Sudan may not end soon
Source: NTV

Museveni blamed for trillion railway deal mess
Source: The Independent

Africa to catch up with Asian economic powerhouses - SADC
Source: Coastweek/Xinhua

Turkey Plans to Invest in Africa's Energy Industry
Source: Daily Sabah

How Pygmy People Got Their Short Stature
Source: Live Science

Chelsea Clinton Wants You to Help End Elephant Poaching
Source: Gotham Magazine

The 1st National Forum on Gabon Oil & Gas Opens Exhibition to the Public
Source: StarAfrica

Can kimchi cure Ebola?
Source: Saludify

Gambia: Progress slow in implementation of money laundering measures
Source: African Manager

Poachers Killed 8 Percent of All African Elephants in 2011
Source: Motherboard

Mogae vents frustration at Botswana over HIV fight
Source: StarAfrica

THE CHATTER: Ebola also threatens economies, says Moody's
Source: Business Day




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 14 August 2014


Morocco Positioning Casablanca As Africa’s Financial Hub
Source: AFK Insider

National Intelligence Service director Michael Gichangi resigns
Source: Standard Digital

Prayers to stop porn TV in SA
Source: Bizcommunity

All Eyes on Africa
Source: Yale Global Online

Account for US trip, UPC tells Museveni
Source: New Vision

Gabon: pangolins killed for their bodyparts
Source: First Coast News

International Finance: “Somalia is Different”
Source: Africa in Transition

Kenya downplays security risks as it courts U.S. investment
Source: Reuters

How Morocco Could Take Over Western Africa
Source: Ozymandias

Aliko Dangote to Address Global Leaders at the 2nd Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai
Source: Premium Times

Kenya’s ‘Stone The Gays’ bill reportedly found unconstitutional
Source: Gay Star News

Botswana adopts combination prevention approach against HIV
Source: Star Africa

Lenku: Major security strides at US-Africa talks
Source: Capital FM

The Weakest Link of HIV Prevention in Africa – Contraception
Source: Inter Press Service

Bass holds town hall meeting on homophobic laws in Africa
Source: Los Angeles Wave

KQ will not suspend flights to West Africa over Ebola, 
Uhuru says world should not shun West Africa
Source: The Star





Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 13 August 2014

UNICEF Report: Africa's Population Could Hit 4 Billion By 2100
Source: NPR/All Things Considered

South African men have less sex than the global average
Source: Capital FM Lifestyle Magazine

Rights Groups in 'Recon' Mode Following U.S.-Africa Summit
Source: The Advocate

Ebola Outbreak Impacts on The African Football
Source: StarAfrica

Uhuru back from US, gets down to work
Source: Capital FM

New Malawi leader stakes claim to lake
Source: New Zimbabwe

Museveni hires US firm for PR
Source: The Observer

Porn is not illegal, StarSat argues
Source: Tech Central

In Uganda, Museveni and MPs appear at odds over anti-gay bill
Source: San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

Tom Donohue: Africa a Land of Opportunity for American Business
Source: Noozhawk

Ugandan President Appears To Be Stalling Efforts To Revive Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Source: BuzzFeed

Which cities hold the key to unleashing growth in Sub-Saharan Africa?
Source: PWC

Africa’s affluent ready to pay a premium for quality: EMS survey
Source: CNBC Africa

China hopes US will also do its best to support Africa development
Source: BD Live

US-Africa Summit shifts relationship from aid to commercial partnership
Source: IOL Business Report

Obama Directs $10M To Fight Terrorism in Africa
Source Forbes

Museveni okays ‘private’ gays
Source: The Observer

Liberia looks ahead with new oil bid round
Source: Reuters

US-Africa relations: America will laugh last, and longest
Source: The Observer

Is the IMF Going to Save Ghana’s Troubled Economy?
Source: Africa in Transition

A railway deal, the Chinese, and a minister gone rogue
Source: The Observer

Africa’s Biggest City Fights ‘Wicked Lies’ on Ebola Myths
Source: Bloomberg

Africa can do a lot with the newfound attention
Source: Gulf News

Uncertainty as Power Africa moves offices
Source: Standard Digital

Ebola Also Devastates Wild Ape Population
Source: Voice of America

Samsung Unveils First Solar Powered Internet School In Ghana
Source: Ventures Africa

Study indicates significant potential for low operating cost at Mebaga
Source: Creamer Media's Mining Weekly

Rhinos being airlifted to safety out of South Africa
Source: UPI

WHO urges greater Kenya scrutiny over Ebola
Source: Capital FM

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: 
A Resounding Success Exposing American Media’s Ignorance of Emerging Africa
Source: Brookings Institution/Africa in Focus

Q & A: What Young African Leaders Are Saying About Obama’s Summit
Source: AFK Insider

Africa's last polar bear dies - Joburg Zoo
Source: The Citizen




New Africa Book of the Day - 13 August 2014

Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy's 'Last Frontier' Can Prosper and Matter, by Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu

Release Date: August 13, 2014
Publisher: Penguin Global

In this important book, Moghalu challenges conventional wisdoms about Africa's quest for economic growth in a globalized world. Drawing on philosophy, economics and strategy, his argument covers a range of subjects, from capitalism to transformation agendas, finance to foreign investment, and from innovation and human capital to world trade. Ultimately he demonstrates how Africa's progress in the 21st century will require nothing short of the reinvention of the African mindset.

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is author of Global Justice: The Politics of War Crimes Trials (2006) and Rwanda's Genocide: The Politics of Global Justice (2005).  He is deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He founded Sogato Strategies SA in January 2009 and was executive director of the Swiss-Africa Business Roundtable.



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 12 August 2014

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni Wants To Have Anti-Gay Law Re-Issued
Source: Huffington Post/Reuters

Uganda’s President Looks Like He’s Backing Down On His Country’s Anti-LGBT Bill
Source: ThinkProgress

Ugandan MP: President will water down anti-gay law for ‘our Western friends’
Source: Pink News

Saudi-African trade rises to SR53.63 billion
Source: Arab News

Could the ‘miracle fruit’ help in the fight against obesity?
Source: The Globe and Mail

NY bans purchase and sale of ivory: Happy World Elephant Day!
Source: Tech Times

Seychelles Promises to Decriminalize Same-Sex Conduct
Source: Human Rights Campaign

Feeling porny: Who watches pornography in South Africa?
Source: Daily Maverick

Shale Impact: 
Double whammy on Nigerian economy as refined products import surge
Source: Business Day

Boko Haram: A Different Perspective
Source: Africa in Transition

Nigeria: A nation on the rise
Source: Supply Management

No ‘normal’ sex on porn channels, Jasa argues
Source: Business Day

People knew about porn TV- Icasa
Source: Moneyweb

The electrification of Africa
Source: Global Construction Review

Two locally based companies to look for oil off Gabon's coast
Source: Houston Chronicle

Dubai Chamber confirms speakers for Africa Global Business Forum 2014
Source; CPI Financial

Orange Uganda Reiterates Commitment to Supporting Local Innovation
Source: PC Tech Magazine

SHOCKER: Ghana players engage in sex to survive in Thailand
Source: Goal

King: Africa needs to invest in its women
Source: The State



New Africa Book of the Day - 12 August 2014

Another America: The Story of Liberia and the Former Slaves Who Ruled It, by James Ciment

Release Date: August 12, 2014
Publisher: Hill and Wang

The first popular history of the former American slaves who founded, ruled, and lost Africa’s first republic

In 1820, a group of about eighty African Americans reversed the course of history and sailed back to Africa, to a place they would name after liberty itself. They went under the banner of the American Colonization Society, a white philanthropic organization with a dual agenda: to rid America of its blacks, and to convert Africans to Christianity. The settlers staked out a beachhead; their numbers grew as more boats arrived; and after breaking free from their white overseers, they founded Liberia—Africa’s first black republic—in 1847.

James Ciment’s Another America is the first full account of this dramatic experiment. With empathy and a sharp eye for human foibles, Ciment reveals that the Americo-Liberians struggled to live up to their high ideals. They wrote a stirring Declaration of Independence but re-created the social order of antebellum Dixie, with themselves as the master caste. Building plantations, holding elegant soirees, and exploiting and even helping enslave the native Liberians, the persecuted became the persecutors—until a lowly native sergeant murdered their president in 1980, ending 133 years of Americo rule.

The rich cast of characters in Another America rivals that of any novel. We encounter Marcus Garvey, who coaxed his followers toward Liberia in the 1920s, and the rubber king Harvey Firestone, who built his empire on the backs of native Liberians. Among the Americoes themselves, we meet the brilliant intellectual Edward Blyden, one of the first black nationalists; the Baltimore-born explorer Benjamin Anderson, seeking a legendary city of gold in the Liberian hinterland; and President William Tubman, a descendant of Georgia slaves, whose economic policies brought Cadillacs to the streets of Monrovia, the Liberian capital. And then there are the natives, men like Joseph Samson, who was adopted by a prominent Americo family and later presided over the execution of his foster father during the 1980 coup.

In making Liberia, the Americoes transplanted the virtues and vices of their country of birth. The inspiring and troubled history they created is, to a remarkable degree, the mirror image of our own.

Historian James Ciment is editor of Encyclopedia of Conflicts Since World War II (2007), World Terrorism: An Encyclopedia of Political Violence from Ancient Times to the Post-9/11 Era (2011), and Booms and Busts: An Encyclopedia of Economic History from Tulipmania of the 1630's to the Global Financial Crisis of the 21 st Century (2010); author of The Kurds: State and Minority in Turkey, Iraq, and Iran (1997), Angola and Mozambique: Postcolonial Wars in Southern Africa (1997), and Atlas of African-American History (2007); and co-editor (with Roger Chapman) of Culture Wars in America: An Encyclopedia of Issues, Viewpoints, and Voices (2013), among other books.




Monday, August 11, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 11 August 2014

Licensed porn TV channels in South Africa contravened two criminal statutes
Source: PC Tech Magazine

Young African Leaders Cap Fellowship by Meeting with Obama
Source: NBC29

US-Africa Summit Ignores Human Rights Violations by African Leaders
Source: RIA Novosti

Young Africans at the White House
Source: The New Yorker

President Obama’s Africa Push
Source: The New York Times

Kenya tourism tanks amid increasing violence
Source: Aljazeera

Woodside buys into Gabon oil project
Source: The Australian

EAC leaders woo US investors
Source IPP Media

Ugandan universities improve in ranking
Source: New Vision

EAC among big winners
Source: East African Business Week

Bishops take aim at ‘evil’ porn
Source: IOL News/SAPA

Noble Energy announces new offshore exploration license in Gabon
Source: PennEnergy

State Department, USADF to support YALI entrepreneurs to DEMO Africa 2014
Source: Africa IT News

United States aims to develop Africa through S&T
Source: SciDevNet

'Are You, Like, African-AMERICAN Or AFRICAN-American?'
Source: WBUR

Uhuru Had A Sucessful Business Meeting With Former US President George W. Bush
Source: Africa News Posts

A leaders’ summit without African leadership
Source: The Zimbabwean

Nwapka: SMEs Now Playing Big Role in Oil and Gas Sector
Source: This Day Live

Africans See US Trade Policy Hindering American Firms
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Chinese Firm Plans $400 Million Economic Zone in Uganda
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Protecting wildlife goes hi-tech, and gets harder
Source: New Vision

Teaching science in the Ugandan countryside
Source: Radio Netherlands Worldwide

S. Sudan leaders miss deadline for unity government
Source: Oman Tribune

Threatening Remarks by Swazi Prime Minister Cause for Concern
Source: U.S. Department of State

Uganda Lawmaker Demands Inquiry Over Drug Use Allegations
Source: Voice of America

Ebola ‘Patient Zero’ May Have Been 2-Year-Old Child
Source: TIME

Meet the new face of Nigeria’s oil industry
Source: The Globe & Mail

From the Boardroom to the Farm:
Meet the Woman Helping African Refugees Make a Living Off the Earth
Source: NationSwell

Mobil boosting Nigerian economy
Source: Nigerian Tribune

President Paul Kagame to address global leaders at the 2nd Africa Global Business Forum
Source: BusinessGhana

Dubai Chamber to host Africa Global Business Forum in October
Source: Gulf News

Lawmakers in Kenya Propose New 'Stone the Gays' Law
Source: Edge Boston

Meet The Lawyer Who Helped Defeat Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act
Source: BuzzFeed



Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Africa News Headlines for 6 August 2014 - U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Day 3

Heat, hair and hankies: 
the best red-carpet moments from the White House’s Africa summit dinner
Source: The Washington Post

The shadow of China: An ‘800-pound gorilla’ lurks
over the effort to improve ties between the US and Africa

Source: The Hill

George W. Bush to crash first ladies' summit with Michelle Obama, Laura Bush
Source: New York Daily News

Has the US left it too late to win over Africa?
Source: Channel 4 News

U.S. moves to cash in on African economic promise
Source: Los Angeles Times

Follow the money to root out threat of financial crimes
Source: The Hill

Obama: Investment in Africa Depends on Security
Source: Voice of America

Africa Leaders Summit: America's dirty little secret
Source: The Hill

From the segregated South to the U.S. Africa summit, a diplomat comes full circle
Source: The Washington Post

Advocates Seize on White House Africa Summit to Call for End to Child Marriage
Source: TIME

U.S., African Leaders Unveil Trade Deals at Summit
Source: The Wall Street Journal

'Mugabe among sub-Saharan Africa's worst leaders'
Source: Bulawayo24

Uganda Lands on Mercury
Source: O'Dwyer's

Barack Obama touts Africa deals in U.S. catch-up game
Source: Politico

China and the US Compete for Influence in Africa
Source: The Diplomat

Reinforcing LGBT rights at the US-Africa Leaders Summit
Source: The Hill

Michelle Obama's Open Letter to American Girls: 
Commit to Your Education & Get Involved in Others'
Source: Seventeen

Highlights from Brookings's Business and Innovation in Africa Event
Source: Brookings Institution

Reemergence of the African Rat Pack
Source: Huffington Post

Guest list for the African Summit dinner at the White House
Source: The Washington Post

Can African Leaders Improve the US-Africa Summit?
Source: Africa Up Close/The Wilson Center

Analysis – Shadowed by Bush, Obama seeks Africa legacy makeover
Source: Euronews

Policymakers tackle ‘significant’ and growing security challenges
Source: The Hill

As U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Begins, 
Key Members of Congress Say AGOA Must Be Reauthorized
Source: Brookings Institution

Three Things to Watch at the First-Ever US-Africa Leader’s Summit
Source: Africa Up Close/Wilson Center

Barack Obama meets with Ugandan President after anti-gay law struck down
Source: Pink News

Powering sub-Saharan Africa
Source: The Hill

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit was spared these notorious motorcades; 
plus, build your own!
Source: The Washington Post

Reinforcing LGBT rights at the US-Africa Leaders Summit
Source: The Hill

Final day of Obama's Africa summit to focus on security and corruption
Source: CNN

Is the US Serious About Africa?
Source: Africa Up Close/Wilson Center

A Conversation on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
Source: Brookings Institution

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush reunite again on Africa
Source: Hutchinson News

HRW Calls for Summit to Focus on Human Rights
Source: Voice of America


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Menu and Guests for U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit White House Dinner

Singer-composer Lionel Richie was the headline entertainer at the White House Tuesday night, August 5. Some four dozen African heads of state and government were guests of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

In addition to the African guests, the dinner was attended by Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote (ranked as Africa's richest man), New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon,and New York Congressman Gregory Meeks, among others.

What was in the meal they served? The wines were from California and Virginia while the food had an Africa-infused theme:

Chilled Spiced Tomato Soup
Socca Crisps
Coriander Oil and Micro Cilantro
Black Coyote Sauvignon Blanc “NAPA Valley” 2013

Chopped Farmstand Vegetable Salad
Soured Cream Dressing
Crispy Onions
Pumpkinseed Vinaigrette

Grilled Dry-Aged Beef
Chermoula and Crispy Plantains
Braised Summer Greens
Sweet Potatoes
Coconut Milk
Vision Cellars Pinot Noir “Las Alturas” 2010

Cappuccino Fudge Cake
Madagascar Vanilla Scented Papaya
Salted Caramel Sauce
Thibaut- Janisson Brut “Monticello” N/V

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President Barack Obama's Toast at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit White House Dinner - 5 August 2014

These are remarks delivered as a toast by U.S. President Barack Obama at a White House dinner for dignitaries participating in the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, as reported by the White House Press Office.

The president's remarks began at 9:02 p.m. and ended at 9:08 p.m.

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Good evening, everybody. Please have a seat. On behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House. This city, this house, has welcomed foreign envoys and leaders for more than two centuries. But never before have we hosted a dinner at the White House like this, with so many Presidents, so many Prime Ministers all at once. (Applause.) So we are grateful for all the leaders who are in attendance. We are grateful to the spouses. I think the men will agree that the women outshine us tonight in the beautiful colors of Africa.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic, and Mrs. Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]
Tonight we are making history, and it’s an honor to have all of you here.

And I stand before you as the President of the United States and a proud American. I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa. (Applause.) The blood of Africa runs through our family. And so for us, the bonds between our countries, our continents, are deeply personal.

We’re grateful for the ties of family. Of all the incredible moments of our trips to Africa, one of the most memorable was being able to bring Michelle, and later our little girls, to my father’s hometown in Kenya, where we were embraced by so many relatives.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]
We’ve walked the steps of a painful past -- in Ghana, at Cape Coast Castle; in Senegal, at GorĂ©e Island -- standing with our daughters in those doors of no return through which so many Africans passed in chains. We’ll never forget bringing our daughters to Robben Island, to the cell from which Madiba showed the unconquerable strength and dignity of an African heart.

We’ve been inspired by Africans -- ordinary Africans doing extraordinary things. Farmers boosting their yields, health workers saving lives from HIV/AIDS, advocates standing up for justice and the rule of law, courageous women asserting their rights, entrepreneurs creating jobs, African peacekeepers risking their lives to save the innocent.

And both of us stand in awe of the extraordinary young Africans that we’ve met, not only across Africa, but most recently here in Washington just last week when we hosted our Mandela Washington Fellows from many of your countries. And those young people show the world that Africa has the talent and the drive to forge a new future.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet His Excellency Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and Mrs. Marieme Sall, in the Blue Room during a U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner at the White House, Aug. 5, 2014. [Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon]
These are the tides of history, and the ties of family, that bring us together this week. These are the citizens who look to us to build a future worthy of their dreams -- especially those who dream of giving their children a future without war or injustice, without poverty or disease. They are in our prayers tonight.

And also with us are the words of a song -- “New Africa” -- that have inspired so many across the continent, and that Michelle and I first heard last year in Senegal:
Come together, New Africa

Work together

Keep on working, for Africa
And so I propose a toast to the New Africa -- the Africa that is rising and so full of promise -- and to our shared task to keep on working for the peace and prosperity and justice that all our people seek and that all our people so richly deserve.

Cheers. (A toast is offered.)

Enjoy your dinner, everybody. (Applause.)


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Africa News Headlines for 5 August 2014 - U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Edition

Obama: We have a moral obligation to support Africa’s progress
Source: McClatchy News Service

The Obama Administration Needs to Stop Ignoring Africa:
Seven Ways the U.S. Could Help
Source: The Daily Signal

What China Is Saying About The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
Source: AFK Insider

US-Africa leaders summit begins in Washington with trade high on the agenda
Source: Deutsche Welle

Obama hosts Africa summit with an eye on legacy
Source: West Hawaii Today

US gov’t had role in Ebola drug given aid workers
Source: Washington Post/AP

Why Africa needs more regional integration
Source: World Economic Forum Blog

Six celebs who’ve advocated for Africa in Washington
Source: Washington Post

A cheat sheet for the US-Africa Leaders Summit
Source: Miami Herald/The Root

Bet on Africa rising
Source Washington Post

African Ambassadors in US Seek Ebola Help at Summit
Source: Voice of America

African Leaders: No One Country Can Stop Elephant Poaching
Source: NPR/Morning Edition

Obama's U.S.-Africa Forum Will Catalyze $14 Billion In Business Deals
Source: Forbes

How human rights issues factor into African economic advancement
Source: PBS Newshour

Remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice 
“Africa and America: Partners in a Shared Future”
Source: The White House

Kenyan scholars say U.S.-Africa summit confirms the continent's prestige
Source: Shanghai Daily

Who’s behind Uganda’s step forward on same-sex rights?
Source: Washington Post

Kagame: US-Africa summit should focus on partnerships
Source: The New Times

Botswana’s Khama misses US-Africa Leaders Summit
Source: StarAfrica

Africa agricultural initiative gets $7 billion boost from private companies
Source: The Washington Post

The US-Africa Summit: Footnote or Defining Moment? | Commentary
Source: Roll Call

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Why Africa is cause for 'considerable optimism'
Source: CBC News

Lionel Richie will perform at the Africa ‘state dinner’ at the White House
Source: The Washington Post

US opens Africa summit with call for political tolerance
Source: Yahoo! News/AFP

South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters Making a Splash
Source: Africa in Transition

5 reasons Obama’s Africa leaders’ summit matters
Source: Fox2Now/CNN

Shadow Events Hope To Skim Some Attention From U.S.-Africa Summit
Source: NPR

African leaders to convene in D.C. for summit focused on economic potential
Source: The Washington Post

Looking for Bright Spots in Africa
Source: Partnership for a Secure America

Kenya seeks to tap into over Sh1 trillion US investment in Africa
Source: Standard Digital

Obama Wins $14 Billion in Company Pledges for Africa Investment
Source: Newsmax

Beds of state: Making the visiting African leaders feel at home
Source: The Washington Post

U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: 
Climate Change Makes Sustainable Development Crucial to Africa
Source: The White House

3 Takeaways From Day 1 of the US-Africa Leaders Summit
Source: The Root

US outpaces Japan, UAE and South Africa in trade with Kenya
Source: The Star

Business, Ebola discussed at US-Africa summit
Source: The Washington Post

West African crude oil exports to Asia to fall in August
Source: Reuters

Setting a Course for Obama’s Rudderless Africa Policy
Source: The Heritage Foundation

Africa Oil State Hooked on U.S. Fuel: Chart of the Day
Source: Bloomberg

Biden tells African leaders at summit that attacking corruption is good for business
Source: The Washington Post

Terrorism and Security in Africa: A Global Challenge
Source: The Huffington Post

The African leaders who haven’t been invited to D.C. — 
and the surprising ones who were
Source: The Washington Post

The US & Africa: How the Game Has Changed
Source: The Star

Africa’s about more than Ebola, it’s about optimism, too
Source: Reuters

A playlist in honor of this week’s Africa summit in D.C.
Source: The Washington Post

Youth unemployment is a global issue - Mbabazi
Source: New Vision

First ladies who lunch at National Museum of African Art … 
and those who stand around
Source: The Washington Post

Africa: The Richest Region For Young Workers And Consumers
Source: GPB News

African Leaders: No One Country Can Stop Elephant Poaching
Source: Texas Public Radio

Alternative African summit challenges the official one
Source: The Washington Post

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Special Edition: U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit - Video Previews

Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield
Several recent video presentations provide a preview of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that will take place this week in Washington, D.C.

About four dozen African heads of state and government are scheduled to participate in the three-day series of meetings.  Two presidents -- from Liberia and Sierra Leone -- have canceled their plans to attend the summit in order to address the threat of an Ebola epidemic in their countries.

On Thursday, July 31, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, assistant secretary of State for African affairs, spoke at the Atlantic Council of the United States.  In this video, Dr. J. Peter Pham, who leads the African studies program at the ACUS, introduces Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield and later moderates questions posed to her by the audience. The Atlantic Council has a web page dedicated to news about the summit.


In the previous week, on July 22, the United States Institute of Peace hosted three diplomats with extensive experience in African affairs to discuss "U.S. Policy Today for Africa Tomorrow." The participants were Ambassador Princeton Lyman and former assistant secretaries of State for African affairs Johnnie Carson and George Moose. The panel was moderated by Susan Stigant and introduced by Kristin Lord, acting president of USIP.


One week before that, on July 15, the National Endowment for Democracy hosted a panel discussion on "Fostering Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa Through Security Sector Assistance." The participants were Christopher Holshek, Leslie Anne Warner and Daniel Hampton.


On July 31, the White House released a video of remarks by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice (a former assistant secretary of State for African affairs) offering a preview of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.


Follow Sub-Saharan Monitor for more news from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit during the coming days.




New Africa Book of the Day - 3 August 2014

Africa and Economic Policy: Developing a Framework for Policymakers, by Ferdinand Bakoup

Release Date: August 1, 2014
Publisher: Anthem Press

Africa and Economic Policy: Developing a Framework for Policymakers’ aims to fill an important gap in the current literature on economic policy in developing countries. Despite its richness and sophistication, the current economic literature has not yet succeeded in developing a framework for economic policy that is clear and intelligible to policymakers in developing countries, and which is capable of effectively delivering a sustained increase in citizens’ well-being. This ground-breaking study seeks to rectify this problem by suggesting a unique conceptual framework for designing and conducting economic policy in developing countries, particularly those in Africa.

Currently the lead economist at the African Development Bank, Ferdinand Bakoup is author of How integration into the Central African Economic and Monetary Community affects Cameroon's economy: General equilibrium estimates (1998) and Regional integration in Eastern and Southern Africa: The cross-border initiative and its fiscal implications (1995).





Africa News Headlines for 3 August 2014

Africa summit could slow commutes, close streets next week in Washington
Source: Washington Post

US-Africa oil trade wanes after shale revolution
Source: Financial Times

Late to the party, Obama seeks bigger U.S. Africa role
Source: Global Post/Reuters

Emirates starts daily services to Abuja
Source: Zawya

Is Morocco Leading by Example?
Source: Atlantic Council

The Boko Haram Economy
Source: Foreign Policy

Yali recipient inspired
Source: The Standard

Investing in Africa becomes attractive
Source: USA Today

Rwanda’s Unfinished Miracle
Source: New York Times

Why are ‘Mbabazi youths’ silent?
Source: The Observer

Where is human rights in the Africa summit?
Source: The Washington Post

Mobile Money Grows In Africa But Hurdles Remain
Source: Gulf Business

Outcasts and vexing guests at Obama’s Africa summit
Source: The News

Iran Ready to Train Tanzanian Red Cross Workers
Source: Fars News Agency

Congressman: Obama denying Nigeria help to fight terror
Source: WorldNetDaily

Letter to Barack Obama from a Swaziland jail cell
Source: The Guardian

Obama Looks to Build Africa Legacy Through Investment Over Aid
Source: Newsmax

US to announce billions of dollars in deals at Africa Summit
Source: Sunday's Zaman

AIDS conference delegates seek asylum in Australia
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Obama woos African leaders to counter growing Chinese influence
Source: The Guardian

Africa's complicated, so get it right
Source: Business Day

US-Africa Summit to Focus on Stability, Youth
Source: Tadias Magazine

Kenya set to feature strongly in US-Africa talks
Source: Standard Digital

Critics are angry, but ordinary Rwandans prefer Kagame style of leadership
Source: Rwanda Eye

Uhuru force of reckoning in Obama ‘reclamation’ of Africa
Source: Capital FM

World’s Park Rangers Murdered in Widespread ‘Bush War’
Source: Environment News Service

US holds summit with African heads of state
Source: Yahoo! News UK/Aljazeera

Politics of convenience catches up with gay law
Source: The Observer

Chinese Firm Signs $478.9 Million Kenya Lamu Port Deal
Source: Wall Street Journal