Tuesday 16 January 2018

Cameroun

(AFP (eng) 01/16/18)
A prominent lawyer's bid to end Cameroon President Paul Biya's 35 years in power has received a boost after nine opposition parties and grassroots groups backed his campaign, according to a statement seen by AFP on Tuesday. Akere Muna, who hails from Cameroon's English-speaking minority, has vowed "zero tolerance for corruption, tribalism, nepotism and favouritism." The nine organisations gave him their backing in a "platform for a new republic" that they agreed on Monday in the capital Yaounde, they said in a joint statement. Muna is a former vice president of the anti-corruption campaign group Transparency International and former president of the Cameroon Bar Association. He was "formally designated" as their only candidate for the...
(AFP (eng) 01/15/18)
A policeman was killed on Sunday by presumed separatists in a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon, where the situation remained extremely tense on Monday, sources told AFP. No further details were released about the incident in Dian, in Cameroon's Southwest Region, but other officers may have also been killed, an official added. "According to some information, other police were killed but we are still looking into this," the official said, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Reports of multiple killings also circulated on social media. Witnesses said panic had gripped several schools, including in Buea, the main city in the English-speaking southwest, and in Muyuka and Tiko. "We are leaving the campus because people in the city are saying that...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
Four people were killed and two others kidnapped in separate overnight attacks in the far north of Cameroon, blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram, sources told AFP on Thursday. Three of the victims were "slaughtered" in Kolofata, a town which borders Nigeria and that has seen a spate of attacks blamed on the jihadists, said a source close to the security services. A security officer in the region confirmed the information to AFP, and that two people were also...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
The African Union said Friday that President Donald Trump's reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" broke with "accepted behaviour" and was "extremely upsetting." Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for AU Chairperson Moussa Faki, told AFP that Trump's statement "truly flies in the face of accepted behaviour and practice." "This is not only hurtful, I think, to people of African origin in the United States, but certainly to African citizens," she said. "It's an extremely upsetting statement," she added. The comment was reportedly made during a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
President Donald Trump reportedly lashed out in a Thursday meeting with lawmakers about immigration reform, demanding to know why the US should accept citizens from what he called "shithole" countries. The comments, first reported by The Washington Post, sparked anger among Democrats and Republicans and revived questions about Trump's tendency to make racially charged remarks. Trump sat down with senators and congressmen at the White House to discuss a proposed bipartisan deal that would limit immigrants from bringing family members...
(AFP (eng) 01/11/18)
A human-rights lawyer representing English-speaking Cameroonian separatists said Thursday the group had been arrested by Nigeria's secret service and were being held "illegally", calling on the government to probe their disappearance. Femi Falana said Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, the president of the anglophone separatist movement in Cameroon, and nine others were detained at a hotel in Abuja last weekend. "Armed operatives of the State Security Service (Nigeria's secret service) invaded the venue, abducted our clients and took them away to an undisclosed place," he said. The intelligence agency has denied any arrests but rumours have swirled about the men's possible whereabouts.
(AFP (eng) 01/10/18)
Forty-three gold diggers died in abandoned mines in Cameroon in the first 10 months of last year, a watchdog group said Wednesday. "The toll of people who died in mining holes... reached 43 in the first 10 months" of 2017, said Foder, a local NGO whose full name in English means Forest and Rural Development. The group said much of the blame lay with corporations, many of them Chinese, which abandon open-cast gold mines after profitable seams run out. When...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/18)
Four west African states have launched a major offensive against the Boko Haram jihadist group in Nigeria, the military said on Tuesday. Soldiers from Nigeria and the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger are targeting a Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and another led by Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad. Both locations are in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. According to the Nigerian military, scores of jihadists have been killed and hundreds of others have been forced to surrender in recent days. Top brass in Abuja have claimed that Nur had been injured and one of his wives killed in an aerial bombardment.
(AFP (eng) 01/08/18)
A Nigerian intelligence official on Sunday denied arresting Cameroon separatists in Abuja, after a rebel movement said its top leaders had been "abducted by gunmen". Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, the president of the anglophone separatist movement in Cameroon, was arrested during a meeting on Friday, January 5, in Nigeria's capital of Abuja, according to a statement by the separatists. "At around 7:30 p.m., the gunmen came into the hotel and abducted all of them including the president," said Chris Anu, secretary of communications for the putative state of Ambazonia.
(AFP (eng) 01/03/18)
Israel on Wednesday began implementing a plan to force tens of thousands of African migrants out of the country by April, threatening to arrest those who stay. "This plan will get under way today," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. Under the programme, some 38,000 migrants who entered Israel illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, will have until the end of March to leave. Each will receive a plane ticket and $3,500 (2,900 euros) to...
(AFP (eng) 01/02/18)
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a cafe in Cameroon's far north region Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding 28 others, witnesses told AFP. Witnesses said the woman entered the cafe at around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) before detonating her explosive vest in Bia, a village close to the border with Nigeria. The area has seen frequent attacks by the Boko Haram jihadist group in recent years. Those hurt in the blast were taken to a...
(AFP (eng) 12/30/17)
Cameroonian police have arrested a group of nearly 40 heavily armed men who were headed into neighbouring Equitorial Guinea, a military source said Friday. Equitorial Guinea's Ambassador to France, Miguel Oyono Ndong Mifumu, referred to the incident as an "invasion and destabilisation attempt", according to his office. The 38 suspects, who were taken into custody Wednesday in a bus on Cameroon's border with the tiny nation to its south, had rocket launchers, rifles and lots of ammunition, his office added. Military and local police have launched a probe into the intentions of the men, who were nationals of Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
(APA 12/29/17)
APA-Yaoundé (Cameroun) - Le Port autonome de Douala (PAD), situé dans la métropole économique et principale porte d’entrée du Cameroun a annoncé, par voie de communiqué, la révision de ses tarifs applicables aux prestations à compter du 1er janvier prochain. APA n’a pu obtenir de plus amples explications sur cette révision de la base tarifaire, sur sa tendance, mai des sources proches du dossier, sous le sceau de l’anonymat, ont notamment annoncé l’introduction de «nouvelles niches» imposables, toute chose qui...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/17)
A former mayor in Cameroon arrested in September 2014 for alleged complicity with Boko Haram was acquitted Thursday, a week after a Radio France International correspondent was released on terrorism charges. Moussa Ramat, the ex-mayor of Fotokol in Cameroon's far north, was accused of supplying weapons to the jihadist group and assisting in the sale of looted goods from Boko Haram fighters. His lawyer Eugene Balemaken told AFP the accusations "did not correspond to reality". "He was therefore properly acquitted...
(AFP (eng) 12/27/17)
A Cameroon court on Wednesday freed dissident author Patrice Nganang, accused of threatening President Paul Biya on social media, and ordered him to be expelled from the country, media reported. The court in the capital Yaounde ordered an end to legal proceedings against Nganang, which began with his arrest on December 6, according to reports citing the writer's lawyer. The prize-winning author had been due to face trial on January 19 on charges earlier outlined by lawyer Emmanuel Simh as...
(AFP (eng) 12/23/17)
A Cameroonian reporter with Radio France International, Ahmed Abba, was Friday released from jail after 29 months in detention, his lawyer said. "Ahmed Abba left Yaounde prison around 9:15 pm (Friday). He has been with me since his release, he is doing well," Charles Tchoungang told AFP. RFI editorial staff confirmed his release. A military tribunal in April sentenced Abba to 10 years in prison and fined him the equivalent of about 85,000 euros ($100,000) for "laundering the proceeds of...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/17)
A Radio France International (RFI) correspondent was acquitted Thursday in Cameroon after he was jailed for 10 years in April for "laundering the proceeds of terrorist acts", representatives said. A military tribunal in Yaounde acquitted Ahmed Abba following an appeal, but he was sentenced to 24 months in prison for a lesser charge of failing to "denounce acts of terrorism". This paves the way for his release although he has served a total of 29 months behind bars following his...
(AFP (eng) 12/20/17)
The Commonwealth secretary-general has urged Cameroon to resolve "through peaceful dialogue" a crisis that has shaken the country's English-speaking regions since last year. Patricia Scotland, who is on a four-day official visit to the country, expressed "great sadness" with the violence in the Northwest and Southwest regions of the central African country, where Cameroon's anglophone minority is concentrated. "Cameroon is renowned for its tradition of peaceful and harmonious interactions. It is with great sadness that we see it in challenging times," she said in a speech on Tuesday evening. "I encourage Cameroonians from all walks of life to embrace peace...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/17)
Four police officers were killed in an attack by suspected separatists in Cameroon's English-speaking region on Monday, a government minister said, the latest violence to strike the country's troubled west. "Unfortunately an attack took the lives of four of our police officers, coldly murdered this Monday in Kembong," Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma said, referring to a region that has witnessed a spike in violence by separatists. English-speakers account for some 20 percent of Cameroon's population of 23 million but have long chafed under the rule of 84-year-old president Paul Biya, one of the world's longest serving leaders. The minority dates to the emergence of Cameroon in 1960-61 as France and Britain...
(AFP (eng) 12/18/17)
France on Monday accepted a first group of 19 refugees who were identified in Africa under an overhauled asylum policy that will also see it expel thousands of economic migrants. While it has drawn little public outcry in France, the policy faces stiff opposition from the left and from charities that shelter migrants, 22 of which called in an open letter for France's rights ombudsman Jacques Toubon to intervene. Djamel, a refugee from the Central African Republic, arrived at Paris's...

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(AFP (eng) 01/12/18)
Four people were killed and two others kidnapped in separate overnight attacks in the far north of Cameroon, blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram, sources told AFP on Thursday. Three of the victims were "slaughtered" in Kolofata, a town which borders Nigeria and that has seen a spate of attacks blamed on the jihadists, said a source close to the security services. A security officer in the region confirmed the information to AFP, and that two people were also abducted. In a second overnight attack, Boko Haram fighters are believed to have killed one person and injured another in nearby Ashigashiya, also by the Nigerian border, said the security officer. The jihadists also burned...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/18)
Forty-three gold diggers died in abandoned mines in Cameroon in the first 10 months of last year, a watchdog group said Wednesday. "The toll of people who died in mining holes... reached 43 in the first 10 months" of 2017, said Foder, a local NGO whose full name in English means Forest and Rural Development. The group said much of the blame lay with corporations, many of them Chinese, which abandon open-cast gold mines after profitable seams run out. When the companies leave, individual gold hunters move in, digging holes into a site that in some cases have already been excavated to a depth of 200 metres (650 feet). Nine died last year after the walls of their hole collapsed...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/18)
Four west African states have launched a major offensive against the Boko Haram jihadist group in Nigeria, the military said on Tuesday. Soldiers from Nigeria and the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger are targeting a Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau in the Sambisa Forest, and another led by Mamman Nur, on and around Lake Chad. Both locations are in Borno state, northeast Nigeria. According to the Nigerian military, scores of jihadists have been killed and hundreds of others have been forced to surrender in recent days. Top brass in Abuja have claimed that Nur had been injured and one of his wives killed in an aerial bombardment.
(AFP (eng) 01/03/18)
Israel on Wednesday began implementing a plan to force tens of thousands of African migrants out of the country by April, threatening to arrest those who stay. "This plan will get under way today," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. Under the programme, some 38,000 migrants who entered Israel illegally, mainly Eritreans and Sudanese, will have until the end of March to leave. Each will receive a plane ticket and $3,500 (2,900 euros) to...
(AFP (eng) 01/02/18)
A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a cafe in Cameroon's far north region Sunday, killing at least one person and wounding 28 others, witnesses told AFP. Witnesses said the woman entered the cafe at around 7:00 am (0600 GMT) before detonating her explosive vest in Bia, a village close to the border with Nigeria. The area has seen frequent attacks by the Boko Haram jihadist group in recent years. Those hurt in the blast were taken to a...
(AFP (eng) 12/29/17)
A former mayor in Cameroon arrested in September 2014 for alleged complicity with Boko Haram was acquitted Thursday, a week after a Radio France International correspondent was released on terrorism charges. Moussa Ramat, the ex-mayor of Fotokol in Cameroon's far north, was accused of supplying weapons to the jihadist group and assisting in the sale of looted goods from Boko Haram fighters. His lawyer Eugene Balemaken told AFP the accusations "did not correspond to reality". "He was therefore properly acquitted...
(AFP (eng) 12/23/17)
A Cameroonian reporter with Radio France International, Ahmed Abba, was Friday released from jail after 29 months in detention, his lawyer said. "Ahmed Abba left Yaounde prison around 9:15 pm (Friday). He has been with me since his release, he is doing well," Charles Tchoungang told AFP. RFI editorial staff confirmed his release. A military tribunal in April sentenced Abba to 10 years in prison and fined him the equivalent of about 85,000 euros ($100,000) for "laundering the proceeds of...
(AFP (eng) 12/22/17)
A Radio France International (RFI) correspondent was acquitted Thursday in Cameroon after he was jailed for 10 years in April for "laundering the proceeds of terrorist acts", representatives said. A military tribunal in Yaounde acquitted Ahmed Abba following an appeal, but he was sentenced to 24 months in prison for a lesser charge of failing to "denounce acts of terrorism". This paves the way for his release although he has served a total of 29 months behind bars following his...
(AFP (eng) 12/18/17)
France on Monday accepted a first group of 19 refugees who were identified in Africa under an overhauled asylum policy that will also see it expel thousands of economic migrants. While it has drawn little public outcry in France, the policy faces stiff opposition from the left and from charities that shelter migrants, 22 of which called in an open letter for France's rights ombudsman Jacques Toubon to intervene. Djamel, a refugee from the Central African Republic, arrived at Paris's...
(APA 12/15/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroun) - Une dizaine d’ex-terroristes présentés comme des chefs locaux du mouvement djihadiste Boko Haram au Cameroun, sont venus grossir les rangs des membres de ce groupe qui ont fait acte de reddition, a-t-on appris vendredi de source officielle. A en croire le gouverneur de la région de l’Extrême-nord, Midjiyawa Bakari, dix chefs locaux chargés de coordonner des opérations dans cette partie du pays, en l’occurrence dans la zone de Kolofata, ont déposé leurs armes et se sont rendus...
(AFP (eng) 12/12/17)
Two people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in far northern Cameroon, a region that has been shaken by attacks blamed on Nigeria's Boko Haram jihadists, sources said. "A suicide bomber blew himself up this morning in a mosque in Kerawa," on the border with Nigeria, a regional security official reached by AFP said. "Two civilians and the bomber were killed," the source said, confirming an account by an eyewitness, who said the event took place shortly after morning prayers, when the mosque was relatively empty.
(Xinhuanet 12/12/17)
At least two civilians were killed on Monday in a suspected Boko Haram suicide bombing in Cameroon's Far North province, a source told Xinhua. Oumar, a local resident, said the attack occurred at 5:45 a.m. local time when the young bomber detonated inside the Abdoulaye mosque in Kerawa, a town in Mayo Sava department of the province, killing the imam and the muezzin. The bomber died in the blast.
(AFP (eng) 12/08/17)
Seven people died overnight during a botched raid by presumed separatists on a police station in a restive a restive English-speaking region of Cameroon, security sources said on Friday. The attack, in which a policeman died and six attackers were killed, targeted a police station in Mamfe, a city in the Southwest region, according to a security official who was speaking by phone from Douala. "A policeman was killed and seven others wounded. Among the attackers, six people were shot dead" when the police returned fire, he said.
(AFP (eng) 12/07/17)
The UN Committee against Torture has asked Cameroon to stop its troops from committing "atrocities" in its fight against Boko Haram jihadists, according to report seen by AFP on Thursday. The body also expressed concern over sweeping arrests in the Francophone west African country's English-speaking regions, demanding an investigation into the deaths of at least 17 people killed in October 1 clashes between the security forces and protestors seeking a separate state. It said more than 500 people were arrested,...
(AFP (eng) 12/07/17)
The African Union has upped its goal to repatriate stranded migrants from Libya, saying in a statement that it aims to bring 20,000 Africans home in the next six weeks. Pressure has grown on the continental body and individual African states to get their citizens out of Libya after CNN broadcast a report showing black Africans being sold as slaves in the north African country. The African Union had earlier said it wanted to repatriate 15,000 migrants by the year's end, but increased its goal after a task force - including AU, European Union and United Nations officials -- met earlier this week.
(AFP (eng) 12/06/17)
Conflicts, violence and disaster across Africa forced some 15,000 people to flee their homes every day in the first half of the year, international monitors said Wednesday. A total of 2.7 million Africans were internally displaced within their own countries in the first six months of 2017, a report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) found. They join the estimated 12.6 million internally displaced people (IDPs) living in African countries at the end...
(AFP (eng) 12/05/17)
The head of the UN's AIDS agency on Monday urged African countries to protect young women and children who are bearing the brunt of the continent's AIDS epidemic. A sharp rise of people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has now slowed, "but now is not the time to drop our guard," Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, told the start of a six-day conference on HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted diseases in Africa. "The many changes under way in our...
(AFP (eng) 11/30/17)
Twenty-five asylum seekers from Africa arrived safely in Rome Thursday, using a Christian "humanitarian corridor" set up for Syrians fleeing the war in their homeland. "It was just a project but it became THE project, the way of the future," said Mario Morcone of the Italian interior ministry. The 25 men, women and children from Somalia, Eritrea and South Sudan arrived in Rome before dawn on a flight from Ethiopia. They will be moved to centres across the country. "We...
(AFP (eng) 11/29/17)
More than 80 African and European leaders will gather in the Ivory Coast on Wednesday to promote jobs and stability for Africa's exploding population, with some calling for a new "Marshall Plan." The two-day summit in Abidjan opens as the European Union increasingly sees its fate linked to Africa's following the twin shocks of unprecedented migration and terrorist attacks. It comes as China, India, Japan, the Gulf Arab states and others also compete for influence on a continent where the 28-nation EU remains as a whole the biggest economic and political player. European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told parliamentarians from both continents before the summit...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/17)
A furore over migrant slave markets in Libya casts a shadow over an AU-EU summit this week that aims to promote Africa's long-term economic growth and stability, spurred by European fears of terrorism and mass migration. The two-day African Union and European Union summit opening Wednesday in the Ivory Coast economic capital Abidjan is focused mainly on the need to create jobs for Africa's rapidly growing population. The summit marks what Europe sees as a potential turning point for broader...

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(APA 12/29/17)
APA-Yaoundé (Cameroun) - Le Port autonome de Douala (PAD), situé dans la métropole économique et principale porte d’entrée du Cameroun a annoncé, par voie de communiqué, la révision de ses tarifs applicables aux prestations à compter du 1er janvier prochain. APA n’a pu obtenir de plus amples explications sur cette révision de la base tarifaire, sur sa tendance, mai des sources proches du dossier, sous le sceau de l’anonymat, ont notamment annoncé l’introduction de «nouvelles niches» imposables, toute chose qui laisse croire à une tendance haussière de la facturation. Selon la même source, l’entrée en vigueur de ladite tarification, qui inclura par ailleurs les frais d’entretien du chenal du port, a été décidée par le...
(Agence Ecofin 12/12/17)
If the operators of the radio installations, at Mount Mbankolo which towers Cameroon’s Capital, do not comply with the regulation, the ministry of posts and telecommunication will remove their installations and make them pay for the removal. This warning is in the communique published by Minette Libom Li Likeng, the minister of post and telecommunication, who revealed that some installations are exploited without complying with the standards in place. Such is the case of some illegal operators who operate without a license from the ministry or who use unregistered equipment installed by experts that are not accredited by the government in opposition to what the regulation prescribes. BRM
(Agence Ecofin 12/12/17)
On December 8, 2018, Cameroon’s national assembly has approved the 2018 finance bill of CFA4513.5 billion submitted by the government. Approved, despite the critics of some deputies of the opposition, the new budget has increased by CFA139.7 billion (3.2%), compared to 2017 budget which was CFA4378.8 billion. Leaning on a 4.2% provisional economic growth, the budget projects an increase of the fiscal pressure on companies with an increase of some duties and taxes amid a drop in oil revenues. BRM
(Reuters (Eng) 11/14/17)
KIGALI (Reuters) - The global airline industry has $1.2 billion blocked in nine dollar-strapped African countries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday. The global commodities price crash that began in 2014 hit economies across Africa hard, particularly big resource exporters such as Angola and Nigeria. Low oil and mineral prices have reduced government revenue and caused chronic dollar shortages and immense pressure on local currencies. The fiscal slump has meant governments have not allowed foreign airlines to...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/31/17)
HARARE (Reuters) - Economic growth is expected to rise to 3.4 percent in sub-Saharan Africa next year from 2.6 percent in 2017, the IMF said in a report on Monday, but warned that rising debt and political risks in larger economies would weigh down future growth. Nigeria and South African are the biggest economies in Africa south of the Sahara, but both nations have been clouded by political uncertainty linked to the tenure of their leaders. The IMF said a...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
Rent-a-room giant Airbnb said Tuesday that it had provided accommodation for 1.2 million visitors to Africa over the last year -- double the previous year as tourism expands across the continent. The website now offers more than 100,000 accommodation options in Africa, global public affairs director Chris Lehane said on a visit to Johannesburg. "It's an incredibly rich and diverse continent, an incredibly dynamic place, certainly a big part of our future," Lehane told AFP. Airbnb was founded in 2008...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA – Douala (Cameroon) - Financial transactions in Cameroon via Mobile money reached 870 billion CFA francs in 2016, APA learned from the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) on Sunday. The value of transactions between 2014 and 2016 increased from 200 billion CFA to 870 billion CFA, an increase of 670 billion CFA in two years. This amount is the result of 84 million transactions per SMS, because since 2011, the year of introduction of Mobile Money Services in Cameroon, e-money...
(APA 10/16/17)
APA-Dakar (Senegal) - The president of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, will deliver the Norman Borlaug Lecture on Monday 16 October as part of the World Food Prize events taking place from October 16 to 20, 2017 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. The Norman Borlaug Lecture under the title: “Betting on Africa to Feed the World”, will be held on World Food Day, October 16, in conjunction with the annual World Food Prize celebration. AfDB President Adesina will receive...
(APA 10/12/17)
APA - Douala, Cameroon - The difficult socio-political situation in the English-speaking regions of the Northwest and Southwest of Cameroon has caused loss of more than 41 percent of the turnover of companies located in this part of the country, according to data published Wednesday by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Crafts (CCIMA). The statistics compiled by the consular chamber published a year after October 10, 2016 general strike by English-speaking lawyers and teachers demanding better consideration of...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is set to accelerate to 3.4 percent next year, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, citing Nigeria's recovering oil and agricultural sectors. The IMF said in its latest World Economic Outlook report that the region would grow by 2.6 percent this year after 1.4 percent in 2016. "Growth is expected to rise gradually," it said, while noting that the rate would be uneven and "barely above population growth". GDP in the west African powerhouse Nigeria...
(APA 10/09/17)
APA - Douala (Cameroon) - A total of 15,219 companies were created in 2016 in Cameroon, according to figures compiled by the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, Social Economy and Crafts (MINPEESA), published on Saturday. The statistical yearbook of this public administration says 15,219 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) created during the past year, represented an additional 1,845 SMEs compared to 2015. In 2010, there were barely 712 new SMEs registered at the Center for Business Creation, a progress following the simplification of procedures and the creation of bodies to facilitate the creation of companies.
(Reuters (Eng) 10/05/17)
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. (HLT.N) plans to spend $50 million over the next five years to add 100 hotels to its chain in Africa, it said on Thursday, joining other chains keen to tap growing business and international travel on the continent. One property will open in the Kenyan capital Nairobi by the end of this year and another in the Rwandan capital Kigali in 2018, it said in a statement. There was 11 percent growth in...
(APA 10/04/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - The European Union (EU) has pledged fCFA 12 billion to Cameroon to help the country cope with the flow of Central African and Nigerian refugees, particularly in the face of clashes and terrorist attacks from Boko Haram, sources told APA Tuesday. This will enable Cameroon to manage more than 300,000 refugees from the two neighbouring countries, staying in camps in the northern part and eastern region. The fund will be used mainly for food, water, sanitation, health, education, housing for the refugees. Due to Boko Haram attacks, thousands of Nigerian refugees have fled to the Adamaoua...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/17)
Government shutdowns of the internet have cost sub-Saharan Africa about $237 million since 2015, according to a study released Friday, as authorities increasingly implement planned disruptions. At least 12 countries have had internet shutdowns, often before elections or when protests erupt, with mobile internet networks most recently suspended in Togo during opposition demonstrations. "Internet disruptions, however short-lived, undermine economic growth, disrupt the delivery of critical services, erode business confidence, and raise a country’s risk profile," the CIPESA report said. The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) released its...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/26/17)
Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd said on Tuesday it won a contract worth $240 million to provide a wide array of defense electronic systems to an unnamed country in Africa. The contract, which will be carried out over a two-year period, is comprised of Directed Infra-red Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems to protect aircraft from shoulder fired missiles, based on passive infrared systems, and includes missile warning systems, radio and communication systems, land systems, mini-unmanned air systems and helicopters upgrade.
(APA 09/25/17)
Eximbank of China has approved a CFAF50 billion loan to Cameroon to fund drinking water supply projects throughout the country, reports said on Monday. The agreement was struck by the ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development (MINEPAT) and China’s economic and technical cooperation for the funding of the second phase of the project, covering nine urban centers. Running from 2018 through 2021, the second phase covers the towns of Dschang in the western region, Yabassi (Littoral), Maroua (Far North),...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the...
(APA 09/21/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - Rehabilitation of the Douala-Yaoundé road linking the main economic and political metropolitan areas of Cameroon requires an investment of 47 billion CFA. This will allow replacing the metal nozzles with concrete scuppers, the Ministry of Public Works (MINTP) said Thursday. According to a study by the Directorate of Infrastructure Works (DGTI) at the Ministry of Public Works, 309 nozzles should be replaced to stop the gradual deterioration of the road. “Traffic on this road has increased considerably...
(APA 09/18/17)
APA – Douala (Cameroon) - Cameroon plans to double its revenue from tourism from CFAF 560 billion to CFAF 1000 billion in 2017, according to forecasts published by the Ministry of Tourism and Leisure (MINTOUL). In view of this, the country expects one million tourists with a total return of more than CFA1,000 billion, which will almost double revenues Cameroon earned last year. According to MINTOUL forecasts, one million tourists is equivalent to about CFA 75 billion in terms of...

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(APA 10/16/17)
APA - Yaoundé (Cameroon) - Cameroonian champion, Clovis Kamzong Abessolo (SNH Velo Club), on Sunday, won the 17th edition of the Cycling Grand Prix Chantal Biya, named after the country’s First Lady. Out of a total of 579.3 kilometers run in 4 stages, he flashed across the finishing line, to beat the Slovak cyclists Jan Andrej Cully, Martin Mahdar and Jordy Buskermolen. He succeeds on the podium, Martial Roman, the winner of the 16th edition of this circuit which, since 2006, has been part of the agenda of the “Africa Tour” initiated by the International Cycling Union (UCI). It is recalled that ten teams took part in this race, including two local, five African and five European.
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Cameroonian international striker Vincent Aboubakar has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Porto until 2021, the Portuguese side announced on Thursday. The 25-year-old is Porto's top scorer so far this season with eight goals, two of which came in a 3-0 Champions League win at Monaco. Porto also acquired all of the player's economic rights by buying the remaining 60 percent from his former club Lorient for 7.2 million euros ($8.29 million). "The president (Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa) led this negotiation with the agents of the athlete and Lorient, it wasn't easy," Porto financial administrator Fernando Gomes said in a statement. Aboubakar joined Porto from French club Lorient in 2014, but spent last season on loan...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr...
(APA 09/11/17)
The first edition of the International Marathon of Douala (MID) on 29 October, 2017 will feature more than 500 athletes, organizers announced Saturday under the supervision of the Cameroonian Federation of Athletics (FECATHLETISM). Athletes coming from Cameroon, the rest of Africa and some European countries will cover the distance of 42.195 km in the streets of the five districts of Cameroon’s commercial capital. Sponsored by legendary Cameroonian athlete Sarah Etongue, more than ten times champion of the Ascension of Mount...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/17)
African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday. The result means Cameroon have just three points from four matches and can no longer finish top of Group B. "There's no-one in life who achieves all his goals [but] it's a disappointment," Indomitable Lions coach Hugo Broos said after the game. In Monday's other match, Libya earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group A. Nigeria...
(AFP (eng) 08/30/17)
Cameroon coach Hugo Broos admits their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign is doomed if they do not take at least four points off Nigeria in back-to-back clashes. The Group B rivals meet in southeastern Nigerian city Uyo this Friday and in Cameroonian capital Yaounde three days later. Nigeria top the African "group of death" with six points after two rounds, African champions Cameroon have two and Zambia and Algeria one. "If we still want to have a chance of qualifying,...
(BBC News Africa 08/28/17)
Nigeria have suffered a blow ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo on Friday, after Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi withdrew from the squad with a thigh muscle strain. The 21-year-old will also miss the away leg against African champions Cameroon in Yaounde on 4 September, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Iwobi was due to join the Super Eagles training camp on Monday after Arsenal's Premier League game at Liverpool on Sunday. Iwobi, the nephew...
(AFP (eng) 08/09/17)
Former Confederation of African Football president Issa Hayatou on Tuesday slammed his successor Ahmad Ahmad over claims that Cameroon is not ready to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Malagasy Ahmad, who ended Hayatou's 29-year reign as CAF president last March, had said that the country's infrastructure "wasn't ready" to host the 2019 CAN and even suggested he may open a bidding process to other countries to help stage the event. "He (Ahmad) has to first come to see before speaking as he did," Cameroonian Hayatou, 71, told French radio station RFI. "Cameroon already has five stadiums, not to mention the ones which are in the process of being built. Nobody can say that Cameroon has done nothing.
(AFP (eng) 08/08/17)
Cameroon's football federation expressed their "consternation" on Monday in response to criticism from African Confederation president Ahmad Ahmad over their prospects of hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Ahmad had said on Saturday that the country's infrastructure "wasn't ready" to host the 2019 CAN and even suggested he may open a bidding process to other countries to help in putting on the event. "The Cameroonian federation has taken note with a profound consternation the recent statements from the CAF...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(APA 07/28/17)
APA-Douala (Cameroon) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Ahmad Ahmad, is expected in Cameroon in mid-August. It will be part of an official visit upon the invitation of the Cameroonian government, APA reported on Friday. According to reliable information, the Malagasy who will be on his first trip to Cameroon since his election at the helm of Africa’s football governing body will hold talks with President Paul Biya. While in Cameroon, the CAF boss will also assess preparations...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will expand from 16 to 24 teams and be staged in June and July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Thursday. The tournament has traditionally been held in January and February, with the timing of the tournament a source of frustration to European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season. The CAF executive committee confirmed the changes to the format following a two-day symposium in Rabat, although the...
(AFP (eng) 07/13/17)
Cameroon striker Benjamin Moukandjo has joined Fabio Capello's struggling Chinese Super League outfit Jiangsu Suning after two seasons at Lorient, the French club said on Thursday. The 28-year-old who captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in 2017 has signed a two-years deal with the club coached by former AC Milan, Real Madrid and England boss Capello since June. Moukandjo scored 26 goals in 61 games for Lorient over two seasons, but was tempted away after the club...
(AFP (eng) 06/19/17)
Arturo Vidal's late header helped Chile to a 2-0 win over Cameroon in their Confederations Cup Group B opener in Moscow on Sunday, as the video assistant referee played a prominent role. Chile dominated an entertaining, but goalless, first half as Eduardo Vargas saw his strike ruled out by the video assistant. The Copa America champions had to wait until the 81st minute though to find a breakthrough, which was provided by a flying header from Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal...
(AfricaNews 06/19/17)
Cameroon, the African champions were handed a losing start to their Confederations Cup campaign which kicked off in Russia over the weekend. The Indomitable Lions lost 2 – 0 to Chile (Copa America champions) thanks to late goals from Auturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas. The South American champions were however denied an earlier goal after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled out a legitimate goal by Vargas on the stroke of halftime. Hugo Broos’ side next take on Australia on...
(BBC News Africa 06/16/17)
Cameroon will be driven by the memory of Marc Vivien-Foe when they contest the Confederations Cup for the first time since the midfielder's death. Foe died after collapsing on the pitch during the 2003 semi-final against Colombia in France. The 28-year-old was later found to have suffered from a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The Indomitable Lions will end their 14-year absence from the Confederations Cup when Fifa's World Cup dress rehearsal kicks off this weekend. Cameroon open their Group...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
Cameroonian city Garoua proved a happy hunting ground once again for Al Ahly of Egypt as they beat Coton Sport 2-0 on Tuesday in the CAF Champions League. Moemen Zakareya created the first goal for Nigerian Junior Ajayi after 12 minutes and scored the second two minutes later in Group D at Stade Omnisports. Record eight-time African champions Ahly clinched the 2008 title in Garoua by forcing a 2-2 second-leg draw with Coton having built a two-goal lead at home...
(AFP (eng) 05/19/17)
Cameroon will have to "swallow" their disappointment and will take their bronze-medal match at the 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku "like a final", promised coach Emmanuel Maboang Kessack. Oman edged out the Indomitable Lions 5-3 on penalties after a 0-0 stalemate to face hosts Azerbaijan in the final of the football tournament, leaving Cameroon with only a bronze-medal playoff against Algeria to save face. "This defeat is difficult to swallow. We had the chances, we had the ball but...
(AFP (eng) 05/12/17)
Cameroon football head coach Richard Towa was taken to a Baku hospital after fainting on Thursday during the match against Morocco in the Islamic Solidarity Games, said team doctor Tamo Moktamo. The Indomitable Lions coach was seen celebrating Frantz Pangop Tchidjui's 31st-minute goal before fainting and "being taken into the stadium's infirmary where he had to be reanimated and was then taken to the hospital in Baku", explained Dr Moktamo. "He was admitted around 6:00 PM local time and was...
(AFP (eng) 05/11/17)
A dramatic 95th-minute equaliser from Morocco against Cameroon (1-1) in the Islamic Solidarity Games football tournament in Baku on Thursday left both sides with some regrets. "I am not happy with the result, but I am satisfied with the determination the players showed to pull back level. They were resolute and showed a lot of willpower to get that goal", Morocco coach Jamal Sellami told AFP-Services. With four points, the north Africans moved one step closer to a place in...

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(AFP (eng) 12/13/17)
Cameroonian author Patrice Nganang has had his custody extended by 48 hours by the authorities, his lawyer said Tuesday, nearly a week after his arrest for publishing an article critical of the country's president. "His detention was extended (Monday) for 48 hours by the state prosecutor," lawyer Emmanuel Simh told AFP, adding that Nganang would "in principle" appear before the prosecutor after its expiry. Simh said the detention was "illegal" because Nganang was not initially notified he was being placed in custody. Police say Nganang made an online death threat against President Paul Biya, but Cameroon writers and activists have called for his unconditional release. Nganang, who teaches literature at New York University, published last...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
Cameroon's National Communication Council, the government media regulator, has suspended 30 journalists or radio and TV programs for what it calls biased reporting. Among the more than 30 media organizations and journalists the NCC has suspended or warned are newspapers La Nouvelle Expression, La Meteo, L'Anecdote and the capital city radio station Amplitude FM. NCC president Peter Essoka said the media organizations and journalists were suspended from one to six months because of unprofessional conduct and refusal to respect norms and ethics of journalism. "When a journalist comes up with a newspaper article and says a certain minister is known to be running with the prime minister’s wife, how do you take that? It is indecent. It is indecent. And...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(AFP (eng) 12/09/16)
Journalists from Cameroon and Ivory Coast on Thursday won Africa's top fact-checking awards for investigating government claims that turned out to be false. Manfei Anderson Diedri, of the website Eburnietoday.com, scooped the francophone award for an eight-month investigation into a land dispute in central Ivory Coast. Diedri uncovered that while Abidjan claimed it had ownership of 11,000 hectares of land granted to a Belgian company for industrial rubber plantations -- which villagers claimed was their property -- there was no...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/16)
Imbolo Mbue's rise to the top of the literary tree is a true fairytale of New York. The 33-year-old Cameroonian writer, who was born in a house without running water or electricity, became the talk of the town when she got a million-dollar advance for her first novel, "Behold the Dreamers", in 2014. Two years later the book that Mbue wrote at the kitchen table of her tiny New York apartment -- often while breastfeeding her babies -- is getting...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/16)
Popular Cameroonian singer Anne-Marie Nzie has died at the age of 84 following a career spanning six decades, state media reported Wednesday. Nicknamed the "golden voice of Cameroon", the singer died Tuesday evening in a hospital in the capital Yaounde where she had been admitted several days ago, Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) said. Celebrated saxophonist Manu Dibango, reacting to the news, said Nzie had not so much a "a voice of gold" as a "voice of diamonds". "She was unique,"...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...
(APA 05/13/16)
Vivendi-Canal +, a subsidiary of the French investment and industrial holding group, Bolloré has announced the opening of its first movie theatre and concert hall in Yaoundé, Cameroon on May 14.The facility known as Canal Olympia will be housed in the precinct of Yaoundé I University campus. The president of Vivendi-Canal+, Vincent Bolloré announced in April after a meeting with President Paul Biya the opening of modern movie theaters and concert halls throughout Cameroon. Cameroon’s last movie theatre closed in...
(Voice of America 05/13/16)
Some private media in Cameroon are refusing to cover the prime minister after he seized a reporter’s equipment earlier this week. Journalists say they are fed up with government intimidation, mistreatment and difficulties accessing information. CRTV reporter Teke Julius was covering a visit by Prime Minister Philomen Yang to a stadium construction site when reporters say Yang personally grabbed Julius’ equipment and ordered it destroyed. Julius was then detained by the police for several hours. Newspaper publisher Ndi Eugene Ndi...

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(BBC News Africa 11/17/17)
The main parliament building in Cameroon's capital Yaoundé has been badly damaged by fire which ripped through four floors. Firefighters managed to put out the blaze before it could reach the parliamentary chamber. There has so far been no indication of any casualties and the cause of the blaze was not immediately clear. In this week's session, the national assembly had been discussing the budget. Pictures and video posted on social media show the upper floors in flames, hours after it first took hold. Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42024655
(Voice of America 09/28/17)
Business activity has come to a standstill as Cameroon has sealed its northern border with the troubled Central African Republic following escalating violence in the neighboring country. Cameroon says several of its citizens have been kidnapped and taken to C.A.R. by armed groups. Hundreds of villagers in the Cameroon northern town of Mayo Rey celebrated the return home of three traders captured by armed groups from their town two weeks ago. They were taken across the border to the Central African Republic and their families asked to pay $10,000 each the hostages release. Among the crowd was Julie Nelem, 25, whose uncle was kidnapped . She is very happy her uncle has returned, allowing her to continue to have money...
(The Guardian 09/27/17)
Nigerian refugees claim they have been arbitrarily punished by soldiers for Boko Haram attacks in Cameroon as study alleges 100,000 have been forced out. Refugees who fled the Islamist militant group Boko Haram are being driven out of Cameroon and back to Nigeria, where they face violence and destitution, human rights organisations have said. The Cameroonian military has forced 100,000 refugees to return to north-east Nigeria since 2015, in many cases after torturing, assaulting and sexually abusing them, according to...
(Bloomberg 09/27/17)
Studio 189, a label founded by actress Rosario Dawson and fashion executive Abrima Erwiah, is reinvesting in its African roots. It’s hard enough to build a fashion brand, let alone an empire. Rare is the person who makes a mission of using fashion to build communities. Such is the case with Studio 189, a label founded by longtime friends Abrima Erwiah (formerly a marketing executive at Bottega Veneta) and Rosario Dawson (an enduring star most recently seen in Netflix’s Marvel...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
Cameroon's National Communication Council, the government media regulator, has suspended 30 journalists or radio and TV programs for what it calls biased reporting. Among the more than 30 media organizations and journalists the NCC has suspended or warned are newspapers La Nouvelle Expression, La Meteo, L'Anecdote and the capital city radio station Amplitude FM. NCC president Peter Essoka said the media organizations and journalists were suspended from one to six months because of unprofessional conduct and refusal to respect norms...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the...
(Voice of America 09/21/17)
Cameroon has been using its 2014 anti-terror law to "silence critics and suppress dissent," according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Members of the media who report on the Boko Haram insurgency or controversial topics such as the ongoing strike in English-speaking zones have been arrested or threatened by the government, according to CPJ. Bruno Nkwemo of the Cameroon Union of Journalists says reporters fear practicing their profession. Cameroonian journalists are not criminals
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way...
(Bloomberg 09/13/17)
Cameroon is taking steps to encourage farmers to grow better quality cocoa after a deterioration in last year’s crop resulted in lower prices for the country’s beans. About 90 percent of Cameroon’s cocoa exports in the season through July were classed as Grade 2, the second of three quality ratings for beans, according to Trade Minister Luc Magloire Atangana Mbarga. That compared with 97 percent previously and meant that Cameroonian cocoa was about 200 CFA Francs ($0.37) per kilogram cheaper than international prices for the chocolate ingredient, he said. Cameroon, the world’s fifth-largest cocoa producer, has distributed 1,800 new, modern dryers to farmers to help reduce the smoky smell and high moisture content that meant...
(Voice of America 09/12/17)
BUDUA, CAMEROON — The head of the multinational task force fighting Boko Haram says the war against the militants is being won, but warned that suicide bombings remain a threat, killing close to 400 people in Nigeria and Cameroon since April. Soldiers from the 7,800-person task force have been stationed in several towns and villages along the Nigeria-Cameroon border since those communities were liberated from Boko Haram a little over a year ago. The force's commander, Nigerian-born General Lucky Irabor, visited four communities along the border on Saturday to reassure local residents and rally the troops.
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...
(Voice of America 09/08/17)
Cameroon’s government has ordered the reopening of dozens of schools in the north that were deserted following attacks by Boko Haram. But turnout has been low amid continued security concerns. It was quiet Thursday morning at the government primary school in Tiriwa, a village 13 kilometers from Fotokol, a town on the Cameroon-Nigeria border. The government ordered the school reopened this week, but no one has shown up for class. The school was closed after Boko Haram fighters attacked the...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for...
(Voice of America 09/05/17)
Millions of school children have failed to show up for the start of the school year in Cameroon's English speaking regions, even after the government freed most of the jailed leaders of anglophone protests. A teacher at Ntamulung bilingual high school in Bamenda, Cameroon, is teaching 20 children who have shown up on day one of the school year. At least 70 were expected in the classroom. Schools have been closed in the English-speaking northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon...
(AL Jazeera 09/05/17)
Amnesty International highlights role of young women and girls forced to target civilians in Nigeria and Cameroon. A surge in attacks by Boko Haram fighters has claimed nearly 400 lives since April in Nigeria and Cameroon, double the figure of the previous five months, according to a rights group. The increasing use of suicide bombers - often young women and girls forced to carry and detonate explosives in crowded areas - has killed at least 381 civilians in the two...
(BBC News Africa 09/05/17)
African champions Cameroon cannot qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia after a 1-1 draw with Nigeria in Yaounde on Monday. The result means Cameroon have just three points from four matches and can no longer finish top of Group B. "There's no-one in life who achieves all his goals [but] it's a disappointment," Indomitable Lions coach Hugo Broos said after the game. In Monday's other match, Libya earned a 1-0 win over Guinea in Group A. Nigeria...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to...
(AL Jazeera 09/04/17)
Protesters against alleged discrimination by French-speaking majority released from prison after months of detention. Dozens of English-speaking activists have been released from jail in Cameroon, more than six months after their arrest for organising peaceful protests demanding equal treatment in the mainly French-speaking country. Fifty-two of them were freed from two prisons in the capital, Yaounde, overnight on Friday and several of the most high-profile activist leaders were released earlier this week following a presidential decree. Watched by security forces
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of...

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