| Africatime
Thursday 23 March 2017
(Dw-World 03/23/17)
English-speaking Cameroon remains in upheaval as regional leaders are set to go on trial on Thursday accused of calling for secession. But why is President Paul Biya so afraid of granting more autonomy to Anglophones? Some activists in the northwest and southwest provinces, traditional bastions of opposition to the regime of long-time President Paul Biya, are calling for an independent state of Southern Cameroon. The region was once called that in British colonial times. But according to analysts, a vast majority of the Anglophone population prefers a federation, believing it to be the best
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Chad where she sought to outline her policies regarding the continent, which has long held an important place in French foreign policy. "It was only in coming here and explaining that I...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
More than 2,600 Nigerians who fled into northern Cameroon to escape Boko Haram jihadists have been forced to go home since the start of the year, the UN said Tuesday. Thousands of Nigerians have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, which has seen deadly attacks since 2009 in pursuit of a caliphate in northern Nigeria. Some 85,000 have sought refuge in Cameroon but the UN refugee agency said many had been sent back, with officials citing security reasons. "So...
(AFP (eng) 03/21/17)
Under a cloudless sky in South Africa's northwestern farming region, donkeys still amble along muddy paths, pausing to nibble on grass, oblivious to the threat from a demand for Chinese medicine. The gelatin found in the animals' skin has made them a target, leading to a growing wave of donkey slaughtering in several African countries, as gangs seek to fuel a lucrative, and in South Africa illegal, trade. Animal rights groups say the docile beasts of burden are often cruelly...
(Agence Ecofin 03/20/17)
At the Africa CEO Forum which opened this morning in Geneva, AFD Group – in partnership with the European Union – unveiled the “African Renewable Energy Scale-Up facility”, designed to boost private sector investment in on–grid and off-grid renewable energy production in Africa. In order to meet Africa’s constantly increasing energy requirements, support must be provided for mass development of the renewable energy technologies – especially solar energy – that will play such a key role over the coming years,...
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Cameroon's economic capital is cracking down on gang violence that has changed the lives of residents in many of Douala's neighborhoods. Forty-five-year-old Ndjasso Pierre, who lives in New Bell, a popular neighborhood in Douala, says armed gangs started regular attacks when one of their members was accused of harassing citizens and killed by a crowd. He said the assailants, who were previously attacking in groups of seven and eight, are now coming in larger numbers and targeting people inside their homes. He said the groups are signaling that they will continue attacks.
(Voice of America 03/18/17)
Each year, the University of Southern California hosts the African Global Economic and Development Summit, bringing delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas. Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees unable to attain visas. "Usually we get 40 percent that get...
(AFP (eng) 03/17/17)
Boko Haram's elusive leader has made his first appearance in months, claiming responsibility for a spate of suicide bombings and rejecting claims scores of his fighters have been killed. Abubakar Shekau spoke for nearly 20 minutes of a 27-minute video obtained by AFP on Friday, in a trademark pose in front of a sub-machine gun, flanked by two masked militant fighters. Speaking in the local languages Hausa and Kanuri, as well as Arabic, Shekau said the recording was made on...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
World Water Day will be observed on March 22 but by far not every country enjoys easy access to the commodity. Among them is Cameroon where residents of major cities suffer frequent water cuts, with schools impacted in particular. During a noisy morning at the Grace nursery and primary school in the Damas neighborhood in Cameroon's capital city, Yaounde, children all carry water bottles in their bags. Jannette Nanyongo, the school’s head teacher says at times the neighborhood in which...
(Voice of America 03/17/17)
One of the enduring legacies of the Barack Obama presidency will be the relationship built between the United States and young Africans. As part of Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), each year 1,000 young people from sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States to spend six weeks at a U.S. college or university. The program will continue this summer. But building enduring relationships is a two-way street, and many in Africa want to see Americans coming to their continent...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
La caste s'est éteinte: Issa Hayatou, battu jeudi pour la présidence de la Confédération africaine de football, était le dernier membre de cette poignée de caciques du sport mondial au long règne sans partage. Foot: 'Sepp' Blatter Entré en 1975 comme directeur des programmes de développement de la Fédération internationale de football (Fifa), "Sepp" Blatter, 81 ans, en est devenu numéro 1 en 1998. "Mon plus grand succès ? Avoir rendu le football universel", s'est longtemps félicité le Suisse, grand artisan de la première Coupe du monde organisée sur le continent africain en 2010 (Afrique du Sud).
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Madagascar's football chief Ahmad Ahmad was elected president of the Confederation of African Football Thursday, ousting veteran leader Issa Hayatou after 29 years in office. Ahmad won the election in the Ethiopian capital by 34 votes to Hayatou's 20, official results showed. Delegates cheered and pumped their fists in the plenary hall after the result was announced. Ahmad, a 57-year-old father of two, had a discreet playing and coaching career before he took the reins of the Madagascar football federation...
(APA 03/16/17)
Peter Mafany Musongue, a former Prime Minister of Cameroon has been designated as chairman of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism (CNPBM). His appointment comes after a decree to that effect was issued by President Paul Biya late on Wednesday. Currently a senator, Musongue will head a 14-member team, including government officials, civil society leaders and clergymen appointed for a five-year renewable mandate. The CNPBM, which is placed under the purview of the country’s president, is...
(APA 03/16/17)
The European Union (EU) has donated a mainly rolling stock of vehicles and other security equipment to the National Security Delegation (DGSN) in Cameroon to help secure its borders at the height of its onslaught against the Nigerian militant sect Boko Haram, well-informed sources told APA on Wednesday. The donation includes an automotive fleet consisting of five 4x4 pickups, a van and twelve all-terrain motorcycles, equipped with helmets and boxes meant for the four border posts of the national security...
(APA 03/16/17)
A stockpile of 114 elephant tusks weighing over 300 kg has been impounded by the Bertoua customs authorities in eastern Cameroon close to the border with the Central African Republic and Congo, sources said Thursday. The stockpile, equivalent to 57 slaughtered elephants, suggests that despite measures by the authorities, including the deployment of the army in the main parks, poaching on protected species is still a problem. At the current price of ivory on the international market, estimated value of...
(AfricaNews 03/16/17)
Giant flames razed down a food market in Bamenda northwest of Cameroon on Tuesday. Officials said nearly 200 shops were burned down in the inferno. Cameroonian authorities have also opened an investigation to determine the cause of the fire in the market that supplies food to the entire city. Although the cause of the fire is not known, traders suspect an arson attack, as they say flyers had earlier circulated warning traders who continued to operate their shops during ghost...
(Xinhuanet 03/16/17)
China's aid to the education sector in Africa is helping boost teacher training, a key component in skilling the population to fast track development, a UN official has said. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Regional Office for Eastern Africa, in an interview recognized China's contribution to Africa's education sector over the years. "We value the initiative in teacher training in Uganda and other countries in Africa. This will revitalize the teaching profession,"...
(AFP (eng) 03/16/17)
Africa will host a Commonwealth Games one day despite the blow of Durban being stripped of hosting the 2022 edition, David Grevemberg, the chief executive of The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), told AFP. Durban lost the right to host the Games on Monday -- just 18 months after being awarded them -- when it failed to meet criteria laid down by the CGF, primarily over costs. "I wouldn't want to make a judgement call," Grevemberg told AFP on the sidelines...
(Voice of America 03/15/17)
Cameroon says it has killed at least 60 Boko Haram fighters and destroyed a stronghold for the militant group, as well as a huge stock of seized weapons, in fighting along its northern border. Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Cameroon minister of communication and a government spokesperson, said, since January 26, thousands of Cameroon soldiers, supported by Nigerian troops, have launched raids on Boko Haram strongholds in the Mandara mountains, freeing more than 5,000 people, including women and children, from captivity. Issa...
(AFP (eng) 03/15/17)
Issa Hayatou, born a prince and emperor of African football for three decades, has been at the centre of scandal -- but never wounded -- for much of his life. The 70-year-old Cameroonian, seeking an eighth term as head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in an election on Thursday, defied his royal roots early on when he chose sport as a career. "It was a scandal in my family. I wanted to do sport, that was my passion,"...

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