Exxon Mobil making multi-billion dollar offshore oil deal in Ghana

Kosmos has estimated the Jubilee field could potenitally hold recoverable oil and gas reserves between 650 million and 2 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Exxon is one of the largest producers in Africa and has operations in Angola, Chad, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria. Company also is exploring for oil in Libya, Madagascar, the Republic of Congo and the Nigeria-Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development Zone. But Exxon had held back on jumping on Ghana bandwagon — until now.

Guinea soldiers raping women go viral via cell phones

But what is new is that in Guinea, where cell phones are rapidly outnumbering land line phones, the protesters-turned-victims sent out cell phone photos of rapes in progress by uniformed soldiers. The atrocities were broadcast around Guinea, and then around the world—possibly before the violence even ended.

Is District 9 movie a fitting metaphor for the ugliness of Nigeria?

Nigeria is a nation whose ugliness is increasingly troubling! Nigeria’s Information Minister, Professor Dora Akunyili has implicitly accepted that there is something wrong with Nigeria’s image. She hardly accepts that there is something wrong with Nigeria. Trivializing her pet project to a matter of perception as she is doing with her usual zeal and outspokenness rather than accepting the obvious is very unhelpful. The poignancy of such artistic endeavors like District 9, which has been described as “a science-fiction morality tale” ought to be seen as an effort not only driven by mercantile interest, but also an effort to employ art to deliver the message to the so-called Nigerian leaders, past and present of the incalculable harm they have done and continue to do their country and its inhabitants. But are they listening? I have doubts.

African Leaders speak at U.S.-Africa Business Summit

Rwandan President Paul Kagame — whose government has been voted the top world reformer in the recently published World Bank report Doing Business 2010 — said his government and citizens are working to be the “best we can be” in their quest for prosperity. “What we have done is what other people can do. It is not magic,” he said. “We have focused on stabilizing our country, making sure there is peace and security … [and] institutions of governance that deliver the public good as required.”

Tunisia ranked first in North Africa on good governance

The third annual report published by the Kennedy School of Governance which is part of Harvard’s school of political sciences, focuses this year on “Strengthening Governance in Africa”. The rankings were established on the basis of 57 indexes of good governance centred on such determinants as security, transparency, rule of law, participation and human rights, economic stability and human development.

Literature, Culture and Development: The African Experience

In all of these essays and more, we can readily discern a tentative, but increasingly confident approach towards a definitive statement concerning what Dr. Madubuike was clearly beginning to be convinced was an inevitable linkage between a normative species of African Literature which derived from an authentic elucidation of African cultural values, and the inevitable obligation to fight, through it, for, and promote 'African development'. Now, 'African development', in this context, was not to be construed merely as just a socio-economic term. It is in fact an omnibus term. It implied the cultural and psychological struggle for self-identification in reaction against silly European notions of the non-identity, if you like, of the African person. It implied the political obligation of the African writer, and the critic of his writings, to deploy their talents in support of the struggle to liberate all Africans from their colonial masters. And it also implicated a clear duty, both on the part of the creative writer and of the literary critic of his offerings, to come up with a canonical definition of the Africanness in African literature.

Soccer FIFA Under-20: Ghana vs South Africa on Tuesday

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Pope launches synod on Africa’s issues until Oct 25

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Somalia’s president meets with members of Minnesota’s Somali community; warns radical recruiters here in...

Speaking through an interpreter, President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed said the problems in Somalia are not clans fighting each other, but rather a “foreign idea” trying to take hold. A group called al-Shabab, which the U.S. says has ties to al-Qaida, is leading much of the fighting in Somalia. As many as 20 young Somali men from Minnesota are believed to have traveled to Somalia to fight. Three have died. Ahmed plans to head to Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, after Minnesota.

USAfricaonline.com goes richly interactive with new look, content….

"The importance of this latest interactive re-positioning of USAfricaonline.com is to fully tap into the advantages of the digital world to benefit our community and readers. With this initiative, USAfrica advances, further, the immigrant African views and news into the international media and public policy mainstream. It leverages the global resources of USAfrica, again, into the electronic frontline of critically informed, responsible discourse and seasoned reportage of African and American interests as well as debating relevant issues of disagreement", notes Chido Nwangwu, the Founder & Publisher of USAfricaonline.com, AchebeBooks.com, The Black Business Journal, USAfrica.TV and CLASSmagazine.

Rio de Janeiro wins bid for 2016 Olympic Games..

'Hosting the Olympic Games should not be a privilege for rich countries,' Lula said recently in New York. In that sentence, the Brazilian synthesized all his shrewdness, in the effort to help Rio de Janeiro get past Chicago - as well as Madrid and Tokyo - in the race to host the 2016 Olympics. The world's tenth-largest economy, Brazil is not a poor country, although it is inhabited by legions of poor people. But playing the 'third world' card still pays off at an IOC in which anti-US feelings are rife even in the 'Obama era.'

Banking on Africa: the examples of Kaberuka and Sinon

The goal of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is to create sustainable economic development and social progress in its regional member countries (RMCs), thereby helping to reduce poverty. This is achieved by mobilizing and allocating resources for investment in RMCs & providing policy advice and technical assistance to support development efforts.

Nigeria’s troubled banking system and need for CBN reforms

Nigerian banking is being pulled from the crisis and profligacy of the past 5 years inflicted by bank executives and some failings on the part of the regulators. Hence, more pragmatic steps seem to be taking shape, led newly-appointed Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Sanusi Lamido, to arrest the ugly situation. Regardless, charges of regional (northern) favoritism, accusations of unfair and hasty leap have been placed at his doors by some southern Nigerian bankers and beneficiaries of the previous order of things. USAfrica's researcher since 1994 and Principal Policy analyst for Afripol EMEKA CHIAKWELU explores this issues and its implications

Oprah picks Nigerian author’s short stories

Uwem notes that: "I was inspired to write by the people who sit around my village church to share palm wine after Sunday Mass, by the Bible, and by the humour and endurance of the poor."

Suleiman: I am Hungry, Please Re-brand me

I am Nigeria. Malaria, typhoid and many other preventable diseases send me to hospitals which have no doctors, no medicines and no power. So my wife gives birth with candle light and surgery is performed by quacks. All the nurses have gone abroad and the rest are waiting to go also. I have the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world and future generations are dying before me. I am hopeless, hapless and helpless, please re-brand me.

Africa Action, ECOWAS condemn Guinea’s killing of 160 “peaceful demonstrators”

"They were raping women publicly. Soldiers were shooting everywhere and I saw people fall" Mouctar Diallo, opposition activist

U.S. AfriCom’s commander Ward: no plans to move hqs to Africa

Washington has no plans "for the foreseeable future" to move the headquarters of U.S. Africa Command - nor any of its military components - to the continent, AfriCom chief Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward has said. That command was one of three U.S. military commands that had authority over Pentagon activities in Africa. U.S. officials are not planning to "send garrisons" of forces onto African soil, Ward said.

Darfur, Sudanese refugees face rape daily in Chad

The Amnesty International report says the women and girls are attacked by villagers living nearby, members of the Chadian army and aid workers in the camps. The global human rights body says it is difficult to give the exact number of victims because they rarely report the violence. "Many people know that women who venture outside refugee camps in eastern Chad to collect firewood and water face harassment and rape," said Tawanda

If it is building bigger churches, no other race surpasses ‘Black/African’ folks in Africa...

Despite many years of separation from the continent, the way Blacks and Africans do things are alarmingly similar. They will build a bigger church but when it comes to doing something to help advance their community, they will have their hands out to others. No Black church or her African counterpart has embarked on an aggressive research to find a cure for sickle cell; a disease that is known to afflict mostly black people.. In the Nigerian community in US, a recent survey indicates that about 15% of kids born to Nigerians families in US, have the disease and yet, no church big or small, has taken up this issue to address.

Houston can’t wait for expanded light rail

Light rail holds too significance to the Bayou City of the 21st century to be considered only so casually, disjointedly and often from partisan political prism. What is important here is that the contract brings to active life an expansion of light rail in this city. It is worth celebrating given that organized partisan opposition to light rail has been the Achilles heel of mass transit in Houston.

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