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On being black in the white-dominated aid industry – By Rosebell Kagumire

Written by Rosebell Kagumire

June 14. 2018 – Global Voices Commentary

I am a firm believer in making journeys, taking steps far out of my comfort zone for the sake of learning and seeking new experiences. That rule applies to both physical and intellectual spaces. So, when an opportunity for a short-term assignment with a major international non-governmental organization (INGO) came up, I packed my bags and headed to Europe.

This wasn’t much about the big money we are made to believe awaits you there, though the pay was decent. The thing no one prepares you for, and which is rarely talked about in-depth is what it means to be an African in an institution operated by a white majority.

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Guyana’s new government and African allies renew historical ties

Guyana’s new government and African allies renew historical ties

Published on Monday September 28, 2015

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Granger meets Kikwete

By Ray Chickrie – Caribbean News Now contributor

NEW YORK, USA — On the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Guyana’s new president, David Granger, is holding a number of bilateral talks with other heads of states, especially from Africa. On Friday, Granger met with Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete. On Saturday, (September 26), he held bilateral talks with the vice president of Angola, Manuel Vicente, and on Sunday (September 27) he was due to meet Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, in an effort to renew ties with traditional African allies.  Continue reading

A Brief History of the Swahili Language

A Brief History of the Swahili Language

Countries where Swahili is spoken

Countries where Swahili is spoken (click to enlarge)

Origin

The Swahili language, is basically of Bantu (African) origin. It has borrowed words from other languages such as Arabic probably as a result of the Swahili people using the Quran written in Arabic for spiritual guidance as Muslims.

 As regards the formation of the Swahili culture and language, some scholars attribute these phenomena to the intercourse of African and Asiatic people on the coast of East Africa. The word “Swahili” was used by early Arab visitors to the coast and it means “the coast”. Ultimately it came to be applied to the people and the language.

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Africa: Beware of China’s $$$ – NYT commentary

Beware of China’s $$$ – NYT commentary

MAY 23, 2014 | BY  | By Howard W. French
Africa: political map

Africa: political map

“The problem (though not limited to China) is relying on shady arrangements made at the very top of the political system, often in the president’s office itself. Contracts are greased with monetary bribes and other enticements like expense-paid shopping trips to China and scholarships there for elite children.”

(Taken from the New York Times)

NAIROBI, Kenya — For nearly a decade, as China made a historic push for business opportunities and expanded influence in Africa, most of the continent’s leaders were so thrilled at having a deep-pocketed partner willing to make big investments and start huge new projects that they rarely paused to consider whether they were getting a sound deal.     Continue reading

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