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(America): When Slots For Illegals Are Eliminated, America Will Have More Slots For the World's Best, Brightest, and Exceptionally Talented To Immigrate and Renew America.

How should America treat it's illegal immigrants? The Biden pick for Health and Human Services nominee wants illegals to be given Medicaid.

And this is what we think is wrong with American immigration, and one that should be overhauled. Australia for instance, processes Illegals, assylum seekers and refugees in the far off island of Papua New Guinea.

In America meanwhile, illegals are being processed at the border patrol, and it gets even worse, in the Biden administration, assylum seekers will be allowed to travel to the United States as they await the results of their assylum application.

This Biden administration move in championing for illegals, assylum seekers, and refugees has made immigrant caravans all the way from Africa, Honduras, and Haiti begin to travel by foot to the United States border.

When there are so many illegals in America, the burden will be on the American taxpayer to provide them with food stamps and unemployment benefits. Besides, illegal immigrants decrease the slots for the legal immigrants that the United States truly needs. It's why we think that immigration should be overhauled, to increase slots for the best and brightest, and those with exceptional talents that will prepare America for the next phase of growth in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), smart hardware, Fintech, carbon materials, and such fancied fields, which America is struggling to hold on to the global lead.

China and India alone produce two Thirds of the world's PhDs, China has two million engineers. That's what's at stake for America. When the illegals are eliminated, the slots for H1-B Visas, how the most talented foreign workers will be increased ten fold, of course with safeguards so that large businesses cannot use the H1-B Visa as an excuse for paying poor American workers low salaries.

To be black and be a capitalist, and a Republican, is not an anomaly. An incompatibility sort of.

We wish golfing legend Tiger Woods quick recovery in the Los Angeles accident. But here is our proposition regarding the incident.

The next chapter in the American Civil rights movement is the availing of business capital and entrepreneurship to blacks and Latinos. African Americans don't have have to make wealth in their " traditional strong fields" like sports and entertainment".

They can make wealth solving the toughest challenges that plague America and the world. They can wildly be successful creative genius entrepreneurs. The job of diversity and inclusion is supposed to make blacks be included in the former white spaces in powerful jobs, but blacks shouldn't be a tick in the box. An affirmative action hire or elite college admittee. A racial justice issue.

Moreover, the smartest blacks now don't attend historically black Colleges like Howard or Morehouse but now attend the Ivy League and Uber Private colleges like Harvard, Duke, and Yale, then go on to work in Wall Street, representing a brain drain on the African American community when a struggling black business would have needed their talents.

And since small businesses are the primary employers, it means all this black talent that is being lost to Wall Street and Silicon Valley as a diversity and inclusion issue, an affirmative action hire is going to waste in that the kith and kin these bright black youngsters left behind have no businesses to hire them.

And I know Booker T Washington, a Republican by ideology, the first African American to visit the White House, was shamed for acting white when he said that rather than confronting white supremacists directly, blacks should aim for great careers and entrepreneurship. But nothing could be further from the truth.

And another African American leader, Marcus Garvey, said blacks fail because they don't have a capitalistic system that support them. He was wealth shamed for having a publishing company, media house, real estate and a ship which he hoped would transport all black people back to Africa.

But essentially, to be black and to be capitalist shouldn't be an opposite dichotomy. Likewise, to be black and be Republican should also likewise not be an incompatibility. Because where has the freebies of the Democrats taken blacks? They are at the exact same place where the slave emancipation proclamation left them. Someone said the biggest threat of a black is a white liberal, because they act so sweet without really meaning it, and it couldn't be further from the truth.

Social Byte: Is Colorism deep among people of colour?

The simple definition of colorism is that it's where members with a lighter skin among people of color are treated better than their darker skin colleagues of the same race.

Although it's most prevalent in the black race, it's not confined to it alone. An advert in a French billboard paints a successful French parent as one where a successful black male is married to a biracial or light skinned black.

In India, you wouldn't know that half their population is darker skinned from watching Indian Bollywood movies as all the acting gigs go to the light skinned Indians and not the untouchable dark skinned dalites. 

This has of course spawned a lucrative bleaching creams as blacks, especially females want to be light skinned and upgrade their social status. 

Does Writing Really Pay That Much. Can it Be a Full Time Career, Especially in Africa.

The joke is that one of the ways for you to die a poor man or woman for that matter is to take up writing as a full time career. As a weekly columnist for the Star Newspaper in Kenya, the third in the market daily, I got paid $30 per weekly column of 350 words. Granted, one could say that pay is too much for just 350 words. But it is the quality that matters, not the word count. And I knew I had worked on my craft well, and so I felt shortchanged.

Again, I wrote a 12 page educational advertorial pull out for the same Star Newspaper Kenya, I got paid $100, even as they made $50,000 from the same pull out in advertisements.

Coincidentally, one of their former radio girls come come Group Marketing Manager responsible for those advertisements in my pull out is also dabbles up as a motivational speaker and goes around telling young impressionable girls that you have the same 24 hours as me, or as Bill Gates. So, why doesn't she start with paying people their fair dues first?

I had done much research and knew that as a weekly Columnist for the Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of Britain, was getting $250,000 a year pay, that is $5,000 a week, just for scribbling a few quality words a week.

I also knew of a weekly technology columnist in The Wall Street Journal that got paid a million dollars a year for a weekly column, that is $20,000. I'm interested in that especially because I did Mechanical Engineering for my Bachelors Degree.

So, why doesn't writing pay in Africa. The reason is simply we haven't professionalised the creative scene, that is writers, singers, actors, et al. It is still a buyers market. They set the price. We follow along. And that needs to change if our kind is going to take up writing as a full time career rather than a side hustle.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

University of Nairobi- Notice to new first year students- KCSE 2013 candidates.

Kindly note that the reporting date for new first year students except College of Humanities and Social Sciences is 15th September 2014.
If you intend to apply for a Loan/Bursary, you are advised to visit the Higher Education Loans Board website: In case you have any query regarding the Loan/Bursary Application Forms, you may contact the Higher Education Loans Board,Telephone Nos:0202246590, 0202246591, 0202252330, 0202226205, situated at the Anniversary Towers Building, 18th Floor,on niversity Way, P.O.Box 69489 - 00400, Nairobi.
For you to be considered for the limited accommodation at the University Hostels, you are required to;
a) Fill in The accommodation application form enclosed,
b) Log into, and complete the online accommodation
application form using your registration number as USER NAME and K.C.S.E index number as PASSWORD.
In case you have any query, contact the Director, Student Welfare Authority of
Nairobi, Telephone NOs: 0202693711, 0204913405 and 0204913407 or email; All applications for accommodation MUST be made between
20th August and 5th September 2014. The official letter of offer and the joining
instructions will be sent to you in due course.
Yours sincerely,

University of Nairobi- Full Admission list of First Year students.

If you are a KCSE 2013 candidate, here is a full admission list of the University of Nairobi admission.
Click here for a full list of first year students

Moi University: Important dates (Opening Dates).


(ISO 9001: 2008 Certified Institution)
Moi University wishes to inform students in the following Schools that the opening date is as follows:
(i) Registration for first year (new) students in the following schools in Main and satellite campuses
- School of Education
- School of Human Resource Development
- School of Information Sciences
- School of Business & Economics
- School of Biological and Physical Sciences

Kenyatta University: Opening dates: First Year students and continuing students.

Reporting Dates for first
Semester 2014/2015
Academic Year

Kenyatta University wishes to
inform all Undergraduate and
Postgraduate,Regular,part Time
and Weekend Students that the
reporting dates for the First
Semester 2014/2015 Academic year
for all campuses , will be as follows

2nd Year 2013 Intake
Monday 1 st
September 2014
3rd Year 2012 Intake
Tuesday 2 nd
September 2014
4th Year May 2011 and earlier
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
All the First Year September 2014
Intake Students,
Universities and Colleges
Placement Services(KUCCPS) and
Self Sponsored and Self Sponsored

Maseno University- Opening dates; Important for First Year students.

To all incoming 1st years,
If you have not received your admission letter by now, just make preparations to pick it on or before reporting date. What is mostly required ( by the way what the admission letter outlines) are the documents we earlier told you to download from the website. The fee details , bank accounts and your admission number is on the website.
Please download those documents and carry along what is outlined on the admission parcel.
Those without ID will use their birth certificates and or proof of having registered to acquire an ID. We take this opportunity to welcome you to Maseno University.

Technical University of Kenya to Benefit from a Safaricom Sponsored Innovation Laboratory Worth Ksh. 225 Million

The dream of the Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) becoming the “MIT” of Africa is nearer than earlier imagined. Safaricom Ltd will sponsor the innovation laboratory dubbed “TechAvenue” which will be used by engineering students at TU-K, to a tune of 2.5 Million dollars, the equivalent of Ksh. 225 million at current exchange rates. The money will be inform of equipment to be purchased and installed by Safaricom Ltd. This was recently revealed by Mr. Bob Collymore, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Safaricom Ltd during his visit to the university.

Mr. Collymore noted that his company has interest in working with young innovative people and will nurture their talents as much as is practically possible. “Innovations and enterprise development are considered to be

Kenyatta University Jobs

Kenyatta University is looking to recruit qualified and dedicated applicants for vacant positions in the
following offices:
i. Professor
Qualification: a) PhD Degree in Law from a recognized University b) At least a Second Class Honors (upper division) in
Bachelor of Laws Degree or its equivalent c) At least twelve (12) years of university teaching as a Lecturer and above, five (5) of
which as a full-time Associate Professor d) Successful supervision of at least four (4) Masters students and at least two (2) PhD
students since being appointed as Associate Professor e) At least four (4) articles in refereed journals, since being appointed as
Associate Professor f) Evidence of successfully applying for a grant either individually or as a group since being appointed as
Associate Professor g) Evidence of active participation in departmental activities and good quality teaching h) Evidence of
attendance and contribution at learning conferences, seminars and workshops
ii. Associate Professor
Qualification: a) PhD Degree in Law or its equivalent from a recognized University b) At least a Second Class Honors (upper
division) in Bachelor of Laws Degree c) Eight (8) years of university teaching, four (4) of which as a full-time Senior Lecturer
d) Successful supervision of at least four (4) Masters students and one (1) PhD student, since being appointed a Senior Lecturer
e) At least four (4) articles in refereed journals since being appointed as Senior Lecturer f) Evidence of successfully applying for
a grant either individually or as a group since being appointed as Senior Lecturer g) Evidence of active participation in
departmental activities and good quality teaching h) Evidence of attendance and contribution at learning

Strathmore University Students win the ACCA Business Challenge

Strathmore University students Ashna Patel, Winnie Onsiero and Nishita Bakrania in a team ‘Raging Achievers’ were the winners in the just concluded ACCA Business Challenge, defeating 112 other teams drawn from 19 universities. Following in position two were Esther Saya, Slade Ochieng and Billy Atela from ‘Achievers team’ also Strathmore University students.

The ACCA business challenge was a three-month nation-wide competition that was organized by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank; it was a first of this kind.

The winning groups found out about this business challenge through social media just 2 weeks to the deadline, and they worked hard to submit their proposal within the deadline. The teams comprising of three

Technical University of Kenya- Admission List.

UPDATED list of September 2014 Module II and KUCCPS Successful Applicants .(updated on 29th August)
If having problems in accessing the documents, kindly visit us in person for assistance.
Full list here. 

How e-readers can bring hope to African schools.

Heaps of trash pile up for miles in Kibera, a district of Nairobi that houses nearly 1 million people and is one of the poorest slums in the world. Aluminum shanties fill the horizon, and an odor of urine cuts through the air. A man trots through the narrow, unpaved streets on a camel.
If you make your way through this crowded maze, however, you will find the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy, a free public school for girls and, recently, a few boys. Peek in through the windows, and you'll see a sight that seems incongruous next to the grimy chaos outside.
In this school, where there is no electricity and temperatures often top 90 degrees, dozens of students in neat wool uniforms are sliding their fingers across touch screens, reading a lesson on their Amazon Kindle e-reader.
Read more here. 

University of Nairobi- Science Conference Notice.


September 3, 2014 – September 5, 2014



Conference Information
» Timeline
Enhancing Livelihood through Improvement in Animal Health and Production in a Changing Environment
More here.

Laikipia University: Opening dates:

Courtesy: Laikipia University Facebook page. 
We shall have Visitors (first years) report on Monday September 2014. Preparations underway,
Continuing students reopen on 3rd September 2014.
(Spread the message to your friends).

3 Ways to revive Your Career.

Sometimes we just need a little push to transform from where we are to where we want to be. Like in the classic movie Working Girl, the change you want may be right down the hall. Midlife professionals looking for a more fulfilling role in the industry the know well can have the same revitalizing makeover as those who seek a new and different encore career.

Although real life doesn’t follow the same lucky plot lines as Tess’s success in Working Girl, workers in the real world can still use our determination and grit to seize opportunities. Education offers huge possibilities to

Strathmore students treated to a surprise concert.

Unsuspecting lunch goers in the Strathmore student centre cafe were treated to a surprise music concert by the the Award winning Strathmore music club popularly known as Strathmore Chorale!

Thousands of students turning down public university slots.

At least 13,000 admitted to public universities last year turned down the offer, according to Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang.
Even though they attained the marks for university admission, the students opted for local private universities while others went abroad.
“A quarter of those selected to join the 30 public universities and colleges did not take up the offer,” Dr Kipsang told National Assembly’s Education Committee Thursday.
A total of 53,000 students were selected to join universities last year.
“Each year about 25 per cent of students admitted to universities do not report. There is no empirical study yet to ascertain the cause of this,” said Dr Kipsang.
Read more here

Tips for Adult Students Returning to College or University.

Returning to college as an adult can be both exciting and daunting. You may find that you need to adapt to significant changes on campus, plan a schedule for learning online, or juggle school and life responsibilities for the first time. Whether your decision to return to college is for personal growth or career development, here are five strategies to ensure you continue your journey successfully.

1. Identify opportunities for nontraditional students.

If you have not yet selected a school, incorporate “programs for nontraditional students” as a search term while you browse. If you have selected a school, explore its website or contact the Student Life office to inquire about such opportunities. The ratio of adult learners to standard undergraduates, as well as other environmental factors, may be important to your experience. Programs provided especially for nontraditional students can have a positive impact on your time at the institution. For example, specific social events to assist you in acclimating or scholarship options tailored to your situation may be available to ease your transition.

2. Explore the school’s online database and your student account.

Colleges use online resources now more than ever, which may represent a big change for you. It’s critical that you devote a period of time to examining the online databases for your school. These typically include platforms to log in to your student account, submit assignments, participate in class discussions via forums, and search for credible sources to perform research. You’ll save yourself a great deal of stress later on if you explore these platforms now to ensure that you will not be scrambling to determine how to submit a paper on time. It will also make you aware of virtual opportunities to interact with classmates about assignments or study groups. Plus, understanding how to navigate your student account is integral to many tasks you will need to complete throughout your time at the school.
Read More. 

Career opportunities- Mount Kenya University.

In order to serve the growing number of students and in pursuit of the University focus to be a centre of academic excellence, the University wishes to recruit qualified academic and administrative staff.Access job details from our website.
“MKU is an equal opportunity employer.”

Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance, Administration and Planning).
Mount Kenya University is a Chartered University operating as an institution of higher learning in East Africa.  The University has its main campus located in Thika Town.  It has also established campuses in Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Nkubu (Meru), Kitale, Lodwar, Kabarnet, Kisii, Kakamega,  Kigali (Rwanda) and Hargeisa (Somaliland).  Currently the University has ten (10) schools offering various Post-graduate, Bachelors, Diploma and Professional Certificate Courses. The University is a member of Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA) and Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).


In order to serve the growing number of students and to strengthen the academic programmes and in pursuit of the University focus to be a centre of academic excellence, the University wishes to recruit qualified academic and administrative staff as follows:

For more details read here. 

More UON students urged to pursue advanced degrees.

There was pomp and celebration today, when 5,090 graduands consisting of 19 PhDs, 651 Masters, 2,877 Bachelors, 35 Post Graduate Diplomas, and 1,508 Diplomas were conferred with Degrees and awarded Diplomas during a graduation ceremony presided over by Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, the Chancellor of the University.
The ceremony which was the 51st in the history of the University’s existence drew graduands from the Colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Architecture and Engineering, Biological and Physical Sciences and Education and External Studies.

While congratulating the graduands, Dr. Rattansi charged them in the famous words of Lupita Nyong’o to follow their dreams because they are valid. In her remarks, Dr. Rattansi noted that the University is on course on the road to excellence and she is happy with progress made in infrastructural development  and expansion of academic and social space for students. Rattansi called upon the University to be self-sufficient in terms of developing and improving infrastructure and modernizing teaching and research facilities thereby

Friday, 29 August 2014

The new poaching trick in Africa- Poisoning Vultures.

IN July of last year, roughly 500 vultures died after they ate the pesticide-laced carcass of an elephant that had been killed by poachers in Namibia. It was an example of one poaching technique in Africa that seems to be on the rise: the poisoning of vultures so that authorities won’t be alerted to the location of the crime.

The overhead circling of vultures has long been used to locate lost or dead livestock. In the same way, vultures help law enforcement officers zero in on poachers. With their keen eyesight and distinctive vantage point, vultures can locate an elephant carcass within 30 minutes of the animal’s death.
Read Full story here

Irene Koki- Dreamliner first Africa female captain lands Kenya Airways new plane at JKIA

Image Courtesy: Michael Khateli.

Africa’s first black female Boeing 787 Dreamliner certified Captain, Irene Koki Mutungi, jetted into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Thursday afternoon to deliver Kenya Airways’ fourth Dreamliner.

In a feat that will go down history as a first in Africa’s aviation industry, the Kenya Airways crew that flew in the new aircraft also included a female Flight Purser, Load Master and Cabin Crew.

The wide-bodied plane’s delivery from the manufacturer’s- Boeing Corporation- Assembly Site in Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States to Kenya Airways’ Nairobi hub, now pushes KQ’s fleet count to 37 planes in active operation.

Globally, Captain Koki is highly regarded as the first black female pilot certified to captain the state-of-the-art aircraft.

Why IGAD is missing an opportunity for peace in South Sudan.

South Sudan’s war has come right up to the edges of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base with gun battles and shelling in Bentiu shaking the air. As has been demonstrated time and again in this nine-month war, just because civilians have fled to a UN base does not mean they are safe.

Moreover, regional leaders tasked with ending the war have just missed an opportunity when the heads-of-state summit of East Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the body mediating South Sudan’s peace negotiations, ended on 25 August without tough action.

South Sudan’s government and opposition agreed, yet again, to respect a ceasefire agreement that has been broken many times before and, yet again, agreed to talk peace. Such paper promises made in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa have not made South Sudanese civilians any safer before, and what little hope there may have been in this latest promise quickly eroded when a UN helicopter was shot down just south of Bentiu the very next day.

Why digitizing money provides a big opportunity for Africa.

A new report by the World Bank points to an emerging solution to the challenges of cash money:Governments in Africa should lead the way toward digitizing much more of the money in their economies. The World Bank’s evidence shows that digital payment systems, enabled by the recent rapid spread of technology into the hands of even very poor people, can deliver security, convenience, and affordability to expand financial inclusion on the scale needed to achieve the G20’s goals. At the same time digitization can deliver the standards of transparency and traceability of money transfer services which governments and regulators increasingly require.
When made electronically, payroll or social benefit payments can give women in emerging markets access to the first account in their own name and under their control. Opening an account, with the confidentiality and convenience it provides, can be an important step for women entrepreneurs, and vital assurance for women entering employment in factories or service industries.
Digital financial services can also lead to significant cost savings. The Better Than Cash Alliance estimates that Mexico is saving $1.27 billion annually by shifting wages, pensions, and social welfare to digital payments.

Why the US-Africa summit was an unexpected success for President Obama.

The US-Africa summit was largely an Administration success. It burnished President Obama's foreign policy credentials on Africa, reaffirmed his commitment to the continent and highlighted his Administration's key policy initiatives. And, in its most significant achievement, it showcased his determination - with a major business forum - to encourage American companies to invest and trade in Africa's emerging markets.

For those focused on political and security issues, the President and his senior foreign policy advisors called again for greater adherence to democracy, good governance and human rights, including for lesbians and gays, and reassured African leaders that while the United States had no intention of militarizing Africa, it would "partner" with African nations to defeat the spread of jihadists and terrorist groups who pose a threat to them and the international community.
Full story here. 

Hunt for stolen state house car.

Kenya’s top detectives are on the trail of a gang that carjacked a police officer linked to State House identified as David Machui in Ruai, Nairobi, on Wednesday night. The Standard established that Machui is an inspector of police, but State House clarified that the vehicle was not in the official Presidential Escort pool.
Full story here

Kenyans selling babies for 2,000 shillings

Kenya is still leading in child trafficking incidents and week-old babies are sold for as little as Sh2,000, an MP has disclosed. "In most cases, the price is based on gender and race while other perpetrators ferry young girls, offer them accommodation and food and recover the expenses by sending them to the streets for sexual exploitation, Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo said. She was speaking during the launch of a report by Cradle Foundation, a child right's watchdog.

Why More Investors are taking up Africa real estate

Forecasts for 20 percent net annual returns from investing in shopping malls, office blocks or industrial complexes in countries from Zambia to Kenya is drawing in new investors to the real estate sector, despite more immediate concerns in some countries about Ebola, terrorism or political stability.
Investors have already taken a liking to sub-Saharan African dollar debt, encouraging a record $10 billion in sovereign and corporate issuance last year and $5 billion so far this year, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Momentum Global Investment Management is launching a $250 million sub-Saharan real estate fund later this year, focusing initially on shopping malls and office buildings in countries such as Mozambique and Rwanda.

South Africa visa rules expected after UN meeting.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said she would be talking to her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane to decide if South Africans will have an equal measure of visa rules as Kenyans. Kenya is waiting for the outcome of the UN General Assembly meeting next month to determine the fate of new visa rules targeting travellers into the country. Kenya has been on a diplomatic spat with South Africa over visa rules, following South Africa's decision not to exempt Kenya from certain Visa rules that the two countries had agreed upon. 

Ebola cases could exceed 20,000- WHO.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now.
A new plan to stop Ebola by the UN health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.
The agency on Thursday published new figures saying that 1,552 people have died from the killer virus from among the 3,069 cases reported so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria.
The agency says it needs as much as half a billion dollars to contain the outbreak.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Why Singapore is courting Africa.

Today, China is by far the most active Asian player in Africa. But with the right approach, Singapore could be at the forefront of Asian engagement - even supplanting China.This week, the government of Singapore will be hosting its third Africa-Singapore business forum. The forum will bring African private and public sector leaders to Singapore to discuss investment opportunities across the continent.  But the forum could also serve a more strategic purpose by encouraging a broader evaluation of Singapore's relationship with the continent. 

China's trade with Africa will total almost US$300 billion this year.  Many African leaders draw many lessons from Singapore, and in addition, Singapore does not pose a strategic threat to Africa, and in fact, attracts admiration., with many African countries wanting to become the Singapore of Africa.

Why human trafficking is still rampant in South Africa.

“Very often a person will accompany the trafficker willingly as they are being deceived into believing that there is a job waiting for them at the other end, at the destination. Exploitation, 99 per cent of the time, is for money but sometimes it is for getting the services of a person: using the person as a domestic help, farming, forced labour.”

Alek Kuhudzai, who is responsible for refugee rights at the Agency for Refugee Education, explains that

Why securing African ports is the key to containing Illegal ivory Trade.

While there are effectively unlimited numbers of poachers and consumers fueling the lucrative illegal ivory market, a new report suggests that nearly all the ivory shuttled from Africa to Asia—the biggest market—is confined to as few as 200 shipping containers a year.

This "transit or supply chain is the single greatest point of vulnerability in the illicit ivory system," says Adam Roberts, CEO of Born Free, an anti-poaching group based in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, the group issued what it calls a "landmark" study on how illegal ivory is moved from Africa

China sees new potential in Africa.

Africa’s steadily improving situation with regard to governance (there are still many problems, but steadily less war, steadily more free elections, and so on), and a technological landscape and future that will allow Africa to leapfrog many aspects of the rich life that the rich world takes for granted. And national resources are just icing on the cake.

As is frequently remarked upon, and as a book review in this week’s Economist touches upon, China has a very deliberate and ambitious strategy of investment in Africa. For sure, China’s drive into Africa is mainly motivated by natural resources. But this is merely the catalyst of a broader phenomenon, as China sees a lot of potential in Africa.

South Africa narrowly avoids recession with modest growth.

The South African economy narrowly dodged recession by growing 0.6% in the second quarter over a year ago, the country's statistics authority said Tuesday.
The latest quarterly assessment of South Africa, the continent's most advanced economy, offered little good news even as growth elsewhere in Africa is accelerating.
The pain in the country's key mining sector, after a five-month strike in the platinum zone earlier this year, has rippled through the economy. The industry's contribution to the economy declined by 9.4% in the second quarter, having shrunk by 24.7% in the first quarter.

Diageo targets Guinness for young Africans.

Often sold for almost double the price of local beer, Guinness—packaged in bottles as Guinness Foreign Extra Stout—has for years been a symbol of aspiration for consumers in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya. In 2011, Nigeria overtook Ireland as the biggest single market for Guinness. Now, Diaegeo has come up with a new campaign to target younger Africans. Africa accounts for about 40% of the company's roughly $3.7 billion in annual beer sales, with the majority of that coming from Guinness in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa.

Ebola crippling West Africa economies.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) chief Donald Kaberuka said on a visit to Sierra Leone he had seen estimates of a reduction of up to 4 percent in gross domestic product due to Ebola. "Revenues are down, foreign exchange levels are down, markets are not functioning, airlines are not coming in, projects are being cancelled, business people have left - that is very, very damaging," he told Reuters late on Tuesday. Liberia has already said it would have to lower its 2014 growth forecast, without giving a new one. Sierra Leone Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Abdul Ignosis Koroma said the government would miss its target of exporting $200 million in diamonds this year because of the Ebola outbreak. It exported $186 million of diamonds in 2013.
Full Story here. 

Mozambique in US$30 billion LNG project.

Over US$30 billion is to be committed in Mozambique to produce 20 million tonnes annually of LNG, with the ports of Pemba and Palma to be redeveloped in the massive programme of redevelopment.

The national oil company has verified that the project will be operational by 2018, according to Reuters.

Mozambique’s plans on converting LNG through its large gas deposits can provide profits that will see the country rise from poverty.

Nelson Ocuane, president of the state oil company ENH said: "In an initial phase, liquefaction units with a total capacity for 20 million tonnes a year of LNG will be built and operated. The investment to be made tops US$30 billion."
Full story here: 

Is Singapore upstaging the West and China in Africa?

Most African leaders are familiar with the Singapore story. They in fact would like the continent to emulate much of the successes of Singapore. The story of rising from a backwater Third World country, to a First World country, is a story that resonates with many African leaders. Many have in fact drawn up policies to ensure that Africa does draw crucial lessons from this success. However, even though the story of Singapore is well known in Africa, the fact remains that China is the dominant player in Africa. It has signed huge multilateral deals with several African countries, mainly in the area of minerals and infrastructure development. However, the trade is mostly one way, and African countries are beginning to question the deals that Africa conducts with China. For example, early last year, the immediate former Nigerian central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi, warned that China was dumping substandard industrial goods on the African continent, and in the process, killing the African manufacturing sector.

In an attempt to upstage China in the continent, this week, the government of Singapore will be hosting its third Africa-Singapore business forum. The forum will bring African private and public sector leaders to

Are 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies' really in Africa?

African Arguments, a think tank that seeks to promote the understanding of issues about Africa, argues that “One of the most common narratives that has dominated international headlines is that seven of the ten fastest growing economies are in Africa. But does this really stand up to scrutiny? This list was computed by the Economist in 2011, and continues to be quoted by every major world leader and opinion shaper. The exercise excluded countries with a population of less than 10 million and also the post-conflict booming Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Economist was reporting forecasts made for 2011 to 2015, and as African arguments reports, “there is a difference between forecasted and actually measured growth. According to John Kenneth Galbraith, the

Opinion: Why Africa must not forget its women.

In an opinion piece, Llewellyn King argues that the long-term future of Africa lies its attitude toward women.” At present, women in Africa have a raw deal, yet they, and not the natural resources in Africa- are its future.

Women hold Africa together and suffer in silence. They are the ones bent over with primitive implements in the fields, inevitably with their latest infant strapped to their backs. They are the ones who must endure marriage during puberty, bear children before their bodies are fully formed and face the world’s highest rates of death during childbirth.

In shiny office buildings in Accra or Lusaka, it is the women who are moving the work forward. If you need something done, from a permit to an airline reservation, seek out a woman in an office. However, very few

Ghana's manufacturing stars- and what Africa could learn.

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It is not every day that you find an average African dreaming of producing a car. Yet, this is what two entrepreneurs from Ghana are attempting to do. Ghanaians Apostle Safo, 66, and his 28-year-old pilot son Kwadwo Safo Jnr are the founders of The Kantanka Group of Companies' , which wants to make cars. And yet, there are many challenges ahead. For one, finding a market for the cars will be hard, as currently almost all the cars in Africa are imported. In addition, many Africans view products produced in their own
countries as substandard, and it would take quite a long time to convince many Africans that products

Why the creativity industry is churning out new millionaires in Africa.

Picture that Nollywood is the world's largest film industry, in terms of the numbers of films produced. This sector has contributed millions of dollars to the Nigerian economy, and created hundreds of thousands of jobs. Crucially, it is one of the sectors that was added to the Nigerian economy, enabling the Nigerian economy to skyrocket to a half a trillion dollars. The Nollywood industry has enabled the Nigerian culture to be exported to the rest of Africa, and beyond. Now, other African countries are learning from this, and are also actively encouraging their creative industry to grow.

Kenya has had Lupita Nyong'o blaze the international scene, with her Oscar for best supporting actress in the twelve years a slave drama. Tanzania's Diamond, Kenya's Sauti Sol and Churchill, Nigeria's P-square, 17 year old Congolese Rachel Mwanza, once a street child, today the first African recipient of the Berlin

Is Zimbabwe (and Africa) selling off to China?

In the past ten years, Zimbabwe has had a less than fruitful relationship with the West. As the land redistribution program to indigenous Zimbabweans turned murky, Western countries severed ties, and Zimbabwe was on an economic spiral downwards, as sanctions were imposed. A few weeks ago, the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, was not invited for the US-Africa summit, signalling a new low in the relations between Zimbabwe and the West. However, Zimbabwe is fighting back, and currently, President Mugabe is on a trip to China to secure several investment deals through the Zim-Asset project. The country's finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, insists that the trip is not for budgetary support, but for development projects. In the phase one of the projects last year, some $180 million of funding was signed, and this trip is expected to increase that amount even further.

However, this comes even as more diamond mines are discovered in Zimbabwe, and curiously, the diamond

South Sudan: Is a coalition government the best path to peace?

IGAD has given the warring factions in the South Sudanese conflict to come up with a unity government in the next 45 days. This unity government will draw from both President Kiir's side, and Vice President Riek Machar's side. But is a unity government the best path to peace? From elsewhere in the continent, it appears so. In Kenya, during the 2007/08 conflict, the warring sides in the election dispute, former President Mwai Kibaki and former Prime minister Raila Odinga, agreed to form a coalition government that finally brought peace to the country. Even though the two sides formed a government that was too broad and burdened the Kenyan

Why Ebola is staining the Africa rising narrative.

There are two sides to the Africa story. There is one where there is disease, war, and poverty, and then there is a second one where African economies are growing, lifting millions out of poverty and generally fueling the African rising narrative. The second aspect is what many now refer to as the Africa rising narrative. Now, the emergence of Ebola firmly fits into the the first aspect, of Africa that is afflicted by disease. As Ebola is spreading, it dampens out the Africa rising narrative, and puts the continent on a perpetual emergency mode.

Picture that the Ebola menace has cut about 30 percent of Sierra Leone's GDP. This is much the same GDP that was lost when Sierra Leone was plagued by a civil war in the early to mid 2000s. Flights have been cut to Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Even African countries are imposing travel restrictions on citizens of countries affected by Ebola. South Africa has banned entry of persons from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and

South Africa loses dominance to Nigeria, narrowly avoids recession.

The South African economy grew by just 0.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, narrowly avoiding recession. This will put pressure on president Jacob Zuma to do a much better job of implementing urgent economic reforms. Although South Africa is Africa's most advanced economy in terms of infrastructure and per capita income, it recently got surpassed by Nigeria as Africa's largest economy, and now, the country could be losing out to Nigeria as the entry point to Africa. The mines workers strikes have not helped matters,as well as the corruption allegations of Zuma's government. Recently, President Zuma was prevented

Is Japan falling behind China in investing in Africa.

Long before the advent of the Chinese investment in Africa, Japan was already doing much of development work in the continent. However, in the past ten years,as China has grown to be the world's second largest economy, Japan has fallen far behind in its influence and investment in the continent. However, that may be changing in due course. According to Japan's business delegation that visited Ethiopia recently, the country is ripe for investment in the areas of agro-processing, renewable energy, construction, and manufacturing.

South Sudan ceasefire, why the war must end.

The regional body, IGAD, has given South Sudan 45 days to implement the ceasefire signed. This will be a long wait for a country that has known only war for much its three years Independence period. The war, which started after rebel soldiers reportedly attacked the army barracks, soon took on an ethnic dimension, and so far, the war has claimed tens of thousands and displaced millions. The country is on the brink of a famine because of the missed agricultural season. Meanwhile, the country's top two most leaders, president Salva Kiir, and former Vice President Riek Machar continue to be at loggerheads, and it is only international

Mugabe courts China as he is shunned by West.

Perhaps in a bid to diversify the country’s partners, President Robert Mugabe left for a five day trip to China. The Zimbabwe President is keen to diversify the trade partners, as the West tightens its purse. President Mugabe was among the few African leaders that were not invited for the hugely publicized US-Africa summit.

The government desperately needs a multi-billion-dollar package to rescue an economy its own advisers warn may be sliding back to the chaos of 2008 and negotiations are understood to have been underway over

South Africa's Deputy President urges against xenophobia.

In the latest move yet, South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has called on Gauteng province to lead in the fight against xenophobia.

Ramaphosa was addressing a Gauteng social cohesion summit in Johannesburg on Friday. The summit comprised of government, NGOs, civil society and was called to promote cohesion in society.

"As the province with the largest number of immigrants, Gauteng must lead the way in combating xenophobia in all its manifestations," Ramaphosa said.

"The people of this province must, through their actions, underscore the fact that foreign nationals pose no

Why China Views Africa as the next superpower.

A piece on Forbes website mentions why China considers Africa as the next superpower. For instance, Africa is young whereas the rest of the world is graying, and any strategic thinking about the 21st century must take this into account.

The same article goes on that “Add to this Africa’s steadily improving situation with regard to governance (there are still many problems, but steadily less war, steadily more free elections, and so on), and a technological landscape and future that will allow Africa to leapfrog many aspects of the rich life that the rich world takes for granted. And national resources are just icing on the cake.

"As is frequently remarked upon, and as a book review in this week’s Economist touches upon, China has a very deliberate and ambitious strategy of investment in Africa. The old categories of “neocolonialism” miss