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Does China Influence African Elections?

Almost 15 years ago, allegations were beginning to emerge that China influences African elections. The case in point was Zambia. China became a hot campaign issue in Zambia’s 2005 elections. The opposition, led by Michael ‘King Cobra’ Sata, never missed an opportunity to lash out at then ...

Coronavirus May Cost Some African Leaders Re-election

The coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan sparked an intense global conversation on health implications. Governments of developed nations responded quickly by putting measures in place to avert an outbreak, though they have not been so successful at that. In so doing, the world wondered how Africa would cope, ...

It Is Not Too Late for African Governments to Get African Students out of Wuhan

Though some skeptics, in conspiracy theory fashion, link the source of the novel coronavirus to U.S. biological warfare, what has been identified to be a more probable cause of the virus by international health organizations, like the World Health Organization (WHO), is a ‘wet market’ in ...

China’s Gift of 100 Police Cars to Ghana Is Not the Most Judicious Use of Resources

A local Ghananian publication, Star FM, published a news story on Saturday 28 December 2019, about 100 cars that were gifted to Ghana’s Police Service by the Chinese government. Explaining the gift, China’s  ambassador to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang, said: "These vehicles will play an important role ...

The $2 Billion Ghana-Sinohydro Deal Does Not Serve Ghana’s National Interest. Review It

While Ghana’s President, Nana Akuffo-Addo, is eyeing the next election; the Chinese are gazing at the opportunity to secure supply of strategic resources probably at the expense of the Ghanaian nation. About The Deal ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

How Will Biden Shake Up Africa Relations? Let’s Watch

Tomorrow, the whole world’s eyes will be on the inauguration of Joe Biden. Stepping into a moment of unprecedented domestic crisis, he will probably have relatively little bandwidth for Africa. Indications are that the Biden administration plans to steer away from the Trump era’s unilateralism. While the incoming Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs hasn’t been confirmed yet, many State Department appointments have been filled by veterans from the Obama era. ...

My Perspective on Jack Ma’s Africa Move: The Time Has Never Been Better For African Entrepreneurs To Make It Big

Perhaps the place that garnered the most attention on 16th November 2019 in Accra, Ghana was the Accra International Conference Center (AICC). What made it the most exciting place to be? The Jack Ma Foundation in Africa. Amongst the prominent people hosted at the event was Ghana’s ...