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Q&A: Nigerian Representative Ben Igbakpa Explains Why He Wants to Investigate 20 Years of Chinese Loans

April marked the beginning of major turbulence in China-Africa relations following reports of racism against Africans in Guangzhou. Then the unprecedented happened when African ambassadors wrote a joint letter to the Chinese government demanded an explanation for the maltreatment of Africans in China.

Debt Relief in Africa: A Conversation With Renaissance Capital’s Charlie Robertson

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Mohamed was among the first African leaders to issue an urgent appeal for debt relief back in March even before COVID-19 had become a serious public health issue on the continent.“COVID-19 poses an existential threat to the ...

Why Does Nigerian Representative Ben Rollands Igbakpa Want to Review Almost 20 Years of Loans From China?

Earlier this month, on May 13, Nigerian representative Ben Rollands Igbakpa introduced a motion that was passed by the House calling for an investigation into all of the country's loans from China dating back to 2000. Representative Igbakpa ...

With No Debt Relief Deal in Place, Africa’s Economic Crisis Worsens by the Day

The cost of borrowing for many African governments is rapidly rising as the economic crisis on the continent worsens. While the double-digit yields on African bonds is great news for investors looking for new growth opportunities, it's an absolute tragedy for governments who are forced to divert even ...

How China’s Technology Startups Are Scaling Across Africa

Computer Village in Lagos, Nigeria is a curious combination of old and new. Dirt roads are lined by hundreds of kiosks featuring the latest mobile phones and computers. Hawkers and criers call out deals at the entrance to both bric-a-brac sheet ...

A Popular Nigerian Political Commentator Offers China Some Sobering Advice: Be Careful, There Are More of You Here Than Us Over There

In response to the growing alienation that a lot of Nigerians and other Africans feel about China in the wake what happened in Guangzhou last month, popular online commentator Onye Nkuzi (nom de plume) cautioned that unless China makes meaningful progress in persuading Africans that it does ...

Two Chinese Nationals Arrested for Allegedly Trying to Bribe a Senior Official in Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agency

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested two Chinese nationals, Meng Wei Kun and Xu Koi, this week for allegedly attempting to bribe the head of the EFCC's office in the northern city of Sokoto. The two were reportedly caught in an undercover sting operation after they ...

China’s Subtly Revising the Narrative of the Origin of Its “Miscommunication” With Nigerians and Other Africans in Guangzhou

Confronted with overwhelming criticism in Africa following widespread reports of maltreatment of and discrimination against African residents in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou last month, the Chinese government has been trying (largely unsuccessfully) to reshape the narrative according to their interpretation of the events.

China’s Ambassador to Nigeria Defends Treatment of Africans in Guangzhou

China's ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjiang, defended his government's treatment of Africans in Guangzhou in an interview published Wednesday with the Nigerian newspaper Punch. Ambassador Zhou stuck closely to the existing talking points on China's handling of the reported maltreatment of ...

Across Africa and Black Diaspora Rage Steadily Increases Over Reports of Discrimination and Maltreatment in Guangzhou

It's been several weeks since the first reports of widespread mistreatment of and discrimination against African residents in Guangzhou first emerged, and since then anger and frustration among broad swathes of African civil society and the larger global black diaspora has only intensified.
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