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Africa: Women and Children the Big Losers When Governance is Measured

[allAfrica] The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has released 2018's Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG). It is the foundation's 12th annual edition since it was launched in 2007. This index shows that governance in Africa, on average, is slowly improving. However, key governance areas are not progressing fast enough to keep up with rising demands, and more specifically to answer the growing expectations of Africa's youth, who are now forming the majority of our continent. Education scores have fallen in half of the 54 Af (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Head of the House Never Goes into the Kitchen - Museveni

[allAfrica] Do people still believe a woman's place still is in the kitchen in the 21st century? Well, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni seems to think so. The 74-year-old has come under fire for his sexist comments after he said that cooking is not a man's role, reports AFP. Museveni said he has not stepped into the kitchen since he got married to his wife Janet Museveni whom he married in 1973. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: Biya Sworn In, Challenger Arrested - Report

[allAfrica] President Paul Biya of Cameroon has been sworn into serve his seventh consecutive term as the head of state. This comes after he was declared winner of the presidential elections held on the 7th of October. According to official result by the electoral body ELECAM, Biya won with 71% of the votes. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Continent's Biodiversity Crisis - A Call to Action

[allAfrica] Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has called on his fellow African leaders to take action to tackle the current biodiversity crisis facing the continent and do more to protect Africa's natural resources. This comes in light of the Living Planet Index's release last week, which showed that species have declined by 60 percent on average. As a continent that relies so heavily on biodiversity for food, water, jobs and cultural heritage the President has urged African policy makers to take action (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Fast, Free Google WiFi Could Transform Nation's Health

[allAfrica] Abuja -Nigeria is the fifth country -- and the first in Africa -- to get Google Station super-fast Internet at selected locations. (AllAfrica)

Namibia: First Lady Monica Geingos Receives World Without Aids Award

[allAfrica] The first lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, and singer and political activist Sir Bob Geldof have won the 2018 World Without AIDS Award. (AllAfrica)

Africa: How to Transform an Index Into Better Governance

[allAfrica] The publication of this year's Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) highlights the importance of both state and non-state actors in countries across the continent taking practical steps to address the shortcomings in governance which the index highlights. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: A Foregone Conclusion – Cameroon's Presidential Election

[allAfrica] At 85 years old, Paul Biya -- just elected to his seventh consecutive term as President of Cameroon -- stands as Africa's longest-ruling leader, having served for 43 years, first as Prime Minister from 1975 and then as president from 1982. (AllAfrica)

Africa: How We Invest In - and Achieve - Health for Africa

[allAfrica] Abuja -Now is the time for African women to stand up for ourselves and nurture leadership among others. We have been fantastic in many areas essential to progress at the family and community level. Now it is time for us to be role models and to show that we can contribute our quota in every area of social and economic development and to make our voices count on the global stage. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Trade Holds Key to Wealth Creation - Afreximbank's Oramah

[allAfrica] The African Export-Import Bank (AfrExImBank) is one of the long-established but lesser known continent-wide institutions. Created by African governments and private and institutional investors from Africa and elsewhere, the bank promotes and finances the expansion of both intra-African and extra-African trade. Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, who has been president and chairman since September 2015, has been with the bank since its inception. He spoke with allAfrica last month in New York. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Waging Justice: The Alchemy of Living with Optimism

[allAfrica] We are living in a time of huge social and geopolitical upheaval. Institutions and established doctrines that once appeared predictable and protective now seem crazily unmoored. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Spotlighting Innovation for Infrastructure – CCA's Florie Liser

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -The 25-year-old Washington, DC-based Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is hosting on 5-6 November in Johannesburg its first U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Conference to be held outside the United States. As the best-known business association focused solely on connecting American business interests with Africa, CCA members include most U.S. companies engaged with the continent. Florie Liser served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa from 2003 until she took over as CCA's third president and CEO l (AllAfrica)

Africa:'We Were Never Meant to Struggle' - Samia Nkrumah Speaks on Why Africa Needs to Unite

[allAfrica] Rhodes, Greece -In an exclusive interview, Crystal Orderson, for allAfrica, sat down with Samia Nkrumah - Ghanaian activist and daughter of the country's first president, Dr Kwame Nkrumah - to talk about the new scramble for Africa, and how many countries are again knocking on the door of the prescriptive International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, unpacking what she describes as its unsavory legacy on the continent. (AllAfrica)

Africa:'Fragile Countries' Urge 'Trade for Peace' at WTO Forum

[allAfrica] Geneva -The g7+ grouping of nations -- a voluntary association of countries in transition from conflict to development -- is not as well-known as the G7 group of leading industrial nations but it has been vigorously promoting how trade can integrate fragile states into the global economy and thus help to establish peace and resilience. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Foreign Investment Key to Prosperity - U.S. Diplomat Nagy

[allAfrica] The American administration's top diplomat for African affairs, Assistant Secretary of State Tibor P Nagy, Jr, will soon make his first trip to the continent since his appointment. Between November 1 and 10, he will visit Lom, Togo; Conakry, Guinea; Bamako, Mali; and Abuja, Nigeria. This week he held a teleconference from Washington, DC with African journalists Edited excerpts: (AllAfrica)

Africa:Poor Vision Affects Billions, Costs Trillions – a Feasible Fix

[allAfrica] Hong Kong -Try to imagine life -- school, home, work -- without eyeglasses. Then reflect that poor vision is the world's largest unaddressed disability, affecting an estimated 2.5 billion people, most of them in low-to-middle income countries, costing the global economy $3 trillion. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:Motswako Pioneer and Rapper HHP Dies

[allAfrica] Jabulani Tsambo, better known as Hip Hop Pantsula or Jabba, has died aged 38, his wife and publicist Lerato Sengadi confirmed. Tributes have been pouring in from his fans and the likes of popular rapper AKA. Details surrounding his death are still unclear. The Bosso Kemang star admitted to trying to die by suicide three times in 2015, by visiting a website to get information on how to end his life. Jabba had just released a new EP titled Feels Good To Be Back. (AllAfrica)

Africa:We Need a Flexible World Order

[allAfrica] A geopolitical transition is under way. The post-1945 liberal world order is fracturing and failing to deliver on critical global public goods such as climate stability and international financial stability. The club of those with the power to make a difference on the world stage (for better or worse) is changing: it is less Western, has fewer common interests, and is more normatively diverse. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Advancing African Solutions to African Problems At the AU

[allAfrica] Since its foundation in 2001, the African Union (AU) has established an ambitious interest in preventive diplomacy and conflict management and has had a significant effect on security outcomes across the African continent and beyond. However, many external observers see a disconnect between the extent of security concerns on the continent and the AU's ability to respond with "African solutions to African problems". (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Your Children Are No Longer Yours - Investigating International Adoptions

[allAfrica] How parents in Uganda lose their babies to adoptive families in America. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia:'Inclusiveness and Co-existence' Are Critical in Ethiopia – PM Abiy Ahmed

[allAfrica] Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali shares his predecessor Hailemariam Desalegn's view that democracy is key to Africa because of the urgent need to meet seismic demographic changes. (AllAfrica)

Africa:Africa Needs to Invest Much More in Its People

[allAfrica] Progress in the fight against extreme poverty in Africa has been way too slow. Although the poverty rate has declined from 54 percent in 1990 to 41 percent in 2015, a rapid population growth of 2.6 percent per year has offset these gains, resulting in 130 million more poor people. Today more than half of the world's 725 million people living in extreme poverty are in Africa. The war against poverty will be won or lost in Africa. And it must be won. (AllAfrica)

Uganda:Bobi Wine Calls Kanye West's Meeting With Museveni 'Immoral'

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Musician-turned-MP Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, has slammed controversial rapper Kanye West's decision to meet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe:The Eight Steps Needed to Achieve Full Democracy

[allAfrica] Writing for AllAfrica, two former African leaders, a leading member of the United States Congress and top U.S. diplomats under both Democratic and Republican administrations record their worries for the development of democracy in Zimbabwe. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:How The Sunday Times Issue Shames All of Journalism

[allAfrica] This last weekend, the editor of the Sunday Times Bongani Siqoko issued an apology for the reporting done by the newspaper on the Cato Manor death squads and the Zimbabwe rendition saga. (AllAfrica)

South Africa:The Designers Came Through, Honey! But Why So Many Empty Seats at Fashion Week?

[allAfrica] Johannesburg -It's the third day of the African Fashion International Joburg Fashion Week at the Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. Local and international designers and models are not here to play, so you'd think everyone would have let their guard down, especially since the show has been running for three days straight. But noooo! (AllAfrica)

Gabon:Legislative and Municipal Elections - Another Bad Outing for Opposition

[allAfrica] While the electoral body has not yet published the results of last weekends legislative and local elections, trends from polling stations indicate a high absentee rate. A situation that plays in favour of the ruling party and might see an end to the career of some political heavy weights who did not make it past the first round. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria:Who Will Emerge as Opposition Presidential Challenger?

[allAfrica] Lagos -There has never been a time in the history of her fragile democracy when Nigeria has needed true leadership more than now. As aspirants vie for the presidency, a few factors have become critical in determining the result. (AllAfrica)

Congo-Kinshasa:Congolese Campaigner Against Sexual Violence Wins Nobel Peace Prize

[allAfrica] Cape Town -Dr. Denis Mukwege, the Congolese gynaecologist renowned for campaigning against the use of rape and sexualized violence as a weapon of war, has been named a joint winner of 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia:'Good Time' to Visit Gateway to Africa - Airline Promotes Stopover Tourism

[allAfrica] Washington, DC -Ethiopian Airlines, the oldest carrier in Africa, is stepping up promotion of tourism to its home country, while continuing to expand the number of destinations served across the continent and the globe. Since April 2015,Nigusu Workuhas been directing operations of the award-wining company in the United States, a highly competitive market for international airlines. He was interviewed at the U.S. headquartersof Ethiopian Airlinesin Alexandria, Virginia. (AllAfrica)

Africa:A Eulogy for C. Payne Lucas, Sr. (1933-2018)

[allAfrica] Washington, DC - Eulogy delivered at the National Presbyterian Church during the funeral service on September 26, 2018 (AllAfrica)