Addressing Gender Inequality or Discrimination Issues at the Workplace

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THE UNTOLD STORY OF AFRICA’S EMERGING BUSINESS LEADER

Shepherd Bushiri Investment, SBI, is arguably one of the Southern Africa’s most diversified and fast-growing conglomerates. With tentacles in over 8 sectors, the group was shaped from a modest agribusiness company-involved in agriculture at the far-end of rural Malawi, Mzuzu. As they say, there are no accidental paths to success; the company’s fast-paced growth can be largely attributed to the founder and CEO Prophet Sheppard Bushiri. Fondly known as Major 1, the resilient entrepreneur surely had his success long foretold. At the age of 13, Young Bushiri had resolved not to play at the fringes, but to work hard and put his name on the global map – this is exactly what he is doing with his various businesses.

In an exclusive Interview with African Leadership Magazine, Mr. Bushiri talks about his businesses; his formative years in business, amongst other issues.  

You are obviously a young man, who is on a mission in business. How did it all start?

I began farming as a business in Malawi in 2009, I grew the business until I was able to buy a land in a strategic area of Tanzania that was known for its gold deposits. I bought the land, just a small piece of it because I wanted to go into mining. I was then appointed the president of AFRIK — an entity that provided loans to developing countries. AFRIK is an offshoot of National Standard Finance, infrastructure and sovereign finance organization that provided loans to African governments, which paid me commissions from transactions. From those commissions, I built my businesses.

By March of that year 2009, I begin looking for investors close to the land I had bought because next to it was a mine that was owned by the American government, and there were other mines close by, so I was so sure that it had gold. So I came to South Africa to look for investors. After surveys, we found out that indeed the land had gold. Although it was not much, what I had was enough. From there my business grew. The first company I built was in Dubai, providing consulting services and it is still doing very well.

I then moved to South Africa from there. Firstly, I purchased private jets for presidential travels. We are also into energy drink production, and also have a mine in Zambia —- the Emerald mine — of course, you know emerald is more expensive than gold. We are also into the hospitality sector where we operate hotels in Nairobi, Dubai, and other new acquisitions. We also have another business where we help industries to sell cars. I also run a mobile network company in South Africa, and it’s doing very well. We have over 5000 employees in all our business subsidiaries.

Some have argued that combining business and ministry is a distraction. As a preacher, how are you able to combine business and ministry?

I don’t work too hard in that sense, I have put in place systems, but that was what God helped me do. As an entrepreneur, you don’t work as hard as a business person because you think. I don’t work, systems do the work nicely.

When did your big break come?

The first day I had the idea to change my community and the world, that day was my big break. Being an entrepreneur, it is not about money. The idea and knowledge of what to do was my big break. I only had about US$3000, but I wanted to be a billionaire. The best thing in my business journey was the first day I had an idea, was the day I sat down to plan. My plan was to buy land, put electricity and water there automatically, the value will increase, and I will register with the city council and sell at a higher price.

Please tell us more about your businesses?

The SBI group has about 8 distinct businesses. We have the SB Consulting with its headquarters in Dubai, which is set up to advise investors seeking to invest in Africa. The SB Mining, which has an ongoing emerald mining operation in Zambia. We have the SB Hotels, which is the hospitality and tourism arm of the group and doing business in South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, and the United States. We currently operate the only five-star Hotel in Malawi. We have the Favour energy Drink, which is probably the only energy drink of African origin. We also have the SB Mobile, a mobile telecommunications company, currently operating in South Africa. It might also interest you to note that we operate a private jet chatter, exclusively for high-end users, with the hope of a much more commercial venture in future. We also have the Shepherd Bushiri University in South Africa. Some other businesses are still in the gestation stage and would be unveiled in due course.

What values have you built your business empire on?

The fear of God. I fear God so much. A person who fears God is not corrupt, he is honest. I am a person of boldness. My biggest principle has been taking the risk and managing the risk. Africa’s problem is not taking risks. It is about managing the risk. I have a strong team that is like a wall. And I tell them to hold on strongly — they are a very intelligent team.

Another factor is Capital Management which is the key thing. Many Africans don’t think about how to improve the business.

There is nothing called small capital, nothing started big. Everything started small. There is nothing called small money. Wealth management is very important. For us, the definition of wealth creation is about managing what we have. We invest in small things which can return money faster. Our system of wealth creation is to create wealth from anything that is on demand. We have a FOREX trading team of experts and we have made quite a lot of money there. These are the things that are very essential. They make us turn little money into big.

How can others who combine ministry and business go about this for optimum productivity?

As a prophet, I have undergone several attacks from the media, and people who oppose me as well as some government leaders, and only an investment or business approach, has made it possible to survive. This is because Africa is a huge investment theatre and many investors are coming in. Even in some remote areas, you can still do good business, but everyone concentrates on the towns. Anything you start in Africa has a business value, but we all are thinking of only buying and selling. Money is not in the town, money is in the villages, these are the people that must get things, the rich people in urban areas are already saturated. Most people having problems in Africa are only servicing an inflated society.

The fact that I am a prophet, most people are amazed at how focused I am on business. But I am like every other human being, If the ministry has needs, I have to help out, create jobs for the unemployed, and also help those who have nothing.

Africa has the potential to do continuously good business, but the key lies in the know-how and focus. So despite the corruption and other challenges in Africa, businesses can thrive if we adopt the right attitude.

Was any of your business an attempt at following the trends?

Actually, my businesses are classified into long-term businesses and exit businesses. That is there are businesses that I do for the long term, and there are others that I exit before the market gets exhausted.

We exit businesses because you don’t test the waters with your two feet, you spread the risks. Africa has a bright economic future. The economy of Africa rests on Tourism and Resources. When I look at where the world is going, if you do Tourism you are right, you cannot go wrong. Every economy is backed by its resource. There are things we know that if I put my money in, I won’t lose. I invest in things that won’t lose value. We project what will happen in the years to come. While diversifying, we structure it in a way that the investments will keep the money coming in. It is not about making money, it is about keeping money in things that appreciate in value and contribute to the community.

We are also currently working on a partnership with Liverpool FC to have our ENERGY drink as the official drink of the club.

How do you relax after a long haul of activities?

My body is now used to not sleeping long at nights. I normally sleep about three hours in the day. I personally go through everything to know what is happening in each department. You must have firsthand information. Most successful people do not rely on a manager’s report.

What legacy do you want to leave behind? What would you want to be remembered for?

I bring out love to the community. I don’t enjoy my worth at the expense of my work. A month ago, I bought over 20 cars for people who work for me and the church. Love for me is very vital. You can’t do charity and a lot of work without love. Particularly, I want to be remembered for love.

What inspires your giving, beyond the fact that you just want to give?

I am a faithful person, there is no other person that I look up to like Jesus Christ. As for me, I remember that Christ says give. And that inspires me to do something. Some time ago in Malawi, I called all the beggars on the street and gave just as Jesus gives.

For a man of your age and experience, what word do you have young entrepreneurs?

The biggest challenge is people pulling each other down. All the application that Africans create doesn’t become big. The giving up spirit is also another challenge. I began active business at 25, but the acumen had been there from the age of 13. I made my first US$3 million at the age of 25 and began to build from there. I have never come across as someone trying to give up. My strongest character is determined regardless of what difficulty I go through. That’s my message to Africa’s young entrepreneurs.

 

Source: http://africanleadership.co.uk/the-untold-story-of-africas-emerging-business-leader


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All of Africa is now competing for Chinese money. Except for one country.


King Mswati III, center, arrives Sunday at the annual “Umhlanga,” or Reed Dance ceremony, at the Swazi Royal Residence, in Mbabane, Swaziland, or eSwatini. (Yeshiel Panchia/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) (YESHIEL PANCHIA/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock/Yeshiel Panchia/Epa-Efe/Rex/Shutterstock)
As more than 40 African heads of state arrived at the China-Africa Cooperation summit Monday, one figure stood out: $60 billion. That’s how much additional funding Chinese President Xi Jinping promised the continent as the two-day summit got underway.

And all of Africa is competing for it — except for one country: Swaziland, an absolute monarchy that has in recent months renamed itself eSwatini.

The tiny kingdom was absent from this week’s Africa summit and appears to have no plans of attending anytime soon. It’s the last African nation that still recognizes Taiwan as an independent country, much to the dismay of the Chinese leadership in Beijing, which considers Taiwan to be a wayward province.

Swaziland Foreign Minister Mgwagwa Gamedze recently reemphasized the kingdom’s commitment to Taiwan, warning China that Beijing “must not play mind games because our relationship with Taiwan is over 50 years so we will not dump them . . . We have no desire to change camps since Taiwan has been good to us.”

China has halfheartedly rejected Swaziland’s criticism, with Beijing’s Africa envoy, Xu Jinghu, recently saying that “on this issue we won’t exert any pressure. We’ll wait for the time to be right . . . I believe this day will come sooner or later.”

The kingdom is now the only remaining African ally of Taiwan and belongs to an increasingly small pool of supporters worldwide, as China has stepped up international pressure to switch allegiances. When dealing with China and Taiwan, foreign countries have to choose between the two, as Beijing is refusing to establish diplomatic ties with nations that recognize Taiwan’s independence.

China has pushed aggressively into Africa over the past 10 years, surpassing the United States in total trade volume in 2009 and funding with loans of more than $86 billion for infrastructure and other projects across the continent between 2000 and 2014 — even before the latest offer in Beijing that would significantly increase annual lending. In many cases, China has tied those investments to political commitments.

Beijing denies using financial aid to persuade nations to cut ties with Taiwan, but the Dominican Republic said in May that it switched allegiances to accept $3.1 billion in loans from China. Burkina Faso followed only days later. And after El Salvador severed ties to Taiwan in August, Taipei said the Central American country had previously asked for an “astronomical sum” in aid. More recently, major U.S. airlines bowed to Chinese demands to list Taiwan as part of China, amid the possibility of Chinese state-sanctioned boycotts.

So, why is the kingdom of Swaziland Taiwan’s last holdout in Africa? There’s mainly one reason: King Mswati III, who has ruled the country as an absolute monarch for more than 32 years and gained a reputation for enriching himself and his allies, even as his population suffers under some of the worst poverty rates in the world. Life expectancy in the kingdom has declined by 12 years over the past two decades. To escape, some Swaziland residents have fled to neighboring South Africa, where they work in mines, of which a growing number are funded by the Chinese.

While Chinese investment in Africa has triggered criticism over fears that Beijing may exploit the continent or woo nations into a “debt trap,” Mswati’s critics have wistfully observed how the funding has at least for now resulted in growth and employment elsewhere.

Taiwan may regularly accuse China of using money to purchase loyalty, but to preserve the few international friends it still has, it has similarly invested into local infrastructure projects or established scholarships in Swaziland. Mswati has returned the favor by visiting Taiwan 17 times so far. The Swaziland leader is now able to reach Taipei on a nonstop flight, after he expanded his collection of expensive luxury toys by purchasing a new Airbus A340-400 from Taiwan this summer.

In Swaziland, Taiwan may have found a loyal supporter — at least as long as it’s willing to back a leader with a long list of enemies and no interest in flying nonstop to Beijing.

 

Rick Noack is a foreign affairs reporter who covers Europe and international security issues from The Washington Post’s Berlin bureau. Previously, he worked for The Post from Washington as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow and from London. 

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China pledges $60 billion in aid and loans to Africa, no ‘political conditions attached’


South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after his speech at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on Monday. (Madoka Ikegami/Pool/Reuters)

Beijing pushed back on criticism that it was shackling poorer countries with heavy debt burdens they will struggle to pay back, portraying the Chinese government as a magnanimous one motivated only to share its experience of rapid industrialization.

“China’s investment in Africa does not come with any political conditions attached and will neither interfere in internal politics nor make demands that people feel are difficult to fulfill,” Xi said during a keynote address to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation on Monday.

The money will be focused on infrastructure to help speed African countries’ development, not on “vanity projects,” Xi said.

Details were vague, but the $60 billion included $15 billion in grants, interest-free loans and concessional loans, $20 billion in credit lines and a $10 billion special fund for development financing. Chinese companies also will be encouraged to invest at least $10 billion in Africa over the next three years, state media reported.

The package outlined by Xi also includes medical aid, environmental protection, agricultural training and assistance, and government scholarships and vocational training for more than 100,000 young Africans.

At the last forum, held in Johannesburg three years ago, Xi also pledged $60 billion in investment. He said Monday that this money had already been granted or earmarked, so the latest announcement represented a second round of $60 billion.

At a time when President Trump is engaged in trade fights with the United States’ neighbors and allies, the Chinese leader seems to relish the opportunity to appear as a popular international statesman and champion of the liberal economic order.

For two days in a row, every headline on the front page of the state-run People’s Daily started with the words “Xi Jinping,” as the president met with the leaders of Angola, Gabon, Mauritius, Senegal and elsewhere. He also hosted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been charged by the International Criminal Court with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Over the past two decades, China has gone from being a relatively small investor in Africa to becoming the continent’s largest economic partner, with bilateral trade growing at about 20 percent annually, according to a report last year from the consultancy McKinsey. Foreign direct investment has grown even faster over the past decade, at about 40 percent a year, it found.

But critics say that with many of its infrastructure projects, China is luring needy countries into “debt traps.”

Take Sri Lanka, which last year had no choice but to grant China a 99-year lease for a Belt and Road Initiative port after it failed to attract enough business to make its loan payments.

Last month, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad canceled more than $20 billion worth of planned Chinese infrastructure projects, saying he was concerned about paying for them. “We do not want a situation where there is a new version of colonialism happening because poor countries are unable to compete with rich countries,” he said during a visit to Beijing.

The three countries most vulnerable because of large debts owed to China are Djibouti, Congo and Zambia, say academics at the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University. Zambia, which has a gross domestic product of $19.5 billion, according to the World Bank, had taken about $6.4 billion in loans from China, the researchers wrote in a briefing paperlast month.

But Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who chairs the African Union, said that rather than viewing the investment as a “debt trap,” other countries should be asking why they’re not giving Africa as much assistance as China.

“We have benefited a lot from China’s support in our social and economic programs, and that has continued to strengthen the partnership between China and Rwanda,” Kagame told the People’s Daily.

He also got in a dig at Trump, saying the forum “can show the world how countries can work collaboratively at a time when issues like trade protectionism continue to brew.”

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa also rebuffed suggestions that China is taking advantage of the continent. The leaders “refute the view that a new colonialism is taking hold in Africa, as our detractors would have us believe,” he told the forum.

Chinese state media outlets have been aggressively explaining why such investment is good for the continent — and positioning Xi as the champion of the African people.

“Africa is still at the initial stage of industrialization, and the process is very likely to collapse without sustainable investment growth,” the state-linked Global Times reported Monday. Chinese loans can help African countries improve their infrastructure, it said.

“We believe African people, instead of Western observers, know best what is most needed by the continent,” stated the paper, which often reflects official thinking. In an editorial, the paper said that the West just had “sour grapes” over China’s good relations with Africa.

 

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-pledges-60-billion-in-aid-and-loans-to-africa-no-strings-attached/2018/09/03/a446af2a-af88-11e8-a810-4d6b627c3d5d_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.58ab8c7fed6b


Colin Kaepernick’s Nike Campaign Keeps N.F.L. Anthem Kneeling in Spotlight

Colin Kaepernick tweeted the new Nike advertisement he appears in as part of a new deal with the company.CreditCreditColin Kaepernick, via Twitter

Colin Kaepernick, the former N.F.L. quarterback who inspired a player protest movement but who has been out of a job for more than a year, has signed a new, multiyear deal with Nike that makes him a face of the 30th anniversary of the sports apparel company’s “Just Do It” campaign, Nike confirmed on Monday.

The first advertisement from Nike, one of the league’s top partners, debuted Monday afternoon, when Kaepernick tweeted it, assuring that his activism and the protest movement against racism and social injustice he started would continue to loom over one of the country’s most powerful sports leagues.

[Related: How Colin Kaepernick controls the N.F.L. protest conversation without saying anything]

Nike will produce new Kaepernick apparel, including a shoe and a T-shirt, and if the merchandise sells well, the value of the deal will rival those of other top N.F.L. players, according to people close to the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity because Nike had not formally announced it. Nike will also donate money to Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights” campaign.

The N.F.L. did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The ad and the campaign, coming a few days before the start of the N.F.L. season on Thursday, is likely to annoy the league’s top executives and its owners. On Thursday, Kaepernick won a victory in his grievance against the league when an arbitrator let his case, in which he accuses the league of conspiring to keep him off the field because of his activism, advance.

A wave of on-field protests has continued, with varying degrees of intensity, since summer 2016, when Kaepernick began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

Now, with just one tweet, the former N.F.L. quarterback and Nike have set the world alight, causing a flurry of stories in major publications, inspiring a top trending hashtag across social media and possibly even contributing to a broader decline in the stock market.

Reaction to Kaepernick’s tweet was swift. Almost immediately, “Just Do It” and “Nike” became top trending terms on Twitter in the United States, and by morning the hashtag #NikeBoycott was one of the most used on the social media service. People posted videos and photographs of themselves destroying their Nike apparel in response to the company’s decision to work with Kaepernick. Kaepernick has been a Nike endorser since he entered the N.F.L. in 2011.

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John Rich / @johnrich. Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks. Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.

Sean Clancy@sclancy79
First the @NFL forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then @Nike forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive?

Nike’s stock price fell more than two percent in early trading Tuesday. It was the worst performing stock in the Dow Jones industrial average, helping to drag the average to a fall for the first part of the day. While some investors are likely nervous that the company’s decision to prominently feature Kaepernick could inspire a boycott, the stock price of main competitor Adidas was also down more than two percent. The broader stock market downturn was being blamed on worries about tense negotiations over Nafta.

The N.F.L. has struggled to contain the on-field protests, which have also included raised fists and other gestures, which league officials have blamed for dragging down the league. Television ratings have declined and certain segments of the fan base have reacted angrily. President Trump has made the N.F.L. a target for not firing players who refuse to stand for the national anthem.

The protest movement Kaepernick started has been interpreted by some as being disrespectful to the American flag and the military. Political conservatives have widely condemned it. Many of those posting on social media Monday and Tuesday about boycotting Nike or throwing out their Nike gear referenced their connection to and support for the military, even though the players who, like Kaepernick, have protested have made it clear they are not anti-military and some veterans have expressed support for their actions.

The Kaepernick deal could be awkward for the league.

In March, Nike and the N.F.L. announced an extension of an apparel deal through 2028. As part of that deal, Nike supplies 32 teams with game-day uniforms and sideline apparel that features the company’s swoosh logo. When that deal was announced, Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, called the company “a longtime and trusted partner” of the league.

Kaepernick and Nike already had an endorsement deal, dating to when he entered the league in 2011, but it was expiring soon and has now been extended.

The new Kaepernick ad features a close-up, black-and-white photograph of his face, with copy that references his kneeling and his belief that his activism is keeping him out of the league.

The ad reads: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”

When asked if Nike had run the campaign by the N.F.L., a spokeswoman, Sandra Carreon-John, responded: “Nike has a longstanding relationship with the N.F.L. and works extensively with the league on all campaigns that use current N.F.L. players and its marks. Colin is not currently employed by an N.F.L. team and has no contractual obligation to the N.F.L.”

 The new contract was negotiated by Kaepernick’s lawyers, Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, and Nike executives.

Even as the N.F.L. season approaches, the Kaepernick story has continued to dominate the N.F.L. narrative. On Friday, Kaepernick received an ovation from the crowd at the United States Open match between Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Serena Williams, LeBron James, Odell Beckham Jr., Shaquem Griffin and Lacey Baker are also part of the “Just Do It” anniversary campaign.

Nike’s decision to make new Kaepernick merchandise and to make him the face of a campaign could, if they are successful for the company, undercut the argument from N.F.L. owners that he is bad for business. Previously, Nike stated that it “supports athletes and their right to freedom of expression on issues that are of great importance to our society,” but the company had not used Kaepernick in any recent ad campaigns.

There is reason to believe that Kaepernick, despite not playing, will move merchandise. During the second quarter of 2017, his officially licensed jersey was the 39th-best selling in the league. As an unsigned free agent, he was the only player in the top 50 of those rankings not signed to a team.

With Kaepernick seemingly having little chance of playing in the N.F.L. again, Geragos was eager to try to portray him as something more than a football player.

“I give Nike credit for understanding that he’s not just an athlete, he has become an icon,” Geragos said.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/sports/kaepernick-nike.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=politics-daily-newsletter&utm_content=20180904&silverid=MzQ1Nzc1NDgzMTQ3S0

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Colin Kaepernick Is Now the Face of Nike’s ‘Just Do It’ 30th Anniversary Campaign

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Even though Collin Kaepernick may not be currently signed to an NFL team, he is still a popular athlete who keeps receiving international honors.

Now, Collin Kaepernick will be appearing in Nike ads that say, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt.” The sportswear manufacturer will use the campaign for its 30th anniversary.

Kaepernick, 30, first gained national attention in 2016 when he began protesting racial profiling by the police to the people of color.

He protested by sitting during the national anthem in August 2016, later opting to kneel. The move immediately gained momentum when players followed suit and began kneeling during the national anthem leading to criticism from President Donald Trump.

But according to Nike, Collin Kaepernick is “one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation.”
Gino Fisanotti, Nike’s vice-president of the brand for North America, told ESPN: “He has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward.”

Collin began kneeling during the national anthem, soon his movement gained momentum with experts saying that it was dividing the country.

Following his protest, Kaepernick has been without a team since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017.

When Kaepernick began his protest, there were multiple cases of police brutality against people of color and racial inequality.

The protests he started polarized the nation with many sports fans taking sides. In fact, it even inspired President Donald Trump to urge NFL owners to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem.

Kaepernick has filed a grievance against NFL team owners he claims conspired not to hire him because of his protests. On August 30, it was ruled that the case could go to trial.

Back in April, Collin Kaepernick received Amnesty International’s highest honor, thanks to his “inspiring contribution to helping human rights.” Even though Colin Kaepernick may not have a job on the football field, much of the world is still cheering him for being protest icon.

Nike’s new advertising campaign, celebrating the 30th anniversary of its ‘Just Do It’ slogan, also includes ads featuring tennis star Serena Williams and Odell Beckh.

Source: http://naturallymoi.com/2018/09/colin-kaepernick-is-now-the-face-of-nikes-just-do-it-30th-anniversary-campaign

 


Some Evangelical Christians in the USA see Trump as ‘Man of God’

Written by GREG GARRISON/ALABAMA MEDIA GROUP

Source: https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Evangelical-Christians-see-Trump-as-man-of-God-566249 

 Donald Trump wears a tallit during a church service with Bishop Wayne T. Jackson at the Great Faith Ministries International in downtown Detroit. (photo credit: CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS)

(TNS) — As he travels to preach at small country churches across Alabama, former State Baptist Convention President John Killian hears a lot of talk about President Donald Trump.
“I see overwhelming support,” Killian said.

Many Southern Baptists – who number more than a million in Alabama – tend to like Trump and believe he’s God’s man for the job. Exit polls in 2016 showed that about 80% of white evangelical Christians voted for Trump.

That support is still solid, said Killian, a former pastor and now director of Baptist missions for Fayette County.

But why? Trump is twice divorced, and his attorney claimed to have paid adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about having an affair with Trump. He’s been caught on tape speaking in foul-mouthed terms about women. His character flaws could have derailed almost any other politician trying to court the religious right.

“Everybody knows if Barack Obama had done one of these things, he would have been skewered by these folks as unfit for office,” said church historian Bill Leonard.

But major evangelical leaders such as Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell Jr. defend Trump and see him as an ally in the culture wars.
“Issues matter more than a person’s personal life,” Killian said. “The two issues that come up are pro-life – appointment of judges (who oppose abortion), and support for Israel.”

King Cyrus and King David

In defending Trump, religious supporters cite a recurring theme in the Bible that God uses flawed leaders.

In the Book of Ezra, Persian King Cyrus the Great issued a decree to liberate the Jews after the Babylonian captivity and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. “King Cyrus was a friend to the people of God, but he was a heathen king,” Killian said.

Alabama Pastor John Kilpatrick, whose call for prayer to stop the spirit of witchcraft attacking Trump went viral on social media, compares Trump to King David, who committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband killed.

“David committed adultery and had a man killed,” Kilpatrick said in his sermon on Aug. 26 at Church of His Presence in Daphne. “God left him as king of Israel.”

God is using Trump for his own purposes, Kilpatrick said. Evangelical supporters of Trump hope he will appoint US Supreme Court justices who may overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

“He has defended the womb,” Kilpatrick said. “The president has taken a stand for life. Second, the president has taken up for Israel and has declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Third, he has chosen Supreme Court justices – that’s going to turn this nation around. Those three things are why the spirit of Jezebel hates him and wants him out. We may be on the verge of the greatest revival this world has ever seen.”

A street fighter

The very soul of America is on the line, Kilpatrick said.

“If we are where I think we are spiritually, we need a street fighter in the White House,” said Kilpatrick, who said in an interview with AL.com that he voted for Trump in 2016.

“There’s much at stake,” Kilpatrick said. “A lot of people are concerned about America right now.”

Kilpatrick is not vouching for Trump’s faith. “I don’t believe Trump is a man of God,” he said. But he believes the 2016 election was miraculous. “I have to believe it was the Holy Spirit that turned it,” Kilpatrick said. “If the Lord put him in an office, the Lord will sustain him in an office. You better be careful that you don’t lay a hand on him.”

That’s a reference to Psalm 105:15, “Touch not my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”

Kilpatrick quotes 1 Timothy 2:2, which calls on believers to pray for “kings, and for all that are in authority,” as a reason to pray for Trump.

“That doesn’t mean I’m a Trump fan,” said Kilpatrick, whose congregation is affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. “I love him, and I pray for him because he’s our president. What God has raised up, you don’t want to oppose. Do I believe he’s an adulterer? I do. Do I believe he’s had these affairs? I do. Do I think he’s a liar? I do. If God raised him up, my job is to pray for that man. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Framing a Christian nation

On the campaign trail, Trump often trumpeted support for framing the United States as a Christian nation, staking out an issue that resonates with the same people who supported Judge Roy Moore‘s refusal to take down his hand-made plaque of the Ten Commandments in his Etowah County courtroom, and later his refusal as chief justice to remove a 2.6-ton monument of the commandments he had installed in the state judicial building. Many evangelical Christians also yearn for the return of Christian prayer to public schools. It was banned in a 1963 US Supreme Court decision.

In 2016 at the Family Research Council Values Voter Summit, Trump sounded that theme. “A Trump administration, our Christian heritage will be cherished, protected, defended, like you’ve never seen before. Believe me. I believe it. And you believe it. And you know it. You know it.”

Southern Baptist Convention President JD Greear this week defended his decision to attend a meeting of ministers with President Donald Trump on Monday night. Greear said he was not one of the more than 100 ministers who signed a Bible for Trump, with the inscription, “History will record the greatness that you have brought for generations.”White House: Trump ‘did nothing wrong’, August 22, 2018 (Reuters)

TV Evangelist Paula White read the inscription and said, “We pray this prayer. If you all agree with that, say Amen,” according to a transcript of the event.

White, the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla., serves as chair of the Evangelical Advisory Board for Trump.

Many of the evangelical supporters of Trump are preachers of the prosperity gospel, who promote the idea that God shows His blessings by making them wealthy. Trump is wealthy, and for them, that’s a sign of God’s blessing, Leonard said.

“God used him to bless with them with tax cuts,” Leonard said.

Immigration, faith demographics

There are broader issues at play, too, with Trump’s stand on Muslim immigration echoing past religious right alarms against non-Protestant immigrants changing the nation’s faith demographics.

“Trump is, at best, racially insensitive, if not racist,” said Leonard, a former religion professor at Samford University and retired divinity dean at Wake Forest University.

But many evangelicals like his style, Leonard said.

“Fundamentalists vest great power in the authoritarian leader who brooks no disagreement,” Leonard said. “They have an appreciation for Trump as an authoritarian figure.”

Baptists traditionally supported the separation of church and state, but shifted with the rise of the Moral Majority in 1979 and the election of President Ronald Reagan in 1980. Despite being divorced, Reagan was the choice of evangelicals over Jimmy Carter, a born-again believer and Baptist Sunday school teacher who did not agree with the religious right on many issues. “Jimmy Carter is a brother in the Lord, but I didn’t like him as a president,” Killian said.

Evangelicals have abandoned separation of church and state in recent decades as they’ve seen an opportunity for government to prop them up, Leonard said.

“Their response to Trump as a person who is going to restore Christianity to its proper place is an indication how their approach to Christian conversion has failed,” Leonard said. “It is no longer reaching the multitudes as they thought it would. As their evangelistic influence wanes, they go looking to government to support their presence and authority in the country. They want the government to save them.”

‘100 Years From Now’

Trump has been willing to give lip service to their symbolic issues, perhaps on the advice of evangelical leaders who know how to get out their vote.

“They want the return of Protestant privilege in American culture,” Leonard said. “The loss of Protestant privilege, and the reality of religious plurality, is driving them crazy.”

There’s a price to be paid for political pandering by preachers, Leonard said.

“One of the stark realities of this support for Trump is that the moral high ground that this group of people has claimed about human behavior and Christian morality has been radically compromised by their failure to hold Donald Trump to the same standard they held the rest of us to,” Leonard said. “Their moral high ground has been compromised beyond measure.”

But evangelicals in rural Alabama who back Trump aren’t worried about that.

“The Israel issue, moving the embassy, that has a great appeal,” Killian said. “I think that’s where he’s going to go down in history, along with the court appointments. That’s something that, 100 years from now, we’ll be talking about.”

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Source: https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics/Evangelical-Christians-see-Trump-as-man-of-God-566249

Los Angeles To Rename Road For Barack Obama

 By: Ryan Velez

The Grio reports that following a city council decision, Los Angeles is going to be renaming its Rodeo Road after none other than Barack Obama. The announcement was officially made on Twitter by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti: “We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President @BarackObama when traveling across L.A.,” he said in the tweet.

Note that this isn’t the famous Rodeo Drive you may be thinking of, but it does have some significance for Obama, with him once campaigning along that same road in the lead-up to his historic run for president.

Even after only being out of office for a short time, this isn’t the only case of a city choosing to make a prominent name change to honor Obama.  The recent Barack Obama Day in Illinois is one example, but we also covered a few other examples of this back in June. Here is some of the previous coverage:

“The former J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, is notable because Richmond, historically, was the capital of the Confederacy, so this is a nice symbolic change for those in the area. Only one school member voted against the decision, but wasn’t supporting the original name so much as asking to delay the vote, allowing them to change the name to a local figure instead.

“This is Richmond and we are about history and we have so many great local stories to tell,” said Kenya Gibson, who represents the elementary school, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Our local stories are so important to cherish.” Regardless, the school will soon be designated Barack Obama Elementary School. This doesn’t mark the only case of various municipalities making the decision to change the names of various buildings named for controversial figures.

On Monday, school board members in Tulsa, Oklahoma, chose to change Columbus and Chouteau Elementaries to Dolores Huerta Elementary and Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy. A change was also approved for the city’s Robert E. Lee Elementary School, but a new name won’t be determined until another meeting on August 6th. This doesn’t mark the first time that Barack Obama has been chosen for a school’s new name, either. Last fall, the school board in Jackson, Mississippi, voted to change a school named for Jefferson Davis to Obama’s name.”

Source: http://yourblackworld.net/2018/09/03/los-angeles-to-rename-road-for-barack-obama/?utm_source=Sites+News&utm_campaign=8923920eef-YBW_RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e4ec70021d-8923920eef-176409461&goal=0_e4ec70021d-8923920eef-176409461&mc_cid=8923920eef&mc_eid=ce1748516b

 

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Los Angeles to rename Rodeo Road after Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama will be immortalized on the streets of Los Angeles. According to Mayor Eric Garcetti, the city council has voted to rename Rodeo Road to Obama Boulevard.

Get ready to ease on down the road to Obama Boulevard now that the Los Angeles City Council voted to rename Rodeo Road after our 44th President.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the news Tuesday night, tweeting:

“We’re thrilled that Angelenos and visitors will forever be reminded of the legacy of President @BarackObama when traveling across L.A.,” he said in the tweet.

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The renaming of the street after former President Barack Obama was first proposed back in 2017 by City Council President Herb Wesson.

When Obama was running for President, it was on Rodeo Road at Rancho Cienega Park that he once campaigned along the 3.5-mile street that runs from the Culver City border east to Mid-City, according to ABC23.

But don’t confuse the street with the more famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills which is home to some upscale and very posh boutiques.

This has been a pretty celebratory summer for President Obama.

On August 4th, he turned 57 years old today and kicked off his birthday week turning up and showing out at a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert, along with his wife, former First Lady Michelle Obama.

He capped things off by marking the first Barack Obama Day on Saturday, as the legislature in his former home state of Illinois passed a law last year to designate August 4 as a commemorative holiday.

Last year, a resolution to honor Obama by state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) was passed. It would rename a portion of the 134 Freeway after him. A Richmond Virginia elementary school will also amend its name from a Confederate general to the name of  the nation’s first Black President. And the Richmond school board voted to rename the J.E.B. Stuart Elementary as Barack Obama Elementary School.

There’s also been a number of schools renamed after Obama in California as well.

Source: https://thegrio.com/2018/08/29/los-angeles-to-rename-rodeo-road-after-barack-obama/


Prophet Shepherd Bushiri’s prayers are answered as the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is ordered to let him speak

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) and Shepherd Bushiri Ministries International.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri founder of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church (ECG) and Shepherd Bushiri Ministries International.  Image: FACEBOOK via Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries

 

The SABC has been ordered to let controversial pastor Prophet Shepherd Bushiri respond to comments made about him during an interview on April 16. Bushiri had complained to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA)‚ and had one of the grievances upheld and one rejected. The two complaints date back to April 16 when Bushiri was interviewed on the SABC’s Morning Live programme – and this after he had initially demanded that the public broadcaster afford him a right to respond to comments made about him almost two weeks earlier‚ on April 5. But an hour after his interview‚ the public broadcaster had an interview with another person‚ Solomon Ashoms‚ who led a march against so-called fake prophets. During this interview‚ Bushiri and his practices were widely discussed‚ without Bushiri being given a chance to respond.

According to BCCSA documents‚ in the April 5 broadcast‚ the SABC reported that Bushiri was being “investigated by the Hawks for allegedly transporting an estimated R15-million a month out of South Africa to his country Malawi‚ in his private jet”.

The BCCSA documents state that Bushiri’s first complaint was that during his right to reply interview at 7.35am on April 16‚ the interview by Simphiwe Ncongwane was conducted in a manner that was biased‚ prejudicial‚ persecuting and very interrogative.

The second complaint was that‚ after the interview‚ the SABC had interviewed Ashoms‚ at 8.36am. He said Ashoms brought anointed water and honey branded in Bushiri’s name.

Even though the interview related to the recently held #FakeProphetsMustFall march‚ led by Ashoms and others‚ the interview seemed to have revolved around Bushiri. Bushiri claimed the SABC did not give him the right to reply.

The march was the subject of litigation in March‚ when Bushiri obtained a Pretoria High Court order interdicting the organisers from making defamatory statement about him.

The SABC said Bushiri came to the studio on April 16 to respond to all allegations made in various newspapers. It did not respond to the second complaint.

In its finding‚ the commission dismissed Bushiri’s first complaint‚ and said the SABC had granted him the right of reply.

“As for the part of the complaint that the interviewer‚ Mr Ncongwane’s conduct was biased‚ prejudicial‚ persecuting and very interrogative we have to emphasise that presenters are allowed to give their own comment on and criticism of any actions or events of public importance‚” the commission’s tribunal said in its finding‚ dated August 23.

However‚ it upheld Bushiri’s complaint on the second complaint.

The commission said that even though the subject matter of the interview related specifically to the recently-held march‚the interview seemed to have significantly revolved around Bushiri – and that it highlighted his practices extensively.

It said that since Bushiri and the topic of false prophets had been long standing controversial issues of public importance‚ this was a reason enough to have allowed Bushiri to stay on to give him the right of reply.

The commission ordered that the SABC afford Bushiri the right to reply. The BCCSA documents do not stipulate by when this must happen.

Source: https://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-08-31-bushiris-prayers-are-answered-as-the-sabc-is-ordered-to-let-him-speak/

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Unholy war over #BushiriMustFall

Hawks probe Bushiri as R15m a month leaves SA


Unholy war over #BushiriMustFall

 12 March 2018 – 14:56

"Prophet" Shepherd Bushiri has been criticised by the CRL Commission for charging his followers R25000 to sit next to him at a gala dinner. / Facebook

“Prophet” Shepherd Bushiri has been criticised by the CRL Commission for charging his followers R25000 to sit next to him at a gala dinner. / Facebook

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri of Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG) church has hauled organisers of a protest against “fake prophets” to the high court in a bid to stop the march.

Bushiri’s lawyers, B Rikhotso Attorneys, filed the papers on Friday against the protest themed “March Against Fake Prophets”, scheduled for Wednesday. The Malawian-born prophet is also demanding an apology from the organisers.

Organisers Charles Farai, Solomon Ashoms and Martins Antonio will first have to battle it out in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria tomorrow for their march to the SA Human Rights Commission in Parktown, Johannesburg, to go ahead.

In court papers, Bushiri asked the court to stop the march, arguing that the protest pamphlets were “libellous”.

Bushiri, in his founding affidavit, argued that the #BushiriMustFall that
appears in one of the pamphlets written alongside #No manipulation, suggested that he was “deceiving and manipulating” his congregants.

The prophet preaches to about 100 000 congregants in Pretoria West every Sunday.

“This campaign comprises gratuitous and patently false statements intended to malign my reputation. Whatever reason the respondents might have, this campaign has gone too far,” Bushiri stated.

He said the march was meant to solely defame him.

Antonio, who is behind the #BushiriMustFall hashtag, said he’s been using this since last year March to “expose Bushiri” for allegedly breaking down his marriage.

“Last year Bushiri made a prophecy to my wife, saying my mother is a witch . that caused trauma to me and my kids and became a big issue,” Antonio said yesterday.

Ashoms said they were in the process of filing their responding papers ahead of tomorrow’s court hearing.

“This is a march for victims of false prophets … we have victims who’ve been raped by a bishop coming all the way from Kroonstad to be part of this march,” Ashoms said.

However, Rikhotso Attorneys said in a statement to Sowetan that Antonio has had an “antagonistic attitude” which began “ever since his wife was prophesied by our client first time she visited our client church”.

“In expressing their views, the respondents cannot be allowed to violate our client’s rights … Our client does not wish to stifle debate of, and public awareness around, false prophets. Nor does our client seek to use litigation as a weapon in terrorem to bully the respondents into submission.”

 

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Hawks probe Bushiri as R15m a month leaves SA

01 April 2018 – 11:39

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri allegedly makes millions from his church services.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri allegedly makes millions from his church services.

The police’s elite crime-fighting unit, the Hawks, is investigating charismatic prophet Shepherd Bushiri for money laundering after members of the church leadership claimed he was sending an estimated R15-million a month to Malawi, his country of birth.

The money is allegedly transported out of South Africa in Bushiri’s private jet and other vehicles.

Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi confirmed they have launched a money laundering probe into the Major One, as Bushiri calls himself, but did not confirm the amounts.

“The matter has been brought to our attention. However, it is still in its infancy stage. It is against our policy to divulge information on any of our investigations,” said Mulaudzi.

Bushiri, who runs the charismatic Enlightened Christian Gathering church that has several branches in the country and in other southern African countries, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

His lawyer Bright Rikhotso said he could not comment as he was not aware of the probe.

A Hawks official told Sunday World that Bushiri became a person of interest after witnesses in the church leadership came forward with information.

The official said the church leaders who came forward said the church spirits away about R15-million every month.

“Our investigation also found that when the money arrives in Malawi, it is not taken to any bank there. It gets cleaned illegally into different businesses.”

The official said some of the witnesses were allegedly intimidated by Bushiri and his staff when they wanted their agreed payments for giving false testimonies during church services.

“According to the witnesses, everything that happens in the church is planned. People are bought to testify, they are bought to act sick and crippled and later give testimony that they were healed by prophet Bushiri,” he said.

The official said the whistle was blown when these fake-testimony workers started seeing the money that the church was making out of their testimonies and wanted their fair share.

“It is different people every Sunday. The other witness said she demanded R100000 for testifying about Bushiri’s prayer that helped her get out of ITC blacklisting.

“We all know that it is impossible, but gullible and desperate people believe these things,” he said.

The Hawks official said: “How the money goes through the borders without being reported also is being investigated. This man is taking money from the poor. Many witnesses who came forward told us that some even sell their belongings to get money to pay for miracles.”

According to another source in the church, Bushiri’s five brothers have now opened other branches in Cape Town.

“They also claim to be prophets and they are making money that also gets transported to Malawi,” said the source.

One of the branches of the church draws up to 40000 congregants to its premises at the Pretoria showgrounds.

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Second scramble for what is left of Africa is happening right now

It is not for nothing that British Prime Minister Theresa May will choose to dance in Africa at a time when the British economy is struggling under Brexit and the United Kingdom needs a support base to stay afloat.

Africa is the old cow that produces milk after a love pat. This is exactly what is happening as China and the United States battle for supremacy in the continent. On the side, the United Kingdom, Germany and India want a share of that milk.

If you can’t convince them, then confuse them. Alas, May visited South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya on her three-day Africa tour aimed at boosting the former colonists’ trade and diplomatic presence in the countries.

She announced £4 billion ($5.1 billion) of extra British support for African economies in order for the UK to overtake the U.S. to become the biggest investor in Africa by 2022.

“Kenya will retain its duty-free quota access to the UK market as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. The UK is already the largest foreign investor in Kenya,” May states as she met with Uhuru Kenyatta in Kenya. She made the same promises to leaders of Nigeria and South Africa including other offers from security to healthcare.

Long before May could think of coming to Africa, China had already rooted its flag in the continent and they are the real competitors and not the United States which is losing painfully under an ignorant president.

China’s president played his cards right by visiting the continent last month to deepen its stronghold. He visited Senegal, Rwanda, and South Africa cementing the “lasting friendship” which is making China the continent’s largest trading partner.

Who else will get the resources if not China which is building all the highways, national monuments, dams and cities for “free”?

By China’s side is India which is an emerging world power and would want a taste of the African milk. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also embarked on an Africa tour same time as China. He visited Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. What does India want in East Africa and South Africa? Oh! The market which is largely run by Africans of Indian descent.

Germany! Their focus now is West Africa and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stepped foot in the continent as May was milking the cow. She toured Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

But why West Africa?

Germany has an immigration issue that has taken away its prime focus of economic development. We want your milk but can you first help us take away some of your people for us to talk? This could be running through the mind of Merkel who is battling with the fact that around 14,000 nationals from Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal living in Germany illegally and a political threat if the immigration situation is not solved.

Merkel was quick to sign business deals in the West African countries including the quick signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for German carmaker Volkswagen to start car assembling in Ghana.

The rug is slowly being pulled under the feet of the United States which is currently the most generous in terms of aid to Africa. Donald Trump started crippling the relationship after calling African states a “shithole countries” and firing former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during a visit to Africa in an attempt to clear up his mess.

This was followed by a statement by the State Department disclosing that Ambassador Donald Y. Yamamoto, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, will travel to Washington and Minnesota to meet with various members of the African diaspora.

President Trump’s African diaspora strategy deepens speculations that his administration does not care about Africa. He has never visited Africa and his wife recently shared plans to visit and “educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent, while also learning about its rich culture and history.”

It got muddy when Trump suspended Rwanda’s duty-free benefits to exports clothes to the U.S. following the decision to increase tariffs on used clothes imports and a subsequent ban by 2019.

The Rwandan government responded to the suspension saying that their garment companies are already being introduced to European buyers and they don’t need the United States to survive.

A typical action symbolizing Africa Beyond Aid. However, listen to the speeches of African leaders who are championing the non-dependency mantra; they beg for grass to provide milk.

 

This articvle is written by ISMAIL AKWEI. Head of Content at Face2face Africa. He is an international journalist (digital/ broadcast media), human rights advocate, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast and a lover of art and culture. He has worked with multinational media companies in three African countries and has over a decade’s experience in journalism. Source: https://face2faceafrica.com/article/second-scramble-for-what-is-left-of-africa-is-happening-right-now

 


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Chinese Aid and Investment Are Good for Africa

Seneglese and Chinese workers at the construction site for a new national theater in Dakar on Feb. 14, 2009. (Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

Seneglese and Chinese workers at the construction site for a new national theater in Dakar on Feb. 14, 2009. (Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Next week, presidents and ministers from across Africa will make their way to Beijing for the seventh Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, a lavish pageant designed to showcase China’s engagement with African nations. At the last FOCAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged a massive $60 billion in commercial loans to Africa, a sum that far outstrips U.S. lending and investments. But Washington shouldn’t necessarily be alarmed—at least not yet.

Since the first FOCAC in 2000, China has grown from bit player in Africa to the source of nearly $200 billion in trade. From 2001 and 2011, China also committed $75 billion in aid to the continent, about 20 percent of the $404 billion total that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee calculated for the period. The United States promised somewhat more—$90 billion in the same period—but Chinese aid is more sought after. Unlike Western assistance, which comes mainly in the form of outright transfers of cash and materiel, Chinese assistance consists mostly of export credits and loans for infrastructure (often with little or no interest) that are fast, flexible, and largely without conditions. Thanks to such loans, the International Monetary Fund estimates that, as of 2012, China owned about 15 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s total external debt, up from only 2 percent in 2005. And McKinsey & Co. reckons that, as of 2015, Chinese loans accounted for about a third of new debt being taken on by African governments.

Many observers have warned of the real risk of Chinese lending undermining African sovereignty and U.S. interests in the region. For example, in remarks early this year, then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledgedthat “Chinese investment does have the potential to address Africa’s infrastructure gap” but at the same time lamented that “its approach has led to mounting debt and few, if any, jobs in most countries” even as it “encourages dependency using opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt and undercut their sovereignty, denying them their long-term, self-sustaining growth.”

Take, for example, the tiny, sparsely populated East African country of Djibouti, which Tillerson visited during what turned out to be his last trip as America’s chief diplomat. Since 2002, it has been home to the largest U.S. military base in Africa, which is used as a launchpad for counterterrorism operations in East Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. In the last two years alone, Djibouti has borrowed $1.4 billion from China—an astronomical sum for a country of barely a million people. That’s more than three-quarters of Djibouti’s GDP. Beijing has leveraged this money to open its first overseas military installation, which is located in Djibouti City next to a port that is also owned and operated by China. The base has badly crowded U.S. operations and has been used to harass U.S. pilots. Perhaps even worse, Beijing’s resident ambassador has reportedly told diplomats that his country expects to be repaid either in cash or in kind, raising the specter that Beijing intends to expand its military footprint in the country—whether its government likes it or not.

The Djibouti example aside, though, Chinese loans are neither inherently good nor bad—they will be whatever the African nations choose to make of them. Increased competition for African real estate and resources should, in theory, enhance the bargaining power of African governments, which is inarguably a good thing. The question, however, is whether African leaders will rise to the occasion or whether they will settle for deals that may deliver short-term gains but at significant long-term costs.

Kenya is a good case study of how to leverage the opportunities. In late August, President Uhuru Kenyatta met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, and the two leaders announced the establishment of a United States-Kenya Trade and Investment Working Group and promised to find financing for a superhighway between the capital of Nairobi and the port of Mombasa. It will be built by the U.S. construction giant Bechtel. After a quick trip home, Kenyatta embarked for the FOCAC meeting, where he will likely sign further deals on top of the $3.2 billion Chinese-funded, -built, and -operated Madaraka Express railway between Nairobi and Mombasa that opened last year. In combination, the new U.S.-funded superhighway and additional Chinese-supplied railway infrastructure will leave Kenya better equipped for international trade.

The question, however, is whether more African leaders will follow that lead. If they use Chinese financing as a patch for poor governance and irresponsible fiscal policies, then China’s no-strings-attached approach to doing business could indeed be disastrous. It could become, in the words of Lamido Sanusi, the former governor of the Nigerian Central Bank (and now emir of Kano) a “new form of imperialism,” consisting primarily of extracting resources and selling finished products back to Africans, without much in the way of technology and skills transfers in between. If African nations are more strategic about the use of Chinese aid though, then it could not only help the continent build necessary power and road infrastructure but also spur economic growth. The World Bank estimates that if the region could just close its infrastructure gap with the median of the rest of the developing world, GDP per capita would increase by 1.7 percentage points per year.

Weakly democratic governments in Africa could also let Chinese investment become a full replacement for Western assistance on the grounds that Western help comes with too many conditions. In doing so, they would miss out on a source of funding that could lead to long-term economic health. It is not lost on observers that while Chinese funds have poured into virtually every corner of Africa, nearly 75 percent of the investments have gone to just 10 countries, among which only one, South Africa, is classified as “free” in Freedom House’s 2018 Freedom in the World report.

The United States and its partners should not be naive about China’s advance across the continent, but they should not view it rival’s involvement as a zero-sum game, either—not least because Africans would not welcome such an approach. The world stands to gain from China’s engagement in Africa. China is the only global actor that is realistically capable of relieving (or, at least to date, has even shown interest in) tackling Africa’s enormous infrastructure deficit, especially in power and transport, which will cost a staggering $90 billion every year for the next decade to address. And China needs Africa’s natural resources and export markets to fuel its own growth.

But the partnership will only pay off if the infrastructure projects that China underwrites are high-quality, commercially sound, socially responsible, and well-managed. And there is no reason they can’t be. However, it is up to African leaders to drive harder bargains and African publics to demand transparency in the terms of contracts, especially where land or commodity futures are at stake. The more competitors there are in the aid space, the easier that will be.

The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy recognizes Africa’s economic potential and a strategic need to provide an alternative to China’s “often extractive economic footprint” on the continent. This is all well and good, but it assumes that U.S. businesses will be present and engaged across Africa alongside America’s diplomats, development specialists, and military personnel in ways that they currently are not. If African leaders are partying—and signing deals—in Beijing, it is because they need what those partnerships promise. It is in everyone’s interest that the United States and other developed countries both match those moves and raise them as well.

The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the World Bank Group.

J. Peter Pham is the vice president of research and regional initiatives at the Atlantic Council and director of its Africa Center.

Abdoul Salam Bello is a visiting fellow at the Africa Center and advisor to the executive director for Africa Group II at the World Bank Group. He previously served as chief of staff of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the World Bank Group.

Boubacar-Sid Barry is a senior advisor to the executive director for Africa Group II at the World Bank Group.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the World Bank Group.


President Macky Sall of Senegal urges African leaders to prioritise investment in health: Regional Committee for Africa gets underway in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal, 27 August 2019 – President Macky Sall of Senegal has urged African countries to invest more resources into health to address the health challenges facing the continent.
He made the remarks while addressing delegates at the WHO Regional Committee – the annual meeting of health ministers from the 47 countries in the WHO African Region.

The Senegalese leader pointed out that with the support of technical and financial partners, much progress has been made particularly in controlling and managing communicable diseases. He how-ever drew attention to the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and emergencies and called for firm action to address them.  He said: “NCDs and other epidemic outbreaks are revealing the weakness in our general health systems and indeed surveillance systems.  Africa suffers if these epidemics and the NCDs are not effectively managed”.

In his remarks, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the delegates that stronger political commitment, partnership, and a transformed WHO are key to improving health and wellbeing of all people in the world, especially in Africa. He observed that there are very positive signs of political commitment in some of the countries adding that ultimately it is the political leaders that will achieve the “triple billion” targets of the 13th Gen-eral Programme of Work and ultimately the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “It’s you as po-litical leaders who are accountable for the decisions you make and the results you achieve. WHO’s role is to give you the best support we can”, he said.

He reminded delegates that to achieve the SDGs, there is need for innovative, dynamic and purpose-ful partnerships. According to Dr Tedros, achievement of SDG 3 will be through effective coordina-tion of collective efforts. “It will not happen if all of us just do our own thing. It will not happen if fragmentation and duplication continue. But it can happen if we work together. It can happen if the array of actors on the global health stage leverage their collective strength” he said.

The Director-General noted that there were achievements to celebrate but also challenges to ad-dress in the area of Universal Health Coverage. He informed delegates that if nothing is done about the health workforce now, the world will face a shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030 and six million of these will be in Africa. “That shortfall not only leaves people without support for their eve-ryday health needs, it leaves a huge hole in the region’s defences against outbreaks and other emer-gencies” he said.  Investing in health workers is therefore not only an investment in a healthier Africa, it’s an investment in a safer Africa.

In her speech, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, noted that 2018 was a significant year for public health, with 70 years of WHO’s existence, and 40 years since the Alma Ata declaration on primary Health Care, the principles of which are embodied in the Universal Health Coverage. She informed delegates that the reforms in the Health Emergencies Programme were showing results as evidenced by the work of WHO with Member States and partners to contain more than 130 outbreaks and emergencies in 35 countries in the Region over the past year.

The Regional Director observed that the Transformation Agenda of the African Region is making a difference in people’s lives, particularly at the country level. She emphasized that action was needed from all stakeholders to address the continued high maternal and newborn mortality, the plateaued progress on malaria control and the stagnation of Immunization coverage as well as the increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases in the Region.

Dr Moeti pointed out that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are silently killing Africans from all walks of life – yet are entirely preventable. The Region has the highest levels of hypertension in the world – about 30% of adults suffer from high blood pressure – and approximately 146 000 adults die every year from tobacco-related diseases. “NCDs must become a priority now. Proven public health policies exist, such as increased taxation, banning advertising, having mandatory health warnings for tobacco products and alcohol, and multi-sectoral action,” she said.

The outgoing Chairman of the WHO Regional Committee and Minister of Health and Child Care of Zimbabwe, Dr David Parirenyatwa thanked Member States of the WHO African Region for entrusting him with the responsibility of serving as the Chairman of the Regional Committee and subsequently the president of the WHA 70. He reported that during his tenure of office, he encouraged Member States to heed the call by the WHO Director General to accelerate and advance towards the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

A one-minute silence was observed in honour of Mr Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General.

The 5-day conference is attended by Health Ministers and high-ranking health officials from 47 coun-tries in the WHO African Region.

Source: https://www.afro.who.int/news/president-macky-sall-senegal-urges-african-leaders-prioritise-investment-health-regional 

 

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A United Nations-Backed University Conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree with Special Ambassadorship on Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri During the Historic First International Visitors Programs in Washington, DC, USA

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (www.facebook.com/shepherdbushiriministries) is the young man of God and successful business person who needs no introduction. As a reminder, in less than 4 years, his church, the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG), grew from a few members to more than 400 thousand members at the Pretoria branch alone in South Africa where its headquarters is located. His success in business is also acclaimed throughout the world. Therefore, people flock from around the world to visit him for prayer and to witness what God has been doing through him. The International Visitors Program is a key component of the Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Ministries in such a way that every week, thousands of people travel to visit the major prophet at his mega church in South Africa. In an attempt to help more people, take the revival to other nations, and to reach those who are unable to travel all the way to South Africa, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has embarked in a special global tour which includes the International Visitors Program.

On August 24-27, 2018, the United States of America was privileged to host its first ever International Visitors Program (IVP) during the USA Prophetic Conference held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland 20745. In addition to the International Visitors Programs, Major 1 hosted the Iron man conference and his wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri (www.facebook.com/prophetess.mary.bushiri), hosted the “Women on Fire Conference”. Thousands of people traveled from all around the globe to attend the event while millions watched it online. As usual, countless miracles took place. From supernatural healings, miracle money, promotions, miracle jobs, prophetic guidance, to people receiving salvation, the menu of the testimonies was very diverse and outstanding. This can also explain why ECG America (www.ecgministries.org) is the fastest growing church in America and in less than a year after its launch ECG America has cells  in many states.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri, Receiving Honorary Doctorate from CICA-International in Washington DC. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri, Receiving Honorary Doctorate from CICA-International in Washington DC. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.

On August 26, 2018, the last day of the International Visitors Program, the Canadian International Chaplaincy Association (CICA) (www.cica-international.org) conferred on Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri, an honorary Doctorate Degree of Divinity. The Canadian International Chaplaincy Association (CICA) runs an International University and a Seminary which offers degree programs in Bachelor of Theology, Master of Theology, Master of Divinity in Advanced Christian Chaplain Ministry, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Theology. CICA International was the the first and only Full Gospel Church to be granted an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the highest level of accreditation that is awarded internationally to designates. CICA International University & Seminary is accredited by the Evangelical Order of Certified Pastoral Counselors of America (EOCPC), a Federal Chartered organization with the Canadian Government. They are also accredited with the World-Wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Education Institutions.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (twitter.com/psbushiri) and his wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri also received the UN-approved Ambassadorial titles of Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Special Envoy (CDSE) and an Order of Minister Statesman Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Kingdom Ambassadors (CDKA). This means that, in addition to the doctorate degree, Major 1 and his wife were appointed Goodwill Ambassadors and have the right to use “His Excellency”, “Her Excellency”, and/or “Ambassador” before their names. According to His Excellency Dr. Devon Bannister, the Pro-Chancellor of CICA International University and Seminary, this honor is based on their “selfless dedication to the work of the Kingdom of God both inside and outside the church”.

While this Honorary Doctorate Degree was the first one ever received by Prophetess Mary Bushiri, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri was a recipient of another honorary degree.  In 2017, the Therapon University www.theraponuniversity.org, an American university accredited by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, granted Major 1 an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri has  also received countless honors and distinctions across the globe. He was the first Black to be nominated for the Prestigious “Honorary US Citizenship” given to only 8 people of exceptional merit since 1776 . He is also a recipient of the Business Excellence Award (Person of the Year 2017) and was inducted in “Africa’s CEOS Hall of Fame” by the prestigious African Leadership Magazine. His family, The Bushiri Family, has been ranked one of the 10 Africa’s most affluent families. In 2016, he was featured in a book written by Dr. Roland Holou that honored the “Most Influential Contemporary African Diaspora Leaders” http://AfricanDiasporaLeaders.com/shepherdbushiri.

Congratulations to His Excellency, Ambassador Rev. Dr. Prophet Shepherd Bushiri C.D.K.A, C.D.S.E, F.O.R.E and to Her Excellency, Ambassador Rev. Dr. Prophetess Mary Bushiri C.D.K.A, C.D.S.E, F.O.R.E.

Prophetess Mary Bushiri with her Doctorate Degree. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophetess Mary Bushiri with her Doctorate Degree. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophetess Mary Bushiri Receiving Honorary Doctorate from CICA-International. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophetess Mary Bushiri Receiving Honorary Doctorate from CICA-International. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Pro Chancellor, His Excellency Dr Devon Bannister handing Doctorate Degree to Major 1. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Pro Chancellor, His Excellency Dr Devon Bannister handing Doctorate Degree to Major 1. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Receiving Honorary Doctorate and UN-backed Special ambassadorship from Pro chancellor of CICA-International. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri Receiving Honorary Doctorate and UN-backed Special ambassadorship from Pro chancellor of CICA-International. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri smiling after receiving his second Honorary doctorate degree and ambassadorship in USA. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri smiling after receiving his second Honorary doctorate degree and ambassadorship in USA. © 2018 Photo by Geoffrey Laston Mkhalipi (ECG Church). All rights reserved.

 


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• For many reasons, most people leave their country of origin to go into adventure hoping for a better life that, unfortunately, they don’t usually find as originally planned. Why? Most people tend to set too much expectation on this earth which is not supposed to answer all our problems!

• For most people living in the Diaspora, getting better opportunities to solve their problems and achieve their adventure dream is their main priority.

• People and organizations in the country of origin of the Diasporas (particularly developing countries) address most of their needs for assistance to their relatives in the Diaspora, thinking that those relatives are really having a better life abroad.

• Some people in the country of origin of the Diasporas are interested in receiving free gifts back from the Diasporas regardless of their success or not.

• At the same time, nothing is that free for the Diasporas in the foreign countries they find themselves in. Most of the free things the Diasporas get abroad are not enough to really help them find a sustainable way of success. Therefore, to really succeed abroad, most Diasporas have to pay a high price.

• Usually, because of a lack of information or right connections or knowledge, several immigrants do not produce the best of themselves. At the same time, those who succeed do not often collaborate or network with the newly arriving immigrants or those who are not succeeding. Some new aliens would like to find some close and successful immigrants to mentor them, but they don’t know where to find them. The Diasporas of most countries often times neglect to contribute to the development of their country of birth.

• Usually, at their turn, most people living in the Diaspora (at least the newcomers/migrants and those who are struggling to succeed) tend to ask the people in their host country to help them.

• Not only are native individuals, organizations, and businesses in the Diaspora country of residence overloaded with request for free help, but they would also prefer the Diaspora members (who are living by them) to buy their professional services rather than just ask for free help.

• Usually, most Diasporas are not well understood for instance because of the language and cultural barriers, but also because of a lack of integration into their new environment.

• As the Diasporas have their problems that they can’t solve, so the people and organizations in the Diaspora’ host country have their own that they can’t solve free of charge for the Diaspora.

• Meanwhile, certain organizations and governmental institutions strategically take advantage of this situation.

• At the same time, the governments of the country of origin of most Diasporas are ignorant of what their people are facing abroad.

• Because of the problems mentioned above, it generally takes too long for most Diaspora members to achieve their goals and succeed.

• The Diaspora members who we think succeed, don’t usually reach their full potential, and if they do, it takes too long to get there.

• By the time they succeed, most Diaspora’s members incurred a lot of debt, frustrations, and other problems that cause them to focus on themselves rather than really thinking about helping those in their country of origin as the latter wish.

• Some of those who succeed and who want to give back don’t know where the real needs are and how they can engage themselves and others.

• The Diaspora members who are willing to help or give back to their country of origin or to other places they previously lived, don’t know how, where, and who to contact to reach the real needy or solve the real problems.

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China Reportedly Gives France An Ultimatum to End The Colonial Pact in Africa

The colonial pact (also called the regime of the Exclusive) is a trading system imposed by the European countries to their colonies in the seventeenth century and according to which the colony can only import products from the metropolis while it should export only to this one

Few people know it. But there are indeed secret agreements signed between the former French colonies and their former administrative authority, France. These agreements concern many areas, such as the military, politics, but especially economic agreements.

African countries must deposit their financial reserves with the Banque de France. Thus, France “keeps” the financial reserves of fourteen African countries since 1961: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, France, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

China, which owns 40% of crude oil production in Congo, must transit through the central bank of France before bringing capital and funds to the Congo, which takes time and depreciates the Chinese currency. China no longer wants this and will be ready for a change in the relationship France – Africa

According to our sources in the Chinese government, there have been secret meetings between the Chinese and French to end the colonial pact to some former French colonies where the Chinese have the greatest interest. It would be 6 of the 14 African countries forced by France to pay the colonial tax.

Our sources reported that China has given France a five-year ultimatum to end this colonial pact with these six countries or face serious economic sanctions. France has shown no interest in putting an end to this colonial pact with the African countries concerned. Stay tuned for more information about this.

Source: Africa24,info

 

Source: https://howafrica.com/china-reportedly-gives-france-an-ultimatum-to-end-the-colonial-pact-in-africa/?amp 


The Trans-African Highway Network Will Connect the Continent, But What Role Will China Play?


Envisioned in 1971 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Trans-African Highway (TAH) is a network of nine highways that would span a total of 60,000 km (37,282 mi) across the continent.(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Since the days before African independence, when the European colonizers controlled the continent, there has been a vision of building a vast network of highways connecting the African nations. Now, as the African nations make strides towards closer economic cooperation, common markets, and breaking down barriers to travel and trade in goods and services, this notion of a plan for interconnected roads linking the continent has much potential. However, there are impediments, but also potential help from China in making this long-term vision a reality.

Governments and financing and development agencies know of the substantial economic potential to linking the 54 African nations with their arbitrary boundaries, as Quartz Africa reported. Further, poor infrastructure means that transportation costs are 50 to 175 percent higher than in other parts of the globe. Africa is a vast land mass, perhaps more than many realize — larger than China, India, the contiguous United States, most of Europe and Japan combined. As Cobus van Staden wrote for the Jamestown Foundation, “African development hinges on a maddening paradox: its greatest asset — the sheer size and diversity of its landscape — is also the greatest barrier to its development. Landlocked countries are cut off from ports, and the difficulty of moving goods from country to country weighs down intra-continental trade,” he writes, noting that only 15 percent of African trade takes place within Africa. Further, the African consumer bears the burden of these challenges with higher prices due to corruption, tariffs and border delays, but. most important, the fact “that no streamlined transport route exists between West and East Africa — only a decaying and underdeveloped road and rail system which pushes up costs and drags down efficiency.”

In 1971, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) envisioned the Trans-African Highway (TAH), a network of nine highways that would span a total of 60,000 km (37,282 miles) across the continent. If the Trans-African Highway Network is undertaken, UNECA concluded, “Our continent will be placed in a strong position in term of the most positive factor for unity: the creation of physical bonds between our countries.”

Some of the planned routes on the TAH include Tripoli, Libya, to Windhoek, Namibia, (9,610 km/5971 miles), Cairo, Egypt, to Dakar, Senegal, (8,636 km/5366 miles), and Algiers to Lagos (4504 km/2799 miles). Only one of these routes, the 4,500 km (2796 miles) Trans-Sahelian Highway between Dakar and N’Djamena in Chad has been completed with the help of China. Construction has been slow on the TAH, with different construction standards across countries, inadequate funding for maintenance and upgrades, crumbling of already constructed roads due to climate and terrain conditions, and civil conflicts cited as reasons. Further, borrowing limits imposed by the IMF have been an impediment to fast-tracking infrastructure development projects such as highways.


Source: Quartz Africa

With the Single African Air Transport Market initiated by the African Union; a Continental Free Trade Area covering 1.2 billion people with a combined GDP of $3.4 trillion which will pave the way for the free movement of business, people and investments and a Continental Customs Union; and plans for a common AU passport; the idea of a Trans-African Highway becoming a reality only makes sense. Already, inroads have been made in the expansion and integration of Africa’s port, road and rail network. In the absence of a developed highway network to facilitate trade across Africa, deficient infrastructure cuts economic productivity across Africa by 40 percent and causes traffic deaths. While it takes 19 days to ship a container from Singapore to Kenya, 20 more days are required to send those goods by truck from Mombasa and Nairobi via a single-lane road.

China stands to play an important role in the development of Africa’s transcontinental highway system. There is a rail component to the TAH, as van Staden noted, of which the first phase, slated to begin this year with a completion date of 2022, is a $2.2 billion upgrade to the 1,228 km (763 miles) rail line already linking Dakar and Bamako, Mali. The project is implemented by the African Development Bank’s Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa and is supported by the West African Economic and Monetary Union. In 2015, Senegal and Mali each signed their own agreement with the China Railway Construction Corporation. Senegal’s agreement amounted to $1.24 billion through a Chinese loan, while Mali finalized a $1.5 billion deal, as part of additional agreements including $8 billion railway link between Mali and the port of Conakry in Guinea.

It is no secret that China has dramatically increased its footprint in Africa. The Belt and Road Initiative, regarded by China as the largest project of the 21st century, is a massive multi-trillion dollar project encompassing infrastructure, transportation and energy, and a network of shipping lanes and railroads in 70 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania. A number of Chinese projects in Africa, including railway lines, are under development with the promise of sustainable development. Chinese assistance may help expedite the realization of Africa’s dreams in uniting the continent by highway and rail, and precipitating economic growth. At the same time, Africans will be faced with asking hard questions regarding an increased Chinese presence (and military presence) in the motherland, the influence and control of foreign nations such as China over the continent, the sovereignty of African nations and foreign debt. With the Trans-African Highway, as with everything, there are costs involved.

Source: https://atlantablackstar.com/2018/08/18/the-trans-african-highway-network-will-connect-the-continent-but-what-role-will-china-play


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Strategies and Advice to Diaspora Wanting to Return to their Home Country After Moving Abroad

Although it can be good that some Diaspora members return back home or relocate to their country of origin, it may be bad for others particularly, if they are not well prepared. Therefore, no matter if you succeeded or failed abroad, it is important you consider certain critical points before moving back home.

• Are you contemplating to return to your country of origin, but you realized that no organized structure exists to facilitate your move?

• Are you trying to return back home but you don’t know whom to talk to and how to return to your home country to be ensured you can have a decent life there?

• Do you know that many people returned to their home country but have failed there due to a lack of programs to help them integrate into a new environment? Are you one of those?

• Do you know that numerous agencies assist people in planning their travels, but very few specialize in helping Diaspora members return to their home country even if it is for a short stay to contribute to their nation’s development?

• Are you eager to know and scrutinize the opportunities that your country of origin has for its Diasporas, so that you can match your expectations with what is available in your home country, to decide whether it is worth going back home or not?

• Rain or Shine, do you want to go back to your home country, but just need a little help?

• Are you looking for someone or an institution involved in migration, traveling, or development to facilitate a dialog between you and your country of origin to see how you may help harness opportunities that can assist anyone in the transition of going back home?

• Did you study while you were abroad at a very high cost (e.g. student loan, cost of living abroad), and after graduation, you would like to return back to your country, but unfortunately, you feel like you can’t afford it, because the salary you will make in your home country cannot allow you to pay your debt and have a decent life?

• Do you feel like, if you return back home, you will likely not find the tools and resources to practice what you have learned?

• Do you think that if someone (e.g. government, nonprofit) can assist you in paying off that debt and having a decent job, you would love to return back to your country of origin?

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Details of horrific first voyages in transatlantic slave trade revealed

By David Keys Archaeology Correspondent

Almost completely ignored by the modern world, this month marks the 500th anniversary of one of history’s most tragic and significant events – the birth of the Africa to America transatlantic slave trade. New discoveries are now revealing the details of the trade’s first horrific voyages.

Exactly five centuries ago – on 18 August 1518 (28 August 1518, if they had been using our modern Gregorian calendar) – the King of Spain, Charles I, issued a charter authorising the transportation of slaves direct from Africa to the Americas. Up until that point (since at least 1510), African slaves had usually been transported to Spain or Portugal and had then been transhipped to the Caribbean.

Charles’s decision to create a direct, more economically viable Africa to America slave trade fundamentally changed the nature and scale of this terrible human trafficking industry. Over the subsequent 350 years, at least 10.7 million black Africans were transported between the two continents. A further 1.8 million died en route.

This month’s quincentenary is of a tragic event that caused untold suffering and still today leaves a legacy of poverty, racism, inequality and elite wealth across four continents. But it also quite literally changed the world and still geopolitically, socially, economically and culturally continues to shape it even today – and yet the anniversary has been almost completely ignored.

“There has been a general failure by most historians and others to fully appreciate the huge significance of August 1518 in the story of the transatlantic slave trade,” said one of Britain’s leading slavery historians, Professor David Richardson of the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation.

The sad reality is that there currently are only two or three academics worldwide studying the origins of the transatlantic slave trade – and much of our knowledge about it has only been discovered over the past three years.

“The discoveries we’ve made are transforming our understanding of the very beginnings of the transatlantic slave trade. Remarkably, up till now, it’s been a shockingly understudied area,” said Professor David Wheat of Michigan State University, a historian who has been closely involved in the groundbreaking research.

In the August 1518 charter, the Spanish king gave one of his top council of state members, Lorenzo de Gorrevod, permission to transport “four thousand negro slaves both male and female” to “the [West] Indies, the [Caribbean] islands and the [American] mainland of the [Atlantic] ocean sea, already discovered or to be discovered”, by ship “direct from the [West African] isles of Guinea and other regions from which they are wont to bring the said negros”.

Although the charter has been known to historians for at least the past 100 years, nobody until recently knew whether the authorised voyages had ever taken place.


The royal document which launched the Africa to Americas transatlantic slave trade exactly 500 years ago. Issued by the Spanish King, Charles I, its horrific consequences lasted for 350 years (Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Government of Spain/ArchivoGeneral de Indias)

Now new as-yet-unpublished research shows that those royally sanctioned operations did indeed take place with some of the earliest ones occurring in 1519, 1520, May 1521 and October 1521.

These four voyages (all discovered by American historians over the past three years) were from a Portuguese trading station called Arguim (a tiny island off the coast of what is now northern Mauritania) to Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. The first three carried at least 60, 54 and 79 slaves respectively – but it is likely that there were other voyages from Arguim to Hispaniola (modern Haiti and Dominican Republic). The discoveries were made in Spanish archives by two historians – Dr Wheat, of Michigan State, and Dr Marc Eagle, of Western Kentucky University.

It is likely that at least the 1520 voyage – and conceivably also the 1519 one – was by a Portuguese or Spanish caravel called the Santa Maria de la Luz, captained by a mariner called Francisco (or Fernando) de Rosa. The new research also shows that one of the 1521 voyages was by another caravel, the San Miguel, captained by a (probably Basque) sailor called Martin de Urquica, who was acting on behalf of two prominent Seville-based businessmen, Juan Hernandez de Castro and Gaspar Centurion.

The Arguim story had had its genesis more than 70 years earlier when, in 1445, the Portuguese established that trading post so that Portugal could acquire cheaper supplies of gold, gum Arabic and slaves.

By 1455, up to 800 slaves a year were being purchased there and then shipped back to Portugal.

Arguim island was just offshore from a probable coastal slave trade route between a series of slave-trading West African states, who almost certainly sold prisoners-of-war as slaves, and the Arab states of North Africa.

In that sense, the direct transatlantic slave trade that began in 1518/1519 was a by-product of the already long-established Arab slave trade.

However, any reliance on buying slaves from Arab slave trade operations did not last long, for in (or by) 1522, some 2,000 miles southeast of Arguim, direct slave voyages started between the island of Sao Tome off the northwest coast of central Africa and Puerto Rico and probably other Caribbean ports.

Academic research shows that this 1522 voyage carried no fewer than 139 slaves. Another voyage in 1524, discovered in 2016, carried just 18 – plus lots of other non-human merchandise. But other mostly recently discovered voyages in 1527, 1529 and 1530 carried 257, 248 and 231 slaves respectively. On average, therefore, each early voyage from Sao Tome carried much greater numbers of slaves than the ones from Arguim. It’s also likely that there were many other slave voyages between 1518 and 1530 which still await discovery by archival researchers.

There were also at least six early slave voyages from the Cape Verde Islands off the West African coast to the Caribbean between 1518 and 1530, laden with Black African captives acquired by Cape Verdean slave traders mainly from local African rulers and traders in what is now Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

But, apart from the Spanish king himself, who were the people who launched the direct transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the Caribbean exactly 500 years ago?

The most senior was the man Charles awarded the slave trade charter to in August 1518. He was Laurent de Gouvenot (Lorenzo de Gorrevod in Spanish) – a Flemish aristocrat and member of the Spanish king’s council of state (Flanders, predominantly the northern part of modern Belgium, was part of the Burgundian Netherlands, ruled by Charles).


Portrait of Charles I of Spain, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire (Wikimedia)

But, for Laurent, the charter was simply a licence from an old chum to make money without actually doing the appalling dirty work himself.

As he was specifically allowed to by the charter, he subcontracted the operations to Juan Lopez de Recalde, the treasurer of the Spanish government agency with responsibility for all Caribbean matters, who in turn sold the rights to transport 3,000 of the 4,000 slaves to a Seville-based Genoese merchant, Agostin de Vivaldi, and his Castilian colleague, Fernando Vazquez, and the right to carry the remaining thousand slaves to another Genoese merchant, Domingo de Fornari.

Vivaldi and Vazquez then (at a profit) resold the rights to transport their 3,000 slaves to two well connected Castilian merchants, Juan de la Torre and Juan Fernandez de Castro, and to a famous Seville-based Genoese banker, Gaspar Centurion, who, along with Fornari, subcontracted the work directly or indirectly to various ships’ captains.

All these businessmen had substantial mercantile experience – and Fornari came from a slave-trading family with a long experience of human trafficking in the Eastern Mediterranean.

At least four voyages from Arguin to Puerto Rico were organised and carried out between 1519-1521. It is likely that Vivaldo and Fornet (still probably acting on the basis of Lorenzo de Gorrevod’s charter) then, after 1521, hired captains to operate from Sao Tome  to Puerto Rico. It is perhaps significant that the first Sao Tome-originating slave voyage to the Caribbean took place in 1522 – the year that the Portuguese crown (under the newly enthroned very pro-Spanish Portuguese king, John III) assumed direct control over Sao Tome. This implies that the Spanish and Portuguese crowns may well have been working in close cooperation in the early development of the transatlantic slave trade.

The trade was a catastrophe for Africa. The Arab slave trade had already had a terrible impact on the continent – but European demand for slave labour in their embryonic New World empires worsened the situation substantially. Although many of the slaves for the Arab and transatlantic markets were captured and/or enslaved and sold by African rulers, the European slave traders massively expanded demand – and consequently, in the end, triggered a whole series of terrible intra-African tribal wars.

For, by around the mid-16th century, in order to satisfy European/New World demand, African slave raiders needed more captives to sell as slaves to the Europeans – and that necessitated starting and expanding more raids (and, subsequently, wars) to obtain them. The issuing of the royal charter 500 years ago this month not only led to the kidnapping of millions of people and a lifetime of subjugation and pain for them, but also led to the political and military destabilisation of large swathes of an entire continent.

But this African catastrophe was linked to another terrible human disaster on the American side of the Atlantic, the sheer scale of which is only now being revealed by archaeology. For the main reason that the Europeans needed African slaves to be shipped to the Caribbean was because the early Spanish colonisation of that region had led to the deaths of up to three million local Caribbean Indians, many of whom the Spanish had already de facto enslaved and had intended to be their local workforce.

When Columbus had discovered Hispaniola in 1492, the island had probably had a population of at least two million. By 1517, this had been reduced by at least 80 per cent – due to European-introduced epidemics (the Indians had no immunity), warfare, massacres, starvation and executions. Many of the surviving Indians had also fled into Hispaniola’s mountainous interior where they were beyond the reach of the Spanish state. Ongoing archaeological investigations on the island are only now revealing the sheer scale of its pre-Columbian population.

The reality was that, by 1514, according to a government census, there were only 26,000 Indians left under Spanish control – and the Spanish feared that number would further reduce. It was this population collapse and the fear that it would continue that appears to have forced the Spanish king to, for the first time, authorise direct slave shipments from Africa to the Americas. Spain was desperate to ensure that its royal goldmines and agricultural estates in Hispaniola and its economic projects on the other Caribbean islands would not founder for lack of manpower.

Indeed, just a few months after Charles had issued his 1518 slave trade charter, a majority (perhaps around two-thirds) of all the surviving Indian workers in Hispaniola and Puerto Rico perished in the New World’s very first smallpox epidemic.

The year the direct Africa to Americas slave trade was initiated by royal charter, 1518 is one of the most significant dates in the whole of human history. But, apart from this article, the anniversary has been largely forgotten.

The relative lack of academic attention partly explains the silence.

But an even more significant factor is the way in which Spain and Portugal have had relatively little interest in their respective yet crucial roles in the history of the transatlantic slave trade. What’s more, although Britain and the US have long been very interested in British and US slave trade-related history, they have not shown similar interest in the preceding Portuguese and Spanish slave trades.

Additionally, governments and organisations worldwide have tended to favour commemorating the slave revolts and abolitionist movements which combined to end the slave trade, rather than the more historically distant and politically less comfortable story of how it all began.

Sadly history’s lessons of how things go wrong are at least equally as valuable as the decidedly more inspirational stories of how things were, at least partially, put right.


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