Posts Tagged ‘kenya’

Political violence soon took on an ethnic dimension after Kenya’s disputed 2007 elections. Africa’s democratic transition is back in the spotlight. The concern is no longer the stranglehold of autocrats, but the hijacking of the democratic process by tribal politics. Kenya’s 2007-08 post-election violence revealed the extent to which tribal forces could quickly bring a country to the brink of civil war.

The challenge to democracy in Africa is not the prevalence of ethnic diversity, but the use of identity politics to (more…)

Some people on this continent expected more from the son of man who grew up herding goats in a village in western Kenya.

President Barack Obama made only one, cursory trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his first term, and at the time made it fairly clear that he would not be smothering the continent with attention.

“Africa’s future is up to Africans,” he said in Ghana, in a speech that quietly acknowledged the limitations of American influence in a region that now trades more with China than the US. (more…)

Barack Obama’s step-grandmother led celebrations in his ancestral Kenyan homeland today as he rolled to re-election and a second term in the White House. Meanwhile children at his old school in Jakarta celebrated in their classrooms as the results were announced. Sarah Onyango Obama was seen singing and dancing in Nyang’oma Kogelo village where she lives in western Kenya, some 400km north of the capital Nairobi – is also the place where the president’s late father Barack Obama was raised.

Limelight: President Barack Obama’s grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama, (more…)

A significant increase in salaries for Ghana’s president, ministers and other top officials has been criticised by anti-corruption campaigners.

Parliament agreed to the pay rise earlier this week in a session that was not televised.

Last month President John Dramani Mahama authorised an increase in MPs’ pay.

The BBC’s Sammy Darko in Ghana says both rises will be backdated to 2009 – which has caused a public outcry.

Our reporter says news of the pay increase, agreed by MPs for the (more…)

NOT so long ago, South Africa was by far the most serious and economically successful country in Africa. At the turn of the millennium it accounted for 40% of the total GDP of the 48 countries south of the Sahara, whereas Nigeria, three times more populous, lurched along in second place with around 14%. The remainder, in raw economic terms, barely seemed to count. (more…)