[Blackstudies-l] To avoid the danger of a single story, # 10 should be archived

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28 NOVEMBER 2019

Ghana Welcomes the Diaspora into the Fold

As part of Ghana's celebration of the "year of return", the country has
granted citizenship to 126 people from the diaspora who have been living in
Ghana for many years, a statement from the presidency says. The
beneficiaries mostly from the Caribbean were granted citizenship after
thorough scrutiny by the Interior Ministry as part of the 'Year of Return'
initiative by the government. At a ceremony at the Jubilee House to present
their certificates to them, President Akufo-Addo urged them to defend the
good image of the country. "Your decision to take up Ghanaian citizenship
means you have agreed to respect and abide by laws of Ghana and leave in
accordance with the independence of Ghana's constitution, I urged you guide
jealously our country's image and it's a charge I'm confident you will
uphold, in doing so I suggest you facilitate you reintegration and learn
one Ghanaian language of your choice...." Marking 300 years since the first
African was sold in a slave market in America, Ghana - a major hub during
the transatlantic slave trade - declared 2019 the year of return for people
in the diaspora.

Zimbabwe's Healthcare is in ICU

Senior doctors in Zimbabwe have joined their junior counterparts in a
general strike over low wages that they say are not keeping up with high
inflation. On Wednesday, health care workers said they would continue their
strike, which began Tuesday to protest the dismissal of junior colleagues
who walked out in September, paralyzing the country's health delivery
system. Zimbabwe's biggest hospital, Parirenyatwa General in Harare, looked
deserted as patients were being turned away. Being "incapacitated" is the
word government workers are using to justify staying at home, saying their
salaries of below $100, in some cases, cannot let them meet their basic

Can the DRC Go at it Alone?

An independent United Nations (UN) strategic review has recommended that
the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) complete
a phased withdrawal by 2022.  It was deployed by the UN Security Council to
monitor the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement signed in August 1999. The UN
Organisation Stabilisation Mission’s record of achievement in the DRC is
mixed. An independent strategic review noted “significant peace gains” and
that after 20 years of UN peacekeeping some two thirds of the country was
“stable”. Human rights violations perpetrated by the Congolese Army also
continue to be a major problem. This reflects a larger failure, after
numerous unsuccessful attempts, on the UN Organisation Stabilisation
Mission in the DRC’s watch, to undertake meaningful reforms of the security
sector. The mission’s programmes in support of the disarmament,
demobilisation and reintegration of armed groups and the reform of rule of
law institutions have fared little better.

Washington Pulls Out Children in Burkina Faso

The U.S. Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital said it had ordered the
departure of family members of embassy employees under the age of 21 from
the country due to the deteriorating security situation. In a statement on
Wednesday, the embassy in Ouagadougou said there was no specific threat to
prompt the directive, however security issues in the West African nation
had reached a point where it was no longer "appropriate" for children to
remain with the embassy community. Consular services and diplomatic
engagements will not be affected, the embassy said. The announcement also
comes as the US State Department raised its travel advisory for American
citizens to "Do Not Travel" as a result of "terrorism, crime and
kidnapping," according to the advisory.

Johnson's Old Opinion Piece Raises New Ire with Africans

Boris Johnson has been accused of making “racist and offensive” comments by
implying Nigerians are obsessed with money in an article which has
resurfaced. The prime minister wrote that young people “have an almost
Nigerian interest in money and gadgets of all kinds” in October 1999, while
editor of The Spectator magazine. He said the under-30s he knew “are just
as avaricious as we flinty Thacherite yuppies of the 1980s” before
comparing them to people from the west African country in a diary entry for
The Independent on Sunday.  Weyman Bennett, the co-convenor of Stand Up to
Racism, called the remarks “deeply racist and offensive”.

Rescuers Race against Time at Morocco Coast

Four people have died and 16 are missing after a boat carrying 78 migrants
got into difficulties while travelling from Morocco to Spain. Spain’s
maritime rescue service dispatched a boat, a helicopter and a spotter plane
on Tuesday night after receiving news from an NGO that a boat was adrift
after setting off from Charrana, Morocco, carrying dozens of people. A
spokeswoman for the Salvamento Marítimo said rescuers had saved 62 people
from the water 36 miles north-east of the Spanish north African enclave of
Melilla at 9.40pm. She said a plane and a rescue boat were searching for
the missing 16 people and were also on the lookout for another boat that
left Morocco on Tuesday afternoon, carrying 73 people.

Uplifting Africa's Access to Health

IFC is the largest multilateral investor in health care in developing
countries, with investments in over 200 projects in the past two decades
with a total of US$4.3 billion. However, HHI is IFC’s largest equity
investment in health care in Sub-Saharan Africa, outside of South Africa.
The project will focus on providing access to quality health care services
to help improve lives and achieve universal health coverage across the
regions. It is focused on filling the gap between the rich and poor in the
society, by providing secondary and out-of-hospital care for middle to
lower middle income patients in East and Southern Africa.

Magufuli's Tainted Victory

The United States and the United Kingdom have expressed concern over
elections in Tanzania where strongman President John Magufuli's party won
99 percent of seats, saying the vote lacked credibility. The long-ruling
CCM party ran almost entirely unopposed in local government polls held on
November 24. The opposition boycotted the vote, citing violence and
intimidation that rights groups say have become a hallmark of Magufuli's
leadership. His party clinched most of the 16,000 seats for street and
village leaders - influential posts essential for grassroots campaigning
ahead of next year's presidential election, in which Magufuli is expected
to run again. Chadema, the main opposition party, refused to take part,
saying its candidates were fearful or disqualified from running by
stringent rules used to block them. The party says its members have been
kidnapped and beaten, and at least one has blamed authorities for an attack
in 2017 in which he was shot multiple times. Five other smaller parties
also joined the boycott. Washington and London said Tanzania's refusal to
provide accreditation to respected election monitors ahead of the polls
eroded confidence in the outcome.

UK Brings back What was Stolen in Nigeria

A bronze statue that was looted from what is now Nigeria more than a
century ago will be returned, Cambridge University in Britain says. The
cockerel was taken in 1897 from the Court of Benin and given to the
university several years later. The statue was removed from public view in
2016 after students protested, saying it represented a colonial narrative.
Governments and institutions in the West are under growing pressure to
return artifacts taken decades or centuries ago, especially from Africa.
Some have begun assessing their collections and discussing next steps to

10 Common Misconceptions And Stereotypes About Africa

One of the most common misconceptions is that Africa is one large country.
Africa is a continent made up of 54 countries, with each country different
from the other in terms of political, social and economic structures. For
instance, in political spheres, some African countries have heads of states
who are kings. The monarchies of Africa include Morocco, Lesotho, and
Swaziland. Some African governments are headed by a Prime Minister while
others by a President. The 54 countries are all diverse and unique in their
own way, and it is a miscue to think of them as one large country.

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