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Opinion: What EU must continue to do to maintain its place as most successful peace project ever

Every year, the member states of the European Union celebrate Europe Day. This day commemorates the signing of Robert Schumann’s declaration of 9 May 1950, which is considered the birth certificate of what is now the European Union. Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament, writes on how she commemorated the Day in Germany this year and why the …

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Nigerian Diaspora Housing Mortgage Scheme set for Inauguration

A comprehensive Diaspora Housing Mortgage Scheme will soon be inaugurated, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) has announced. According to a press release issued by the Commission, Hon (Dr) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, NiDCOM, made the pledge when she visited the Management and Staff of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) in Abuja recently. The meeting was subsequent to both …

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Germany: Important information for Africans from Ukraine

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 4 million Ukrainians and people of other nationalities resident in the country have fled to other European countries. According to the German government, more than 400,000 of the displaced are currently in Germany to seek refuge – among these are thousands of Africans. While the legal …

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Here’s How African Leaders are Creating a More Inclusive and Sustainable World

The World Economic Forum today unveils the world’s most promising 109 Young Global Leaders under the age of 40, involved in activities from advocating for the rights of refugees to the advancement of innovation to combat COVID-19Among the 42 countries represented, 12 leaders hail from Africa and their work brings the promise of a brighter outlook at a difficult timeThey …

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New statistics on Germany’s inhabitants with migration background published

As the Federal Statistical Office announced in Wiesbaden on Tuesday, 22.3 million people living in Germany have a so-called migration background. This corresponds to a population share of 27.2 per cent. People with a migration background are those who themselves or at least one parent was not born with German citizenship. According to the data determined on the basis of …

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Welcoming Germany’s newest dental practice and it’s African owned!

I attended the opening of a new private dental practice in the Bavarian town of Neusäss on Friday, 8 April. The clinic, Zahnarztpraxis OloWow, belongs to Nigerian-born Dr Margaret Mosun Olowookere. When I started The African Courier and with it my press coverage of the African community in January 1998, there were very few African doctors and dentists in private …

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The 22 African women who have served as Heads of State

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 31st March, 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The role that women should play in shaping Africa’s present and future was a key theme from speakers of the Women Heads of State Initiative, co-convened by Africa.com and Coca-Cola Africa. The event introduced the world to the 22 women who have served as president or prime minister of an African …

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Musa’s Return to The Gambia after Seven Years in Europe

A migrant’s personal story of return, resolution and resilience Tübingen – It’s a warm summer day in 2021. Musa Coker sits in the office of his return counsellor. He has visited the small office in Southwest Germany multiple times this year, seeking information, advice and counsel and discussing his return to The Gambia, his country of origin. Today, Musa will …

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Hopes fade for Kenyan diaspora voting and why

Our contributing editor, Frankfurt, Germany-based Mickie Ojijo, writes on the efforts of the Kenyan election commission to register Kenyans living in the Middle East, Europe and North America for the country’s general election scheduled for August 2022. Ojijo, who is the Secretary of the Kenya Development Associates, analyses the result of the registration exercise and the chances of Kenyans voting …

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Nigeria: NDDC’s achievements and challenges facing it under new leadership – Barrister Ekene Onwuka

Prince Anthony Ekene Onwuka, a Germany-based lawyer and project management consultant, is the Special Assistant, Project Monitoring and Special Duties, Presidential Monitoring Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The Commission, established in 2001, is saddled with the responsibility of redressing the historical neglect to which the oil and gas-rich region had been subjected by successive governments since independence. …

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How to curb the cybercrime menace in Nigeria

cybercrime, popularly known as “Yahoo-Yahoo”, is a crime perpetrated through electronic communication network, particularly the internet. This menace is very rampant among youths within the age of fourteen to twenty-one and it had done incalculable damage to the image of Nigeria. Cybercrime can be perpetrated through many ways e.g. phone calls, internet calls, sending of scam emails containing “get rich …

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Africa’s most enduring political party celebrates milestone

The African National Congress of South Africa marks 110 years of its existence on 8 January 2012. The Congress, which led the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa, has been governing the country since its independence in 1994. Our Senior Contributing Editor Eric Singh**, who joined the ANC in 1951 and participated actively in the struggle against Apartheid, …

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Interview: König Bansah talks about his life since arriving in Germany in 1970

Céphas Kosi Olatidoye Bansah, the Togbe Ngoryifia of the Hohoe Gbi Traditional Area, Ghana, has been living in Germany since 1970. After he was named chief of the 300,000-strong community of Ewe-speaking people in 1992, Bansah chose to continue living in Germany instead of returning home. The master agricultural machinery mechanic and master motor vehicle mechanic, who is better known …

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Opinion: Why elections are failing in Africa

The year 2021 has been characterized by thirteen elections in Africa – in Uganda, Niger, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Benin, Chad, Ethiopia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Zambia, Somalia, Cabo Verde, Gambia, and Libya. Of these 13 elections, only those in Zambia, Cabo Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe could be considered free and fair. Why are elections failing in Africa? …

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Africa must bring down the institution of mediocrity – PLO Lumumba at 2021 G-PAD Forum

Prof Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba, renowned Kenyan intellectual and founder of the PLO Lumumba Foundation, has opined that despite the paucity of public funds to finance development in most African countries, the situation was not dire as they’re generally believed to be. Speaking on the second day of the 2021 G-PAD Forum, the professor of law was of the conviction …

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Survey reveals African youth’s attitudes to other Africans and the continent

Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, 10 November 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Young people in North Africa are unlikely to befriend, date or marry someone from sub-Saharan Africa. This revelation was made in the ‘One Africa?’ report which unpacks narratives about Pan-Africanism and continental integration. The research polled 4500 people aged 18 to 35 in Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, …

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African leaders praise Merkel’s support for continent

Many African heads of state saw off German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Compact with Africa summit in Berlin. Merkel once more underlined Africa’s potential — and what needs to be done to use it. DW’s Silja Fröhlich, Bob Barry, Saleh Mwanamilongo and Wendy Bashi report ————– It was a moment of goodbye: At the conclusion of the Compact with …

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