TimeLine Layout

October, 2016

  • 13 October

    Nigeria’s President Buhari visits Germany

      President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria begins a three-day (13-15 October) official visit to Germany today. He is expected to hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues of shared interests between Nigeria and Germany, including co-operation on security, the humanitarian situation of internally displaced persons and rehabilitation of the North-East ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency, as well as trade …

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  • 12 October

    German government leaders on simultaneous African visits

    German chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have been visiting Africa at the same time. Top of their agendas were migration, security and investment. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier described Nigeria as the “powerhouse” of Africa as he embarked on his one day trip to the country. Nigeria was not only rich in natural resources, but also the most …

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  • 12 October

    African nations must halt migration, says German Chancellor Merkel

    Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel has called on African leaders to stop migration to Europe and fight back against Islamic extremism. She vowed to help with development aid and military equipment to ensure peace and prosperity in Africa. Germany will also make Africa a priority of Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017. Merkel visited Mali, Niger and Ethiopia during a three-day tour, …

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  • 11 October

    Why no African country is truly free or independent

    No African country is truly free or independent; all of them are still being destabilized and manipulated so that their former European colonizers can still make profit, argues Kalidou Diouf. Education is the only way Africa can free itself from the oppression of the first world, he posits. Africa is the richest continent in the world. The surface of the …

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  • 10 October

    The 21st Century slavery that is still thriving and what you can do against it

    Nelly Sarpong, Berlin-based Ghanaian-born writer, bemoans human trafficking and what we as individuals can do to combat this modern-day slavery. Imagine going to a supermarket and seeing human beings on the stands with barcodes on them, being sold and resold as commodities. Imagine human beings being auctioned to the highest bidder. Imagine human beings as puppets being at the mercy …

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  • 10 October

    “We need to come together as Africans,” Habte Hadgu

    Habte Hadgu (61), a travel agent, is the proprietor of Red Sea Travel & Tours, Heidelberg. “I came to Germany in 1978 to study. Previously, I was studying at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. One of my fellow students who later became very famous was Meles Zenawi (the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia). He was in his second year while …

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  • 10 October

    “I have no good words for German society,” Mbolo Yufanyi Movuh

    Mbolo Yufanyi Movuh is a refugee rights activist and student (42) based in Berlin. “Originally my ancestors migrated from the area of Africa now called the Democratic Republic of Congo. But my parents and grandparents were born in a West African region, although some call it Central Africa, the present-day southern part of the Cameroonian regions. I was born in …

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  • 10 October

    Nigerians point way forward for their country in Hamburg

    Amid the gloom of recession and a tightening of belts in the homeland, Nigerian academics, business people and other professionals met with German companies to discuss ways of forging ahead in Hamburg, reports Michael Nnaji. Nigerians living in Germany gathered in the port city of Hamburg recently to parley on what the great Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe once described as …

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  • 10 October

    Modern Railway linking Ethiopia to Djibouti opens

    A $3.4 billion Chinese-built railway linking the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and the port city of Djibouti has opened, a boost to both African countries’ economies and an important milestone for Chinese investments in Africa. The new 750-km line, which completely replaces a long-defunct French line built in the early 20th century, will reduce travel time between the two cities …

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  • 10 October

    German Chancellor Merkel begins three-day Africa trip

    Merkel has embarked on an Africa trip to improve conditions for private investment in an attempt to tackle the economic causes of migration. Berlin wants to boost ties with Africa in the wake of the refugee crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first stop in Africa is Mali, where she held talks with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. On her three-day official …

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