Sweden: Eritrean festival begins July 30

The 17th annual Eritrea cultural extravangaza in Sweden known as  Festival Eritrea Scandinavia, is slated to be held from July 30 to August 2 in Stockholm. Some top Eritrean artists, say the organizers, are billed to perform during the festival. They include Mohamed Osman, Said Berhanu, Bisrat Aregai, Samuel Teages and Haile Natti. It is one of […]

Film studio in search of African storytellers

After the international success of its first two feature films, South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing The Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of the  country’s Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company. Triggerfish will be investing up to $3.5m over the next three years in The Story Lab, […]

Ecobank consolidates position in Cote d’Ivoire

Ecobank Côte d’Ivoire  officially inaugurated its new head office building in Abidjan on Friday 10 July. The inauguration ceremony at Avenue Avenue Houdaille, Place de la République in Abidjan’s main commercial district of Plateau, took place with Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as main guest of honour. The Prime Minister paid homage to the Ecobank […]

Africa’s infrastructure investment a top priority

Closing Africa’s infrastructure gap is a top priority in order to put the continent on a path for double digit growth and sustainable development. This is according to world-renowned professor of economics, Jeffrey Sachs. “There is no choice, Africa needs 10 per cent per year of economic growth in the next 15 years,” Professor Sachs […]

Gbowee Peace Foundation holds youth camp

Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA) on Wednesday commenced it’s 2nd its Annual Youth Camp under the theme: Peace Through Fair -Play (PTFP in Monrovia, the Liberian capital. Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, director and lead facilitator of the camp, said the four-day event will provide a sensitization framework to increase awareness among young people on their roles […]

World leaders meet to boost development finance

Over 30 heads of state and government, more than 110 government ministers and over 1000 business and civil society representatives gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday for the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development with calls to ensure the necessary resources to improve people’s lives while protecting the planet. The meeting […]

Bestman honored for services to Liberia

The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones says Liberia will remain grateful to John G. Bestman after 11 years of services at to the bank. “His work and sacrifices offer to the banking sector and Liberia at large help significantly for the institution,” Dr. Jones said. Dr. Jones made […]

Norwegian firm to build solar power plant in Mali

An historic agreement to build, own and operate West Africa’s first utility-scale solar power plant was signed on Friday by Norwegian company Scatec Solar and its partners, the Malian Ministry of Energy and Water and Electricité du Mali (EDM), the electricity utility of Mali. To be located near the ancient city of Segou in South-East Mali, 240 […]

Liberian war crimes suspect remains in custody

There are reliable reports that Switzerland’s attorney general has extended, until September, the detention of Alieu Kosiah, a Liberian held on war crimes, because criminal proceedings against him are still continuing. Nathalie Guth of the attorney general’s office however told Nordic Africa News in a recent email that “We can confirm, at this stage, that the criminal proceedings are still ongoing with […]

Ugandan kids born of war face huge challenges

Actual combat may have ended almost a decade ago in northern Uganda, but for many women abducted by the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army and the children they conceived in captivity, the war is far from over. Sexual exploitation, beatings, stigmatization and community rejection, lack of medical care and education, and deprivation of land rights are […]