Sweden to introduce new travel controls

The Swedish Government has submitted a bill to the country’s parliament on controls of biometric identifiers in travel documents. The bill was presented to the Riksdag on October 24. “It is positive that we will now have the opportunity to check that people entering and leaving Sweden do not conceal their true identity,” says Minister for […]

Zambia is becoming a finance hub in Africa

Zambia is developing its position as a finance hub in Africa, the Director of Protocol and Vice Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office Julian Evans has said. And Zambia’s High Commissioner to the UK Muyeba Chikonde has assured UK-based companies doing business in Zambia that the outlook for the […]

Mwangi: Praise and worship is ‘language of heaven’

Gospel singer Esther Mwangi says the ‘language of heaven’ will be spoken on Saturday during the Swedish African Gospel Music Concert in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second biggest city. She told Nordic African News in an interview that praise and worship is that language. Mwangi, who is the founder of Rumbling Water Sound International, noted that  she […]

Ivorian wins African prize for young entrepreneurs

African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation are pleased to announce that 22 year old, Ibrahima Ben Aziz Konate from the Ivory Coast has been awarded the top prize at the seventh annual Anzisha Prize awards gala. Konate is the founder of Poultry D’Or, a poultry business that often has over 500 sales a day and […]

Child marriage risk highest in West/Central Africa

Unless progress is seriously accelerated, it will take over 100 years to end child marriage in West and Central Africa, with far-reaching, life-altering consequences for millions of child brides and crippling impact on the region’s prosperity, UNICEF said Monday. A new UNICEF report card, Achieving a future without child marriage: Focus on West and Central […]

ALJA wants Liberian election body to curb lapses

The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) is calling on Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) to take steps that would ensure that some of the lapses that evolved out of the October 10 general and presidential elections are not repeated during the November 7th run-off presidential election. ALJA says is it alarmed by […]

Politicians with weapons in the closet

Can we really trust former military leaders who become politicians? It is a common feature of many war-torn African countries and the subject of the book, Warlord Democrats. A military background is often beneficial for men – they are almost always men – with political ambitions. This is not unique to Africa, but common the […]

Swedish agency holds gender workshop for ECOWAS

    Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), the Swedish government agency responsible for peace, security and development, recently held a gender mainstreaming workshop in Abuja, Nigeria for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Held from October 16-17, the workshop, according to facilitator Sara Lindvall, was intended to add a gender perspective to the work […]

Ex-Liberian rebel commander convicted in US court

On 18 October 2017 a jury of 12 in a U.S. Federal Courthouse found former Liberian rebel commander Mohammed Jabateh, aka “Jungle Jabbah,” guilty of two counts of fraud and two counts of perjury for lying to U.S. government officials about his role as a combatant in the Liberian Civil War. Jabateh will be sentenced […]

Big African gospel music concert in Sweden

The annual Swedish African Gospel Music Concert is scheduled for next Saturday, October 28 in Gothenburg and is expected to line up a host of local-based and international singers. This second or 2.0 edition will feature artists from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, UK and the United States and will also include perfomrnace by a dance group. […]