Sweden: Buya Turay banging in goals for Djurgarden

Sierra Leonean international Mohammed Buya Turay has started the Swedish football premiership, Allsvenskan with a bang. The Djurgarden forward has scored five times in the last seven matches and is the championship’s second top scorer behind Sundsvall’s Linus Hallenius, who scored a goal more. Buya hit his 5th goal of the season over the weekend when he opened the […]

Focus on rights of Africans with mental health problems

The events surrounding the Life Esidimeni tragedy, where 91 mental health patients died in the Gauteng province of South Africa while under government care, is a shocking reminder of the gap between the lawful rights and harsh realities of mental disorder sufferers in South Africa.   According to the WHO, nearly 14% of the global burden […]

Liberia signs on to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Liberia is among the latest countries that have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on cooperation within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).  Over 150 countries ( 37 from Africa) and international organizations have so far joined the Initiative. The BRI, previously the Silk […]

Norway supports ebola response in DR Congo

Norway is providing NOK 7.8 million (about $896,000) to the efforts to tackle the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Norway has once again sent a team of specialist health personnel and three isolation units developed in Norway for the transport of patients with highly infectious diseases. Some 970 deaths have been […]

Ethiopian PM wins Houphouet-Boigny Prize

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali has been named as laureate of the 2019 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for his actions and, in particular, for having been the instigator of a peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea. The jury also recognized Ali’s worthiness for the reforms undertaken to consolidate democracy and social cohesion. Finally, the jury considered […]

African players keep scoring in Swedish football leagues

After a rather goal-shy 5th round in which there was just a single African goal (Senegalese Pape Diouf’s 65th minute goal for Kalmar in 1-1 draw against Gothenburg) in the Swedish premiership, Allsvenskan, African strikers improved their marks in the 6th round over the weekend. Nigerian forward John Igbarumah  and Ivorian Abdul Razak scored for […]

President Weah commits to dialogue for peace, stability

Liberian President George Manneh Weah has said that he will continue to ensure regular dialogue and consultation with every Liberian, irrespective of political and ethnic affiliations. In a meeting with the country’s former Vice President Joseph Boakai on Wednesday, President Weah noted that this approach would be the hallmark of his administration towards moving the country […]

Norwegian business delegation visits Benin

The managing director of the Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) has hailed the creation of new business relations with Benin. “With a 25-person strong delegation new business relations was created in Benin, says Eivind Fjeldstad. An audience with Benin’s President Patrice Talon kick-started the business mission that took place from April 2-5. NABA-member Jacobsen Elektro Group […]

Green energy central to sustainable development

For many African governments facing numerous challenges, green energy solutions may not be at the top of their priority list. However, without a focus on clean energy the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will be difficult to achieve in African countries, according to Sweden-based Nordic Africa Institute guest researcher Opeyemi Esther Akinyemi.   Many sub-Saharan African countries […]

Global military spending grows to $1.8 trillion

Total global military spending rose for the second consecutive year in 2018, to the highest level since 1988—the first year for which consistent global data is available. World spending is now 76 per cent higher than the post-cold war low in 1998. World military spending in 2018 represented 2.1 per cent of global gross domestic product […]