Covid-19 Spared Africa — A Reality American Media Won’t Admit

In journalism, there is such a thing as agenda-setting – how the mass media — newspapers, radio, and TV, and the plurality of online channels — prioritize the news for publication. The idea that some news stories would take precedence over others gained credence with thought leaders, Maxwell McCombs and Donald Shaw, during the 1968…

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How Six Newspapers in Africa Portrayed the Joe Biden Win

Joe Biden was proclaimed the winner of the 2020 American presidential race on Saturday, Nov. 7. Biden crossed the 270 Electoral College votes threshold needed to secure the presidency. The rest of the votes are still being counted. They are yet to be certified by each of America’s 50 states. In electoral parlance, Biden is…

12 American Stories that Frame U.S.-Africa Relations under the Trump Administration

Americans are casting their votes in the November 3 election for those who would represent them at national and local levels. The stakes are especially high for the offices of the President, Senators, and the House of Representatives. While this is taking place, I’ve been reflecting on the importance of the relations between the United…

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A Case for Susan Rice as US Vice President

As America crawls toward the November 3 General Election, there is plenty of speculation, including prognostication, about who former vice-president and presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden will pick as his running mate. First, some context. Perhaps you are not a political junkie, you are just a layperson or an average Joe and may be wondering…

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If Trump’s Africa Strategy Is A Failure — What Would Biden Do If He Wins?

  The United States is less than four months away from the election that would determine control of not just the Senate and the House which make up the legislative branch of the American government, but also control of the executive branch, the White House. As the coronavirus rages, and as protests over the mistreatment…

The George Floyd Matter — Local Issue, Global Consequences

The recent tragic death of George Floyd, another black victim of police brutality in America, shook the world. Although occurring amidst arguably the deadliest pandemic in modern history, the coronavirus, news of his death stirred up a lot of emotions across the globe. These emotions led to protests throughout all 50 states in America, and…

As George Floyd Protests Rock U.S., Africans Vent about Inequality

On American TV, CNN’s Brianna Keiler summed up, better than anyone, what is taking place in the United States following the May 25 killing of George Floyd. You are watching America’s reckoning, the anchor of CNN’s mid-day Newsroom program narrated. She went to list the many unprecedented changes that have occurred, so quickly, some of…

6 African Development Stories You May Have Missed

No doubt, coronavirus has become one of the deadliest diseases in modern history, with about 500,000 casualties worldwide. The pandemic has left in its wake severe economic consequences, especially for the world’s developing nations. Despite the many socio-economic challenges faced and exacerbated by the pandemic, many African nations have shown great resilience. The news continues…

Africa Media Bias Seen through Coverage of Covid-19

Africa Media Bias is something that we often talk about. COVID-19 is making that discussion relevant again.  The coronavirus pandemic has brought human ingenuity to the fore. The situation has sparked a remarkable resurgence in the human spirit as people all over the world are striving in an inspiring bid to emphasize man’s most primal…

Five African Nations Battling Covid-19

The news is full of bad reports about the Covid-19 pandemic which is wreaking havoc all over the world. With a vaccine at least months, if not a year away, there is cause for some optimism in the fight against the disease in the African continent. As we have been tracking how nations are dealing…