With the Goncourt Prize Win, Senegal’s Mbougar Sarr Sends a Message

  The prestigious 2021 Goncourt Prize has been won by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, with his novel “La plus secrète mémoire des hommes”, or “The most secret memory of men.” The book was published in France by Philippe Rey. Mohamed Mbougar Sarr thus became the first writer from sub-Saharan Africa to receive France’s most prestigious literary prize.…

Online Event: Africa Matters to U.S. Cities: U.S. Diplomacy under President Biden

Over the past few decades, Africa has shaped the wealth, foreign policy profile, academic success, and cultural life of America’s major cities. As part of a year-long research project, the CSIS Africa Program profiled the various ties 15 individual U.S. cities have to the continent; veering away from the recurrent themes of doom and gloom…

Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict Is Dominating Africa Headline News

  Tensions in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region have gone from talking about the potential for conflict into what is now the aftermath of a war between the country’s federal government in Addis Ababa and the regional government in Tigray. An estimated six million people live in the Tigray region.  Since fighting began on November 4,…

Naquetta Ricks’s Election Success Generates Interest

In U.S. election politics, 2020 may prove to be like 2018 when Democrats swept everything. The cleaning of the House at local and national levels left Republicans holding the bag and gasping for breath. It was not just President Donald Trump who brought baggage that weighed heavily on the conservative movement across America, the political…

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African Organizations Wage War on Fake News, Misinformation

The battle to deal with deceit, misinformation, and its related ills, especially on the internet, has been on for many years. You’ll see me use the word “battle” many times in my writings on this subject. It’s a battle because the terrain is akin to warfare. In a battle where you either win or you…

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Writing During Trump Era — 6 Things African Journalists Must Know

Writing during the Donald Trump Era: It was critical for those who advocated on behalf of the African continent, African bloggers and journalists especially, to take a stand and fight for the continent we believe in. African bloggers need to have a voice on the internet, just as the military has a voice on the…