For Kennesaw State University’s Akanmu Adebayo, a Nigeria native and director of the university’s Center for Conflict Management, the delay in the country’s elections from February to March did more than force a change in travel plans. It added another wrinkle in his duties as an official observer in an election that turned out to be as electrifying as it was historic.
Book: The Thing Around Your Neck Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Review: DeShawn Dominique Jenkins, Managing Director, Africa Atlanta This year was yet another stellar year for Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She continued to receive praise for her most recent and critically acclaimed novel Americanah; her other award-winning novel, “Half a Yellow Sun”, was made Read more
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker is to visit Atlanta Nov. 5-6 to keynote a conference highlighting the growing commercial ties between the U.S. and Africa. A two-day conference organized by the local office of the U.S. Commercial Service, “Discover Global Markets: Sub-Saharan Africa” is to bring together executives, diplomats and government officials in Atlanta to showcase opportunities on the continent that Read more
Atlanta’s exports to Africa have more than doubled since 2009, the city’s fastest growth rate to any major region of the world, eclipsing even Asia and South America. The city’s exports to Africa were up 123 percent from $385 million five years ago to $862.7 million in 2013, far outpacing metro Atlanta’s 38.3 percent in export growth overall during the Read more
That the United Bank of Africa, Nigeria’s largest bank, named Tony Elumelu its board chairman this week wasn’t a surprise. Mr. Elumelu is credited with turning the bank around during a decade as CEO before having to step down in 2010 after the central bank passed financial reforms limiting terms of chief executives to 10 years. It’s whom he Read more
Registration is now open for the third annual conference of the Atlanta International Arbitration Society, or AtlAS, which this year will focus on Africa. The conference, titled “Enhancing Business Opportunities in Africa: The Role, Reality and Future of Africa-Related Arbitration,” is to be held as part of the yearlong Africa Atlanta 2014 series of events Read more
This week, about 50 African heads of state gathered in Washington for President Obama’s inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. This meeting is the first of its kind convened by a sitting American president. It is seen as a historical opportunity for the United States to deepen trade and economic ties with Africa, a region that now Read more
The legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois was palpable at a farewell ceremony held for the 25 participants in the Young African Leaders Initiative the evening of July 24 at Clark Atlanta University.
Africa’s rise is more than just a cliche in the headlines; it’s real, but the continent is also fraught with real problems that, left unchecked, could derail its ascent, the president of one of Coca-Cola Co.’s African business units said in Atlanta.
Global outrage over the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria last month has spilled over to Atlanta City Hall, prompting Mayor Kasim Reed to speak out on the topic and to reconsider visiting the country in October.