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Netizen Report: Togo Government Shuts Down Internet and SMS as Protests Escalate

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 18:37:03 +0000

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.


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That Fake U.S. Embassy in Ghana Issued Real Visas for a Decade

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 13:31:12 +0000

For ten years, a U.S. embassy operated quietly in Accra, the capital of the West African country of Ghana. But the embassy wasn't an embassy at all.


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When You’re Black and Foreign in Brazil: An African Medical Student Shares His Story

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:20:21 +0000

In 2016, while still halfway through his undergraduate degree in medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Fleury Johnson decided to start blogging about his life in Brazil.


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A Glimpse Into the First African Bloggers and Vloggers’ Festival in Dakar, Senegal

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 21:36:03 +0000

For two days, 36 of the best bloggers and vloggers in Africa, along with selected players on the African digital scene, presented their talents and know-how.


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‘Let's Not Give In to Fear': An Interview With Hugues Lawson-Body, Photographer of Celebrities and Parisian Youth

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 13:05:29 +0000

"I try to photograph young people just as they are. They are just as important as the adult generation, yet they suffer from neglect and need to be inspired."


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Are Term Limits and Mandatory Political Changeover Really in the Interest of African Nations?

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:31:28 +0000

In countries with few leading figures capable of securing the role of head of state, constitutionally mandated political changeover can be a real constraint on the political process.


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After Citizen Uprising in Burkina Faso and Burundi, Are Niger and Togo Next?

Sun, 07 Jun 2015 12:29:03 +0000

20,000 Nigeriens took to the streets in Niamey, Niger on June, 6. There are multiple causes for the protests: endemic poverty, mediocre governance and restricted free speech are among the main grievances from Nigerien civil society.   These protests come on the hill of similar uprisings in Burkina Faso, Burundi...


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Region-wide Presidential Term Limits for West Africa? Not So Fast.

Mon, 25 May 2015 17:24:25 +0000

West African leaders have dropped the idea of instituting a two-presidential-term limit across the region, thanks to the opposition of Gambia and Togo, the only member states without term limits.


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2015 Presents an Opportunity for Free and Fair Elections in Africa

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:57:29 +0000

Wekesa Sylvanus hopes that 2015 will be a year of free and fair elections in Africa: https://wekesasylvanus.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/will-2015-be-a-year-of-free-and-fair-elections-in-africa/ Since the advent of multi party democracy in Africa, electoral contests have become a do or die affair in majority of African countries. Elections in Africa are a high risk affair and in...



Another Celebrity Wants to Help Africa, And He's No ‘Band Aid’

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:13:00 +0000

When it comes to helping Africa, there is Bob Geldof's approach with "Band Aid," and then there is Akon's.


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Togolese Bloggers Poke Fun at President for Over the Top BillBoard

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:33 +0000

Someone sure wanted people to know that he was thankful for Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé generosity. This week, a giant billboard was raised in Lomé, Togo that praised the president's action in favor of providing lunch for school children. The billboard seen below reads in french :” Thanks Daddy Faure for...


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Can President Obama Change African Dictators’ Ways? Not Likely, Says Chadian Blogger

Tue, 12 Aug 2014 09:31:17 +0000

"The fundamental question remained: What steps can the American president take to change things around?"


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Catching Up with the Togolese E-Waste 3D Printer Makers

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:58:17 +0000

In 2013, we were introduced to the E-Waste 3D Printer project by Woelab engineers in Togo. My Africa Is gives the genesis of the WoeLab project and what the makers hope to achieve going forward :  The Woelab team has organized conferences with individuals in the medical field in Africa, to...



Six Women Held as Slaves in Southern Lebanon

Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:58:21 +0000

Ivory Coast-based news site Koaci.com has uncovered the story of six women in southern Lebanon who were kept slavery-like conditions. Lebanese blogger Joey Ayoub draws attention to their plight.


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10 New Documentaries at the Luxor African Film Festival

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:40:53 +0000

Tom Devriendt lists 10 documentaries to look out for at the Luxor African Film Festival: The third edition of the Egyptian Luxor African Film Festival again has a wide-ranging programme scheduled for next month. Selected films will be showing in different competitions: Long Narrative, Short Narratives, Short Documentaries and Long...