Africa: A day in the life of Rwanda’s first lady

A day in the life of Rwanda’s first lady Rwanda is a global model for gender equality, and a stellar example of how communities can be mobilised for nation-building. In an exclusive interview with FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, the country’s First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, tells us how the 15-year-old Imbuto Foundation has been taking Rwanda and its people forward. The article […]

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Return to AU: King of Morocco on a charm offensive to Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia

By Friday Nwosu The Moroccan Government is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that the North African country returns to the Africa Union. The country pulled out of the African Union thirty two (32) years ago after the union recognized the independence of Western Sahara which she described as its country’s southern province. The Moroccan Royal Palace had announced on […]

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Aviation: How Africa can dominate its airspace as Tanzania and Rwanda gets new Airplanes

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Tanzania recently acquired two new Bombardier Q 400 planes, bringing joy across the country. Many Tanzanians were of the opinion that this was another opportunity to fly high the wings of Mount Kilimanjaro. A new plane landed at a home airport for the first time and it will be our own, was the feeling. Being married here, I also felt […]

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Africa: Visa on Arrival grew Rwanda arrivals by 22% and 50% for trade with East Africa

The image of Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Chadian President Idriss Déby proudly holding the first two copies of the newly launched pan-African passport at the African Union (AU) summit in the Rwandan capital Kigali this month marked the type of historic moment rarely seen at such gatherings, where outcomes are often measured in declarations or resolutions. With the launch […]

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Africa: Rwanda successfully hosts AU summit, calls for greater African unity

A rousing call for pan-African unity, solidarity and equality rang throughout the 27th African Union (AU) summit, which took place in the Rwandan capital Kigali on July 10-18, 2016, and echoed the shared ambitions of its 54 member states to work together for greater trade, interaction and long-term prosperity in Africa. In her opening speech at the summit, Chairperson of […]

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Tourism: Beyond the symbolism of the African Passport

By AbiyHailu The largest political organization in Africa, the African Union must find a way to do things differently than usual if it has to realize the lofty goals of Agenda 2063. It has to come up with new ideas that can transform the continent and realize continental integration. In fact, according to the AU, ‘Agenda 2063’ is an approach […]

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EAC launches New Intl. E-passport, Vision 2050

To further integrate the region and foster even development among member states, Heads of States of the East African Community (EAC) have agreed to launch a new internal e-passport for the region. East African will begin using new EAC electronic passports from January next year, after Heads of State from the member countries launched the international travel document at the […]

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South Sudan joins Fast growing East African Community

Grand politics was at play in Arusha, Tanzania, on Wednesday, March 2. The young, troubled country of South Sudan was admitted to the East African Community (EAC) as its sixth member (the others being Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and Rwanda). Being admitted to the regional body means that South Sudan will enjoy all the economic benefits the club currently has […]

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We must open up Africa to Africans if we really want to boost growth

The African Development Bank just launched the Africa Visa Openness Report 2016, and it highlights a huge problem: as Africans, we cannot move easily between our countries. According to qz.com, on average, Africans need visas to travel to 55% of other African countries and can only get visas on arrival in 25% of other countries. This means they can only […]

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Rwanda and Ethiopia the model States of Africa go into partnership

LAST week, Rwanda and Ethiopia inked an aviation deal that on the surface looks routine, but which could be emblematic of a quiet yet significant shift in the nature of the region’s geopolitics, positioning the two states as growing players in a continent currently bereft of a clear strong leader. The agreement, whose biggest takeaway was the fifth freedom rights, […]

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