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Nosmot Gbadamosi on US-China Competition in Africa, Debt and “Preventative Infrastructure”

Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia commissioned a new road this week built by the Chinese conglomerate Sinohydro and paid for as part of a $2 billion bauxite barter deal with the company. The timing of this new road opening, though, is ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Climate Sweet, Climate Bitter

Last week it was Pakistan, this week South Florida. The climate collapse is like a monstrous four-dimensional version of whack-a-mole. You never know where – or how – it will hit. But the hits keep coming.

With the damaged Nord Stream pipeline (and the Global North’s unmitigated hydrocarbon dependence it represents) bubbling away in the Baltic Sea, U.S. climate czar John Kerry’s high-handed comments to the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment earlier this month ...

African Leaders, China Made It Clear This Week They’re Unhappy With the Current International System

African leaders one after another took the podium at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) this week to express their deep frustrations with the international system and how unfairly it treats developing countries. "It is time for a fairer, more inclusive global ...

Chinese Embassy in Nigeria Issues Urgent Security Warning: Kidnappers “Stalking” Chinese Nationals

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria issued an alarming warning this weekend to some of its nationals in the country, urging them to evacuate immediately so as to avoid abduction. The embassy sent alerts that bandits are "stalking Chinese citizens and ...

Transsion Keeps its Edge as Economic Downturn Hits African Consumers

Smartphone shipments to Africa have fallen by 7.9% as economic downturns hit consumer wallets, according to new research by the International Data Corporation, a U.S.-based telecom research group. Despite the fall, the Chinese brand Transsion ...

Why Zainab Usman is Cautiously Optimistic About the New U.S. Policy For Africa

While U.S. officials have said for years that it's important for Washington to focus on Africa and step up its engagement across the board, there's been very little in the way of action. But this time, Zainab Usman, the director of ...

How Transsion Hit the Mobile Jackpot in Africa

The Chinese mobile phone maker Transsion hasn't sold a single phone in China. Yet it posted a $580 million profit last year, largely based on its success in Africa. Through its Itel, Tecno, and Infinix brands, the company currently occupies 47% ...

China Posts Double Digit Trade Growth in First Half of 2022

China's total global trade jumped 10.3% in the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to new figures released on Sunday by the General Administration of Customs. In all, the country ...

No, Nigeria Didn’t Ship 7,000 Human Penises to China

Nigerian social media is aflame with a rumor that a container of human penises was sent to China from the West African country.  The rumor originated last year. It caused consternation in the Nigerian parliament before it was ...

Nigerian Automotive Magnate Diana Chen Wants to Assemble Cars in the DR Congo

Diana Chen, head of the Nigeria-based automotive group CIG Motors Limited, together with the DR Congo's Minister for Trade Julien Paluku announced a new deal to assemble cars in Kinshasa's Maluku Special Economic Zone. CIG will reportedly build the new ...

What the Redwood Business is Like in Africa – Risky But Worth It

Although the world is aware of the Chinese private sector’s growing influence in African markets, there is rarely any information on Chinese people’s experience being an entrepreneur on the continent.  The Congo Online WeChat Account (微信公众号 刚果在线) - a WeChat channel ...

My Work Experience in Africa

There’s a lot of international media coverage of Chinese mining operations in Africa, but we rarely read about Chinese mining employees’ experiences in the African countries where they spend years living and working. An interesting article was recently published on the ...
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