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Africa Business News

In Business, Foreign Affairs on September 25, 2009 at 9:44 am



Sub-Saharan Africa is tending

Sub-Saharan Africa is tending to fall behind other regions in terms of competitiveness. Human capital deficiencies—whether in terms of education or health—infrastructure and high crime levels tend to be deterrents as far as investors are concerned.

Sub-Saharan economies have become more competitive in the past year, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Competitiveness Report, published on September 8th. Adjusted for the fact that there is one less country ranked in the 2009/2010 report, 13 of the 26 Sub-Saharan economies rated have improved their standing, while three are unchanged from last year and ten have slipped back. The greatest improvement by far is registered by Uganda, up 20 places at 108th (out of 133 overall), while Lesotho jumps 16 places and Tanzania 13. The worst African performers over the past 12 months have been Mali, down 13 places, Ghana (-12) and Botswana (-10).

Continue reading at the Economist.

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Advice on Doing Business in Africa

Later this month, hundreds of U.S.-based small-business owners will meet potential partners and suppliers from Africa’s 53 countries at an international summit held in Washington, D.C. The 7th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit will include a business matchmaking program aimed specifically at small and mid-sized companies on both continents, says Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the trade group The Corporate Council on Africa, which is organizing the event. With democracy and vibrant free enterprise becoming common in many African nations, Hayes says, the continent is a promising emerging market that U.S. companies ignore at their peril. He spoke to Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein.

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WORLD Magazine - Today's News | Christian Views Africa Rising: Rwanda wins most improved award in world business report.

Lost in the shadows of one black head of state at the UN General Assembly was another, Rwandan president Paul Kagame. Outside UN meetings Kagame received little world attention for a feat reported at the same time world leaders convened in New York: Rwanda has done the most to make itself a business-friendly environment, vaulting from 143rd place to 67th in the World Bank’s annual “Doing Business” report.

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 to fall behind other regions in terms of competitiveness. Human capital deficiencies—whether in terms of education or health—infrastructure and high crime levels tend to be deterrents as far as investors are concerned.



Blacks, Europeans, and Football: The Story of Mario Balotelli

In Global, Sports on September 25, 2009 at 9:29 am


The beauty of sports is that they often force folks to confront racial, social and economic issues head-on. An unmatched presence worldwide, Soccer is one sport where the conversations in these areas are ever-present.

Mario Balotelli, by most people’s assumption, would be a fair-skinned Italian. Born Mario Hurwa, he’s actually a black Ghanian whose parents immigrated to Italy and gave him up to an Italian family. At 19 and already a starter every now and then for one of Europe’s premier clubs,Internazionale, he’s the brightest talent Italy has to offer in his age group. Strong, lightning-quick and standing at 6’2,” he’s a physical force to be reckoned with.

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Eat and Drink Black

In Business on September 19, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Selena Cuffe of Heritage Link Brands

Heritage Link Brands is the only U.S. company dedicated to importing and distributing wines produced by black South Africans.  Run by Selena Cuffe, an African- American Harvard Business School graduate, the company’s sales surpassed $1 million in 2008 and revenue increased 50% this year.  Pair the wines with Bryan Terry’s vegan recipes in Vegan Soul Kitchen.


To Weave or Not to Weave (The One Millionth Response to the Question) and other Entertainment News

In Entertainment, Fashion, Uncategorized, Women on September 19, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Tyra Banks

With Michelle Obama in the White House and Tyra Banks ripping out her weaves on TV, the issue of how black women wear their hair is more contentious than ever. Hannah Pool takes on the politics of weaves, wigs and relaxers…

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Precious has won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, prompting whispers of future possible Oscar wins.

“When Love is Black”, an article featured on the Black Snob and Essence.com has garnered some interesting comments from readers on the state of black love.  Do you believe, as one of the commenters have suggested, that African-American black women are the only ones defending black love?

Sites I Like

In Entertainment, Fashion on September 4, 2009 at 2:52 am

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Generation Tony Childs has musings on fashion, culture, and politics.  A recent posting on Genevieve Jones has inspired to dig up more info on the “Super Black Socialite” for an upcoming profile on Louisiana women (Ms. Jones is from Baton Rouge, my place of birth).

The Black Socialite, is a blog that profiles a class of African-Americans that many in the media refused to believe existed before Barack and Michelle Obama.  A recent posting has discusses another prominent Louisiana woman, Desiree Rogers.  Scroll down and you’ll see a group photo of escorts from AKA’s most recent beautillion in New Orleans (we’re everywhere!).

55 Secret Street is a black run blog on beauty and fashion.  It regularly features black professionals in the industry with great beauty advice for women of color.  It also shares coupon codes to fashion and beauty sites.


If your boyfriend makes reference to some sort of sex issue or gets all psychological about your relationship, more than likely he is got it from this site.  Naked with Socks On is a sex and relationship blog written by a black New Yorker (if I’m correct).  It’s actually really interesting and the comments to his postings are usually just as interesting to read as the postings themselves.

Off of Hiatus

In Uncategorized on September 4, 2009 at 2:42 am

Back in a country with reliable, high-speed internet!  Regular postings will resume shortly.