In The Diaspora

By Dr. L A Morrison | Articles pertaining to Africa, and people of African descent. Articles, news clips, interviews, and media segments.

John Legend Takes Over Public Piano For Impromptu Gig At London Train Station

The soul star wowed crowds at St. Pancras International on Wednesday morning.<p>John Legend stunned fans by holding an impromptu gig at a London train station on Wednesday morning.<p>The singer-songwriter commandeered one of the public pianos at St. Pancras International station shortly after stepping …

London

Feature phones made a comeback in Africa as smartphone growth slowed last year

After a decade of strong growth, the expected crossover of smartphones finally overtaking feature phone usage in Africa did not happen last year. In fact, feature phones had a bit of a surge.<p>Smartphone shipments to the continent grew by only 3.4% year on year—a sharp slump compared to double-digit …

Phones

It’s not just a rapper’s arrest that should raise alarms about authoritarianism in Tanzania

A popular rapper was arrested and then released this weekend in Tanzania for releasing a song that criticized President John P. Magufuli. In the track, rapper Nay wa Mitego asks whether freedom of expression still exists in Tanzania, calls out the double standard in holding public officials …

East Africa

Indian minister condemns 'deplorable' race riots targeting African students

Seven arrested over violent clashes in and around Noida amid simmering resentment towards Africans<p>India’s foreign affairs minister has condemned “deplorable” race riots targeting African students near Delhi this week that put two men in hospital and led to seven arrests.<p>The victims included a …

Extremism

Bodies of American, Swedish UN experts found in Congo

BENI, Congo (AP) — The bodies of an American and a Swedish investigator with the United Nations and their Congolese interpreter have been found in Congo's Central Kasai province, authorities said Tuesday, more than two weeks after they disappeared while looking into recent violence there.<p>"After …

Africa

‘Social Discontent’ Grips Ivory Coast as Economic Gains Pass Many By

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — The stone-faced schoolboy peered into the camera and drew a deep breath.<p>“Our leaders don’t respect us,” Adama Zanga Bamba shouted. “They should stop screwing our teachers!” A crowd of students behind him whooped in approval as Mr. Bamba, a high school student here in Ivory …

Four of six aid workers killed in South Sudan were Kenyans: statement

Four of the six aid workers killed in an ambush in South Sudan over the weekend were Kenyans working for a local non-governmental organization, Kenya's government said on Tuesday.<p>An official with the United Nations said the attack on Saturday, the deadliest single assault on humanitarian staff in a …

Africa

China is building a new base in Africa that creates 'significant operational security' issues for the US military

The US's Camp Lemonnier, a special-operations outpost in the sweltering East African country of Djibouti, will soon have a new neighbor.<p>China will open a new naval base — what it has called "logistical support" facilities — nearby, bringing the US into closer proximity with a rival power than some …

East Africa

Five men arrested in India over attacks on Africans

Africans were attacked with sticks and metal chairs in Greater Noida after teen's drug death was blamed on Nigerian man.<p>Indian police arrested five men after hundreds of people went on a violent rampage targeting Africans outside of New Delhi where a teenage boy died of a suspected drug …

Extremism

Nigerians boycott Coca-Cola drinks after court rules them 'poisonous'

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Consumers of Sprite and Fanta have more to worry about than rotting teeth according to a Lagos High Court judge, who ruled that the Coca-Cola products could be "poisonous."<p>The court held that high levels of benzoic acid and sunset additives in the popular soft drinks could pose …

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Wildly Talented Nigerian Artist Made This Drawing Without Any Training Whatsoever

But your stick figures are really awesome, too!<p>Nigerian artist Arinze Stanley has been drawing for as long as he can remember.<p>Remarkably, however, he has never had any training, an especially admirable fact given the meticulous detail and technical mastery of his hyperrealist portraits. “I’ve …

Art

In West Africa, a Disappearing Lake Has Dire Effect

VIEW GALLERY | 12 PHOTOS<p>Boys, originally from Yebi, Nigeria, sit under the last remaining tree across from the Garin Wanzam Camp in Diffa, Niger<p>... …

Nigeria

Some of the world’s most unhappy countries are also the most optimistic

Africa, home to 16% of the world’s population, is the unhappiest continent. The continent featured at the bottom of the list of the World Happiness Report, a survey released this month that ranks global happiness in 155 countries. People in the 44 African countries surveyed faced ‘happiness …

Africa

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

BAIDOA, Somalia (AP) — An emaciated woman writhes on her hospital bed, weakly waving her bony hand to create a current of air.<p>Cholera patient Zeinab Hussein, a 50-year-old farmer, is one of thousands of desperate Somalis who have streamed into Baidoa in southwestern Somalia seeking food and medical …

Somalia

Young and pregnant in Sierra Leone

Pregnant girls in Sierra Leone are prevented from attending school, as they are thought to be a bad influence on their peers.<p>In April 2015 - just as schools re-opened after the Ebola crisis - the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology issued a statement banning pregnant girls from mainstream …

Sierra Leone

Ivory Coast Seeks Additional IMF Funding as Cocoa Slumps - Bloomberg

Ivory Coast’s government said it is seeking more assistance from the International Monetary Fund to support the nation’s 2017 budget after cocoa …

Africa

‘Poor Man’s Hugh Hefner’ Accused of Imprisoning Dancers

Kenndric Roberts’s lawyer says he showered models with gifts and cosmetic surgery in his Georgia mansion. But one former model says Roberts threatened to cut out her implants if she fled captivity.<p>A young Florida woman signed what she believed to be a lucrative modeling contract with no end date. …

Crime

Kenya runs the risk of an Olympic ban, thanks to boardroom power games

<i>Kenya topped the Africa medals table at the Rio Olympics last year. But this outstanding performance was overshadowed by the incompetence and</i> …

Paralympics

It's miraculous, says South Africa's spinach king

In the US, 26 March is National Spinach Day. The leafy green vegetable is widely known for its many health benefits and in the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, Lufefe Nomjana has found an innovative way to promote these benefits in his community, baking and selling spinach bread.<p>Africa Business …

Spinach

The place where children can be very unlucky with their names

<b>Spare a thought for those who are bestowed with troublesome names. That can happen anywhere, of course. But, in Zambia, Chris Haslam came across some very surprising choices.</b><p>Under a darkening sky on a dusty, potholed track in eastern Zambia, a small boy is struggling to push a large, Chinese …

Zambia

US to end operations against Lord's Resistance Army in Africa

A top US military commander has said the LRA has been reduced to "irrelevance" after years of joint military operations have killed most of its forces. Its leader, Joseph Kony, is still on the run.<p>US military operations against the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa are "coming to an end," a …

Africa

Zimbabwe floods leave villagers stranded

More than 250 people have been killed so far this rainy season as floods have left remote communities isolated.<p><b>Sibhula, Zimbabwe -</b> Musa Ndlovu, 97, Sehelo Msebele, 35, and Siphiwenkosi Ndlovu, 20, are standing at the bank of a fast-flowing river. The three women are preparing to return home after a …

Africa

South Sudan: 'There are only dead bodies'

South Sudanese who have fled to Uganda - escaping rape, murder, assault and torture - share their stories.<p><b>Moyo, Yumbe, and Adjumani, Uganda -</b> Edina Itaya shakes under the scorching sun in northern Uganda . Mechanically, she describes her oldest son's final day in South Sudan . "They came to our …

Africa

White veteran charged with murder of black man as hate crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A white Army veteran accused of randomly killing a black man on the streets of New York by stabbing him with a sword was charged Thursday with murder as a hate crime.<p>"His intent was to kill as many black men here in New York as he could," prosecutor Joan Illuzzi said as James Harris …

Crime

How an age-old building technique is revolutionizing West African housing

The Nubian Vault project promotes a millennia-old homebuilding concept that’s cutting costs and saving the climate<p>Sometimes, it pays to stick with what works. In the case of the Nubian Vault Association (La Voûte Nubienne, or LVN), a nonprofit working to make housing more affordable in West …

Housing

Is it safe to drink Fanta and Sprite in Nigeria?

<b>A recent court case in Nigeria has highlighted concerns that locally made soft drinks may be considered unsafe for human consumption elsewhere, as Ijeoma Ndukwe explains.</b><p>There has been uproar in Nigeria after it emerged that the company that manufactures Fanta and Sprite, the Nigeria Bottling …

East Africa hunger appeal supported by Eddie Redmayne hits £30m in a week

Public urged to keep giving as Redmayne, Bill Nighy and Ben Stiller front major fundraising drive for worst humanitarian crisis since the end of world war two<p>A crisis appeal to support the millions of people at risk of starvation in east Africa has raised £30m in a week.<p>The Disasters Emergency …

Africa

FIFA slaps Ghanaian ref with life ban for influencing World Cup qualifier

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey may fancy printing up a few CVs after FIFA told the match official to take a hike Monday.<p>The world football governing …

Boko Haram Vows to Impose Sharia Law in Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Mali

Shekau said the militants will establish Sharia law in Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Mali.

Boko Haram