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The Other Africa

Africa often makes headlines for its post-colonial civil wars, corrupt politicians, extreme poverty and malnourished populations. But increasingly across the continent, technological advancement, economic might and social changes are presenting another image of Africa.

Worldfocus travels to Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa and Tanzania to report on the 21st century version of Africa, where women are forging political revolutions, cell phones are leapfrogging over the digital divide and China is cultivating friendships with African nations.

"The Other Africa" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, online radio shows, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.

The Other Africa

America’s obligation to impoverished nations

How You See It

America’s obligation to impoverished nations

Organizations large and small -- from the World Bank to local NGOs -- are working to eliminate public health scourges in Africa. Do you think the United States has a moral obligation to do more to alleviate hunger and disease around the world?

Posted: October 15, 2009 12:07   Comments: 20
Tribal king in Ghana embraces future while preserving past

Video

Tribal king in Ghana embraces future while preserving past

The western African country of Ghana is an increasingly modern society. But some old ways endure -- the country's largest tribe, the Ashanti, still have their own king.

Posted: September 11, 2009 13:29   Comments: 1
Scientists discover new species in Mozambique rain forest

Video

Scientists discover new species in Mozambique rain forest

Jeffrey Barbee of Global Post traveled to Mozambique to explore a pristine rain forest discovered only four years ago. Scientists are now scouting the forests to discover species of plants and animals unknown to science until now.

Posted: September 3, 2009 16:46   Comments: 6
Ethiopian woman revolutionizes country’s financial system

Video

Ethiopian woman revolutionizes country’s financial system

PBS Wide Angle's film "The Market Maker" features the story of one woman's efforts to combat a seemingly never-ending cycle of famine in Ethiopia by creating that country's very first commodities exchange.

Posted: July 22, 2009 10:30   Comments: 4
Ghana’s capital city blossoms with shops, cell phones

Perspectives

Ghana’s capital city blossoms with shops, cell phones

Accra, the capital city of Ghana, was host to U.S. President Barack Obama's recent trip to Africa, during which he warned African nations they need to take care of themselves. A Worldfocus contributing blogger visited Accra and describes how the city has improved over the past decade.

Posted: July 21, 2009 13:45   Comments: 1
Worldfocus receives two Emmy nominations!

In the Newsroom

Worldfocus receives two Emmy nominations!

Worldfocus received two Emmy nominations today for our reporting on Africa. "Crisis in Congo" was nominated for best story and "21st Century Africa" was nominated for outstanding feature story.

Posted: July 14, 2009 15:56   Comments: 5
Africa responds to Obama’s “tough love” message

Interview (video)

Africa responds to Obama’s “tough love” message

U.S. President Barack Obama's message in Ghana on Saturday was described as a kind of "tough love," encouraging democracy and at the same time warning African nations they need to take care of themselves. Yaw Nyarko of New York University discusses why Obama chose Ghana and what is at stake for the U.S. in Africa.

Posted: July 13, 2009 15:27   Comments: 2
Thousands line up in Kenya for HIV testing

Video

Thousands line up in Kenya for HIV testing

In urging Congress to spend $60 billion over the next six years on health aid to other nations, U.S. President Barack Obama called for an integrated approach -- fight AIDS, but at the same time, combat other preventable disease that kill millions of people each year. In Kenya, a health project is taking that very approach.

Posted: July 8, 2009 11:26   Comments: 2
Africa turns to science for help combatting ivory trade

Interview (video)

Africa turns to science for help combatting ivory trade

Despite a long ban, poachers in Africa continue to kill thousands of elephants each year for the money they can make from the tusks. But now, says Michael Novacek of the American Museum of Natural History, scientists are using a sophisticated dating method to fight back.

Posted: July 2, 2009 13:58   Comments: 1
Tune in: Online radio show on African women in power

Worldfocus Radio

Tune in: Online radio show on African women in power

Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explored the political, economic and social implications of the rise of women power players in Africa. Listen now. Micheline Ravololonarisoa, Lynn Sherr and Aili Mari Tripp joined the conversation.

Posted: April 14, 2009 19:16   Comments: 3
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