“Using my China experience to help Togolese Youth”

Almost eight years ago, Amedodji Atsu Joseph boarded a plane in Lomé‚ to start the gruelling 23-hour journey from the tiny west African nation of Togo to the sprawling giant of Asia. Three flights later, the then-20-year old finally touched down in Shanghai. Joseph was one of the 35,000 African students to travel to China…

China declares support for Guinea president amidst election controversy

China has offered to back Alpha Condé, Guinea’s president on his re-election on Monday. The news comes as the nation’s president is embroiled in controversy due to concerns around election fraud last month. On Monday, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated: “China and Guinea are good friends… We value our tradition of friendship and…

China lectures Zimbabwe on environmental preservation

Following accusations from environmental groups, Zimbabwe’s government revoked permits for Chinese firms to mine Hangwe national park, home to one of the African continent’s largest populations of elephants. Guo Shaochun, China’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, declared that he wished the Zimbabwean government to become more transparent. In a statement made on 10 September, he stressed the…

Africans in China say no to naming of ‘African’ Swine Fever

This year communities across the world seemed to simultaneously get the virtual memo that naming diseases after countries, cities and ethnic groups can have dire consequences for the country (or continent) in question, its economy and those that call said country home. The World Health Organisation’s 2015 guidelines on the naming of new diseases aim…

5 Africa-China authors you should know

The first African students to study in China reached the middle kingdom in the mid-50s; since that time the number of students, academics, entrepreneurs, and more hailing from the African continent and knocking at China’s door has risen – and shows no sign of slowing down. And with the deepening of Africa-China relations, seminal works…

China’s Time – Covid-19 allows the Chinese biotech company BGI to win in Africa

As the number of Covid-19 cases climbs across parts of the African continent China has been using this opportunity to show that it stands in solidarity with Africa through donations of PPE and test kits. Countries such as Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Senegal have been on the receiving end of China’s medical aid – whether…

What’s the deal with…Debt-Traps in Africa

Over the last 11 years, Chinese investments skyrocketed across the African continent. Alongside this expansion, the “debt-trap diplomacy” narrative permeated mainstream media in Africa and the West alike. According to this viewpoint, China purposely seeks to ensnare African nations into a net of debt in order to gain assets or strategic advantages.  What has been…

Rwanda leads the way in Digital era of Africa-China relations

The 31st of October 2018 may well go down in history for ushering in a new, exciting digital aspect to Africa-China international trade. The date marks the launch of the Alibaba-led Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) project in Africa. Rwanda was the first African nation to join the initiative by entering into a partnership agreement with Alibaba Group, followed…

The Dilemma of Chinese Gold Miners in Ghana

Ghana’s Gold Endowment and the Involvement of Chinese Miners Ghana is endowed with vast reserves of natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable. As the second largest gold miner in Africa, behind South Africa, Ghana is famous for its gold production and was once named the ‘Gold Coast’ because of the abundance of gold. Between 1493-1600,…

President Xi read my letter – and he replied!

There are moments in our life that give us pause and call for a period of reflection. Moments that stop us in our tracks and demand our immediate attention. This is one of those moments for me. Today, something big happened. And I mean BIG. President Xi read my letter – and replied! Opening of…