The West African Journal was a major magazine publication in the United States with a focus on the Mano River region and West Africa sub-region during the civil crises in Liberia and neighboring countries during the decades of the 1990s.
This was the period when many citizens and others in the sub-region were fleeing their homeland due to conflicts, and the magazine was a reliable source of information covering developments in the region and in the Diaspora. However, the magazine suspended publication several years ago but is now back.
It is, therefore, delightful that The West African Journal has been reactivated. The print edition of the magazine, to be published monthly and distributed in the United States, West Africa, and other parts of the world, will provide analysis of the major events of the period under review.
Due to challenges relating to availability of reading materials in the sub-region, a few hundred copies of every edition of the magazine will be distributed free of charge to libraries and reading rooms at schools and institutions of higher learning in the sub-West Africa sub-region.
The Journal covers government/politics, economics/international trade/investment and partnerships, women's issues, showcase of tourism and historic attractions in West Africa in particular, and Africa in general, as well as cover the Diaspora, entrepreneurship, among others.
The Journal also taps into growing interest in the Unites States regarding resource-rich Africa as the next frontier for global economic progress amid an increasing global competition for access to the continent’s abundant natural resources. The magazine will regularly cover bilateral and multilateral partnerships between the US/multinational agencies and Africa/individual African countries.
More importantly, in considering the danger of Climate Change and Global Warming, The Journal serves as a strong and unrelenting advocate to create international awareness regarding Climate Change, especially how West African countries and the African Continent as a whole are being negatively impacted. Through its environmental coverage, The Journal promotes education and awareness for people to be empowered.
Our experienced team of editors, reporters and feature writers are excited to bring the stories that impact politics, finance, economy, arts, health, education, climate change, women and youth issues in Africa today.
The West African Journal is registered and published in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Plans are underway to open a bureau office in Liberia, from which operations in other West African countries will be coordinated.
Our journalists, who bring decades of high engagement of news and reportage, include former BBC veteran correspondent Isaac D.E. Bantu, former Daily Observer Features Editor and publisher of the West African Journal Joe S. Kappia, and Pana Press Editor Tepitapia K. Sannah, and respected Photo journalist and editor Gregory Stemn.
These experienced and internationally-respected journalists ensure a high standard of professional journalism.
Information and inquiries for The West African Journal should be directed to the following:
Editor-in-Chief; Email: WestAfricanJournalMagazine@gmail.com
Isaac D.E. Bantu: Publishing Partner; Email: WestAfricanJournalMagazine@gmail.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 55053, Washington, D.C. 20040-5053 USA
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who is visiting the pro-Biafran region in the southeast of the country on Tuesday thanked citizens of the southeast for the “enthusiastic” welcome they accorded him since his arrival.
In a Twitter post, the Nigeria leader said “from Enugu to Abakaliki, I have enjoyed a profuse display of warmth from everyone; political leaders, traditional leaders, citizens. I thank you all.”
While vising Igboland on Monday, Southeast Traditional leaders and Ebonyi State Traditional Council conferred the Chieftaincy title of Ochi Oha Ndigbo (leader of all) of Igboland on President Buhari.
Buhari’s trip to the southeast is his first since ascending to the Presidency and comes on the heels of the acceleration of tension in the region which is home to Biafran secessionists.
The movement has been designated as a terrorist group by the Federal government. The leader of the Biafran separatist group Nnamdi Kanu is facing charges and was recently granted bail.
The Governor of the U.S. State of Alabama Ms. Kay Ivey recently appointed three new members to the University of South Alabama Board of Trustees.
According to statement issued on September 29, 2017 by the University, the new appointments include Mr. Lenus M. Perkins, a resident of Birmingham and Program Director at Bhate Environmental Associates.
Mr. Perkins, born in Liberia, West Africa, matriculated at the University of South Alabama following acceptance as an international student and graduated from the College of Engineering in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He began his career as a staff engineer at Thompson Engineering in Mobile before joining Bhate Environmental Associates in 1992.
As Director of Programs for Bhate, he is the direct report for all federal and commercial program managers, responsible for domestic and overseas environmental remediation, demolition, fuels, compliance, and construction contracts with capacity totaling more than $5 billion. Perkins’ 26 years of environmental consulting include more than 20 years of project and program management experience in environmental, remediation, fuel storage tank system closures, removal, installation, repairs and upgrades, remedial investigations, remedial/corrective plan development, system installation/construction, site restoration and cleanup, compliance, pollution prevention, and other investigations and remedial activities under various federal and state regulatory programs.
Perkins has received the Patriot Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for his contribution to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.
He is on the executive committee of the Bong Education Center Alumni Association, which serves to meet the needs of students in Liberia, West Africa; a board member of the Birmingham Zoning Board of Adjustment; a member of the Highlands School Foundation board of trustees; and a member of the board of directors of Navigate Affordable Housing Partners in Birmingham.
In this prestigious and high profile position, Perkins is the first Liberian to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of South Alabama. His appointment became effective on October 1, 2017.
West African Journal Magazine is monitoring reports of military movements in the southern African nation of Zimbabwe.
According to reports on international wire services and social media, which are still unconfirmed, Army Chief General Constantino Chiwenga has reportedly given President Robert G. Mugabe 24 hours to resign his office.
This follows President Mugabe’s dismissal of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week. Reports say army units have been moving tanks into and around the center of the capital Harare and that the national broadcaster was surrounded.
General Chiwenga, in a statement on Monday, demanded a “stop” to the purge in the ruling Zanu-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangangwa, and warned the military could intervene.
“We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in,” Chiwenga told top army officials on Monday at the King George VI military headquarters in Harare.
The East Afrika Daily website reports that President Mugabe was chairing a regular cabinet meeting on Tuesday and has made no comment.
There has been tension in the ruling Zanu-PF party amidst internal feuding and talk of plans by the veteran Zimbabwean leader to have his wife and First Lady Grace Mugabe replace him.
Witnesses are quoted as saying they have seen uniformed soldiers posted at various street corners on Tuesday. There are fears that a military coup is underway.
A Zanu-PF Youth League official, at a news conference on Tuesday, says party youths are prepared to come out in their “millions” to defend the Mugabe regime from a military coup and accused the Army Chief General Chiwenga of collaborating with dismissed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to topple President Mugabe and seize power.
Opposition member and former Finance Minister in a Twitter post blasted the latest developments in Zimbabwe saying, ” the overwhelming presence of the army on our streets is totally unwelcome and reflective of the unraveling of the securocratic State. We all know none of them have the guts to carry out a coup. So Army presence should not be the regime’s excuse for declaring a State of Emergency.”
Meantime, the ruling ANC in neighboring South Africa says it will not intervene in the crisis in Zimbabwe. The BBC quotes ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe, who spoke at a news conference on Tuesday, as saying that the party would be concerned if “things go wrong there because it will impact on us”.
In the latest attempt at pushback at the show of force and challenging comments against President Mugabe by the military, the ruling Zanu-PF is accusing the Zimbabwe Army Chief General Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct”.
The 93 year old and now frail Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980. He and some of his ministers remain under US and EU sanctions which have crippled the country’s economy.
Reports from Ghana quoting the country’s Refugee Board say that some Togolese nationals have begun returning home following the recent security crackdown against anti government protesters in Lome.
Violent protests against the government of President Faure Gnassingbe forced hundreds of Togolese nationals to cross over into Ghana. A number of people were killed as a result of the protest.
According to the Program Coordinator for the Ghana Refugee Board, Tetteh Paddy, quoted by the Starfmonline website, “about half of the Togolese refugees have returned home although the political crisis in Togo is not over yet.”
Coordinator Tetteh said further that “The last check we sent a team up North to go and do verification and registration and we registered 355 [refugees] which meant that many of them have returned. At some point they were about 600.”
Help has been requested fronm the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and local organizations to care for over 300 Togolese refugees.
Lumos Global officially launched a new, nationwide solar electricity service for Cote d’Ivoire on November 11 at an event in the city of Divo.
The Lumos Mobile Electricity Service aims to bring power to millions of people who do not currently have access to an affordable, reliable or clean energy supply. The service is paid for using mobile phone credit and is available to all of the roughly 10.5 million MTN Cote d’Ivoire subscribers, through a partnership between Lumos and MTN, a press statement issued on Monday said.
At the launch event, hosted by Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister for Economic Infrastructure and Mayor of Divo Amédé Koffi Kouakou, Lumos and MTN Cote d’Ivoire announced that the service will now be available in MTN stores across the country.
The event was attended by hundreds of local residents, in a demonstration of the appeal of solar energy to ordinary Ivorians and the demand for reliable power, particularly outside of major urban centers. It is estimated that only around 40% of Ivorians are connected to the national electricity grid.
Lumos’ service has been available in neighboring Nigeria since 2016 and has experienced rapid growth – over 65,000 systems have been sold, and 250,000 people have been provided with electricity. Many of Lumos’ Nigerian customers are small businesses that use the power to stay open later hours, thereby increasing revenues. The service also is enabling thousands of children to study into the evening, and powers clinics and community centers across Nigeria. The service stands to have the same impact in Cote d’Ivoire.
Lumos also has created over 1,100 jobs in Nigeria. With swift expansion planned throughout Cote d’Ivoire the company will be making a significant investment in creating new jobs for Ivorians.
The International Monetary Fund, IMF has announced that the government of the West African nation of Mauritania is expected to receive a grant of $163 million assistance package to undertake economic reforms.
According to the IMF, initial draft approval has been obtained and a final approval by the board of directors is expected in December, reports say. The conditional approval was made after the visit of an IMF delegation to Mauritania between September 25 – October 6.
The IMF expects Mauritania to undertake reforms which address and foster inclusive and diversified growth, maintain the macro-economic stability, restore debt sustainability and reduce poverty. The IMF also expects Nouakchott to improve banking supervision, improve business climate and develop the social security scheme, Jeune Afrique reports.
The multi million dollar credit facility will assist with establishing a competitive exchange market and a modernized monetary policy framework. More credit facilities will be open to the country for the next few years.
The arrangement makes the Mauritania eligible for the credit over three years.
The West African nation of Senegal on Monday said it will now introduce a long-delayed points system for its drivers. This comes in the wake of the deaths of more than 50 people died on motorways during the a week of pilgrimage to the Muslim holy Sufi site of Touba.
According to the Senegalese Transport Minister Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo who spoke to reporters while attending the funeral of some of the victims, the law which was scheduled to be announced earlier in 2017 will now be enforced beginning next year. The Senegalese official emphasized that, “There is no negotiating and no way back,” an apparent reference to the implementation of the law on the point systems. The implementation of the point based license system was due to the slow roll out of the country’s biometric system.
Faithful adherents undertake the pilgrimage annually in the mainly Muslim majority country to the city of Touba 90. This year, tragedy struck when over 50 were killed in road accidents.
Minister Diallo warned that “Drivers of public transport vehicles should be aware that they are in charge of people, not goods for sale.”
Drivers and motorists have announced a planned protest strike scheduled for November 15th.