Fred Obera

About the Author Fred Obera

Fred Obera is a communication expert and a multimedia journalist based in Kenya. Passionate about creating and engaging in production of stories based on social activism to transform poor health, degraded environment, bring peace, security, democracy, accountability and address challenges that hinder human development.

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South Africa to scrap visa for all African citizens to meet AU open visa policy-Agenda 2063

South African government through its Department of Home Affairs is working to scrap the visas for all African citizens travelling to the country. However, “trusted travellers” such as diplomats, academics, business people and students will be the only ones to benefit before its open to everyone. The move is in-line with the African Union’s proposed common visa policy (Agenda 2063).

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Google and partners commit $100 million to African broadband project

Google in partnership with Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation, and Mitsui have committed $100 million to invest in Africa broadband project called CSquared, a wholesale broadband infrastructure company in Africa. The partnership will support the underlying internet infrastructure in Africa which, in turn, opens up new markets for Google’s own online services in Africa.

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South Africa: President Jacob Zuma endorses ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for ANC leadership

The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma who has been implicated in a series of corruption scandals, has endorsed ex-wife and former African Union Commission (AU) Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next leader of the ruling party the African National Congress (ANC). The endorsement has been sharply criticized and the battle lines over Zuma’s successor have been clearly drawn.


Togo where disabled children’s accused of witchcraft are imprisoned and ostracised

In Togo, the disabled children or children slightly different from others are accused of witchcraft and held responsible for deaths in their families or communities. Most of the children accused of witchcraft have been excluded from their communities, and severely mistreated. The situation is getting worrying as the vulnerable children are subjected to different heart-wrenching forms of abuse. Various organizations have been pushing the authorities and communities to combat the ill-treatment of children.

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Africa to benefit from China’s $124 billion plan for “One Belt, One Road” project

African leaders are in China to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The “One Belt, One Road” is a 2013 Chinese ambitious plan, a $124 billion pledge that aims to connect Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East with a vast logistics and transport network, using pipelines, airports, railways, roads, transnational electricity grids and fiber optic cables.


Rwanda: Transform Africa Summit kicks off in Kigali

The third Transform Africa Summit attracting about 3,000 delegates all over Africa, has kicked off at the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda. The Transform Africa Summit is the leading African forum bringing together global and regional leaders from government, business and international organizations to chart a way forward for ICT development in Africa.