Japan takes on China with a planned $20 billion investment in Africa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) conference in August 28, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. (CNN)Japan’s private sector will invest $20 billion over three years in Africa, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised Wednesday. Abe, who was addressing African leaders gathered at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development…

How this enslaved African from Mozambique became Japan’s first black Samurai

Ismail Akwei is an international journalist, communications and media consultant, editor, writer, human rights advocate, pan-Africanist, tech enthusiast, history fanatic and a lover of arts and culture. He has worked with multinational media companies across the continent and has over a decade’s experience in journalism. He is currently the editor of face2faceafrica.com. A depiction of…

Chadwick Boseman Tapped To Play Japan’s First Black Samurai, Yasuke

“The legend of Yasuke is one of history’s best-kept secrets, the only person of non-Asian origin to become a Samurai,” the “Black Panther” star said of the role. Matt Winkelmeyer via Getty Images Chadwick Boseman has found himself in another epic role. The “Black Panther” actor has been tapped to star as Yasuke, the first…

Advocates urge U.S. to cease support for African agriculture initiative

A program meant to help agriculture in Africa is causing more harm than good and should be closed, says an advocacy group. The 3-year-old New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition allowed large corporations to make land grabs that are to the detriment of small farmers, according to a new report by ActionAid. Released ahead…