President Kenyatta Snubs African Union and Embraces ICC

Kenya has stood out for many decades as a leading international centre in Africa. It hosts the largest number of headquarters and regional offices of international governmental, business and non-governmental organizations on the continent.

Nairobi, the country’s capital, hosts Africa headquarters of United Nations and world headquarters of United Nations Environmental Programme and UN-Habitat. Over many years, international trade, tourism, international business have constituted a sizeable portion of Kenya’s gross national product.

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African Presidents Do Not Take Their Own Medicine

Ask the person standing next to you if she or he would prefer to be treated at home or flown abroad for treatment, heavens forbid, in case of serious illness. What answer do you get?

In almost all African countries, if one asks the number one citizen the same question the response is obvious. Take me overseas immediately, the President or Prime Minister says. And do not tell anyone where I am or why I am there.

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University of Ibadan Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. Idowu Olayinka (seated, left), and UNFPA Africa Regional Director, Bunmi Makinwa (seated, centre), sign the Letter of Understanding between the two organizations.

The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria signed a Letter of Understanding that offers a global and regional partnership opportunity to implement UNFPA's programmes in priority areas that are core to its mandate. These include reproductive health and rights, population and development, and gender. UNFPA Africa Regional Director, Bunmi Makinwa, said on the occasion that the Fund recognizes the excellent capacity and facilities of the University of Ibadan. “Through the agreement we would like to make it even more widely available, to be used by other institutions and organizations.” The agreement was signed by the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. Idowu Olayinka, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Adewole. The University would be a veritable partner of UNFPA and would use the agreement to develop new programmes and leverage services, he said.

The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria signed a Letter of Understanding that offers a global and regional partnership opportunity to implement UNFPA’s programmes in priority areas that are core to its mandate. These include reproductive health and rights, population and development, and gender.
UNFPA Africa Regional Director, Bunmi Makinwa, said on the occasion that the Fund recognizes the excellent capacity and facilities of the University of Ibadan. “Through the agreement we would like to make it even more widely available, to be used by other institutions and organizations.”
The agreement was signed by the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. Idowu Olayinka, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Adewole. The University would be a veritable partner of UNFPA and would use the agreement to develop new programmes and leverage services, he said.

UNFPA Africa Regional Director Bunmi Makinwa addresses the 2012 Annual African Women Parliamentarians’ Conference in Johannesburg.

UNFPA Africa Regional Director Bunmi Makinwa urged African Members of Parliament to take bold action with respect to maternal and child health and the needs of young people. He made this call at the 2012 Annual African Women Parliamentarians’ Conference in Johannesburg on 4 October, where he also held a meeting with the Pan-African Parliament President, H.E. Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi.  While sub-Saharan Africa celebrated a 41 per cent reduction in maternal mortality over the past two decades, around 165,000 women in Africa die each year due to pregnancy and related causes. Most of these deaths could be prevented, Mr. Makinwa said. In the region, 1 in 39 women aged 15-49 years dies while giving life, compared to a life-time risk in Sweden of 1 in 14,100 women.

UNFPA Africa Regional Director Bunmi Makinwa urged African Members of Parliament to take bold action with respect to maternal and child health and the needs of young people. He made this call at the 2012 Annual African Women Parliamentarians’ Conference in Johannesburg on 4 October, where he also held a meeting with the Pan-African Parliament President, H.E. Hon. Bethel Nnaemeka Amadi.
While sub-Saharan Africa celebrated a 41 per cent reduction in maternal mortality over the past two decades, around 165,000 women in Africa die each year due to pregnancy and related causes. Most of these deaths could be prevented, Mr. Makinwa said. In the region, 1 in 39 women aged 15-49 years dies while giving life, compared to a life-time risk in Sweden of 1 in 14,100 women.