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News from Africa - Nigeria

Scores killed in coordinated bombings and gun attacks in KanoAt least 178 people were killed in a series of coordinated bombings and subsequent gun attacks targeting police stations, the headquarters of the State Security Service, as well as passport and immigration offices in Nigeria's northern...
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News from Africa - Nigeria

Foreign national kidnapped in the Niger DeltaA US national working for the Japanese conglomerate, Marubeni, was kidnapped in the city of Warri, located in Nigeria's Delta state, on 20 January. The man was reportedly abducted after having been followed from Sapele town to Warri city by unidentified...
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News from Africa - Democratic Republic of Congo

Heightened political tensions countrywidePolitical tensions are high in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following an announcement by President Joseph Kabila's main rival, Etienne Tshisekedi, on 20 January. Tshisekedi reaffirmed his claim that he is the country's rightful head of state and...
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Africa - the hopeful continent

I always love to hear some good news about Africa and this article by The Economist is indeed hopeful. Although there is still much wrong, business is booming and international business interest in Africa is optomistic. Over the past decade six of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries were...
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International Marriage

I found this article by The Economist very interesting as I have often wondered what the success rate of Interntional or Cross-cultural marriages is in comparison to same cultural marriages. My thoughts have always been that marriage with someone who grew up down the road is hard enough let alone...
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TED talk on longevity around the world

I love TED talks and this particular one on longevity around the world was fascinating. Research has show that "outlier" communities tend to have longer and healthier lives and while this might not have much to do with our Westernised culture, international relocations and inter-culture...
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U.S. Senator, Democrat Chris Coons, calls Africa "A Continent of Tremendous Opportunity"

       Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat who chairs the African Affairs Subcommittee in the U.S. Senate recently joined with U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah to recruit more American business investment for Africa.Calling Africa a "...
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African elections during 2012

The election schedule in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2012This year looks to be a full one in terms of political elections taking place across Africa. Numerous countries will be going to the polls in 2012 including Senegal, Ghana and Angola. These elections will no doubt be watched closely by the...
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SA business culture different to rest of Africa

  South African companies should learn to adapt to the different business cultures in the rest of the continent, says Nigerian-born entrepreneur Nissi Ekpott.Nissi Ekpott“The market out in Africa is so much different than South Africa – the structure and how things work. Many...
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Cultural training - Awareness is the key to international success for companies and expats.

 One of the most important and overlooked factors for international  relocation success to foreign markets is cultural awareness.Cultural awareness refers to the ability to appreciate and learn about different cultural values and customs of a foreign country.What may be normal and...
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