We would like to express our gratitude to all of you who submitted ideas to complete our list of the Top Ten Africa news items and events for 2010 online as well as on our Africa.com Facebook and Twitter pages.
As we promised, we are announcing the winners today, each of whom will receive an Africa.com tee shirt.
9. AfricaYouTube.com — for pointing out that Nigerian officials have indicted former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for bribing the Nigerian government in the 1990s. The accusation stems from Cheney’s reign as CEO of Halliburton from 1995 to 2000.
10. Jill Zimmerman, a vice president with the Alford Group, who provided us with a series of interesting facts about philanthropic giving to Africa over the past decade. In 2007, for example, only $360 million, four percent of all international giving by US corporations, went to Africa. By contrast, in 2010, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alone donated almost $228 million to Africa.
And here, once again, is our original list of eight items:
1. Elections or referendums were held in nearly 20 countries, of which only one gave rise to serious contention or conflict (Cote d’Ivoire).
2. Walmart, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Daimler and Barclays all announced major expansions inside South Africa in a year in which the world began to pay attention to the economic victories occurring across the African continent.
3. 17 different countries on the African continent celebrated 50 years of independence.
4. Even though Spain beat the Netherlands to claim the FIFA World Cup championship, South Africa was the real victor because the games were peaceful and well organized, exceeding many people’s expectations.
5. The 10th anniversary of AGOA, the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
6. The Student Sponsorship Programme in South Africa celebrated its 10th anniversary of providing high quality high school educations to bright but needy students.
7. Africa.com launched on February 12th.
8. The Global Africa Project opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and showcased for the world that there is a “psychic and a physical space known as Africa.”
We look forward to interacting with all of you often throughout 2011!