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(Voice of America 02/11/16)
Resource-poor countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia are experiencing growth, while resource-rich countries like Nigeria and Angola are battling. The former finance minister of Zimbabwe, Tendai Biti, told the Investing in African Mining Indaba annual conference Tuesday that diversification is key, but African leaders in resource rich countries don’t learn. However, he said the silver lining to the current slump is for policy makers to see this as an opportunity, a sentiment also expressed in the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria outlook report. The focus for Investing in African Indaba was on mining, rather than crude oil, whether a particular mineral, diamonds, iron or gas. The issue is global commodities are in a slump,...
(Financial Times 02/11/16)
Not long ago, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi hosted more than 40 African leaders for a glitzy jamboree to reinvigorate New Delhi’s drifting relations with Africa. Historically, the two continents had strong commercial and cultural links, forged by Indian Ocean traders. Now, India wants access to Africa’s vast energy reserves and its expanding middle-class markets. But it is struggling to counter China’s clout on the continent. Admitting India had not been “as attentive” to Africa as it should, Mr Modi called for a new “partnership for prosperity”. To strengthen frayed ties, he promised $10bn of concessional credit to Africa, and 50,000 scholarships for Africans to study in India, over the next five years. But India’s courtship of Africa still faces...
(The Citizen 02/10/16)
African countries have been advised to transform their economies through industrialisation to avoid shocks created by declines in commodity prices. Experts attending the 20th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) said yesterday that price decreases in oil and other commodities had shown many economies that they needed to diversify the economies. The four-day ICE, which started yesterday, involves about 250 participants from 14 Eastern African countries. "Certainly, we should learn from what is happening.
(News24 02/10/16)
Resource rich African countries are addicts that are in need of rehabilitation now that the good days are over, according to former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti. It appears ironic that resource poor countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing growth, while resource rich countries like Nigeria and Angola are battling, Biti told the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday. "They (resource poor countries) have moved to fully diversify their economies," he said. "Diversification is key, but African...
(AFP (eng) 02/09/16)
President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. The Electrify Africa Act, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives and Senate, leverages partnerships with the private sector in order to bring first-time electricity access to some 50 million people in underserved parts of Africa. Virtually no new US federal funds are allocated for the project,...
(Financial Times 02/09/16)
Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the ecommerce group at more than $1bn. French insurer Axa will pay €75m for an 8 per cent stake in Africa Internet Group, which owns several start-ups including online retailer Jumia, mobile taxi app Easy Taxi and delivery app HelloFood, giving the company a valuation of €938m ($1.04bn). FirstFT is our new essential daily email briefing of the best stories from across the web...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/16)
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable, Western allies like Senegal. Al Qaeda...
(AFP (eng) 02/08/16)
A former Congolese army chief and presidential advisor announced Monday he plans to run in the March 20 election and challenge President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who has been in power in Congo-Brazzaville for more than 30 years. "I will be a candidate... I felt called to by the people and I decided to cross the Rubicon," General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko told AFP by phone from Bangui. "I know the country well, its challenges and its history," the ex-officer in his...
(Washington Post 02/08/16)
There must be lessons to draw from the news that Cape Verdeans – along with citizens of 21 other African countries – are living better lives than they were three years ago. Get the biggest election stories in your inbox. Based on face-to-face interviews with more than 52,700 citizens in 33 countries in 2014-2015, Afrobarometer reports that in two-thirds of those countries, “lived poverty” has decreased compared to the previous survey round in 2011-2013. That means fewer people are going...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
A new UNESCO publication says thousands of African children lack textbooks or must share them. Education experts say that along with skilled teachers, textbooks are essential for meeting the U.N.-backed Sustainable Development Goals, which call for inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The recent Global Education Monitoring Report published by UNESCO discusses the extent of the shortages and proposes solutions. It says that in Cameroon, one study showed there were 12 students for one reading book and 14 to...
(AL Jazeera 02/06/16)
Bangui - The Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse involving its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). "Under a memorandum of understanding between the Congolese government and the office of the UN secretary general it has been decided that an administrative inquiry will be carried out," Communications Minister Thierry Moungalla said on Friday. The defence ministry will lead the investigation and "verify the veracity of the allegations", after...
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the plunge in oil prices will force significant fiscal adjustments on Africa's oil exporters. The IMF said the 70 percent fall in crude prices over the past 18 months has been a "formidable shock" to sub-Saharan African oil exporters like Nigeria and Angola, given their heavy reliance on oil receipts in state revenues. "While most oil producers have low levels of debt and adequate levels of reserves, the massive oil price decline makes adjustment...
(Xinhuanet 02/05/16)
(Xinhua) -- Cooperation in the health sector with China has helped reduce disease burden in Africa while strengthening the continent's capacity to respond to new infections, said a senior African Union (AU) official. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday on the sidelines of the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, that China has contributed immensely to modernization of health infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. "China has been a dependable partner...
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy may be slowing down in its industrial and manufacturing sectors, but the growth in its consumption and services sector is still adequate to push growth in African countries which depend on trade with China, analysts said Wednesday. Jonathan Stichbury, the East Africa CEO of Pine Bridge Investments, a financial services advisory and wealth management firm, said despite the talk of a Chinese economic slowdown, the 6.9 percent growth rate recorded by China in 2015 still remains much higher by the Asian regional standards.
(Bloomberg 02/04/16)
When then-President Bill Clinton visited Africa in 1998, he praised “a new generation of leaders” as champions of a dawning “African Renaissance.” Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni was one of them: Two years before, he’d been elected president after a decade as a military ruler. Museveni is again running for president -- at the age of 71, after abolishing constitutional limits on presidential terms. He refers to the East African nation’s oil reserves as his own, holds a public holiday to mark...
(Xinhuanet 02/03/16)
(Xinhua) -- Chinese funding to the African Union (AU) that was announced during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last year in South Africa, is important for establishment of the African Standby Force, a senior UN official Dr. Carlos Lopes has said. "Setting up a force is always very difficult. And if the Chinese were convinced to provide funding for the initial stages, then the whole process will be easy," Lopes who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told Xinhua in an interview during the 26th AU summit that ended on Sunday in Ethiopia.
(Voice of America 02/03/16)
 
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Investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington last week to push ideas and efforts to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. The In-Stream Auger Turbine, which uses flowing water to generate power, was among the technological innovations exhibited at the second annual Powering Africa Summit. “This unit, unlike other hydro-energy projects, doesn't take years to perform,” said Chun Pong Ng of Zoetic Global. “Unlike wind and solar that only deliver when Mother...

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(The Citizen 02/10/16)
African countries have been advised to transform their economies through industrialisation to avoid shocks created by declines in commodity prices. Experts attending the 20th meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) said yesterday that price decreases in oil and other commodities had shown many economies that they needed to diversify the economies. The four-day ICE, which started yesterday, involves about 250 participants from 14 Eastern African countries. "Certainly, we should learn from what is happening.
(News24 02/10/16)
Resource rich African countries are addicts that are in need of rehabilitation now that the good days are over, according to former Zimbabwe finance minister Tendai Biti. It appears ironic that resource poor countries like Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia are experiencing growth, while resource rich countries like Nigeria and Angola are battling, Biti told the Investing in African Mining Indaba on Tuesday. "They (resource poor countries) have moved to fully diversify their economies," he said. "Diversification is key, but African leaders (in resource rich countries) don't learn. The boom and slumps have been with us for a long time. It (the lessons) should have been learnt a long time ago." He said the "silver lining to the current slump was...
(Reuters (Eng) 02/09/16)
African forces began a U.S.-led counter-terrorism training program in Senegal on Monday amid what a U.S. commander said were rising signs of collaboration between Islamist militant groups across north Africa and the Sahel. The annual "Flintlock" exercises started only weeks after an attack in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou left 30 people dead. The assault on a hotel used by foreigners raised concerns that militants were expanding from a stronghold in north Mali toward stable, Western allies like Senegal. Al Qaeda...
(Washington Post 02/08/16)
There must be lessons to draw from the news that Cape Verdeans – along with citizens of 21 other African countries – are living better lives than they were three years ago. Get the biggest election stories in your inbox. Based on face-to-face interviews with more than 52,700 citizens in 33 countries in 2014-2015, Afrobarometer reports that in two-thirds of those countries, “lived poverty” has decreased compared to the previous survey round in 2011-2013. That means fewer people are going...
(Voice of America 02/08/16)
A new UNESCO publication says thousands of African children lack textbooks or must share them. Education experts say that along with skilled teachers, textbooks are essential for meeting the U.N.-backed Sustainable Development Goals, which call for inclusive and equitable quality education for all. The recent Global Education Monitoring Report published by UNESCO discusses the extent of the shortages and proposes solutions. It says that in Cameroon, one study showed there were 12 students for one reading book and 14 to...
(AL Jazeera 02/06/16)
Bangui - The Republic of Congo has launched an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse involving its troops serving as UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). "Under a memorandum of understanding between the Congolese government and the office of the UN secretary general it has been decided that an administrative inquiry will be carried out," Communications Minister Thierry Moungalla said on Friday. The defence ministry will lead the investigation and "verify the veracity of the allegations", after...
(AFP (eng) 02/05/16)
The International Monetary Fund said Wednesday the plunge in oil prices will force significant fiscal adjustments on Africa's oil exporters. The IMF said the 70 percent fall in crude prices over the past 18 months has been a "formidable shock" to sub-Saharan African oil exporters like Nigeria and Angola, given their heavy reliance on oil receipts in state revenues. "While most oil producers have low levels of debt and adequate levels of reserves, the massive oil price decline makes adjustment...
(Xinhuanet 02/05/16)
(Xinhua) -- Cooperation in the health sector with China has helped reduce disease burden in Africa while strengthening the continent's capacity to respond to new infections, said a senior African Union (AU) official. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said in an interview with Xinhua Sunday on the sidelines of the AU Heads of State Summit in Addis Ababa, that China has contributed immensely to modernization of health infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. "China has been a dependable partner...
(Xinhuanet 02/04/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Chinese economy may be slowing down in its industrial and manufacturing sectors, but the growth in its consumption and services sector is still adequate to push growth in African countries which depend on trade with China, analysts said Wednesday. Jonathan Stichbury, the East Africa CEO of Pine Bridge Investments, a financial services advisory and wealth management firm, said despite the talk of a Chinese economic slowdown, the 6.9 percent growth rate recorded by China in 2015 still remains much higher by the Asian regional standards.
(Xinhuanet 02/03/16)
(Xinhua) -- Chinese funding to the African Union (AU) that was announced during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held last year in South Africa, is important for establishment of the African Standby Force, a senior UN official Dr. Carlos Lopes has said. "Setting up a force is always very difficult. And if the Chinese were convinced to provide funding for the initial stages, then the whole process will be easy," Lopes who is the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told Xinhua in an interview during the 26th AU summit that ended on Sunday in Ethiopia.
(Voice of America 02/03/16)
 
00:00
Investors and power developers from around the world gathered in Washington last week to push ideas and efforts to alleviate the shortages of electricity that plague many African countries. The In-Stream Auger Turbine, which uses flowing water to generate power, was among the technological innovations exhibited at the second annual Powering Africa Summit. “This unit, unlike other hydro-energy projects, doesn't take years to perform,” said Chun Pong Ng of Zoetic Global. “Unlike wind and solar that only deliver when Mother...
(The Economist 02/03/16)
Power corrupts. So too does a resource-rich economy, like Nigeria’s, where easy access to oil revenues opens the door to palm-greasing. Of 168 countries surveyed by Transparency International, an anti-corruption group Germany, in its annual Corruption Perception Index, Nigeria ranks 32nd from the bottom. Whistleblowers sometimes try to estimate how much cash has gone missing from Nigeria’s public purse. In 2014 a respected former central-bank governor lost his job after claiming that $20 billion had been stolen. But this captures...
(Voice of America 02/02/16)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed the Electrify Africa Act, after nearly two years of trying to get the measure through both chambers of Congress. It now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The bill will provide a framework for a major public-private partnership between the United States and sub-Saharan African countries to help millions of people gain access to reliable electricity. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce of California said the Electrify Africa Act...
(The Christian Science Monitor 02/02/16)
It is unusual for animals to be added to wildlife population counts in Africa, but that is what has happened. By identifying their tracks and using camera traps that were able to snap images of the big cats, conservationists have confirmed reports from residents near a remote national park in Ethiopia that there are lions in the area. This is a welcome thread of good news for the wildlife conservation community, given that the lion population in some African regions...
(Tanzania Daily News 02/01/16)
Statistics indicate that annual malaria deaths in Africa have decreased from an estimated 764,000 in 2000 to 395,000 in 2015. According to a press statement issued yesterday by the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), Ms Johannah-Joy Phumaphi, Africa has achieved historic progress in the fight against malaria over the past 15 years. "Since 2000, malaria mortality rates in Africa have fallen by 66 per cent among all age groups and by 71 per cent among children...
(Xinhuanet 01/30/16)
(Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) on Friday reiterated its commitment to stop the illegal migration of African youth to developed nations alongside child marriages that are a blot to the continent's image. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, said at a press briefing that the continental body has focused on innovative measures to contain illegal migration and eradicate child marriages. "The migration crisis in Africa has reached alarming proportions. Our youth are risking lives to enter Europe...
(Independent Online 01/30/16)
Botswana has maintained its top rating as the least corrupt African country, followed by Seychelles, Rwanda, Mauritius and Namibia which made it into the top 50 least corrupt countries in the world. The rankings are contained in the “Corruption Perceptions Index” of 2015, released this week by global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International which analysed perceptions of public sector corruption in 168 countries. [Read the full list here] South Africa is positioned at 61, on par with Senegal and Lesotho, but...
(Financial Times 01/28/16)
The mobile phone is to sub-Saharan Africa what the steam train was to 19th century Europe: the mechanical workhorse driving social and economic transformation. Seizing the opportunity provided by the first near universally available infrastructure, hundreds of technology start-ups have sprung up across the continent to plough new trade routes and seek breakthrough innovations. In parallel there is mounting competition between global tech companies — IBM, Google, Facebook, China’s Tencent- for a slice of what are some of the world’s...
(Huffingtonpost 01/27/16)
This year, like 2015, promises to be yet another busy year in Africa's electoral democracy stakes. More than a third of the continent's 54 countries will conduct polls. All elections are important, but in some countries they carry particular weight. Key ones coming up are: Senatorial, state and federal constituency elections in Nigeria. In Africa's most populous nation elections can serve as a yardstick for advancing electoral democracy. This year's elections are expected to lead to further governance reforms.
(The Observer 01/27/16)
Every year, when an African film festival or award ceremony happens, a number of good productions from the continent are showcased. However, even when many of these films are promising or even with better storylines than your ordinary candy-cotton Captain America or Iron Man, many of the presumed audience never get to watch them. This year at the annual Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards (AMVCAs), Uganda has scooped four nominations, thanks to Joseph Kenneth Ssebaggala's two films: Call 112 and...

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(Voice of America 02/11/16)
Resource-poor countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia are experiencing growth, while resource-rich countries like Nigeria and Angola are battling. The former finance minister of Zimbabwe, Tendai Biti, told the Investing in African Mining Indaba annual conference Tuesday that diversification is key, but African leaders in resource rich countries don’t learn. However, he said the silver lining to the current slump is for policy makers to see this as an opportunity, a sentiment also expressed in the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria outlook report. The focus for Investing in African Indaba was on mining, rather than crude oil, whether a particular mineral, diamonds, iron or gas. The issue is global commodities are in a slump,...
(Financial Times 02/11/16)
Not long ago, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi hosted more than 40 African leaders for a glitzy jamboree to reinvigorate New Delhi’s drifting relations with Africa. Historically, the two continents had strong commercial and cultural links, forged by Indian Ocean traders. Now, India wants access to Africa’s vast energy reserves and its expanding middle-class markets. But it is struggling to counter China’s clout on the continent. Admitting India had not been “as attentive” to Africa as it should, Mr Modi called for a new “partnership for prosperity”. To strengthen frayed ties, he promised $10bn of concessional credit to Africa, and 50,000 scholarships for Africans to study in India, over the next five years. But India’s courtship of Africa still faces...
(AFP (eng) 02/09/16)
President Barack Obama signed into law Monday a measure aimed at expanding electricity to millions of households in sub-Saharan Africa, a measure supporters say will save lives and accelerate growth on the continent. The Electrify Africa Act, which unanimously passed the House of Representatives and Senate, leverages partnerships with the private sector in order to bring first-time electricity access to some 50 million people in underserved parts of Africa. Virtually no new US federal funds are allocated for the project,...
(Financial Times 02/09/16)
Africa Internet Group is set to become the continent’s first “unicorn” after securing an investment valuing the ecommerce group at more than $1bn. French insurer Axa will pay €75m for an 8 per cent stake in Africa Internet Group, which owns several start-ups including online retailer Jumia, mobile taxi app Easy Taxi and delivery app HelloFood, giving the company a valuation of €938m ($1.04bn). FirstFT is our new essential daily email briefing of the best stories from across the web...
(Huffingtonpost 02/06/16)
The beautiful and resource rich continent of Africa has for many years been portrayed by Western media as hopeless, futureless, poverty-stricken, corrupt, under-developed, and in many other unpleasant ways. However, not all these things present a true reflection of how blessed the continent is. It is true that the continent is faced with immense socio-political and economic challenges. It is also true that the continent has the longest list of leaders who have long overstayed in power and continue to...
(The Wall Street Journal 02/06/16)
From Rwanda and South Sudan to Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, African coffee growers are watching market trends tilt in their favor, as retail giants shift from high volume to high-flavor beans. The rise in demand for specialty coffee, which now accounts for one of every two cups in America, has compelled retailers to dive deeper into Africa, bringing on board growers in riskier markets such as South Sudan, Burundi and Congo. Demand for specialty coffee in...
(Independent Online 02/06/16)
Addis Ababa - Politicians were to blame for high airfares that prevented Africans from travelling around their own continent, Mossadek Bally, founder, chairman and CEO of the Azalai Hotel group said. Bally, who was part of a panel in the closing session of the three-day US-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa on Thursday, said it was easier for Africans to take a plane to fly to Dubai or Paris on holiday than within Africa. “Just because we have all these...
(Voice of America 02/01/16)
A new study about Africa shows the importance of developing roads, electrical grids, health clinics and other forms of infrastructure for promoting development — and reducing poverty. The survey by the polling firm Afrobarometer, a nonpartisan research network, found that more than 20 countries in Africa have improved economic growth and living conditions with active government support. The report found that 22 out of the 33 countries surveyed showed impressive improvements in some of the “development infrastructure” that lifts living standards, such as food, clean water, cooking fuel, health care and income.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) says the mining sector and intra-Africa trade are critical to ensure that trade and industry play a catalytic role in Africa's transformation agenda. Speaking to the press on Wednesday at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Fatima Haram Acyl, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry, recalled that the AU heads of states adopted the African Mining Vision (AMV) in February 2009, with a view to making the mining sector more responsive to African economic and social development needs.
(Xinhuanet 01/29/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's positive economic performance is now being put to the test in the face of the challenges posed by current circumstances, noted a senior official of the African Union (AU). Speaking to the press on Wednesday in the framework of the 26th AU Summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, Anthony Mothae Maruping, AU Commissioner for Economic Affairs, said drop in commodities prices, interest rate rise in the U.S., severe drought, floods and regional conflicts all have combined to...
(Xinhuanet 01/28/16)
(Xinhua) -- Africa's economic growth has been forecast to grow 4.4 percent in 2016, up from 3.7 percent in 2015, said a UN report released on Tuesday in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. Increasing domestic demand coupled with an improving regional business environment and increasing public investment, especially in infrastructure, underpin the set economic growth on the continent, according to the report. Africa's growth will rely on other factors including improving macroeconomic management, a buoyant service sector, and increasing trade and investment ties with emerging economies; and these factors are also expected to support regional growth in 2017, said the report.
(The New York Times 01/26/16)
Years of rapid economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa fueled hopes of a prosperous new era. To many, the world’s poorest continent was finally emerging, with economies that were no longer dependent on the fickle global demand for Africa’s raw resources. But as China’s economy slows and its once seemingly insatiable hunger for Africa’s commodities wanes, many African economies are tumbling, quickly. Since the start of this year, the outlook across the continent has grown grimmer, especially in its two biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa. Their currencies fell to record lows this month as China, Africa’s biggest trading partner, announced that imports from Africa plummeted nearly 40 percent in 2015.
(Reuters (Eng) 01/23/16)
India has asked its oil firms to boost ties with resource-rich Africa as the south Asian nation wants to take advantage of tumbling crude prices to lock in supplies to meet future demand. India is seen as the most important driver of energy demand growth in the world in the years to come with its oil consumption seen rising by 6 million barrels per day (bpd) to about 10 million bpd by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA)...
(Xinhuanet 01/23/16)
(Xinhua) -- China's economic slowdown will not affect Africa's overall economic expansion in 2016, an economic expert said on Wednesday. Standard Chartered Bank Africa Global Research Chief Economist Razia Khan told a media briefing in Nairobi that international trade has not traditionally been a determinant of economic growth in Africa. According to the economist, China plans to maintain long term relations with Africa. "So, Chinese engagement with Africa will not change fundamentally even as its economy weakens," she said. The...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)Fancy a drink of Sparletta Stoney Tangawizi? Or maybe a glass of Krest Bitter Lemon? Those are two of over 100 drinks that Coca-Cola produces in Africa, many tailored to local taste. The approach in each city may differ, but the company's strategy is the same everywhere: a Coke product should always be within reach. "It is very important that as a business we really ensure that we continue to be relevant to consumers and customers," Nathan Kalumbu, President Coca-Cola...
(CNN 01/21/16)
Investors have been rushing to Africa since the end of the global financial crisis, lured by untapped opportunities and high economic growth rates. The push into Africa has been a perennial talking point at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, prompting an increase in Africa's participation at the prestigious gathering of world leaders. This year, however, the conversation may shift as investors reflect on the economic headwinds facing nearly all emerging economies. Davos 2016 looks set to be...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/21/16)
Africa's small farmers, more than half of whom buy their seeds from local informal markets, need access to improved seeds that can yield more food and cope with climate change, according to research published on Wednesday. Innovations in food science, including seeds that produce vitamin-rich food and crops that can withstand the hotter, drier conditions due to global warming, are not reaching many of Africa's small farmers as they are not available in local markets, researchers said. The study, published...
(Xinhuanet 01/20/16)
(Xinhua) -- The Bank of Central African States (BEAC) and the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) on Tuesday signed a 400 billion CFA Francs (670 million U.S. dollars) agreement to fund infrastructure projects in their region. BEAC governor Lucas Abaga Nchama, who spoke after the signing of the agreement in the Cameroonian capital Yaounde, said the money would be released in batches to the tune of 80 billion CFA Francs annually. The money was aimed at helping improve...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/20/16)
Dreams of Africa’s inexorable economic climb are being interrupted by new challenges like the cries of student protesters at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand. Students blocked streets and burned tires on the Johannesburg campus for weeks late last year to protest tuition increases they said the country’s mostly poor black majority couldn’t afford. The protests snowballed into a nationwide indictment of the government’s inability to create jobs and cut inequality. South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma placated students with a promise not to raise tuition this year.
(MmegiOnline 01/18/16)
Before the end of the first period of colonialism African nations were properties of their colonial masters who did what they could to rape the continent of whatever the resources they deemed good for the development of their citizens in Europe. Out of nowhere and without consultation with the people of the African continent, the Europeans met and divided the continent among themselves in what has been termed the scramble for Africa. Through this scramble, France, Britain, Germany, Portugal, Spain,...

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(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/16)
FIFA presidential candidate Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has asked soccer's world governing body to investigate Friday's agreement signed between the African and Asian confederations in case it breaches the electoral code. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Confederation of African Football (CAF) counterpart Issa Hayatou signed the 'co-operation agreement' in Rwanda, just over a month before the FIFA presidential election in Zurich on Feb. 26. Sheikh Salman, South African politician and businessman Tokyo Sexwale and Prince Ali are among five candidates standing in the election, with the Jordanian fearing vote deals had been struck between the two confederations who will have a combined 100 votes in...
(Dw-World 12/22/15)
Joseph Blatter has pledged to fight the eight-year ban handed down to him by FIFA's Ethics Committee with all means at his disposal. He also reiterated earlier assertions that he had done nothing wrong. The FIFA president told reporters at a press conference in Zurich on Monday that he would go to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and to a Swiss human rights court in a bid to get his ban on all football-related activities overturned. "I will fight, for me, for FIFA," said Blatter. "Banned eight years, for what?" The statement came just minutes after the Ethics Committee of football's world governing body handed down the eight year bans on both him and UEFA President Michel Platini...
(Xinhuanet 11/25/15)
(Xinhua) -- Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) believes its officials are targeted negatively in the fight against doping that is bedeviling track and field discipline at the moment. CAA believes embattled International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) former president Lamine Diack is being condemned without trial for abetting doping.
(AFP (eng) 11/18/15)
French coach Claude Le Roy has quit his job as coach of Republic of Congo after leading them into the third phase of the Africa zone 2018 World Cup qualifiers, he told AFP on Tuesday. "After two great years here I've decided to move on to other adventures," the much travelled 67-year-old explained after a 6-4 aggregate win over Ethiopia saw them through round two of regional World Cup qualifiers. He leaves Congo in the twenty team third phase of...
(Xinhuanet 11/10/15)
(Xinhua) -- Kenya's bid to host the African zone Olympic qualifiers in Nairobi in January next year has been turned down, with Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) selecting Brazzaville, Congo. "This is to confirm that the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) has selected Brazzaville, Congo to host the week long Africa Olympic qualifiers for indoor volleyball from January 7-14," CAVB said in a statement released on Monday. Brazzaville hosted the Africa Games in September and CAVB was convinced their facilities...
(AFP (eng) 09/29/15)
'Nzango', a fun dancing game which Congolese children love to play in the street or during school breaks, has just hit the sporting big-time with a demonstration at the African games. An energetic mixture of gymnastics, dance, singing, jumps and choreography, Nzango is a popular pastime on both sides of the Congo river -- in Congo-Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to Feconza, the Congolese Nzango Federation, the game originated from northern DR Congo, well before the country...
(Ghana Web 09/14/15)
Congo Brazzaville, the third seeds whose players have spent one year preparing in China, suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Ghana’s Male Team, the Black Loopers. Derek Abrefa Ghana’s top seed started off well in the opening match of the contest by beating Suraju Saka, crowned African champion in 2008 in Kinshasa (11-7, 12-10, 4-11, 11-7) Emmanuel Commey in the vital concluding fifth match of the engagement also beat Suraju Saka (11-8, 11-6, 4-11, 11-6). However Hu Bin...
(This Day Live 09/14/15)
After running previous 11 editions, as the All Africa Games, the Games has now been renamed the 'African Games,' an official revealed at the weekend. The Games returned to its birthplace, Brazzaville, in 2015, where it was first held 50 years ago in 1965 as the All Africa Games. The Games are expected to be held every four years. However, for one reason or the other, the four yearly cycle has not been maintained. According to the Executive Secretary of...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/15)
Senegal secured an All-Africa Games football semi-finals place in Brazzaville Saturday by drawing 1-1 with already-qualified Nigeria. Ibrahim Keita pounced on a defensive blunder to put the Senegalese ahead seven minutes from time in the Congo Brazzaville capital. Substitute Mustapha Abdullahi rescued the Nigerians with a last-minute equaliser at Stade de l'Unite, a 60,000-seat venue built for the quadrennial 'African Olympics'. Nigeria finished Group B with four points after defeating defending champions Ghana 2-0 at the same venue three days...
(Starrfmonline 09/01/15)
The Black Stars of Ghana handed their Congolese counterparts a 3-2 defeat in a friendly on Tuesday at the newly constructed Kintele Stadium. The Black Stars registered their first goal when they pilled pressure on the defensive set up of the Congolese for an own goal to be scored in the 17th minute through defender Sagesse Mabele two minutes later the Black Stars made it two through Richmond Boakye Yiadom. The Congolese Pulled one back just nine minutes after recess...
(APA 08/31/15)
APA-Brazzaville (Congo) - Près de 3.500 agents des forces de sécurité congolaises (FAC), policiers, gendarmes et militaires confondus, ont été mobilisés pour assurer la sécurité lors des 11èmes jeux africains qui vont se dérouler à Brazzaville, du 4 au 19 septembre, selon un communiqué officiel publié dans la capitale congolaise. Les agents des FAC ont reçu, entre autres missions, la sécurisation des sites d'hébergement des athlètes, des manifestations sportives, le contrôle des voies publiques, et la traque des délinquants dans...
(Ghana Web 08/18/15)
The Ghana FA has confirmed considering a pre-Afcon qualifying warm-up friendly offer from Congo. Congo who are hosting the 2015 All Africa Games beginning next month, want to face the Black Stars in the commissioning of the newly-built multi-purpose 60,000-capacity Stade Municipal de Kintélé which will be used for the competition. The Congolese sports ministry made the request through its Ghanaian counterparts to have the first teams of both nations to open the new stadium which the Ghana FA has...
(BBC News Africa 08/01/15)
Nigeria have vowed to attack Claude Le Roy's Congo Brazzaville in Pointe-Noire this weekend and move closer to a seventh Olympic Games football tournament appearance. The west Africans take a fragile 2-1 lead into the second leg of a third-round qualifier for the 2016 Rio Games and coach Samson Siasia has revealed his game plan. "We will attack because we want to win in Congo - not avoid defeat," the 47-year-old former national team striker told reporters. A draw will...
(BBC News Africa 07/29/15)
Congolese striker Rudy Guelord Bhebey Ndey is in intensive care after falling on his head during a match. The 25-year-old AC Leopards captain was hurt in the 17th minute of his side's Confederation Cup Group B match against Egypt's Zamalek on Saturday. He was taken to the Air Force Specialized Hospital in Cairo and arrived "in a very bad condition". On Tuesday, Dr Salah Abdelkhaleq said the player was doing better but it was too early to say if he...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/15)
Wild finishing restricted dominant Nigeria to a 2-1 victory over Congo Brazzaville at the weekend in a dramatic 2016 Rio Olympic Games football qualifier. Villain-cum-hero Junior Ajayi scored both goals for the Nigerian 'Dream Team' early in the second half before a capacity 40,000 crowd in south-east city Port Harcourt. But Moise Nkounkou snatched a potentially crucial away goal on 66 minutes to leave the third-round tie on a knife edge. Celebrated France-born Congo coach Claude Le Roy is hoping...
(BBC News Africa 07/20/15)
Nigeria edged closer towards qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics with a 2-1 victory over Congo Brazzaville in Port Harcourt. It was sweet revenge for Nigeria whose senior side lost 3-2 to Claude Le Roy's Congo last year in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - a result which ultimately denied the Super Eagles a place at the finals and a chance to defend their title. Nigeria boast a proud Olympics football record, having won gold medals at the...
(BBC News Africa 07/18/15)
Congo coach Claude LeRoy wants to inflict further misery on Nigeria this weekend when he takes his side to Port Harcourt for a 2016 Olympic Games football qualifier. The Red Devils stunned the Super Eagles 3-2 last year in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier - it was the first home Nations Cup qualifying loss suffered by Nigeria and ultimately denied them a place at the finals and a chance to defend their title. Now, the consistently successful 67-year-old Frenchman hopes to repeat at under-23 level what he achieved at senior level and edge Congo closer to Rio de Janeiro and a first Olympics football appearance.
(Caj News Africa 07/03/15)
Johannesburg — A number of countries that won their opening matches for the CAF 2017 African Nations Championship (CHAN) are tipped to progress to the next stage while others face an uphill task. Among the highlights of the preliminary rounds is an East African Derby pitting Kenya and Ethiopia with the former expected to sail through after an impressive 2-0 away win in Addis Ababa in the first leg two weeks ago. Down south, Bafana Bafana , as South Africa...
(CNN 06/20/15)
(CNN)The insults are crude, but they hit home hard. The players of Koa Bosco have suffered many such racial taunts since their football club was formed in 2013. On occasion, physical violence has even flared on the pitch, says the Italian team's manager Domenico Mammoliti. "The ignorance of some people..." he sighs, revealing a hint of exasperation at the abuse he says his players have endured. Life in the Italian lower leagues is clearly tough. Yet it's nothing compared to the journey undertaken by this team of African immigrants and refugees from countries such as Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Mali, the Ivory Coast, Togo and Sudan.
(Dw-World 06/15/15)
Two African teams are playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup on Friday (12.06.2015): Nigeria and Cameroon. African women's football has performed poorly in previous tournaments. DW's Sam Olukoya finds out why. Some blame the poor state of African women's football in general for the continent's lackluster performance at international tournaments. 20-year-old professional footballer Igmemeka Ike has been playing since the age of 15. She said the main difficultly women footballers face in Nigeria is the shortage of funds caused...

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(The Associated Press 07/13/15)
Babajide Olatunji sold his first portrait for about $7. Seven years later, his charcoal renderings of faces with tribal markings sell for thousands of dollars. This 24-year-old's success is part of a new global recognition of the value of contemporary African art. "It's the new 'Scramble for Africa,' no longer for land, gold or diamonds, but for art," said Giles Peppiatt, who holds the only auctions of modern African art outside the continent, at Bonham's in London. "It's a rather different kind of tussle that is making art a viable occupation for artists across Africa," he said. Nigeria, with the continent's largest economy and population, is leading the art field, too, with a host of...
(Vanguard 06/25/15)
Grammy Award winning R&B icon, NE-YO, has been announced to perform at the MTV Africa Music Awards 2015. Performing songs from his sixth studio album 'Non Fiction' the singer-songwriter expressed his excitement about his first ever performance in the South African city, "I can't wait for you to see what I have in store Durban! I hope you're ready, because I am!" Since smashing onto the top spot of the Billboard Hot 200 Chart back in 2006 with his sophomore single "So Sick", NE-YO has spent the last nine years churning out hit after hit, not only as a performer, but as a songwriter for his megastar peers Beyoncé, Rihanna and the late Michael Jackson to name but a few...
(Ips News 04/20/15)
Paris — Quick now, can you name a famous African sculptor from the 1800s or even the early 20th century? Anyone able to answer positively is part of a select minority - most museum-goers have become used to seeing traditional African carvings without knowing the name of the artist. But some experts are taking steps to change this, with the most extensive exhibition devoted to identifying Africa's expert sculptors now on in Paris at the Quai Branly Museum - a...
(AFP (eng) 02/21/15)
Timbuktu, which won seven Cesar awards -- France's version of the Oscars -- on Friday tells the story of northern Mali under the control of jihadists, in a foreshadowing of the rise of the Islamic State group. Among its haul, it scooped the coveted best film and best director gongs for Mauritania's Abderrahmane Sissako. The ancient caravan town of the title, often a by-word for otherworldly remoteness, was seized by armed Islamists who cut a swathe through the west African...
(Ventures-Africa 12/23/14)
VENTURES AFRICA – Tourism, the fastest growing economic sector within Africa, serves as one of the core investment opportunities on the continent. But beyond the safari experience, innovative companies offer a look into Africa which is capable of penetrating this global culture. “There is no reason the world shouldn’t experience the environments that breed such dynamic people,” said Cherae Robinson, Founder and CEO of Rare Customs. Cherae is the brilliant mind behind “Tastemakers Africa”, a mobile app and website that allows travellers secure exquisite, adventurous and curated trips across Africa.
(Leadership 12/16/14)
Top music acts from across the African continent will dazzle guests, VIPs and members of the football community at the forth-coming 2014 Glo-CAF Awards scheduled to hold in Lagos on January 8, 2015. The top acts expected to do their stuff at the high octane continental event are Congo DRC’s multiple award-winning song writer, singer and guitarist, Fally Ipupa; global Jazz icon, Hugh Masekela from South Africa and Egyptian folk singer and the first person from an Arab country to...
(Leadership 11/20/14)
It was another night of glamour and panache as this year’s edition of the prestigious Africa International Film Festival, AFRIFF, came to a glittering end Saturday in Calabar, the Cross River State capital. The grand finale of the festival, which kicked off amid gaiety on Sunday, November 9, held at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, with top Nollywood stars, producers, directors and stakeholders from Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world in attendance. Leading Nollywood stars at the event...
(The Guardian 10/28/14)
Magnus Taylor picks his favourites from the upcoming Film Africa festival in London – from a pro-democracy struggle to a city battling religious extremists. In the dunes not far from Timbuktu, recently captured by militant jihadists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and shepherd, Issan. Residents in the culturally rich city are suffering: music, laughter, cigarettes and football have been banned and women are being chastised for not wearing the veil. Back in the dunes, an incident brings Kidane into the heart of the historic city and its new brutal regime.
(AFP (eng) 10/16/14)
Despite sparse resources and limited institutional support, the world will soon wake up to Africa's ingenious new artists, according to some of the continent's leading exponents taking part in London's Contemporary African Art Fair. The four-day event -- the largest such fair outside Africa -- opens on Thursday and showcases the work of over 120 artists in the grand setting of Somerset House in the heart of the British capital in a bid to reach a global market. Some 27...
(News Day 10/10/14)
IT was a night of fun and of course lots of glitz and glamour at The Big Brother Africa (BBA) Hotshots launch on October 5 at The Whippet in Linden, Johannesburg, South Africa. After the unexpected burning down of the former BBA house also located in Johannesburg, viewers and audiences were naturally eager to see how this new venue would turn out and with no doubt Big Brother did not disappoint. The usual presenter, Ik Osakioduwa, popularly known as Ik,...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 02/11/16)
Resource-poor countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia are experiencing growth, while resource-rich countries like Nigeria and Angola are battling. The former finance minister of Zimbabwe, Tendai Biti, told the Investing in African Mining Indaba annual conference Tuesday that diversification is key, but African leaders in resource rich countries don’t learn. However, he said the silver lining to the current slump is for policy makers to see this as an opportunity, a sentiment also expressed in the National Bureau of Statistics of Nigeria outlook report. The focus for Investing in African Indaba was on mining, rather than crude oil, whether a particular mineral, diamonds, iron or gas. The issue is global commodities are in a slump,...
(Voice of America 01/26/16)
Congo Republic's ruling party on Monday officially designated incumbent President Denis Sassou Nguesso as its candidate for a March election, bringing the veteran leader one step closer to extending his decades-long rule. Sassou Nguesso has ruled the oil-rich Congo for 31 of the past 36 years in two separate stretches. He is widely expected to win a comfortable victory in the polls, having secured the right to seek a third consecutive term in a constitutional referendum last year. The decision to back his candidacy, generally viewed as little more than a formality, was taken by members of the central committee of Sassou Nguesso's Congolese Party of Labor (PCT). "Dear comrades, by trusting, totally trusting in Comrade President Denis Sassou Nguesso,...
(Voice of America 01/25/16)
HARARE— Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo say Africa wants to see reforms enacted at the U.N. Security Council and they want the continent to be given at least one spot as a permanent member. The call came at the end of a visit to Zimbabwe by Nguema and ahead of an African Union General Assembly later this month. Mugabe — who is handing over the rotating AU chairmanship — said his Equatorial Guinea...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)This week, the African Union is meeting to discuss human rights, and particularly how the continent can realize the full potential of its women. Naturally, the power of information and communication technologies are on the agenda for discussion. But haven't we been here before? We are more than half way through the "African Women's Decade" launched in 2010. What has happened in the intervening six years? Since 2010, much has been made about Africa's mobile and digital revolution and its...
(CNN 01/22/16)
(CNN)Fancy a drink of Sparletta Stoney Tangawizi? Or maybe a glass of Krest Bitter Lemon? Those are two of over 100 drinks that Coca-Cola produces in Africa, many tailored to local taste. The approach in each city may differ, but the company's strategy is the same everywhere: a Coke product should always be within reach. "It is very important that as a business we really ensure that we continue to be relevant to consumers and customers," Nathan Kalumbu, President Coca-Cola...
(The Wall Street Journal 01/19/16)
Barclays PLC was one the few western banks to blaze a trail into sub-Saharan Africa. Now it is preparing to stage a gradual retreat. Barclays executives have concluded that being the majority owner of a sprawling African business no longer fits with the bank’s strategy, according to people familiar with the matter. The bank is drawing up plans to sell some of its 62% stake in Barclays Africa Group Ltd. , the publicly traded entity that houses most of its...
(CNN 01/16/16)
London (CNN)With over 1,000 restaurants in the continent, KFC is the leading fast food chain in Africa. But its dominance is limited to South Africa, home to about 80 percent of them. Despite its success, the company faces many challenges as they try to establish the brand in other regions, for example by making sure its food is relevant and recognizable to Africans. Serving jollof rice, a spicy dish native to West Africa, is one way in which KFC is...
(BBC News Africa 01/14/16)
African exports to China fell by almost 40% in 2015, China's customs office says. China is Africa's biggest single trading partner and its demand for African commodities has fuelled the continent's recent economic growth. The decline in exports reflects the recent slowdown in China's economy. This has, in turn, put African economies under pressure and in part accounts for the falling value of many African currencies. Is China a brake on Africa's progress? Presenting China's trade figures for last year,...
(CNN 01/14/16)
(CNN)In 2014, 100 million people were using Facebook each month across Africa, over 80% via mobile. That figure has now jumped to over 120 million. Four and a half million of those Facebook users are based in Kenya, 15 million in Nigeria and 12 million in South Africa, in statistics first reported by Reuters. Overall, around 9% of Africans use social media, with South Africans among the world leaders in time spent on social networks with an average of 3.2...
(BBC News Africa 01/13/16)
The BBC's southern Africa correspondent Karen Allen looks at the areas in which Africa can expect big social change this year, some of which have seen campaign groups turn to the internet to state their case. They say information is power and we've seen that demonstrated in the past year, with the protests about quality and access to affordable education right across the continent. Watch out for more developments in the #Feesmustfall campaign in South Africa, as students prepare to...
(CNN 01/09/16)
(CNN) If you've ever been on the receiving end of trolling tweets, you'll know Twitter can be a cruel place. But the social network also provides a platform for disparate voices, helping to amplify them and create online communities. Africans on Twitter have long used 140 characters to celebrate their cultures, air their grievances or just share a good joke and it seems record numbers of people joined in. From #IfAfricaWasABar to #MugabeFalls, here are the very African hashtags of...
(BBC News Africa 01/06/16)
There are well-documented problems about access to education. The Africa Learning Barometer at the US-based Center for Universal Education at Brookings says of the continent's nearly 128 million school-aged children, 17 million will never attend school. There have been improvements, with targets for the millennium development goals widening access to primary school. But many millions, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, never start school or learn so little that it is hardly worth them attending. Against this backdrop, education in Africa, particularly in East Africa, has become a hotbed for e-learning.
(Voice of America 01/04/16)
Opposition political parties plan to meet next week to decide whether to participate in the Congo Republic’s presidential election now scheduled for March 20. This, following the recent approval of a new constitution that removed term limits to allow long-term President Denis Sassou Nguesso to seek another term. Last October's referendum, approved by more than 92 percent of voters, removes a two-term limit and an age limit of 70 for presidential candidates. But the opposition dismissed the referendum as illegal, which led to the change in the constitution.
(Voice of America 01/02/16)
The Republic of Congo has announced it will hold its presidential election in March, following the recent approval of a new constitution that will allow President Denis Sassou Nguesso to run for another term. The election was expected to be scheduled for July 2016, but Congo's Minister of Communications announced the election plan on Wednesday. He said a new national electoral committee has been created and a draft electoral law adopted. The election date has been set for March 20,...
(Voice of America 12/21/15)
The United States is expected to add two species of lions in Africa to its endangered list Monday in a move that will make it more difficult for hunters to bring lion trophies back into the country. The Fish and Wildlife Service, which manages the list, is linking the move to declining populations in the wild and the need to ensure those who illegally hunt cannot gain from their actions. One lion species found in central and western parts of...
(BBC News Africa 12/19/15)
Could putting vibrations into the ground be a way to keep elephants from coming into conflict with humans? Already, attempts have been made to scare the animals away from villages using their own very low-frequency alarm calls - with partial success. Now scientists are studying whether even better results could be obtained if this sound in the air is accompanied also by a seismic signal underfoot. The work is being led by Prof Sue Webb from Wits University in Johannesburg...
(Voice of America 12/16/15)
Africa cannot be left to foot the bill for climate change, so say leaders and specialists from the continent who attended the recent climate conference in Paris. Nearly 200 nations adopted a historic deal December 12 that aims to slow the pace of global warming and provide billions of dollars for climate change remediation to poorer countries. While it's hard to predict the impact the deal will have on Africa, it's significant that there is recognition of the continent's vulnerability,...
(Voice of America 12/16/15)
GENEVA— A senior U.N. official warns that increasingly children are being killed, maimed, and recruited as soldiers and suicide bombers in armed conflict. Leila Zerrougui was appointed the U.N. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in 2012. She says the plight of children has worsened every year under her watch. 2015 is shaping up to be the worst year of all. The United Nations is tracking the status of children in 20 conflicts in the Middle...
(Voice of America 12/09/15)
Developing countries in Africa are battling a host of deadly infectious diseases, from diarrheal conditions to malaria to HIV, and some think India may have a way to help. But complications arise. India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, met recently with the heads of state of more than 50 African countries to discuss ways India — which has become the world's leader in the manufacture and export of generic drugs — can improve the continent's health infrastructure.
(Voice of America 12/07/15)
Ten African countries have committed to restore 31 million hectares of degraded and deforested land, under a new push to make 100 million hectares productive again by 2030. The AFR100 scheme, launched on Sunday in Paris, will be backed by $1 billion from the World Bank and additional funds from Germany, as well as $545 million in private-sector investment. "Restoring our landscapes brings prosperity, security and opportunity," said Rwanda's Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta.

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