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The Brunchnista Reveals The Best Brunch Spots Around The World

Unlike many globetrotters, Michelle Sprott doesn’t keep a running count of the countries she has visited. It’s just a part of her DNA. Her mother is from Aruba and the family lived in Holland, so she’s been traveling practically from birth. But the brunch spots she has visited during her travels roll easily off the [...]

Evidence of Fur and Leather Clothing, Among World’s Oldest, Found in Moroccan Cave

Humans likely sported clothes made of jackal, fox and wildcat skins some 120,000 years ago. A bone tool from Contrebandiers Cave likely used for making clothes out of the skin of predators. Jacopo Niccolò Cerasoni Fur is a controversial fashion statement these days. But stepping out in a wildcat cape or jackal wrap was de [...]

Biden picks Africa’s Covid chief to head Aids programme

US President Joe Biden has nominated Dr John Nkengasong to lead the well-resourced public health programme aimed at combatting HIV/Aids, known as the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (Pepfar). Dr Nkengasong is currently the head of the Africa CDC - the agency leading the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The $7bn (£5bn) Pepfar programme [...]

Somalia opens oxygen plant vital in Covid fight

Somalia’s first large-scale factory producing much-needed medical oxygen has been opened in the capital, Mogadishu. The plant, which is at the city’s main child and maternal health hospital, was made possible through a collaboration between the government and the Hormuud Salaam Foundation (HSF), a charity set up by a large telecoms company. It will produce [...]

Meet the Nigerian board game creator trying to change an industry

Kenechukwu 'KC' Ogbuagu is trying to improve the tabletop game industry in Nigeria. Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Kenechukwu Cornelius Ogbuagu has been obsessed with playing and building games his entire life. As a child, he played board and card games including Snakes and Ladders, Whot, and Ludo with the kids in his neighborhood in Enugu, southeastern Nigeria, [...]

Surprise appointment: Tunisia’s president names Najla Bouden as country’s first female PM

Photo credit: Najla Bouden is a former director at PromESsE, a higher education reform project, and has held senior positions at Tunisia’s higher education ministry. Photograph: Mohamed Hammi/SIPA/Rex/Shutterstock Agence France-Presse Tunisia’s president named geologist Najla Bouden as the country’s first ever female prime minister-designate on Wednesday, to form a government with limited executive clout after [...]

The Urbanative. Mpho Vackier, South African mining engineer turns to ART

Once an engineer in South Africa’s mine, Mpho Vackier now applies her pragmatism to designing for her innovative furniture line—TheUrbanative. Johannesburg designer Mpho Vackier of TheUrbanative sees herself first and foremost as a pragmatic person. That sensibility is what led to her career as an engineer working in South African mines. But a lifelong creative [...]

A New Portrait Series Celebrates Immigrant Communities Throughout the U.S.

“The Land of Milk and Honey” is the latest project from creative director Alexander Julian. The United States is often touted as a melting pot—a place shaped by the mix of people who have arrived from around the world, bringing their traditions, their cuisines, and their families with them. But for many who have come [...]

Tanzania Hosts First East African Regional Tourism Expo Next Month

Tanzania Hosts First East African Regional Tourism Expo Next Month Tanzania will host the inaugural East African Regional Tourism Expo (EARTE), according to The Citizen. The Expo is being held by the United Republic of Tanzania in conjunction with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat. It will take place in the northern city of Arusha [...]

High International Standard of Africa Wellness destinations

Bushmanskloof - Cape Town Dubbed “an oasis in the wilderness”, Bushmans Kloof is set on a 7 500-hectare private reserve. Getting there is an experience in itself, showcasing the charming seaside town of Paternoster and one of the oldest towns in South Africa called Clanwilliam. The three-hour drive from Cape Town stretches along the rugged [...]

Benin Startup Builds Computers Out of Jerricans, Distributes Them at Low Cost

COTONOU — BloLab, a startup in Benin is turning plastic jerricans into computers using recycled components and distributing them to the public at a low cost. Arthur Dadjo is a student in Cotonou, Benin, where innovation and recycling meet. For the past year, he has been using a computer he built himself. It is made [...]

Ecofeminism is revolutionising west African farming

Mariama Sonko is an unstoppable force who continued her work even when she was ostracised by her community in Senegal Outside Mariama Sonko’s home in the Casamance region of southern Senegal pink shells hang on improvised nets that will be placed in mangroves to provide a breeding spot for oysters. Normally, women collecting oysters chop [...]

Jamal Ademola’s Exploration Of Self-Identity Through Mixed Media

Journey with Nigerian-American mixed media artist and filmmaker Jamal Ademola as he strolls towards self-discovery. In our 'Spotlight' series, we highlight the work of photographers, visual artists, multimedia artists and more who are producing vibrant, original work. In our latest piece, we spotlight Nigerian-American mixed media artist and filmmaker Jamal Ademola. His work was featured [...]

Mami Wata: The South African Brand Highlighting Surfing Culture In Africa

For many Westerners, the words Africa and surfing are not related. However, there is a South African surf brand that is trying to bring diversity, while celebrating surfing culture in Africa. Mami Wata, a West African deity that means Mother Ocean, is taking a different approach when it comes to not only the sport itself, [...]

Restaurant & Bar Design Awards shortlist 2021. Two in South Africa

Featuring 279 projects across 45 categories, the shortlist for this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards once again boasts a plethora of outstanding spaces, two of which are in South Africa. Here, are some of the most arresting designs from across the globe: 1. La Petite Colombe – Franschhoek, South Africa (Design: MR)   2. [...]

The Music Behind Netflix’s South African Series ‘JIVA!’

Get to know all the fire tracks featured on Netflix's South African dance series 'JIVA!'. A week after the official premiere of Netflix's JIVA!, the South African dance series has been in the top-10 viewing on the streaming platform. Additionally, the various South African tracks featured in the star-studded production have become stellar favourites among [...]

‘Misfit’ Ghanaian artist Kojo Marfo finds a home among London’s elite

The JD Malat Gallery in London's Mayfair is everything you'd expect an exclusive art space to be. The premises are immaculate and highly ordered, the owner and staff even more so. Into this atmosphere bounces the ever-smiling and slightly chaotic looking Kojo Marfo, an artist who is leading the life he has always dreamed of. [...]

Liberia courts premium markets to boost cocoa earnings

Liberian cocoa has a poor international reputation, but could it make headway in alternative markets driven by a growing market for high-quality, sustainably produced chocolate? The slicing and thump of pods falling from trees interrupts the stillness of a cocoa plantation in a remote part of Nimba County during harvest season. Most of the beans [...]

USA and Europe want to strike trade deals in Africa

“We will be the guinea pig,” said Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, before trade talks with America opened last year. A deal would make Kenya only the second African country after Morocco to sign a free-trade agreement with the United States. Officials in the Trump administration called the proposed deal “a model” for future ones. But [...]

44 Africa Satellites already in orbit and 20 more ready to take off

Despite a gap in 2020, the continent wants to take part in conquering space. Since the beginning of the year, three satellites have been launched and some 20 projects are about to get underway. On 22 March 2021, Tunisia kicked things off by launching its very first satellite: Challenge One, an Internet of Things satellite [...]

Ethiopia starts building local rival to Facebook

The Ethiopian Government wants its own social media platform to replace Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Zoom. Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency has said. For the past year Ethiopia has been [...]

On his sixth bid, Zambian opposition leader finally becomes president by an overwhelming majority.

President Hichilema, fondly known as ‘HH’ or ‘Bally’ – an informal term for father – has vowed to clean up Zambia’s economic crisis. Zambia’s newly elected leader Hakainde Hichilema has been sworn in after an election victory hailed as a rare triumph over authoritarianism and a milestone in African democracy. Hichilema, 59, took the oath [...]

The Somali Creative Using Art As a Weapon

Most people know Somalia for its decades-long civil war. As a result of the conflict and instability, many citizens are living outside of the country. Sagal Ali is part of the two million diaspora. Unlike others who sit back and complain about how things are “back home”, she has chosen to get involved in a [...]

South Africa’s Economy Is Now $37 Billion Bigger

South Africa’s economy is 11% bigger than previously estimated, after statistics authorities changed the way they calculate gross domestic product. GDP at current prices measured 5.52 trillion rand ($369 billion) in 2020, compared with a previous estimate of 4.97 trillion rand, said Joe de Beer, deputy director-general of economic data at Statistics South Africa, told [...]

Nigeria $2 billion fintech startup has become Africa’s fastest unicorn

In less than three years, OPay has gone from a curious startup known for its motorcycles in Lagos, Nigeria, to a financial services company worth $2 billion. The latest valuation comes after it raised $400 million from a round led by SoftBank, the Japanese investment firm, with Sequoia Capital China, and five other large firms [...]

Uganda and Rwanda take refugees from Afghanistan

Malala: 'This is a call to humanity' (CNN)Afghanistan's only girls' boarding school has evacuated dozens of students and staff to Rwanda, the president of the privately-run institution said Tuesday. The move came days after the Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan, where girls and women were banned from being educated when the Islamist militants were [...]

For us, by us: Africa must tell its own stories

When it comes to the complex history and rich culture of the African continent, the narrative has often been over-simplified, offering a homogeneous and unidimensional depiction of the world’s second most populous continent. Decades of turbulence have contributed to creating an overall negative portrayal of Africa and its people internationally, fuelled by the over-narrated and [...]

Kéré Architecture’s Startup Lions Campus is set to inspire future achievers

Diébédo Francis Kéré designs a new nature-inspired landmark in Kenya. Context-appropriate architecture and biophilia have become part of the contemporary architectural lexicon. Designers and architects are increasingly looking to nature and their surroundings for inspiration. This is not only in deference to a location, but also for practical reasons, because nature is often the best [...]

Building Bridges Through African Music, Serves Up an Eye-opening Album Debut

Known for his connection to the African music space and his love for fashion, Nana Appiasei, popularly known as Smallgod, has further imprinted his relevance to the music scene in Africa and beyond. For the last 15 years, the Ghanaian music entrepreneur, as well as culture and streetwear connoisseur, has been a force that has [...]

The Insider’s Guide To A Glamping Safari In South Africa

Glamping is when you leave behind the beaten track but not the creature comforts of modern life. Experience this in a Big 5 reserve in South Africa and you’ve found the safari ‘sweet spot’ – the ultimate combination of wild and luxury. So, what’s the biggest difference between camping and glamping (‘glamorous camping’)? While there [...]

The Activewear Brand That Wants To Normalise Wearing Traditional African Clothing Daily

RuvaAfricWear founder Sylvester Ndhlovu on celebrating Africa through his label and finally opening a store after years of building the brand behind closed doors. Back in high school, Sylvester Ndhlovu used to design his own T-shirts. But it wasn't your regular send-off-to-the-printer kind of designs. "It was just a white tee and a sharpie — [...]

This Senegalese CEO is Reshaping the Telecommunications Scene in Sierra Leone

37-year-old Aminata Kane, is a rising star in Africa’s cut-throat telecom industry. When Aminata Kane took on the challenge of turning around Orange’s Sierra Leonean subsidiary, the giant French telco was considering a sale of the money-losing unit to a competitor. That was back in April 2018. Aminata, a former mobile money marketing manager at [...]

How Kenya’s Jamborow is helping cooperatives better serve their members

Kenyan startup Jamborow is a fintech platform that provides white label solutions to enable savings and credit cooperatives societies, or Saccos, to better serve their members and scale operations while at it. Founded in 2018 by Moses Onitilo and Olusegun George, Jamborow brings together all players in the financial ecosystem, including lenders, borrowers,  and intermediaries. [...]

How synesthesia helps artist Prince Gyasi turn his work into ‘color therapy’

Visual artist Prince Gyasi (pictured) has worked with brands such as Apple, and shot big names including Naomi Campbell and Burna Boy. Credit: Prince Gyasi Paint, or pixels? That's the question that Prince Gyasi wants you to ask when you see his work. "You should be confused whether it's a painting or a photograph," he [...]

African leaders mobilize vaccines, finance at Abidjan summit

Several African leaders on Thursday attended the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa summit in Abidjan to discuss ways to support economic recovery on the continent after the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Many countries, already seeing little growth, have been forced to roll back restrictions due to rising virus cases, affecting revenues and [...]

Nigeria stun US basketball team in pre-Olympic friendly game.

Nigeria become the first African nation to beat the US basketball team, with a 90-87 win. Nigeria have pulled off one of the greatest upsets in international basketball history by stunning the United States in an Olympic exhibition game in Las Vegas, 90-87. Nigeria, with six NBA players and former NBA head coach Mike Brown [...]

Somalia Green Energy Association Touts Clean Power Potential

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA - Somalia lacks a national power grid and relies on imported fuel, wood and charcoal to address its energy needs. But energy experts say with the longest coastline in mainland Africa and an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day, Somalia has great potential for onshore wind and solar power. Somalia’s private [...]

Award-winning Kenyan Artist gives trash a second chance

From the 'C-Stunner' to the 'Black Mamba,' Kenya's Cyrus Kabiru rides wave of success with new creations made from scrap Cyrus Kabiru is on a continuous journey with his art. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, the award-winning artist and sculptor best known for his "C-stunners" -- eyewear created with junk -- has turned his focus to [...]

A Show of Forgiveness for Ivorian Former Foes. Ivory Coast president and rival in first meeting since civil war

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara and bitter rival Laurent Gbagbo have embraced in their first meeting since the civil war 10 years ago. The conflict was sparked by Mr Gbagbo's refusal to admit defeat in an election, and 3,000 people were killed. Mr Gbagbo returned to Ivory Coast last month after the International Criminal Court [...]

Cameroon’s home-delivery booms amidst Covid pandemic

Bee Moto Taxis established as COVID-19 was starting to sweep around the world in 2019. After a difficult start-up phase, and during the pandemic, the company's activities boomed. Customers were not calling to ask for passenger transport, but to request package deliveries. Before the pandemic the owner Patrick Timani studied in Germany and became a [...]

Ramaphosa demonstrates shrewd statesmanship as he performs a delicate G7 balancing act

Media coverage of the recent G7 summit highlighted Cyril Ramaphosa’s comments on Covid-19 and whether adequate vaccines will be available. Less noticed was his skilful advocacy of Africa’s potential role in helping re-balance the emerging geostrategic struggles between the wealthy democracies and the leading authoritarian powers of China and Russia. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa [...]

Kenya launches elephant naming festival to boost wildlife conservation

NAIROBI - Kenya on Monday launched a magical elephant naming festival in order to boost wildlife conservation. Najib Balala, the cabinet secretary at the Ministry for Tourism and Wildlife, said that the event, which will be held annually on August 12, the World Elephant Day, seeks to raise awareness on the plight of elephants and [...]

Disney Taps Top African Toon Talents for Animated Anthology ‘Kizazi Moto’

Disney has tapped top toon talents from across the African continent for “Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire,” a Disney Plus Original anthology of animated films set to premiere on the Mouse House’s streaming platform in late 2022. Inspired by the continent’s diverse histories and cultures, the 10-part anthology brings together a slate of rising animation talents [...]

African nations declare days of mourning to honour Kenneth Kaunda

Countries pay respects to Zambia’s late founding president, revered for helping many movements across the continent fight against colonialism. Leaders across Africa have paid tribute to Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, who died on Thursday at the age of 97, declaring several days of mourning in their respective countries. While in power, Kaunda hosted many [...]

Sadio Mane donates $693,000 to fund hospital in his hometown in Senegal

Liverpool striker Sadio Mane made a donation to help build a school in his home village of Bambali, Senegal. Senegal and Liverpool football star Sadio Mane has donated $693,000 (£500,000) to help fund the construction of a hospital in his hometown of Bambali in Senegal. The village, about 400 kilometers outside the capital city Dakar, [...]

A COVID-19 vaccine plant in Africa? This is what it would take to build one

The COVID-19 crisis has revived discussions on localising vaccine manufacturing to the African region to reduce the dependence on imports. The fact that Africa is lagging so far behind on the COVID-19 vaccination compared with Europe and North America has highlighted the importance of the issue. Most African countries depend on the WHO-sponsored COVAX scheme, [...]

Tunisia’s becomes ‘trailblazer’ in the Mediterranean seaweed industry

Wading knee-deep in the calm waters of a lagoon, workers in northern Tunisia harvest red seaweed, in a nation dubbed a Mediterranean "trailblazer" in cultivating the in-demand plant. Red seaweed or algae is used for gelling, thickening and texturing agents that are increasingly a substitute for animal-based products in processed foods, and it is also [...]

Meet the Young Woman Who is Redefining Africa’s Approach to Venture Capital

Maya Horgan Famodu is becoming a leader in identifying and funding scaleable tech ventures in Africa In the inaugural article launching our new Limitless series on young African women who are changing the game in male-dominated industries, we profile Maya Horgan Famodu, a 30-year-old, Lagos-based, Nigerian-American entrepreneur who is bringing a whole new approach to [...]

How Covid-19 disproportionately affected women-led businesses

Women wearing face masks chat at the Nima market as Ghana lifts partial lockdown amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Accra, Ghana April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko While many parts of the world are experiencing a decline in birth rates, in Africa we see a very different picture. By 2030, a fifth [...]

Gabon is first African country paid to protect its rainforest

Gabon has become the first African country to receive payment for reducing carbon emissions by protecting its rainforest. The UN-backed Central African Forest Initiative (Cafi) has handed over $17m (£12m) - the first tranche of a $150m deal struck in 2019. Nearly 90% of Gabon is covered by forest, which captures more carbon than the [...]

South Africa’s beloved Rooibos tea is now in the same league as Champagne, Feta, and Irish Whiskey

South Africa’s Rooibos tea has become the first food in Africa to receive approval for registration under the status of international protection from the European Union. This now places Rooibos in the same league as Champagne, Feta, Irish Whiskey, and Porto, among other products already existing in the register. By this inclusion and recognition in [...]

International Black Heritage + History Month Is Using Fashion To Tell The Story Of The African Diaspora

Naomi Campbell (Jamaican, English) walks the runway during the Kenneth Ize show as part of Paris ... [+] GETTY IMAGES International Black Heritage + History Month [IBHHM] launched in June 2021, as a carefully curated digital platform taking a stylish approach to social impact. Content and commerce from around the globe are spotlighted, including a [...]

You Can Visit Famous Afro-French Writer Alexandre Dumas’ House In France

It’s time to try something new while in France. We suggest paying a visit to famous Afro-French writer Alexandre Dumas’ House. Yes, we know that France has a lot of tourist attractions like the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées and so on. But, visiting the house where Dumas used to live is a way to [...]

France Pledges $1.5 Billion to Sudan to Pay Off IMF Loan

French President Emmanuel Macron, left, welcomes Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of Sudan’s ruling sovereign council at the summit to support Soudan, May 17, 2021 at the Grand Palais Ephemere in Paris. France announced Monday that it will grant Sudan a $1.5 billion loan to help the north African country pay off its debt to the […]

Ivory Coast Strives to Save Architectural Treasures in Former Colonial Capital

The Ivory Coast resort town of Grand-Bassam is known for its beaches and French colonial architecture. Recent flooding and the passage of time have taken a toll on the city’s historic buildings, but some people are determined to fix things, as Yassin Ciyow found in this report narrated by Carol Guensburg. View video here: Source: […]

Incredible Luxury Lodges of the Namibia’s desertscape

As one of the least densely populated places on earth, Namibia makes a great case for travelling to Africa right now. Quiet, peaceful, and scenic beyond belief, with landscapes that vary from stark Skeleton coastline to Mars-like desert dunes and sweeping open plains peppered with soft hills, its hotels and lodges are primarily built and […]

Nigerian fashion pioneer Folashade ‘Shade’ will be celebrated at ‘Africa Fashion’ exhibition Cape Town.

Folashade “Shade” Thomas-Fahm in the 1970s. Credit: Shade Thomas-Fahm/Courtesy of The Victoria and Albert Museum After studying fashion in London, Shade Thomas-Fahm returned to Nigeria and opened a factory and boutique under the name Maison Shade (later Shade’s Boutique), which became a go-to place for those in search of contemporary fashions. In the 1960s she […]

Tracing the African Diaspora in Food

Jessica B. Harris, (Illustration by João Fazenda ) the author of the book “High on the Hog,” which has been adapted for Netflix, searches for the roots of African-American cuisine, like the dishes at Reverence, a tasting-menu restaurant in Harlem. One recent Monday evening, Jessica B. Harris sat at the counter at Reverence, a tasting-menu […]

Idris Elba on ‘Africa Day’ Concert, COVID, African Representation in Cinema

“Africa Day is essentially a recognition of a continent with a deep history and an incredible future. So essentially the messaging is about, hey, let’s figure out way to celebrate, even in the dark times,” Elba tells Variety. “There’s been a real spike in entertainment and streaming and music, based on people being at home […]

Mansa Musa of Mali: the richest person who ever lived

In the era of Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Wall Street and Big Tech, it is hard to fathom a more prosperous time in human history. However, many believe Mansa Musa’s wealth outdoes that of all modern billionaires. Mansa Musa ruled over the Mali empire in the 14th Century, and his incredible access to gold made […]

Shaped by slavery, Cape Verde’s music of displacement returns.

How a music shaped by slavery, epidemics, famine and mass migration travelled the world, narrating stories of suffering and resistance. Mariana dos Santos was 18 years old when she left her home in Cape Verde, the archipelago of volcanic islands off the coast of West Africa, for neighbouring São Tomé and Principe. It was 1954, […]

Kenya’s surprising baby boom of 200 elephants!

The wildlife researcher diligently marks his notepad as the elephants come into view, eager to not miss a single one in his count. Meanwhile the pilot, flying high in a helicopter above Kenya’s Amboseli park, circles around the herd to reveal a clearer view of the pack — and an extremely rare set of twin […]

Ghanaian Tech VR tours Start-up makes Huge impact in hospitality industry.

Ghanaian Start-up DOBIISON, a provider of virtual tours and immersive digital experiences for the real estate, construction and tourism industries, is planning on scaling across Africa this year. Founded in 2018, DOBIISON has built the largest collection of Ghanaian virtual reality (VR) content. Currently at the growth stage, it leverages 360º immersive, interactive content with […]

5 Prized South African Photo Books to Check Out

While image-making, along with image archiving, have taken different forms over the years — advancing in tandem with photography’s multiple technological advancements particularly in recent times — the idea of a compilation of images is one that is hard not to romanticise. Photo books are cool. They look dope on the coffee table, they inspire […]

Macron asks Rwanda to forgive France over 1994 genocide role

French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Rwandans to forgive France for its role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus died. Speaking at the genocide memorial in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, he said France had not heeded warnings of impending carnage and had for too long “valued silence over […]

Ghana’s development bank needs professional, not political appointments

Ghana’s constitution gives its presidents sweeping powers over appointments.  In May, the finance ministry agreed to a loan of €170m from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance a new national bank – the Development Bank of Ghana (DBG). The new institution, to be set up in July, is also backed by the World Bank […]

Germany officially calls colonial-era killings in Namibia ‘genocide’, and commits to fund projects worth €1.1bn

Human skulls from the Herero and ethnic Nama people are displayed during a ceremony in Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2018, to hand back human remains from Germany to Namibia following the 1904-1908 genocide against the Herero and Nama . REUTERS/Christian Mang/File Photo Germany on Friday apologised for its role in slaughter of Herero and Nama […]

Ethiopia’s Instant Success Mobile Wallet with 1 Million Subscribers

One million Ethiopians signed up for the country’s first mobile wallet in one week. Ethio-Telecom Chief Executive Officer, Frehiwot Tamiru launches Telebirr mobile money in Addis Ababa on May 11. More than 1 million cellphone subscribers in the populous African country of Ethiopia have registered for a new mobile money service less than a week […]

Be sure not to miss the Africa Transformation Forum on July 15 2021

Add to your Calendar. View Virtual. The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) is a pan-African economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation. We produce research, offer policy advice, and convene key stakeholders so that African countries are better positioned for smart, inclusive, and sustainable development. Until the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 […]

Morocco is a Country of Extreme Beauty and Dazzling Diversity

A gateway to Africa, Morocco is a country of dazzling diversity. You'll find rugged mountain ranges, rolling deserts, ancient cities, deserted beaches and warm hospitality. Epic landscapes carpet this slice of North Africa like the richly patterned rugs you’ll lust after in the markets, and Morocco's cities are some of the most exciting on the [...]

Some of the world’s most beautiful Mosques are in Africa

The world’s most beautiful mosques feature amazing architecture and details like intricate tile work, expansive domes, and towering minarets. Important centres of worship for Muslims worldwide, they attract visitors of all faiths who are awed by their rich histories and stunning design features. Here are some of the most beautiful mosques across the globe. Just [...]

Ugandans are divided on Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya

Celebrated actor Daniel Kaluuya’s recent win at the Academy Awards on April 25 has united and divided Ugandans almost in equal measure. The controversy is not over whether Kaluuya, who won best supporting actor for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah, is deserving of this success. He has undisputed talent, clinching major roles [...]

Biden’s first 100 days makes positive moves on Africa

JOHANNESBURG - U.S. President Joe Biden has focused most of his energy in his first 100 days in office on taming the coronavirus pandemic on home soil. But in this short, frantic period, he has made a few important gestures that have been welcomed in Africa.  On his first day in office, he halted the [...]

Senegal’s moves to cleaner energy production

Leading technology group, Wärtsilä is set to convert a close to 90 MW Bel-Air power plant in Dakar, Senegal to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The plant, which is owned by Senelec, Senegal’s public utility company, currently operates on heavy fuel oil.  The conversion will future-proof the facility as Senegal’s long-term strategy is to [...]

Applications for Smart Cities Innovation Programme opens

With a focus on Africa’s urban transformation meeting the Sustainable Development goals, the SCIP programme aims to support the growth of digital urban innovations in Rwanda and other African countries. According to reports, the rate of urbanisation in Africa is the highest in the world and 50% of Africans are predicted to be living in [...]

Nigerian teen gets 19 scholarship offers worth more than $5 million from the US and Canada

One Nigerian teenager must feel like she has the world at her feet after receiving 19 full-ride scholarship offers from universities across the United States and Canada. Victory Yinka-Banjo, a 17-year-old high school graduate, was offered more than $5 million dollars' worth of scholarship money for an undergraduate program of study, according to admission documents [...]

‘My Octopus Teacher’ Oscar win a huge boost for South Africa

South African excellence was on display at the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday 25 April when the acclaimed Netflix documentary My Octopus Teacher won an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature Category. The documentary is set in the False Bay area in Cape Town and focuses on the intimate relationship between independent [...]

Cameroonian Start-up’s Online Veterinary App Helps Remote Breeders

DOUALA, CAMEROON - A Cameroonian company has created a veterinary counselling app designed to help farmers and ranchers who live far away from veterinarians to detect animal diseases and give them guidance online. Cameroonian rabbit breeder Thierry Bayabon lost three-quarters of his stock to disease a few months ago. Like most small-scale Cameroonian farmers, he [...]

African fashion is conquering International film

A new exhibition explores the extraordinary work of Oscar-winning designer Ruth E Carter. She speaks to Nadia Neophytou about Coming 2 America, Black Panther and Afrofuturism. It's hard to overstate Ruth E Carter's achievement in costume design on Black Panther, even now, three years after the film's release. She did, after all, win an Oscar [...]

Pandemic has been a ‘Boon’ for African Wealth Funds investing locally

The global pandemic was a moment of vindication for African sovereign wealth funds focused on their local economies as the Covid-19 crisis stoked demand across industries from pharmaceuticals to farming. A report published on Wednesday by the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds and Franklin Templeton found that “for those sovereign wealth funds that do [...]

The shining city that emerged from turmoil in the heart of Africa

Kigali's streets thrum with traffic, motorbikes darting around buses, its roadside markets a hive of activity. Standing on the roadside, it's much like any other major city in the heart of Africa. But this is a city that stands apart from other metropolises on the continent. Today, Rwanda's capital is synonymous with the surrounding green [...]

The Spectacular Kenyan Escape of Naomi Campbell

Whenever supermodel Naomi Campbell needs to unplug, she heads to her luxurious, airy villa in Malindi, Kenya. Over the course of her remarkable 35-year career, supermodel Naomi Campbell has blazed trails, stormed catwalks, and graced countless magazine covers. And while most of her legendary peers have long since retired and retreated from the spotlight, at [...]

Grammy Award Winner Burna Boy’s Award is a Big Win for Africa

Burna Boy accepts the Best Global Music Album award for 'Twice as Tall' from Chika at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony.  It was second time lucky for Afrobeats star Burna Boy who landed a Grammy award for his album 'Twice As Tall' at the ceremony held on Sunday. Burna, real name Damini Ogulu, [...]

African asset managers should prepare to capitalize on a friendlier US approach

Recently released filings in Nigeria and Kenya show assets under management for banks, insurers, and pension funds have grown 17% in the past year. This is despite a global backdrop of protectionism and the politicization of development institutions investing in emerging markets. The administration of US president Joe Biden is set to change these conditions, [...]

African industry is doing better than previously thought

A well-worn path to prosperity is still open “The future is here,” says Ibrahima Sarr, pointing to the factories he runs in Senegal. After working and studying for 18 years in Europe he returned home to help spark a manufacturing revolution. Now he is with Africa Development Solutions, a Malian conglomerate, managing plants that make [...]

British university to return Benin Bronze to Nigeria ‘within weeks’

Photo: British military leaders inside the Royal Palace during the looting of the Kingdom of Benin in February 1897. The University of Aberdeen said on Thursday it would return a Benin Bronze to Nigeria within weeks, one of the first public institutions to do so more than a century after Britain looted the sculptures and [...]

Akintunde Ahmad’s new fashion line takes African textiles global

After spending half a year living and studying in Ghana, writer, filmmaker and educator Akintunde (Tunde) Ahmad returned to his native East Oakland, California in 2016 sporting unique threads, colourful compositions and eclectic patterns. During his time in Ghana, he quickly found a creative partner in Awurama Mankatah, creative designer and manager of luxury clothing [...]

McLaren signs long-term deal with karting star Ugo Ugochukwu

McLaren Racing has signed a long-term agreement with 13-year-old Ugo Ugochukwu, a promising karting champion from the United States. (Nigerian mother) Ugochukwu has already claimed several titles in the US and Europe and was recently crowned FIA European karting champion. His deal with McLaren, which was announced on Monday, provides the team with an option [...]

Nigerian Music Is More Than Afrobeats! – an interview with Ric Hassani

Image courtesy of the artist Ric Hassani. The singer recounts his pursuit for relatability through his latest album, The Prince I Became, which features appearances from Nicky Jam, Sauti Sol, Kuami Eugene, and more. "Pop-soul is my strong suit. It's one sound I can kill even in my sleep." Ric Hassani marks this as his [...]

First Art Prize dedicated to women African artists is launched.

Accra-based Gallery 1957 organises prize to celebrate its fifth birthday, with all-star jury set to announce cash prizes for three winners. Akԑ yaaa heko. One does not take it anywhere by Paa Joe and Elisabeth Efua Sutherland Courtesy Gallery 1957, Accra. Photo Nii Odzenma. The Yaa Asantewaa Art Prize—the first ever dedicated award for female [...]

Kente elegance – the Ghanaian cloth that’s on the catwalk

GETTY IMAGES - US lawmakers wore kente during a protest in Congress in 2018 Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene considers the global popularity of her country's fabric in the wake of it appearing in a Louis Vuitton fashion show. We in Ghana have absolute confidence in our fashion sense. We also happen to believe that the [...]

Botswana Wildlife Camps Prepare for Evolved Post-Pandemic Travellers

Xigera Safari Lodge is home to vast lush greenery. Source: Xigera Landlocked in pristine wilderness, Botswana is known for its colorful sunrises and lush oases where zebras or elephants can be seen sipping from its soothing waters. That’s always been their natural habitat, with people always passing through as their curious visitors, observers, and sometimes [...]

Seven Songs from Seven Superstars

Photo: Gio Kardava (via XL) Ibeyi. Ibeyi 'Recurring Dream' Ibeyi have been relatively quiet for a while, but they've now shared the new single "Recurring Dream," an original song written from Ed Morris' film How to Stop a Recurring Dream. Ibeyi previously worked with director Ed Morris on several music videos, including the standout "River." [...]

Black-Owned Premium Establishments around the World

At Jnane Tamsna in Morocco, antiques and hand-made furnishings fill well-designed outdoor spaces Courtesy Jnane Tamsna Planning a trip can be fun or stressful, depending on who you ask. For many Black travellers, unconscious bias, racism, and a systemic history of oppression within the travel industry can often make for the latter. In choosing accommodations, [...]

She Left America To Build Ghana’s Largest Restaurant

Located in Kumasi, Ghana’s Ashanti region, is one of the largest traditional restaurants in the country built and established by Nana Ama Serwaa: Nana Ama Serwaa, who was born in Ghana, is the brains behind Ike’s Café and Grill. Serwaa lived in Atlanta for more than 35 years but always had her sights on returning [...]

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo Says Ghana will no Longer Export Cocoa to Switzerland

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South Africa Launches Historic Tourism Equity Fund That May Serve as Global Model

Long-term solutions tackling the lack of diversity, equity and inclusion in the travel industry, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, have been surfacing over the past eight months since last summer’s global racial protests, albeit at a snail’s pace. On the other side of the Atlantic, one destination is creating change where it’s least expected: [...]

Collective Dreams and Women’s Voices at the New York African Film Festival

This year's virtual edition of the fest features both experimental gems and several Oscar contenders. The 28th edition of the New York African Film Festival (taking place online this year, of course) bears the theme “Notes from Home: Recurring Dreams & Women’s Voices.” The festival’s mission statement explains the curation this way: “As the lines [...]

Stunning provocative art of Soweto-born South African artist, Zandile Tshabalala.

Sensuality Meets Acceptance in Zandile Tshabalala's Self-Portraits. Get familiar with the provocative works of Soweto-born South African artist, Zandile Tshabalala. In our latest piece, we spotlight South African self-portrait artist Zandile Tshabalala. Her debut solo exhibition titled "Enter Paradise" is set to be showcased at the ADA \ contemporary art gallery in Accra, Ghana from [...]

Stevie Wonder is moving to Ghana

The singer, known for "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" and "I Just Called to Say I Love You," cited political turmoil in the US as a reason for leaving. The iconic, award-winning performer spoke to Oprah Winfrey in an interview explaining his decision, citing the political turmoil in the United States. "I wanna [...]

Last public statue of Spanish dictator Franco is removed from Mellina – Africa

Mellina shares its border with Morocco. The Monument in north Africa commemorates the fascist leader’s earlier role in the Rif war of the 1920s. The last public statue in Spain of the former dictator Francisco Franco has been removed from the city gates of Melilla, a Spanish enclave and autonomous city on the north-west African [...]

Cameroonian fintech startup Diool raises $3.5m in funding to expand operations

Diool started life as a mobile recharge project back in 2015, offering small merchants a way to sell prepaid recharges to their customers from a single app, but eventually pivoted into financial services aggregation after realising payment interchanges and financial services access was the pain point of its target users. The startup’s platform makes it [...]

Africa Seeks Young Talents to Transform Post-Covid Hotel Industry

Deserted airports, list of countries not to visit, historically low occupancy rates for hotels, unable to crawl back above the 10% mark. But the story does not end there... and Africa can be at the heart of the rebirth of an entire industry, if we give ourselves the means to do so. Today’s hospitality industry [...]

RwandAir to be first African airline to trial IATA Travel Pass

RwandAir will become the first African airline to trial IATA Travel Pass. The airline will begin a three-week trial in April for customers travelling between Kigali and Nairobi in Kenya. IATA Travel Pass is a digital platform to help passengers easily and securely verify that they comply with Covid-19 test or vaccine travel requirements. The [...]

Africa-born ‘Fab Five’ Designers open Italy’s Milan Fashion Week

Thanks to a movement highlighting racism in the fashion industry, five designers of African origin led the "We are Made in Italy" runway show. Who are they? The virtual show aims to support Black creators by giving a platform to designers with diverse backgrounds. Dubbed "the Fab Five", many of the Africa-born designers moved to [...]

Noisettes, Zimbabwean singer Shingai launches solo album ‘Too Bold’

Zimbabwean-British singer Shingai Shoniwa had her first real taste of fame in 2009 when indie soul band Noisettes released their sophomore album, "Wild Young Hearts," propelling the group into the mainstream with UK top 10 hits, magazine covers and festival appearances from Coachella to Glastonbury. Yet what the vocalist and bass player remembers now is [...]

Attempts at ‘Reconciling’ France and Algeria – its Former Colony

A government-commissioned study offers proposals to address longstanding grievances. But it does not recommend an official apology and skirts the issue of systemic torture by French troops. France will establish a “memories and truth” commission to review the country’s colonial history in Algeria, following a key recommendation in a new, much-anticipated report commissioned by President [...]

African body markings were used to construct the concept of race in Brazil

In the 1700s, the gold rush in southeast Brazil created a high demand for mining labour. The Minas Gerais region became one of the main destinations for African slaves. For the first half of the century, demand was met by a trade circuit connecting the ports of the Bight of Benin to Salvador in Bahia. [...]

Africa-First: Vaccinated tourists welcome to Seychelles without quarantining

The Seychelles has become the first country in the world to allow vaccinated tourists to enter the country without the need to quarantine. Travellers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will still need to follow social distancing measures, but they will now be allowed to visit the Indian Ocean archipelago without self-isolating upon arrival. [...]

Cape Town V&A to host Major African Fashion exhibition in 2022

South Africa – Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront will celebrate African fashion in a forthcoming blockbuster exhibition, which will open in June 2022. The showcase will bring together over 250 objects, drawn from the personal archives of a selection of iconic mid-twentieth century and influential contemporary African fashion creatives, alongside textiles and photographs from [...]

Women Referees Make African Football History

LIMBE, CAMEROON - Three women referees created history Saturday at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarterfinals. Ethiopian referee Lidya Tafesse and her assistants, Malawian Bernadettar Kwimbira and Nigerian Mimisen Iyorhe, became the first women to control a match at a senior CAF male tournament. The breakthrough came two years after women referees handled matches at [...]

Clear Lessons From Africa’s Travel Industry for a Post-Pandemic Era

Many innovations have been born from constraints. In the case of safari lodges in Africa, the remote settings and lack of infrastructure forces architects and teams to get creative. Here are examples from the bleeding edge of innovation in sustainability, along with some hints about what is to come in developed markets around the world. [...]

Finally – Egypt retrieves 5,000 artefacts from America

Egypt announced on Wednesday that it had retrieved some 5,000 ancient items from the United States, after years of negotiations to return what it said were fraudulently acquired items. In a statement, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities confirmed the "arrival at Cairo airport of a large number of ancient Egyptian items which had been [...]

Coronavirus Crisis: Why South Africa has yet to roll out vaccines

More than a third of all Covid-19 cases in Africa have been in South Africa and numbers are surging with the emergence of a new variant of the virus. But unlike some other badly hit countries in the world, South Africa is yet to start its vaccination programme. President Cyril Ramaphosa recently accused wealthy nations [...]

Offshore Power Plants may solve Big Energy Needs in Africa’s West Coast

Karpowership eyes West Africa as pandemic stalls land projects. Floating power plant operator's executives met Cameroonian Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute One of the world’s largest operators of floating power plants is in talks to bring power to two West African countries, as onshore plans to expand access to electricity have been hit by coronavirus-related [...]

American Rules make it hard for Congo’s miners to remain legal.

Why it’s hard for Congo’s coltan miners to abide by the law. American rules against conflict minerals have unintended consequences. Martin is a Congolese pastor with an interest in coltan smuggling. “You can hide it in the petrol tank of a motorbike,” he says, “or in a secret compartment under a lorry.” He smuggles coltan [...]

FORBES AFRICA’s Nominations Open Celebrating Africa’s Talents for 2021

Each year, Forbes Africa seeks looks resilient self-starters, innovators, entrepreneurs and disruptors who have the acumen to stay the course in their chosen field, come what may in 2021. Africans under the age of 30, who are leading the charge building brands, creating jobs and transforming the continent, to join the magazine’s Under 30 community [...]

Wildlife Heroes Coastal Warning

Wildlife Heroes shows the daily activity of scientists, biologists and vets, who dedicate themselves to the care of wildlife in their natural habitats. Far away from home, 24/7, these men and women travel across or live in savannahs, forests and marshlands all around the world, in order to protect endangered species. Drones and advanced cameras [...]

Travel to Egypt, Benin and Kenya with Wanja

Wanja explores a beauty parade for horses is a big deal for breeders at the Equestrian Festival in Cairo, Egypt. Benin features bronze and brass heads, still cast by hand, to decorate the palace in Cotonoun. Water sports in Mombasa, Kenya, where 'open' sailing in the tropical weather causes an adrenalin rush. View this Video [...]

Forbes 2020 African Of The Year: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been adjudged the ‘2020 African of the Year’. Previous winners have been Rwandan President Paul Kagame (2018) and African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina (2019). Okonjo-Iweala is well-positioned to take on the next big role, transforming Africa and negotiating on the world stage. About 17 years ago, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala challenged Nigeria’s [...]

New York African Film Festival Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) returns virtually this December with a spotlight on the cinema of two nations: Nigeria and the Sudan. Presented by Film at Lincoln Center (FLC) and African Film Festival (AFF), this year's regional NYAFF will screen six features and eight short films in the FLC Virtual Cinema, as the [...]

Let me Sleep Over in Ethiopia

With a great sense of adventure, Antoine travels around a country to meet new people. In each episode, he sets himself the same goal of getting to spend a night in one of the local residents’ homes and to share their daily life. In Ethiopia he visits Lalibela with it's unique 13th century churches cut [...]

Nature’s Keepers Saving the Arabian Oryx

Nature’s Keepers features stunning high definition shots of 40+ distinct environments – coral reefs, tropical forests, marshlands, savannah, mangroves and more. Exploring our planet’s greatest natural treasures, it clearly demonstrates the very real threats to precious places and endangered species. Encouragingly it also outlines amazingly high-tech preservation schemes and profiles the passionate ‘guardians’ committed to [...]

Mariane Ibrahim Brings African Art to the World through her Galleries

Mariane Ibrahim at her gallery in Chicago, in front of Ian Mwesiga’s Man Standing by the Pool, 2020. Ibrahim wears a Dior jacket, blouse, skirt, socks, and shoes; Almasika earrings. Photographed by Elliott Jerome Brown Jr. When Mariane Ibrahim opened a Seattle gallery in 2012 to showcase the contemporary art of Africa and its diaspora, she felt like she [...]

Five things you need to know about African cuisine

Lentswe Bhengu is the host and producer of ‘Africa on a Plate’. The series starts in Bhengu's home country, South Africa, then moves through Tanzania, Nigeria, Morocco, before it returns south to Lesotho. Here are a few things you should know about African Cuisine. There isn't one single African Cuisine Bhengu with fellow chef and [...]

Travel to Morocco, Mozambique and Kenya

Wanja explores the Fantasia Festival in Ouledazzouz, Morocco, a showcasing of horsemanship, preserving the Moroccan culture. Beach time, fishing, diving and photography on Tofo beach in Mozambique, then onto East Africa to meet a controversial, contemporary painter, depicting the issues of his time. View this Video Free here: Sign-up and see all our Documentaries [...]

Hotels of Africa

The world’s most exclusive hotels open their doors to our discrete cameras. Slow motions, zoom-ins, travelling shots highlight the style, elegance, and splendour of these exceptional dwellings. 650 hotels around the world are featured according to their location and a precise topic: designers’ hotels, luxury lodges, iconic hotels. We interview hotel owners who tell stories [...]

African fashion is on the rise, says Naomi Campbell: ‘And it’s about time!’

Interview with Supermodel Naomi Campbell in Lagos. Naomi Campbell in Lagos last week. Photograph: Roderick Ejuetami The supermodel speaks from Lagos about inclusivity in fashion. With high-street brands collapsing and the world wearing sweatpants, 2020 has not been a stellar year for fashion. But at Arise fashion week, in Lagos, Nigeria, which concluded on Saturday, there [...]

15 Great South African Indie Music Albums

15 Great Albums and EPs by South African Indie Artists launched in 2020 Here are 15 notable releases by South African indie artists: Marcus Harvey, Muzi, Desire Marea, Nipho Hurd, Push Push and many more. Although it's been a challenging year for most, some artists have decided to hunker down and make the most of [...]

Seychelles Hotels

The world’s most exclusive hotels open their doors to our discrete cameras. Slow motions, zoom-ins, travelling shots highlight the style, elegance, and splendour of these exceptional dwellings. 650 hotels around the world are featured according to their location and a precise topic: designers’ hotels, luxury lodges, iconic hotels. We interview hotel owners who tell stories [...]

Best African Writers of 2020

Photography above - Left: Wole Soyinka [File: Themba Hadebe/AP Photo] Right: Nanjala Nyabola From fiction and non-fiction to essays and poetry, we bring you some of the African continent’s most exciting reads from this year. In a year that has lent itself to living in-doors, African authors offered up a host of worlds to escape [...]

Kenya’s start-up sector keeps growing as funding flows in.

Funding continues to flow Kenyan startups have rebounded on the funding front in the last couple of years. Startups from the country raised more than anyone else in 2019, attracting US$149 million, and there were several major rounds in 2020 as well. One logistics startup company, Sendy, raised a US$20 million funding round to help it [...]

The Surprising story of African-Irish children

In the 1930'2-1960's, thousands of students from different African countries were studying at Irish universities. Some had children outside marriage, who were then placed in one of Ireland's notorious mother and baby homes. Today these children, now adults, are searching for their families. As a child, Conrad Bryan wondered if his father was a king. [...]

African Diaspora Heritage Trail in Bermuda

As early as the 1600’s, enslaved men and women were brought to Bermuda on ships in route to the southern states of the United States. They worked mostly in the the maritime and tobacco industry, but often fought back and rebelled. During Bermuda’s period of enslavement, Black men and women would come together in the [...]

Adjaye Associates presents the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library

Johannesburg, South Africa. Adjaye Associates, the eponymous practice of RIBA Gold Medal-winning Ghanaian–British architect Sir David Adjaye, has unveiled its design for the Thabo Mbeki Presidential Library, a rammed earth structure with granary influences set to include a museum, research center, and more in honor of the second post-apartheid President of South Africa. Born in [...]

Women Musicians Transforming The Conservative Culture In Nigeria

Tems, Lady Donli, Wavy The Creator, and Amaarae describe how Nigeria’s alté scene represents a cultural renaissance. Beneath the harmattan skies of Lagos floats a bold new sound. Is it Afropop? Is it Amapiano? No, it’s alté, Nigeria’s pioneering alternative music scene, one of its latest and greatest cultural exports. What started off as a [...]

Eight Great Players Picked by USA, NBA with Nigerian heritage.

A total of eight players with Nigerian heritage were picked during Wednesday night's NBA draft for the 2020-21 season. The annual draft sees NBA teams choose from the world's best young talent. The draft was originally scheduled for 25 June but had been delayed because of the fallout from the coronavirus and was this year [...]

Ghana’s charismatic ex-president, Jerry Rawlings dies aged 73

Rawlings led two coups, first in 1979, before twice being elected president in multiparty polls. A charismatic figure, he first seized power railing against corruption and was responsible for executing several former heads of state for their alleged graft and mismanagement. He was also seen as a champion of the poor, but came to be [...]

African and US development financiers ramp up commitment to attracting greater private sector capital to Africa

The continent’s largest development finance institutions have emphasized that a sustained and collaborative approach among development partners to scale up project development activities, will boost the number of bankable projects attracting investor interest and contribute to closing the infrastructure finance gap in Africa. They spoke during a panel event to discuss their organizations’ role in [...]

Fela Kuti. Africa’s most challenging and charismatic music performers

Fela Anikulapo Kuti was a Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer, political activist, and Pan-Africanist. He is best known as a pioneer of the Afrobeat genre, a blend of traditional yoruba and Afro-Cuban music with funk and jazz. Musicians described him as "a musical and sociopolitical voice" of international significance. View video here: Fela was the [...]

Archaeologists discover 60 Egyptian Coffins 20 miles from Cairo, sealed over 2,500 years ago

Best described as a vast necropolis, the announcement marks the latest in a string of discoveries at Saqqara, a necropolis about 20 miles south of Cairo. The vast burial ground once served the royal capital of Memphis, and the site is also home to Egypt's oldest surviving pyramid.  In September, archaeologists at Saqqara discovered almost [...]

Foreign Divestment: Africa needs to prepare itself

In the wake of COVID-19, a new strategy to understand and try to reverse this growing trend is urgently needed. Foreign divestment is steadily becoming more likely and requires greater attention from policymakers, especially in Africa. The term refers to sales or liquidations of foreign affiliates by multinational enterprises in a host economy. Divestment is [...]

Explore Kenya, Masai Mara and Nairobi with Wanja Mungai

Wanja explores Kenya, Masai Mara, Nairobi, with abundant wildlife and awesome guided game drives. Seychelles, Creole Cuisine and  the Botanical Garden, Mozambique, Maputo, Tortoises over a hundred and eighty years old, lots of Portuguese inspired buildings and a statue of the late President Samora Machel, Called City of Acacias, is Maputo, Mozambique, famous for its [...]

Ivory Coast AI Genius wins the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Charlette N'Guessan is the first woman to win the award, which could revolutionize cyber security and help curb identity fraud on the African continent. N'Guessan and her team won the £25,000 award (about $33,000) for BACE API, a digital verification system that uses Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition to verify the identities of Africans remotely [...]

Bringing Sustainable Energy to Africa – Dr Kandeh Yumkella

Dr Kandeh Yumkella is a Sierra Leonean academic, government minister and head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and passionate about bringing sustainable energy to Africa. View video here: Alhaji Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella (born July 5, 1959) is a Sierra Leonean Agricultural economist, politician, and the former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the [...]

Africa Designers Taking Centre-Stage

Africa’s fashion industry with it’s highly developed creative pool, is exploding globally. It’s hard to contain the volume of top fashion designers making a huge impact in countries that have by an large ignored Africa in the past.  Africa’s talent is beginning to take centre-stage. From online concept store The Folklore, which distributes luxury and [...]

Ancient Egyptian god Osiris | Ancient Tomb and artifacts are discussed

View video here: The Egyprian god Osiris is the god of fertility, agriculture, the afterlife, the dead, resurrection, life, and vegetation in ancient Egyptian religion. He was classically depicted as a green-skinned deity with a pharaoh's beard, partially mummy-wrapped at the legs, wearing a distinctive atef crown, and holding a symbolic crook and flail. [...]

To Protest Colonialism, This Congolese Activist Takes Artifacts From Paris Museums

Mwazulu Diyabanza will appear in a Paris court this month after he tried to ‘steal’ an African treasure he says was looted from Africa. It would seam that France and its attitude to it’s colonial past will be on trial, too. Early one afternoonin Paris in June, the Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza walked into the [...]

Life Along The Benue River | 1400 Kms Navigable and Live-Giving

View video here: The Benue River (French: la Bénoué), previously known as the Chadda River or Tchadda, is the major tributary of the Niger River.  The river is approximately 1,400 kilometres (870 mi) long and is almost entirely navigable during the summer months.  As a result, it is an important transportation route in the [...]

Inaugurantion of The Pan African Heritage World Museum in Ghana.

A new museum has been inaugurated in Ghana. (21 September 2020). The Pan African Heritage World Museum (PAHWM). It attests the dedicated commitment to the restoration of the dreams of our ancestors, from the nameless heroes and heroines to the modern intellectuals dating back to the likes of Wilmot Blyden and James Johnson. Within one [...]

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf | Nobel Prize President of Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  is a Nobel Prize winner and Liberia politician who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Sirleaf was the first elected female head of state in Africa. View video here: Ellen Eugenia Johnson was born in Monrovia to a Gola father and Kru-German mother. She was educated [...]

Traditional Blue Notes Jazz from South Africa Helped Invent European Free Jazz

It was in July of 1964, that the members of Cape Town-based band, The Blue Notes, boarded a plane and headed for the world famous Antibes Jazz Festival in Juan-les-Pins, France. All were leaving South Africa for the first time, and many would never return. They were considered the best jazz band in the country, [...]

The Forest is my Life | Nigeria Rain Forest

Nigeria's forests are some of the most threatened on the planet due to high population growth rates, conversion for subsistence and industrial agricultural, and logging. View video here: While Nigeria is probably best known today for its oil deposits, the country is home to a rich diversity of forests and wildlife, including at least [...]

Women taking the lead in Nigeria’s Creative Spaces

Media does a terrible job of sharing Africa Women’s success stories. These 5 Women Are Breaking Boundaries In Nigeria's Creative Spaces. We speak to them about their work and contributions to Nigerian societyand especially within creative spaces, all despite their patriarchal background and nature. "African women in general need to know that it's ok for [...]

Africa’s Best Ever Football Player Nigerian Nwankwo Kanu Ducumentary

Considered the Best ever African Footballer, soccer star Kanu of Nigeria is profiled in this video. View video here: Nwankwo Kanu is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He was a member of the Nigerian national team, and played for Nigerian team Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Dutch side Ajax, Inter Milan of [...]

Weekly Africa Travel Show ‘On the Road’ with Wanja Mungai

Travel in Africa ‘On The Road’ with Wanja Mungai. In this episode Wanja takes us to Morrocco, Egypt and Kenya. View video here: Wanja Mungai takes viewers to three new locations every week to sample some of Africa’s most interesting destinations. Sometimes you’re there for shopping, sometimes to eat, other times for festivals, but [...]

Documentary of Miss Universe Bostwana Investor Businesswoman

Insightful documentary of Miss Universe winner Mpule Kwelagobe. Sharp. Highly Intelligent. Health Activist. Miss Universe Mpule was the first black African woman to win one of the Big Four international beauty pageants, the first woman from Botswana to win, and the first from a nation making their debut in nearly four decades. View video here: [...]

French uproar over magazine’s portrayal of Black politician as slave

Danièle Obono, who is of French-Gabonese origin, said the article had "crossed a line" and was "an insult to my ancestors" and "an insult to the Republic." (File photo) (CNN) A French right-wing magazine has sparked outrage over an illustration published in its most recent issue depicting the Black politician Danièle Obono as an 18th [...]

Here Are the African Artists on Barack Obama’s 2020 Summer Playlist

Image: Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva/via REUTERS From Davido and Shatta Wale to Wizkid and Burna Boy, these are just some of the African artists who've been featured on former President Barack Obama's summer playlist. Former American President Barack Obama recently shared his annual summer playlist. While the entire playlist is straight fire with the likes of Beyoncé [...]

Africa’s top 10 Ultra-Luxurious Hotel Suites

The One Above - Cape Town, South Africa Taking up a 2-storey penthouse suite above the One&Only Cape Town hotel, The One Above is a very exclusive holiday apartment that some of the best views in Cape Town. From the many terraces and living areas, you can see all the way to Table Mountain, Robben [...]

Watch Tiwa Savage Make Her US TV Debut On Jimmy Fallon

The Nigerian star performed a striking rendition of her latest single "Dangerous Love." Tiwa Savage was the latest musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, performing her new single "Dangerous Love." The Nigerian star took things to an empty location around Eko Atlantic, Lagos state and kicked things off with a [...]

Enter the Micro-Budget Film: Lockdown amplifies South African cinema trends

South Africa’s film industry is the oldest in Africa and one of the oldest in the world, having started in 1896, soon after the Lumiere brothers’ famous first commercial film screening in 1895. The industry is one of the more established and commercially viable on the continent. It doesn’t produce as many films as Nigeria’s [...]

The Foreign Aid Game is changing: These are the opportunities for Africa

There are growing signs that the aid relationship between the Global South and the Global North is changing fast. Many traditional Western donors are reevaluating the role of aid while keeping a close eye on their own national interests. These changes may not be all bad. Since the turn of the century aid policies have [...]

“Black Is King” References Various African Traditions Through Fashion

Beyonce amplifies the diversity of cultures throughout the African diaspora. BY DARNELL-JAMAL LISBY In this op-ed, fashion historian and curator Darnell-Jamal Lisby breaks down the fashion from Black Is King and their connections to specific African regions, cultures, and traditions. Throughout the years, fashion has been an essential element to the way Beyoncé communicates, specifically [...]

Africa is beginning to ’bend the curve’ of Covid-19 – Africa CDC

John Nkengasong, Africa's Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), speaks during an interview with Reuters at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. File picture: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters Kampala/Nairobi - Africa is beginning to slowly "bend the curve" of Covid-19 infections as measures like mask-wearing and social distancing slow down the spread [...]

Covid-19 has been Africa’s ‘Light Bulb’ Moment

What’s New And Exciting In The Land Of A Thousand Ideas (Rwanda) In many ways, Covid-19 has been Africa’s ‘light bulb’ moment. As an example, a roundup of the new wave of pandemic-inspired innovations being tried and tested in the marketplace in hilly Rwanda. As countries relentlessly dip into their depleting arsenal to creatively respond [...]

This 23-year-old Nigerian is creating a digital collection of African stories for children in different languages

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN). When Dominic Onyekachi set out to read his 6-year-old niece a story, he did not anticipate that the simple task would lead him to create a digital collection of African stories. After going through her mini library, he found that many of her books were foreign and had very little African representation. [...]

Celebrity Chef Fafa Gilbert specialises in Fusion African Cuisine

Chef Fafa Gilbert specialises in fusion African cuisine, where she mixes both African, Asian and Western ingredients together to create her own recipes. Fafa is from the Volta part of Ghana and a town which shares a border with Togo. Fafa spent most her free time in the kitchen with her Mum and learnt the [...]

The First Application of Balloon-powered Internet in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya — A fleet of high-altitude balloons started delivering internet service to Kenya on Tuesday, extending online access to tens of thousands of people in the first-ever commercial deployment of the technology. The balloons, which hover about 12 miles up in the stratosphere — well above commercial airplanes — will initially provide a 4G [...]

Coronavirus Pandemic Has Humbled Me – Tiwa Savage, Award-Winning Nigerian Music artist

Tiwatope Savage, known professionally as Tiwa Savage, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Isale Eko, she relocated to London at the age of 11 for her secondary education. Five years later, she began her music career doing backup vocals for artists such as George Michael and Mary J. Blige Tiwa Savage won [...]

The Land of the Pharaohs is Open for Business

Egypt reopened its famed Giza pyramids to the public after a three-month closure. The reopening marked the restart of a vital tourism industry battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dozens of excited tourists snapped selfies as they wandered around Egypt’s most iconic ancient site. The pyramids were the country’s first tourist attraction to reopen, along with [...]

Africa’s emerging economies to take the lead in consumer market growth

Source for Laraki Automobiles: Wikipedia  Africa’s emerging economies present exciting opportunities to global businesses for expansion in retail and distribution. Changing demographics and improving business environments across the continent will be just two of the factors contributing to rising household consumption, which is predicted to reach $2.5 trillion by 2030. Seven countries—Nigeria, Ethiopia, the Democratic [...]

Senegalese Artist Documents the BLM Movement Across the Decades

In two separate images by the Dakar, Senegal-based photographer Omar Victor Diop, two Black figures - a man and a woman - lie curled against a dark expanse, one surrounded by a splash of technicolored Skittles, the other against ocher stalks of rice. One is Diop, playing the role of young Trayvon Martin, who was [...]

Ade Mabogunje (Nigeria) Chief (Professor) Mechanical Engineer at Stanford University, California

Image: Ade Mabogunje in training session in 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco, during the Atlantic Dialogues conference. © Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) Chief mechanical engineer at Stanford University, this expert in design thinking teaches the virtues of Ubuntu, African humanism, in Silicon Valley. For African entrepreneurs, he advises to get to know finance [...]

Palestinian actress Maryam Abu Khaled slams Arab racism in viral video

Palestinian actress and film director Maryam Abu Khaled slammed racism in the Arab world in a recent video posted on Instagram, maked comparisons with the racism in the US. Abu Khaled, a black woman from Jenin, said that while black people in the Middle East are not being killed by police, racism is a deep-rooted [...]

Africa’s Top 10 Hotel Restaurants

Beautiful views, discreet service, enterprising chefs, and only the very best in food and wine: these are the best places to stay in Africa if you’re a foodie who wants a great hotel restaurant just steps away from your luxurious suite. 1. Angama Mara – Kenya You’ll pick up a whole new foodie vocabulary at [...]

AfDB Is Number 4 (out of 47) On Global Index Of Transparency

Publish What You Fund ranked the Bank ‘very good’ — The highest of the five categories used to assess organisations’ transparency Publish What You Fund has ranked the African Development Bank fourth out of 47 global development institutions on its Aid Transparency Index. The Index is the only independent measure of aid transparency among the [...]

Masaai Farmers offer Kenya Wildlife Consrevationists a Lifeline

'My land is now owned by lions': Maasai farmers offer Kenya's wildlife a lifeline Kenya has lost 70% of its wildlife in 30 years, but conservancy schemes could halt the decline – and benefit local communities Kupai, 47, and his two wives chose to live here after they surrendered 69 hectares (170 acres) of land [...]

Tanzanian artisanal miner finds large rare gemstones worth US$3.3m

The Tanzanian Government handed cheque to the subsistence miner who found the two dark violet-blue gemstones. Tanzanite is a gemstone found only in a small northern region of Tanzania, Africa. A small-scale miner in Tanzania has earned 7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings (US$3.35m) after selling to the state the two largest tanzanite stones ever found. The [...]

Coronavirus in Ethiopia: ‘Incredible recovery of man aged over 100’

The recovery from coronavirus of an Ethiopian man who is believed to be at least 100 years old was “incredible”, one of the doctors who treated him told the BBC. Aba Tilahun Woldemichael’s family says he is 114, which would make him the world’s oldest man, but there is no birth certificate to confirm his […]

Africa is building ‘The Great Green Wall’ to stop the spread of Sahara desert

View Video Trailer Here The Great Green Wall’ is a movement with an epic ambition to grow an 8000km natural wonder of the world across the entire width of Africa by planting trees. It is a collaborative effort of 20 countries that transcends geographical, political, and cultural divides by uniting people across borders. Once complete, […]

Africa’ first Covid-19 vaccine trial is underway

South Africa has become a COVID-19 model for the continent in many ways since it confirmed its index case on 5th March, 2020. From the area of testing through to record number of recoveries, South Africa has been praised for pro-activeness in combating the virus. The economic intervention measures rolled out by President Cyril Ramaphosa […]

AfDB Is Number 4 (out of 47) On Global Index Of Transparency

Publish What You Fund ranked the Bank ‘very good’ — The highest of the five categories used to assess organisations’ transparency Publish What You Fund has ranked the African Development Bank fourth out of 47 global development institutions on its Aid Transparency Index. The Index is the only independent measure of aid transparency among the […]

Masaai Farmers offer Kenya Wildlife Consrevationists a Lifeline.

‘My land is now owned by lions’: Maasai farmers offer Kenya’s wildlife a lifeline. Kenya has lost 70% of its wildlife in 30 years, but conservancy schemes could halt the decline – and benefit local communities Kupai, 47, and his two wives chose to live here after they surrendered 69 hectares (170 acres) of land […]

Tanzanian artisanal miner finds large rare gemstones worth US$3.3m

The Tanzanian Government handed cheque to the subsistence miner who found the two dark violet-blue gemstones. Tanzanite is a gemstone found only in a small northern region of Tanzania, Africa. A small-scale miner in Tanzania has earned 7.74 billion Tanzanian shillings (US$3.35m) after selling to the state the two largest tanzanite stones ever found. The […]

Africa’s First Caviar Farm in Madagascar

Quality! – not Quantity is the object Rova Caviar has established Africa’s first caviar farm in Madagascar. Quality, not quantity is the object, with a kilo of its produce normally selling for thousands of dollars in the capitals of the rich world. But it’s a business model that requires patience, especially when sales are held […]

28 Year Old Cameroonian Nuclear Engineer and Physicist

28 Year Old Cameroonian Nuclear Engineer and Physicist One of the most brilliant physicist of his generation. View Video of Arsène Tema Biwolé Here. (note in French only) 28 year old Arsène Tema Biwolé is a Cameroonian nuclear engineer and physicist. He is cited by the press as one of the most brilliant physicists of [...]

Belgian king expresses ‘deepest regrets’ for DR Congo colonial abuses

Belgium's King Philippe has expressed his "deepest regrets" to the Democratic Republic of Congo for his country's colonial abuses. The reigning monarch made the comments in a letter to President Félix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of DR Congo's independence. Belgium controlled the central African country from the 19th Century until it won its independence [...]

Yinka Ilori Magnificent Nigerian Multidisciplinary Artist

Yinka Ilori is a London based multidisciplinary artist of a British-Nigerian heritage, who specialises in storytelling by fusing his British and Nigerian heritage to tell new stories in contemporary design. He began his practice in 2011 up-cycling vintage furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and West African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. […]

Defending and Promoting Africa’s Image

AFRICA PRIME is pursuing five key objectives. 1. Africa told by Africans Africa yearns for fairness and respect. Often depicted as having the ‘Heart of darkness’, or as one famous cover of the Economist was entitled “Hopeless continent”. Too often, Western mainstream media depict Africa under what I call the 5Ds, namely, Disease, Disorder, Death, […]

Ethiopia’s Climate Consciousness

Ethiopia is working on planting five billion trees this year, part of an ambitious plan to plant 20 billion seedlings by 2024 to help build a green climate resistant economy. The initiative, started by prime minister Abiy Ahmed, follows the Green Legacy Challenge project that claimed to plant a record 353 million seedlings on a […]

Africa’s Junk Bonds Among Hottest Investments With Big Yields

Africa’s sovereign bonds, all of them rated junk, have been among the biggest beneficiaries of the risk-on mood that’s sweeping global markets as economies reopen from coronavirus lockdowns. Seven of the 12 top-performing emerging-markets this quarter are in Africa. Angola, which is in discussions to reorganise some of its loans, leads the pack with a […]

South African tech helps mastering Agronomy

South African agri-tech startup Skudu is helping agribusinesses lower input costs while increasing yields by mastering agronomy, or soil science, through technology. Launched in 2018, Skudu came about after Andries Sotfberg, an agronomist with 20 years experience, became frustrated with inefficiencies within his industry, such as the length of time it would take to generate […]

Why are Africa’s coronavirus successes being overlooked?

Remember, early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the speculation as to how apocalyptic it would be if this disease hit the African continent? I do. There was deep anxiety about what it would mean for countries with lower income populations, dominant but harder-to-regulate informal economies and far fewer healthcare facilities than the UK or Italy. […]

Kenyan medical startup brings clinic to your home

Maikere is one of over 600 Nairobians getting medical care at home through TIBU Health, a Kenyan startup. It is a small player in a global movement towards home-based medical care, and its March launch coincided with the coronavirus pandemic that has forced much of the world’s population to stay at home. “People think that […]

Idris Elba Hosts Africa Day

Idris Elba to host Africa Day Benefit Concert with some of the continent's biggest music stars. Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) Some of Africa's biggest music stars are lined up to perform at a 2-hour long virtual concert on Monday to celebrate Africa Day. Actor and musician, Idris Elba is hosting the concert titled 'Africa Day Benefit [...]

Ubuntu Beds. SA initiative

Ubuntu Beds is an initiative that aims to unite hospitality businesses that now stand empty, with our healthcare workers who are fighting the virus on the front lines We have all seen how Covid-19 has crippled the Italian health system. Lombardy, a region in Northern Italy, was the epicentre of their Corona Pandemic. When Kim [...]

Ghana Grows Its Space Economy

Since 1998, some thirty satellites have been launched into space by a number of African nations. Ghana joined the club in June 2017 when its first satellite was launched into orbit from the International Space Station. Students from All Nations University College, three of whom had worked on the satellite, were among the 400 people [...]

Namibia’s next generation of Astrophysicists

The University of Namibia is running a yearly scholarship program for a PhD and masters student to study astrophysics in preparation for working on the AMT project. "I'd love to be involved in the first video images of our black hole," said Hiiko Katjaita, a masters student hoping to be a part of the AMT [...]

Ghana’s Tech Solution for Coronavirus Tracking

Officials have launched an application for mobile phones that is intended to help the authorities track and identify suspected cases of coronavirus. The government says the app will be a game changer in the fight against the pandemic and that around 100 suspected cases have already been identified using the app. The app will track [...]

The Kenyan surgical mask assembly line

A week ago, Josephine Wambua spent her days stitching gardening clothes. This week, the factory where she works transformed into an all-out effort to make 30,000 surgical masks a day in a country that barely produced any before. “To sit here and do something that is useful to the world is a dream,” said Wambua, [...]

WHO says Africa will not be a testing ground

The World Health Organization has declared that Africa will not be a testing ground for any vaccine as it slams two French scientists who called for coronavirus vaccine to be tested first in Africa. The director general of the WHO, Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described the calls from the French scientists as “racist” Jean-Paul Mira, head of [...]

African Mona Lisa’ sold for $1.4m

‘Christine’ the ‘African Mona Lisa’ was painted in 1971 by the father of Nigerian modernism Ben Enwonwu. It was sold in an auction in London for $1.4m. ‘Christine’ was painted in 1971 by the father of Nigerian modernism Ben Enwonwu. The subject of the painting, Christine, was born in New York but moved to Ghana […]

Nigeria’s first female fighter jet pilot

Kafayat Sanni has made history becoming Nigeria’s first female fighter jet pilot. Sanni in 2017 emerged as the overall best pilot at the Nigerian Armed Forces 401 Flying Training School in Kaduna State. Her reward was her travel to the United States of America to train at the US Aviation Leadership Programme. Sanni successfully completed […]

Best African country for startup CEO

It pays more to be a startup CEO in South Africa than anywhere else, according to a survey of startup compensation packages focused on nearly 50 startups in Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana. The survey was carried out by Timon Capital, early-stage investor in sub-Saharan Africa and think tank Briter Bridges. Nigeria, South Africa […]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Prize

Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his work toward ending a 20-year conflict with neighboring Eritrea and opening up one of Africa’s most notorious one-party systems. Mr. Ahmed’s overhauls have put Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most-populous country and one of its fastest-growing economies, on a transition toward democracy, even […]