Rwandan Genocide Survivor Starts Empowerment Programme

Safi Mukundwa knows what it means to be young, fearful and desperate. She was just 8 years old when she hid among bloodied bodies, emerging as the only one in her family to survive the 1994 genocide that swept through Rwanda. She remembers the man who killed her mother and brother. “I told God that […]

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RIP to Kenyan Author Binyavanga Wainaina

Known as one of Africa’s best-known authors and gay rights Activists, Wainaina died on Tuesday night in Nairobi after a short illness at age 48. His death was confirmed by Tom Maliti, the chairman of the Kwani Trust, which Wainaina founded. Wainaina, who won the 2002 Caine prize for African writing, made headlines around the […]

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Cairo Hops on the Superfood Trend

In Egypt, at least 2,000 farmers are growing quinoa with the help of foreign aid agencies. The booming demand for the superfood — global production of quinoa between 2009 and 2019 tripled from 75,000 to 230,000 metric tons — is only one part of the equation. A rare resilience to different conditions is allowing researchers […]

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Nigeria has One of the World’s Highest Rates of Kidnap-for-ransom Cases

Thousands of Nigerians have been kidnapped for ransom and other purposes over the years. Kidnapping has prevailed in spite of measures put in place by the government. The Nigerian police’s anti-kidnapping squad, introduced in the 2000s, has endeavored to stem the menace, but this been to no avail, mainly due to a lack of manpower […]

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The Challenges of Being the World’s Most Rapidly Urbanizing Continent

In sub-Saharan Africa, the urban population has doubled since the mid-1990s, and reached 400 million people in 2016. According to experts, 40 percent of the region’s total population resides in cities, compared to 31 percent in 2000. During the next 15 years, the United Nations predicts the world’s 10 fastest-growing cities will be in Africa. […]

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Somalia’s Tourism Blossoms on Popular Beach

Few restaurateurs consider the threat of piracy in their plans but Abdulkadir Mohamed did so for his La Lanterna floating restaurant now moored off Mogadishu’s popular Lido beach. “We considered that pirates could hijack it, and use it to attack cargo ships, so we made it slow so pirates would not see it as a […]

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South Africa Lawmakers Sworn In

South Africa’s sixth democratic Parliament has elected parliament’s new speaker and the new president of the country. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the swearing in of new MPs. The chief justice will also preside over the election of the president, as prescribed by the Constitution. This will also follow the same procedure as that […]

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Gabon’s Cabinet Reshuffle

Vice President and Minister of State for Forests and the Environment have been relieved of their posts by presidential decree in connection with a timber scandal that rocked the central African country. The latest development is an offshoot of what has become known as the “Kevazingo Gate” in which illegally felled special hardwood of 353 […]

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Germany Commits to Accounting for its Colonial Past in Namibia

Germany is set to return a 15th Century artifact it took from Namibia known as the Stone Cross.  The 3.5-meter high navigation landmark, erected by Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão, was first placed on Namibia’s coast in 1498. It was taken to Germany in 1893 after the area became a German imperial protectorate and is on […]

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Zimbabwe Announces a Fresh Increase in Fuel Prices

The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) said petrol would cost 46 percent more with a litre costing $1. ZERA said the move followed new measures by the central bank removing a subsidy and a preferable exchange rate for fuel importers. Treasury’s permanent secretary George Guvamatanga said the government would subsidise public transport and that the […]

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