Kenyan Currency Gets Facelift

Kenya has dropped the images of presidents from newly minted cash coins, in what is seen as an attempt to prevent their glorification. Previous coins bore the images of Kenya’s three ex-rulers: Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki. President Uhuru Kenyatta – the son of Kenya’s first leader Jomo Kenyatta – said the […]

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How Rooibos is on the Rise in South Africa

The plant is exclusively farmed in the Cederberg and Sandveld areas of the Western Cape of South Africa is fast becoming one of the most attractive agricultural products to invest in. The Rooibos industry currently employs an estimated 8 000 farmworkers and additional employment is created in upstream activities, such as processing, packaging and retailing. […]

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Egypt’s Pledge to New Businesses

The first comprehensive documentation of the challenges facing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt has been launched and made available online. It is called “The Startup manifesto.” The initiative spearheaded by RiseUp, is an annual summit tackles the most pressing issues affecting entrepreneurship ecosystem in Egypt; from access to data, access to funding, talent brain drain […]

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The Bustling Market in Togoville

Every Saturday on the northern shore of Lake Togo, community members run a lively traditional barter market. No money changes hands at the small public square, where traders, fisherfolk and farmers from surrounding villages flock to trade their produce. At “Togossime” — “Togo market” in the local Ewe language — all sorts of goods are […]

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Egypt’s Knee-jerk Reaction to a Simmering Problem

Egyptian authorities restricted the sale of yellow reflective vests amid fears opponents might attempt to copy French gilets jaunes protesters during next month’s anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. Security officials and retailers said industrial safety equipment dealers have been instructed not to sell yellow vests to walk-in buyers and to restrict […]

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Algeria Hosts a Religious First in the Muslim World

A cardinal dispatched by the Vatican to Algeria has held an unusual beatification ceremony for 19 monks, nuns and other Roman Catholics who were killed during Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s. It came after Pope Francis recognized all 19 as martyrs in January, paving the way for the ceremony. Beatification is a step in […]

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Sub-Saharan Africa is the Global Capital for Road Traffic Deaths

The main factor in Africa’s road-death statistics is substandard road safety laws. A major of African countries have lax rules on speed limits, child restraints, and drunk driving. Only a handful of countries on the continent have adopted rules that are considered best practice globally. SOURCES: Quartz Africa

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Esteemed DRC Doctor Denis Mukwege’s Take on Elections

“There is very little electoral preparation and a lot of military preparation. I am very worried that these elections will not be free, fair, credible and peaceful and that if there are massive frauds …. supporters [from losing candidates] will not accept them.” SOURCES: VOA

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Cape Town’s Most Colourful Neighbourhood Rejects Gentrification

It is home to the oldest mosque in South Africa and once housed slaves, political exiles and convicts sent from countries including Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Indonesia as far back as the 17th century. Yet with new developments, including luxury flats, and wealthy outside buyers investing in Bo Kaap homes as Cape Town property prices […]

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Cloth Weaving in Kenya

Getting your favourite Kente cloth has never looked this easy. Watch how weavers switch up styles, techniques and yarns to create intricate designs bursting with colour. In just a day, you can walk away with your own handwoven piece to give you that African flair. SOURCES: Africa.com

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