Grand Support as Ahmed Returns Home

Ethiopians gave a hero’s welcome to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his return from Oslo, Norway where he received the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize Award earlier this week. Major roads from the Bole International Airport to the National Palace were blocked this morning as hundreds of thousands line up along the streets to cheer the Prime […]

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Nigeria Relaxes Visa Policies for African Visitors

Nigeria says it will give all African travellers visas on arrival from January, dropping the requirement that they apply in advance. President Muhammadu Buhari said it showed Nigeria’s commitment to “free movement of Africans within Africa”. The announcement comes five months after Nigeria signed a deal aimed at promoting free trade on the continent. But Mr Buhari’s critics […]

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Rwandan Lawmakers Set Out a New Path

Three months after discussions to scrap all the country’s colonial-era laws kicked off, parliament has passed a law scrapping over 1,000 pieces of the legislation said to be outdated. Among the colonial laws is one that made it possible for Catholic Church missionaries to acquire so much land for the Church and until now it is still in its […]

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Niger Army Ambushed in their Barracks

President Mahamadou Issoufou cuts short trip to Egypt due to ‘tragedy’ at military camp in Inates, western Niger. At least 71 Nigerien soldiers have been killed in an attack on a military camp in the west of the country, according to the defence ministry. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which is believed to be […]

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A Chicken Eatery with a Taste for African Art

South African chain, Nando’s started collecting art in partnership with arts consultancy Spier Arts Trust in 2001 and has since become owner of the world’s largest collection of Southern African contemporary art and design.The collection is designedto support regional artists, create unique spaces for restaurant customers, and make investments that should gain value over time, according […]

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Facebook’s Achievements Since Push into Africa

Facebook released its ‘2019 Year in Review’ infographic, showcasing just some of its investments across Sub-Saharan in 2019.  Committed to giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together, throughout the year this translated into significant support and investments into growing the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, creatives, and many other communities. During 2019, […]

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A Turbulent Year for African Airlines

African airlines continue to suffer due to high costs and are projected to show a loss of $200m next year, similar to the loss expected for 2019, according to the International Air Transport Association. The industry body said this is largely due to government taxes and fees, as well as low load factors. Furthermore, aviation markets […]

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Microlenders Come for Women in Sierra Leone

The world’s largest NGO has been forced to conduct an internal review of a money-lending scheme it runs for the poor in Sierra Leone after some borrowers amassed significant debts and were reported to police when they couldn’t repay loans. A Guardian investigation into a microfinance programme run by Brac found that the NGO’s staff […]

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Rwanda Makes Feminine Hygiene More Affordable

A tax on sanitary pads has been scrapped in Rwanda to make them more affordable, the ministry of gender has announced. “Moving to the right direction, from now onwards, the Government of Rwanda has added Sanitary Pads to a list of goods that are VAT exempted in a bid to ease their affordability,’ Ministry of Gender […]

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An Exclusive Look at Counter-poaching Efforts in Gabon

More than 70% of the African forest elephant species has been wiped out, primarily by poachers slaughtering them for their ivory.  Park rangers are on the front lines defending them. But in the Central African country of Gabon these park rangers, also known as eco-guards, aren’t going it alone. Now the U.S military is joining […]

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