One of the Most Prominent Names in Nigeria’s Tech Ecosystem Off to a New Adventure

For the second time in less than five years, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji is stepping down from a successful company he co-founded. Aboyeji’s surprise departure from Flutterwave , one of the well-regarded startups of Africa’s fintech space, follows a similar pattern from 2016 when he left Andela, a company that trains African software developers and pairs them […]

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Tech Helps Find a Lost African City

Archaeologists using laser technology have rediscovered an ancient city outside South Africa’s commercial capital of Johannesburg. The settlement, which dates back to the 15th Century, was home to up to 10,000 people from the Tswana ethnic group. Their descendants are now fighting to have the city of Kweneng recognised as their homeland. SOURCES: BBC

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Hwange National Park is Becoming a Favored Place to go on Safari

Nestled in remote Zimbabwe where elephants roam and zebras graze. It’s adjacent to Victoria falls, making it a must to explore and view wildlife after admiring the famous waterfalls. Although Southern Africa has tons of safari parks, this unique place stands out on its own. SOURCES: AFK Travel

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The One thing Missing from Prince William’s Plea for Africa’s Wildlife

A video that shows the Duke of Cambridge visiting wildlife projects in Tanzania has been criticised for excluding African experts and promoting a “white saviour” mentality. The film, shown this week at the international conference on illegal wildlife trade in London, highlights conservationist work in Dar es Salaam Port and at Mkomazi National Park. SOURCES: The […]

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UN Women’s Global HeforShe Initiative to Drive Gender Equality

The United Nations’ HeforShe is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of gender equality.  Its goal is to achieve equality by encouraging both genders to partake as agents of change and take action against negative stereotypes and behaviors, faced by people with feminine personalities/genders. Namibia and South Africa both score in the Top 20 in […]

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Buhari’s Achilles Heel

Opposition candidates seeking to unseat Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, are attacking his economic record and treatment of foreign investors as election season intensifies in Africa’s most populous country. Four members of Buhari’s own party who have defected to the opposition to challenge him are pitching themselves as more business-minded candidates who can jump-start a sluggish […]

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Sudan is now on the Other Side of the Peace Coin

Sudan’s Foreign Minister Al-Dirdiri Mohamed Ahmed talks to Al Jazeera about his country’s human rights record, the lifting of US sanctions, the war in Yemen, and Sudan’s role as peacemaker in South Sudan. SOURCES: Al Jazeera

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Redressing Somalia’s Wounds

Hundreds of mourners and government officials in Somalia gathered over the weekend at K-5 junction, where a year ago a truck bomb killed 587 people in the country’s deadliest terrorist attack. The Somali government has officially renamed the junction as “October 14 Junction” in respect of the victims of the attack. SOURCES: VOA, Washington Post

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Here’s Why Tanzanian Rangers Sleep Better at Night

In response to the surge in ivory poaching in Africa, where the elephant population fell by around 20 percent between 2006 and 2015, EarthRanger which is tech platform that aggregates remote sensor readings of animal movements, trackers on radios and vehicles, camera trap photos and data from GPS-powered “geo fences” to give rangers in wildlife […]

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Giving Zimbabwean Women the Voice they Deserve

Thirty years after her iconic debut novel, Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga is back with a final look at her heroine’s harrowing journey through the Mugabe years, hoping to spark debate about violence against women in her country. SOURCES: iAfrica

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