The Woman Taking Charge of Zimbabwe’s Health Crisis

As a doctors’ and nurses’ strike paralyses Zimbabwe’s health system, one woman has delivered 100 babies in her flat.  At 72, midwife Esther Zinyoro has converted the lounge of a tiny two-roomed apartment in Mbare, into a maternity unit. Despite her humble circumstances, Zinyoro carries the hopes of many expectant mothers amid a health crisis […]

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Will Algeria’s Election be Cancelled?

A big crowd of protesters marched through central Algiers on Wednesday to demand Thursday’s presidential election be cancelled, chanting that they would not vote in a poll they regard as a charade. They chanted “No election tomorrow” and held up banners reading “You have destroyed the country” as riot police stood blocking roads and a […]

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Egypt Named as One of the Biggest Jailers of Journalists

At least 250 journalists were in jail in relation to their work as of December 1, according to nonprofit group the Committee to Protect Journalists. The group found that the majority were imprisoned on “anti-state charges” and that the number of journalists charged with “false news” rose this year, with 30 in jail in 2019, […]

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More Bad News from Africa’s Leading e-Commerce

Jumia Technologies has revealed that it will suspend food and drinks delivery services on its Jumia foods division in Rwanda. According to a statement from the company, “we have made the difficult decision to suspend our on-demand services in Rwanda effective on December 9th, 2019.” The statement went on to explain that “while decisions like […]

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A Growing Natural Hair Market across Africa

On the streets of Dakar, Abidjan or Lagos, you’ll be hard-pressed to see the Afros now commonplace in Nairobi, Johannesburg and New York. South Africa alone has a natural hair market valued at more than $300 million. You might conclude that the natural hair movement has failed to take root in West Africa. But you […]

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First Storm of the Season Makes Landfall in the Indian Ocean

Nine people were killed and three are missing in northwest Madagascar after Cyclone Belna came ashore with winds equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane. The cyclone near the coastal town of Soalala with winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour.  The storm blew off or dislodged the roofs of 80 percent of the town’s […]

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The Cash Cow Of Africa

The dairy industry is garnering the attention of private equity investors who see its growing demand in Africa in the face of insufficient capacity and its cash generative value in conjunction with beef. The issue of dairy in Africa involves a plethora of factors that cannot be completely synthesized into one story line. For example, […]

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The Doctors Without Fear

In Kenya’s remote island communities near the border with Somalia, the threat from al-Shabab militants has scared away most medical personnel.  But one group of volunteers  the Safari Doctors – is braving the danger to provide much-needed regular health care to the area’s most vulnerable.  SOURCE: VOA

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African-American Novelist Journeys to Ghana

Jacqueline Woodson is the author of the National Book Award winner “Brown Girl Dreaming.” She describes her trip to Ghana, after the country announced the Year of the Return. “As a black child of the 70s, the Africa I learned about in school, books and via television, felt irrelevant to me. Like many of my […]

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The Backstory of A Namibian Woman’s Outfit

Namibia was a German colony for just over a century and in the early 1900s the Herero and the Nama people rose up against the Germans with tragic consequences. Some 65,000 members of the Herero tribe were killed by German troops. Every year the Herero people commemorate those that died in battle with a special […]

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