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Stone tools date early humans in North Africa to 2.4 million years ago

When did early humans first arrive in the Mediterranean area? New archaeological evidence published today online by the journal Science (as a First Release) indicates their presence in North Africa

Yes, China is Kenya’s biggest trading partner – but it’s not a balanced trade

Kenya’s trade with China is rarely far from the headlines. The latest is a widely reported claim that China could seize Kenya’s assets over debt. This interest comes from increased

Why do westerners in Africa or Asia think it’s okay to photograph other people’s children?

The Cambodian family hopped out of their rental car and walked up to the charming, if rundown, school building in rural Scotland. Unpacking their cameras, they spotted a group of

Does Kenya’s tea-rich Kericho county get ‘nothing’ for its green gold?

How resources are shared can be a source of friction between Kenya’s central government and its 47 new counties. Established by the 2010 constitution, the counties came into operation in

African Development Fund approves US$322 million for road upgrading project in Burundi and Tanzania

The Boards of Directors of the African Development Bank Group have approved US$322.35 million loans and grant to Burundi and Tanzania to finance the Rumonge-Gitaza (45 km) and Kabingo-Kasulu-Manyovu (260

Introducing African Stock Photo

African Stock Photo provides a platform that brings together talented photographers and content creators from around the globe to tell the African story simply, honestly and beautifully. Source: African Stock

Senegal opens Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar

For the longest, at least since the colonial era Africa has had must of its history wiped away, replaced by the western culture of countries that previously held dominion over

The sprawling network of U.S. military outposts in Africa

The U.S. military has long insisted that it maintains a “light footprint” in Africa, and there have been reports of proposed drawdowns in special operations forces and closures of outposts

ANALYSIS: Are Kenyan couples who’ve lived together ‘more than 6 months’ married in law?

Kenya’s funnyman Eric Omondi claims he is married to his long-time fiancee Chantal Grazioli. But there was no wedding. They had been together for more than six months, and that

Invisible Borders’ Artistic Director becomes a Chevalier de l’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres

On Saturday, 27th October 2018, Nigerian photographer, filmmaker, writer and visual artist, Emeka Okereke, was conferred France’s prestigious insignia of Chevalier De l’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres (Knight of

Tanzanian Farmers Crack the Code for Fighting Land Grab

For nearly a week, Swalehe Nkwale saw unfamiliar surveyors place slabs on parts of Nyamitanga Division land 108 miles south of Dar es Salaam. Then one day, he saw a

Africa Code Week drives inclusive education with coding workshops for hearing-impaired children in Mozambique

Mozambique – 08 November 2018 – Is coding a universal language that can bridge not only the gender and income gaps but enable also inclusive access to 21st century education?

Outcome of the Investigation of allegations of harassment against women and other institutional malpractices in the African Union Commission

22 November 2018, Addis Abeba: Following allegations of harassment against women levelled through an anonymous letter, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission instituted a High-Level Committee (HLC) on 24

Haiti Remains Paralyzed for Third Consecutive Day

The demonstrations in the Caribbean country began Sunday. According to reports, 11 people have been killed and at least 75 arrested. Wednesday marks the third consecutive day of a national

Congo’s Security Forces Kill Two University Students

Within a span of four days, the Kabila regime’s security forces killed two students and injured many others at the University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN). The Congolese police fired live bullets

65% of Females in Kenyan Slum Traded Sex for Sanitary Pads? UNICEF & UK Pull Stat from Thin Air

Seven in 10 females in Nairobi’s Kibera slum have traded sex for sanitary pads, a British online newspaper claimed in a September 2018 article. “New exclusive research by Unicef found

The Real Seed Producers: Small-Scale Farmers Save, Use, Share and Enhance the Seed Diversity of the Crops that Feed Africa

Introduction: Seed is life Farming started when local communities started collecting, planting and selecting seeds – modifying them to meet their needs in the process. Today’s seed also embodies centuries of

African Palm Oil Expansion: Biodiversity and Primates Under Threat, says New Study

[Image Source: Grist] 16 Aug 2018 — A new study forecasts a rise in oil palm plantations across Africa as the global demand for the commodity continues to grow. But

A Forgone Conclusion – Cameroon’s Presidential Election

On 23 October 2018, Paul Biya was elected for his 7th consecutive term in office as President of Cameroon. At 85 years old, Biya stands as the longest ruling national

Congo Week: Understanding Africa’s Most Ill-Fated Country

Since 1998, over six million Congolese have lost their lives in a war fuelled by economic and corporate greed. That is the largest reported loss of life since the Second

The Future of Smallholder Farmer Support in Tanzania: Where to After the National Agriculture Input Voucher System (NAVIS)?

A publication by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) titled The Future of smallholder farmer support in Tanzania: Where to after the National Agricultural Input Voucher System (NAIVS)? discusses farm

Africa’s Youth is “Calling on the Continent’s Governments to Invest in Young People for a Prosperous Future”

Acting executive chairperson of African Youth Commission (AYC) Sunday morning arrived in The Gambia for a five-day engagement with authorities and youth leaders ahead of Gambia’s hosting of the 3rd

Bleeding African Economies

The legacies of colonial rule, both generally and in particular categories of colony, have and still continue to affect post-colonial economic development in Africa through the extraction of resources and

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Maasai Villagers Win a Major Victory in the East African Court of Justice in Case Against Tanzanian Government

On September 25, 2018, the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) awarded a major victory to four Maasai villages fighting for their rights to their land in northern Tanzania. The

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Bobi Wine Urges US to End Military Aid to Uganda

Robert Kyagulanyi, a Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition politician whose detention last month drew international attention, has called on the United States to stop supporting his country’s military.  In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera, his

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Race, Poverty and Inequality: Black First Land First Claims Fact-Checked

Do 35,000 white families and businesses own more than 80% of South Africa’s land? Are more than 45% of black people unemployed compared with 5% of white people? Do white

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Two Urban Initiatives Tackle Housing & Energy in Ghana

According to Farouk Braimah from the Peoples Dialogue on Human Settlements (PD), one in eight of the world’s population are living in slums. His assessment comes from a report by

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Reconstructing the Somali Regional State, The Dire Dawa Conference Platform for Reform

Ethiopia is in a historic political change; the charismatic young leader is accelerating sweeping reform reversing harmful policies and practices. Ethiopians who have not seen their loved ones for a

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The Culture of Northern Nigeria

More than 250 ethnic tribes exist in present-day Nigeria. The three largest and most dominant ethnic groups are the Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo. According to historical records, prior to Europeans

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Palm Oil Company Departs from RSPO, Raising Red Flags for Investors

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), a palm oil company operating in Liberia since 2012, last week voluntarily suspended its membership in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) — the sustainability

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A-Grade Women Butchering Gender Norms

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, the not-for-profit social enterprise with extensive experience in building solutions to solve the youth unemployment challenge, continues to build out-the-box, scalable programs to help South African youth find employment.

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Rwanda looks to Uganda, Tanzania for fish to sell to DRC

Uganda and Tanzania have taken over the Democratic Republic of Congo’s fish market from Rwanda, which is grappling with weak domestic production. DRC is a huge fish market, with eastern

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Resistance to Genetically Modified Seeds in Africa

Ghana recently hosted a conference focused on the question of genetically modified organism (GMO) seed varieties versus those that have traditionally spawned the continent’s staple crops. The increasing commercialisation of

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Tanzania: President Magufuli Is Wrong On Uncontrolled Births – MP

Dodoma — Just one day after President John Magufuli reiterated his opposition to birth controls by telling Tanzanians to continue reproducing, a Member of Parliament (MP) has faulted him on

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Abiy Ahmed Epitomises Africa’s Short Memory of Hate

The rise of Abiy Ahmed in Ethiopia and the revival of Africa’s short memory of hate are inseparably linked. Africans have been at least as violent as anything ever perpetrated

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President Paul Biya and Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

President Paul Biya of Cameroon has been silent for long in relation to the on-going unrest in the country’s English speaking region. His silence has made matters worse and it is

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The Colonial Roots of the Cameroon Conflict

The current struggle in Southern Cameroon, which started as a “protest by lawyers and teachers demanding better provision for the use of English in addition to a call for inclusion”

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Highlights From the 2018 Zanzibar International Film Festival

On July 14, 2018, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), an annual film festival held in Zanzibar, Tanzania, announced its 2018 awards. Under the theme “Speak Up”, films, in various categories and genres

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“Blue” by Photographer Siaka Soppo Traoré

Photographer Siaka Soppo Traoré’s series “Blue” is a visual “dialogue” concerning migration.  The work, characterised by an incredibly strong visual language is a striking assortment of human stories and expression presented through

Six Historic Photos of the Week: Africa

These photos by Ghideon Musa Aron evoke emotion. A gripping visual story of Eritreans reuniting with family members, on arrival in Asmara, Eritrea, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 17 June

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African Women Grab Top ZIFF 2018 Awards

This year at the 2018 Zanzibar International Film Festival, the longest running film festival in East Africa, the spotlight was on women filmmakers. The prestigious Ousmane Sembène Award, named after

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Food Imports Cost US$2.4 Billion Annually

The Minister of Finance, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta has revealed that food imports cost the nation an average of US$2.4 billion every year. This means that about GH¢10.8 billion (one dollar

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Analysis: Mistakes About Madiba – Even By Himself

Quotes by South Africa’s first democratic president Nelson Mandela are popularly cited. Some of the most widely quoted verified quotes come from Mandela’s speech from the dock as part of his defence in the

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Beyond the Red Sea: A New Driving Force in the Politics of the Horn

This is the first part of The Thin Red Line, an African Arguments series focusing on dynamics around the Red Sea. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 transformed the

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What Peace Between Eritrea-Ethiopia Will Mean for the Horn of Africa

No one saw it coming, but a lasting peace deal may have finally arrived for Ethiopia and its longtime sparring partner, Eritrea. The two countries, which share a common culture, language, and

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People Say “Is That Coachella? I Didn’t Know They Had Festivals Like That In Africa…”

Chin Okeke – one of the men behind arguably the most important of Africa’s new breed of music festivals – has spoken of the growing appetite for live music in

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4 Towns March Against Konadu Over 700-Acre Land Grab

Four communities in the Eastern Region have staged a demonstration against former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings for allegedly annexing a 700-acre property stretching from Nsawam Cannery all the way

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Engineering Seeds and Digging Into Global Markets

What are the implications for African farmers? By: Nidhi Tandon African farmers are facing serious challenges because of increased engineering of seeds and the determination of leading global agro-chemical corporations

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BRICS in Africa: “You are either at the table or on the menu”

At a Johannesburg BRICS think tank, scholars get drunk on their own rhetoric By: Patrick Bond South African academics and think tanks met on 28-31 May 2018 for deliberations leading

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Kabila Names Leading Figure In Upcoming DRC Election

Credit: Digital Congo Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) president Joseph Kabila, whom critics accuse of seeking an illegal third term in office, has been named as a leading figure in

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