Who is in charge in Somalia?

Somalia is facing a power vacuum as President Farmaajo’s term ends without agreement on holding elections. Somalia’s presidential elections were supposed to take place before President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo’s four-year

Amid Unrest in Haiti, ICE Deports Dozens — Including a 2-Month-Old Baby — into “Burning House”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported at least 72 people to Haiti, including a 2-month-old baby and 21 other children. The deportations appear to be a contradiction of the

Egypt’s famed Nile cruise ship sails despite pandemic

Image Source The Nile Cruiser continues to sail despite the pandemic. Named the Steam Ship Sudan, the cruiser still draws tourists following the trail of the legendary crime novelist, Agatha

Lessons From Africa’s Safari Lodges for a Post-Pandemic Era

Image Source Many innovations have been born from constraints. In the case of safari lodges in Africa, the remote settings and lack of infrastructure forces architects and teams to get

Uganda-based PAYG solar startup Innovex raises seed funding

Image Source Innovex, a Uganda-based startup enabling pay as you go (PAYG) and remote monitoring for solar companies, has closed a seed funding round to help it scale its technology

Ethnic groups in central Mali sign ‘three peace agreements’

Image Source Three “peace agreements” have been signed by representatives from herder and farmer communities that have become trapped in violence sparked by armed group attacks in central Mali, a Swiss

Tanzanian lauded for being the first African country to join the global community of nations that rule out GMOs

Image Source Tanzania’s call to halt GMO research trials in the country and choose a just, healthy and sustainable path to food security has been hailed as “ushering in a

African Leadership Group to build a new generation of digital leaders for Africa

Image Source In partnership with GE, African Leadership Group says its readying to build a new generation of digital leaders for Africa. The programme will enable mid-career engineers to build

Siemens Gamesa inks first wind power deal in Ethiopia

Image Source Wind power company Siemens Gamesa has signed its first deal to build a 100 MW wind farm in Ethiopia. The renewable energy giant, formed in 2016 through the merger

Meet the founders and African storytellers of Kugali

Kugali is an entertainment company designed to provide stories inspired by African culture.  The work is classified into “the Afrofuturism genre and references African history and tradition” using comic books,

Abiy Ahmed’s aim to ‘Pentecostalize Ethiopian politics’

Who is Abiy Ahmed, the man who has been Prime Minister of Ethiopia since 2018? In Addis Ababa, the question is often met with awkward silence. Yet the answer is

Meet Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga, 2021 PEN Awardee for Freedom of Expression

Image Source On 13 January 2021, the PEN Award for Freedom of Expression honored Dangarembga “for her remarkable work in fighting for freedom of expression.” Dangarembga is a novelist, poet, activist, filmmaker

Tunisia, Delicately Straddling the Politics of North Africa and the Mideast

Image Source It’s become the origin story of Tunisia’s revolution and the broader Arab Spring: In December 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, set himself on fire after years

Niger’s Abdoulrazak Alfaga aims for Olympic gold in Taekwondo in Tokyo

Image Source Niger’s Abdoulrazak Alfaga is a taekwondo world champion and Olympic silver medalist. At just 26 years old, he is an idol in Niger and he’s brought the sport

Debunking four common myths about the vagina

Image Source Do you have a vagina? If you do, you’ve likely heard old tales about how to keep it “clean” or “tighten” it. Or you’ve been warned that a

Last Minute Deportations of African Migrants as Trump Administration Comes to an End

Image Source The Trump administration is continuing to deport African asylum seekers in its last few days before the inauguration of Joe Biden, who has promised a 100-day suspension of

Case Studies of Seed

Image Source Seed is life. African farmers have been planting, saving and exchanging seeds for countless generations. Millions rely on them for their farming livelihoods, providing incomes and healthy food

The Congo, Afghanistan and the Limits of Outside Intervention

Image Source This year, two expansive — and expensive — international peace and security entities will pass a significant milestone. The United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

There’s Still Slavery in Mauritania. That Didn’t Stop ICE From Deporting People There on Tuesday.

Image Source On the final full day of the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported between four and six Mauritarians to a nation the Trump administration had once punished

African Asylum Seekers Face Shameful Treatment

Fleeing persecution in Nigeria, arriving in the United States, Pastor Ben said he was immediately taken into detention. “I was told I would see the judge in two weeks,” the

Diaspora Remittance, A Major Driver of Kenya’s 2020 Economy

Image Source Latest data from Kenya’s Central Bank (CBK) reveals that diaspora remittances hit Sh329.41 billion ($3.094 billion) in 2020 despite the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Although the

Changing the Fortunes of farmers and families in Muranga’s County, Kenya

Image Source Kangari village in Muranga’s county, Kenya, has practiced mono-cropping for many years. “Nearly 80% of the land and the time spent farming focuses on tea crops, which are

Five African Presidential Elections to watch in 2021

Image Source Millions of people around the world voted in 2020, even if some elections slated for 2020 were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  In comparison, some predict that

Tayo Oviosu, founder of Paga is excited to take technology built in Africa to the world

Image Source  “Cash is still king” in African countries. Many people rely solely on cash to handle transactions, but that may soon change. Tayo Oviosu, founder and Group CEO of

A response to the article “The Oromo war against Ethiopian nationalists and ethnic Amhara”

Oromia Global Forum (OGF) is a global alliance of Oromo Civic, Professional, and Faith-Based Organizations and individual Human Rights defenders and activists, residing in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and

Kunda Kids: fictional stories based on real and inspirational figures from ancient African history

Kunda Kids is created by husband and wife Dele and Louisa Olafuyi, a combined effort to offer informative and fun content about Africa’s ancient history. Together, they have produced a

Bobi Wine’s Ghetto TV hacked again, Facebook page deleted

Ghetto TV, one of Bobi Wine’s social media channels has been hacked again. Ghetto TV has been streaming live all Bobi Wine’s political activities until yesterday (Wednesday) when a yet

Agroecology and Markets- Stories from the Field

Image Source There is no doubt that African markets are as diverse as African countries and cultures. The eleven stories in this publication are just the tip of the iceberg.

Meet Monique Yéli Kam, the Sole Woman who ran for President of Burkina Faso

Image Source Monique Yéli Kam’s war room is not a typical campaign headquarters for a national presidential candidate. A dusty white marquis stands next to stacked blue chairs fanning out

Sidelining Africans, the US Imposes Its Own Choice for UN Envoy to Libya

Image Source Ignoring two proposals from Africa to fill the United Nations special envoy post for Libya, the United States demanded that the secretary-general, António Guterres, accept its own choice,

Searching for Kwabena

Albert Heijn is the largest supermarket chain in the Netherlands. In the fruit and vegetable section of many of its stores was, until recently, a poster of “Kwabena”, a Ghanaian

Nigerian entrepreneur Oluseun Onigbinde on forming a transparent government

Image Source He founded BudgIT to help the citizens of the country understand the way the government spends money. Opaqueness in government behaviour is one of the roots of corruption.

From the Niger to the Nile

Image Source On February 17, 1907, a brief note went out of the Dakar office of the Governor-General of French West Africa, addressed to subordinates. The governor had learned through

Responding to the Second Wave of COVID-19 in Africa

Image Source The number of new COVID-19 cases being reported daily in the months of July and August in Africa declined rapidly. This trend reversed during the month of October

Malawi set to send troops to fight Islamists in Mozambique mid-month

Image Source President Lazarus Chakwera is sending Malawi troops to Mozambique mid this month to fight the Islamist insurgents. Chakwera said at an extraordinary Sadc Troika meeting last week in

A successful Ebola vaccine delivery shows how a Covid-19 vaccine would work in Africa

Image Source There have been growing concerns the very low-temperature requirements for the promising Covid-19 vaccine candidates developed by Pfizer and Moderna will lead to storage and logistics challenges that may

CSOs urge President not to assent to the Plant Variety Protection Bill

Image Source Four civil society organisations (CSOs) with interest in agriculture have appealed to the President not to give assent to the Plant Variety Protection Bill, 2020 for it to

Touchless Handwashing Kit, a responsive technology to COVID-19 created by Makerere University

Makerere University has launched a Touchless Handwashing (Tw-20) Kit as a responsive technology to the COVID-19 Pandemic resulting from the need to limit contact with surfaces while ensuring diligent hand

COVID-19, ‘Nested newness’ and Changing Masculinities in Uganda

Image Source The COVID-19 pandemic and the disruptions it has caused have created moments which feminist institutionalists such as Fional Mackay term as moments of “newness” and opportunities to craft gender change in institutions.

Africa Exploding Plastic Nightmare

Image Source Rosemary Nyambura spends her weekends collecting plastic with her aunt Miriam in the Dandora dump in Nairobi. Because the bottles they sell to other plastics traders are mixed

Music Stars From Botswana And Denmark Collaborate To Highlight Mental Health

Image Source “Troubled” is the lead single created by iconic Botswana artists teaming up with a Danish based production team for a new project exploring mental health in the creative

Land Unchained?

Image Source Over the past decade, few technologies can match the excitement that blockchain has generated across industries ranging from banking and finance, to law and supply chain management. As

The Gambia Academy of Music and Culture seeks to systematically decolonize the education system and educate African children from the African perspective

Image Source The Gambian artist and “first female Kora virtuoso” from a west African Griot family, Sona Jobarteh, is building a cultural academy, The Gambia Academy of Music and Culture

Ibrahim Abougendy, the Egyptian designer who turns scrap into furniture – in pictures

Image Source Africa has long been known for upcycling – the creation of new goods from salvage ones – as part of daily life, for informal reuse of scrap materials

Surviving COVID-19: The Neglected Remedy

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), one of the biggest civil society movements in Africa, presents the “first mini-Barefoot Guide” and the “first in a new Agroecology” series “Surviving

“A united people will never be defeated”: the Saharawi liberation movement rises, again

Image Souce The Saharawi liberation movement, Polisario Front, declared resumption of legitimate armed struggle – its right to self-defence and use all legitimate meant to defend the Saharawi territory –

The Owner of One the World’s Most Important African Art Collections Dies

Image Source Sindika Dokolo, the Congolese businessman has died aged 48. Dokolo was born in 1972 in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo then known as Zaire. The son

Congolese Activists, Tired of Waiting, Demand Justice for Decades-Old War Crimes

Image Source In 2018, the Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end rape as a weapon of war. Speaking to a rapt

Ethiopia is about to cross the point of no return

Image Source With the world’s attention fixated on the United States elections, Ethiopia embarked on a civil war last week. In a time span of five days Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the 2019

Kwesi Atuahene: If Nkrumah knew there would be a Rawlings

Image  Source Dr Kwame Nkrumah, begun his political carrier as a democrat and later became a dictator, whilst the late former President Rawlings began as a military dictator and ended

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