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

Uganda: Musevenism And Aminism Are Two Sides Of Dictatorship Coin

Image Source “They’ve caught him! They’ve caught him!” These were the words Ugandans screamed across Kampala Road as a swirling darkness churned across the capital city. Panic seized everyone, pandemonium

Zambians sue Anglo American mining company over lead poisoning

Image Source A group of Zambian women and children filed a suit against Anglo American Plc in South Africa, alleging the company caused widespread lead poisoning from a mine it

Total’s Uganda oil projects ‘hurt tens of thousands’ NGOs Claim

Image Source Tens of thousands of people in Uganda and Tanzania have been hurt by human rights violations linked to Total’s oil operations in Uganda, according to two French activist

Ethiopia’s Tigray region has seen famine before: why it could happen again

Image Source A new military conflict is sadly unfolding in the Horn of Africa. On November 4th, 2020, a military conflict erupted  between the forces of the federal government of Ethiopia and

Moving Beyond Pandemic: Human Smuggling in an Age of Pandemic

Image Source As COVID-19 chilled global mobility, harmed economies, and sparked border closures and travel bans around the world, the pandemic has had an effect on the shadow migration world.

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Ethiopia Slams a Trump Suggestion that Egypt could “blow up” its Grand Dam.

US President Donald Trump predicted that Egypt would “blow up” a mega-dam that Ethiopia is building on the Nile. Neighboring countries have criticized plans for the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Ghostly Presences in Addis Ababa: A Conversation with Maaza Mengiste

Image Source “THESE ARE NOT gentle stories,” Maaza Mengiste warns in the introduction to Addis Ababa Noir. Mengiste, whose second novel, The Shadow King, was recently shortlisted for the Booker Prize, assembled

Is Heineken brewing a better Africa?

Image Source In the Netherlands, there’s an old secret that involves a local, world-famous beer brand. Only we Dutch know that Heineken is actually an average beer: nothing wrong with

Tesla cobalt deal with Glencore allegedly benefits sanctioned billionaire at the center of corruption scandal in DRC

Image Source “Sanctioned Israeli Billionaire to Gain From Elon Musk Cobalt Deal” …Tesla Inc…struck a deal last month with Glencore Plc to buy as much as 6,000 tons of cobalt

Beyond the language of denial: Men talk mental health in Ghana

Oti Agyemang Prempeh recalls the time in 2017 he found the courage to talk to his father about living with depression and anxiety.”Even if I couldn’t tell him, that ‘by

‘Like the speed of the wind’: Kenya’s lakes rise to destructive highs

Image Source Peering into the lake, the village elder struggled to pinpoint where beneath the hyacinth and mesquite weeds lay the farm he lived in his entire life until the

Criminalization of Search-and-Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean Has Been Accompanied by Rising Migrant Death Rate

Image Source The deaths of more than 350 migrants in the 2013 sinking of an overloaded smuggling vessel off the Italian island of Lampedusa shocked the world and reignited debate

The “Africa Migration Report” seeks to challenge dominant narrative about migration on the continent

Image Source African migration in the 21st Century takes place mainly by land, not by sea. African migrants’ destinations are overwhelmingly not to Europe or North America, but to each other’s countries. Those are

Paul Rusesabagina: Fears for the life of Hotel Rwanda hero

Image Source The family of a critic of Rwanda’s president, whose acts during its genocide were made into a Hollywood film, have said they fear he will be murdered after

Scientists in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and US have developed a $1 test for Ebola and Lassa virus

Image Source While countries across the world are battling with the coronavirus pandemic, some African countries, are also battling the outbreaks of deadlier hemorrhagic fever viruses: Lassa virus and Ebola

Ugandan graduate on BreastIT, a cancer-detecting glove

Image Source BreastIT is a cheap and portable solution to breast cancer detection in Uganda. Three Makere University IT graduates, Moris Atwine, Kabwama Alvin Leonard and Lwangwa Mwesigwa David designed

First woman to win the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

A Cote D’Ivorian technology entrepreneur in Accra has won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Charlette N’Guessan is the first ever woman to win the

Solar Fridge helps African Small Businesses Live off the Grid

Image Source In the scorching climate of sub-Saharan Africa, it’s nearly impossible to keep food or milk fresh without a refrigerator. Unfortunately, a fridge isn’t even an option in a

Waiting to be thrown out: An African Immigrant Story

Image Source Samuel’sSamuel’s journey to America took six months, and it wasn’t even where he wanted to go. After fleeing Cameroon for Ghana in January 2019, his plan was to stay

Who pays the price of King Leopold’s Bugatti?

Image Source The removal and toppling of King Leopold’s statues in Belgium over the summer amidst protests against racism and colonial legacy was a powerful symbol. Despite this much needed

Walking the ancestral path: a traditional response to Covid-19

Image Source When Covid-19 hit Kenya, the ABN’s Simon Mitambo played a role in enabling a traditional ritual to cleanse the soils, seeds, land and territory. He shares his experience here. The

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