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The first decade of Africa's tech startup funding has been led by angel and early-stage investors. Most of that funding was relatively modest: usually between $10,000 and $50,000. Still, it was enough to help entrepreneurs and local ecosystems get off the ground with limited infrastructure or market capacity.
Africa's first elected female head of state, and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Johnson Sirleaf stepped down as president of war-scarred Liberia last month, making way for ex-international soccer star George Weah. She is only the fifth person to win 10-year-old Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African ...

By Lori Duvall-Jackson. “Help, this is Imfolozi One, Marumo's been bitten by a boomslang!! Come in!!” I shouted into the emergency phone. No response. “No one's answering,” I called out frantically. Marumo reached up and took the “phone” from my hand. “That's because you're yelling into the GPS.
A spectacular probe into French tycoon Vincent Bollore over suspected graft in Africa marks a rare exception among corporate titans doing business south of the Sahara. Bollore - charged on Wednesday over contracts to operate ports in Guinea and Togo - is by far the most prominent business leader to be ...
Kigali, Rwanda - Rwandan President Paul Kagame has repeated his harsh criticism of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for what he calls open bias against Africa, saying it has failed to mete out justice in any other part of the world. "The ICC was supposed to address the whole world, but it ended up ...
Most observers did not expect US President Donald Trump, who was elected on a promise to always put "America First", to immediately focus his efforts on Africa after taking office. Yet they also did not expect him to completely disregard an aggregate mass of 55 nations that make up over a quarter of the ...

"The missions are different, but obviously if they're out in a high-threat environment, they're going to be prepared for combat as a contingency," said Dan Hampton, a retired Army colonel at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, a think tank sponsored by the Defense Department. "It's hard to say it's not a ...
Birthright AFRICA is a program dedicated to helping black people outside of the continent reconnect with their African roots. The project, founded and helmed by Walla Elsheikh and Diallo Shabazz wants participants to have transformative, immersive experiences that connect young black people to their ...
KIGALI, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday received 5 million U.S. dollars of prize in Rwandan capital Kigali for leading Liberia's recovery following many years of civil war. "It is my hope that women and girls across Africa will be inspired to break through barriers ...
On Wednesday, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU)—which represents 30 unions with around 800,000 members— organized marches in six South African cities with thousands of participants protesting the government's proposed minimum wage legislation. The current minimum wage ...
Moderator Thoko Moyo, associate dean for communications and public affairs at HKS, began the conversation, titled “Public Leadership and Africa's Developmental Agenda,” by noting a divide in American narratives about Africa — “land of plenty on a fast track to prosperity” or “basket case” of famines and ...
The tragic events in Niger last October — an ambush by ISIS-affiliated fighters that claimed the lives of four U.S. soldiers and four of the West African country's troops and an interpreter — brought attention to the U.S. presence in Africa. What needs better explaining is why it is necessary for U.S. diplomatic, ...
Last week, the office of the chief economist for the Africa Region of the World Bank released its biannual publication, Africa's Pulse. Each edition of Africa's Pulse analyzes issues that present developmental challenges for the continent. This edition presents the challenges brought about by Africa's debt ...
The African countries are as follows: Ghana (23), Namibia (26), South Africa (28), Cape Verde (29), and Burkina Faso (41). In these African countries, freedom of the media is roughly equivalent to that of the United States and big NATO allies. In fact, they all actually rank higher than the United States and, ...
China has poured billions of dollars into Africa's development, but an expert CNBC spoke to said that the continent's countries needed a two-pronged approach to properly benefit. "Most African countries don't have a strategy vis-a-vis China," Ibrahima Diong, Senegal-born former regional co-ordinator for ...
The health experts at a WHO meeting in Nairobi, therefore, pressed for action to address the 'double burden' of malnutrition in Africa. “A 2016 study showed an estimated 59 million children in Africa were stunted, which is when a child is too short for their height: another condition caused by under-nutrition.
As finance ministers, central bank governors, and international delegations descend upon D.C. this week for the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group, from April 20 to 22, 2018, several important Africa-focused events and report launches are taking place.

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, led a delegation of the of AIMS to a meeting with AfDB in Abidjan, where a 10-year partnership proposal was made to build mathematical and scientific capacity in Africa, strengthen industry linkages, and create a competitive industrial and innovative space.
Companies in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are allocating more money to cloud computing to take further advantage of the benefits that come with it. Cloud computing has taken off dramatically across Africa's major markets. However, its benefits are experienced very differently in each region, as are its ...
Zuma's nine-year tenure saddled South Africa with weak growth, ballooning national debt, depressed investor confidence and record unemployment. The ANC forced Zuma from office in February largely due to his mounting legal challenges and multiple corruption scandals, and the party has distanced ...
South Africa's president Cyril Ramaphosa is promising to address long-running problems in the country's north, where protests against a regional leader have descended into riots and looting. Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi reports from the city at the centre of the violence. Africa · South Africa · Politics · Protests.
This article first appeared on The Conversation. At least 110 million of the 600 million people still living without access to electricity in Africa live in urban areas. Most are within a stone's throw from existing power grid infrastructure. In Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia alone there are up to 95 million ...
Africa was once at the centre of the world – literally. It was the landmass at the centre of Pangaea, a super continent that broke up into smaller plates about 200 million years ago. Today, Africa sits on the second largest of these plates and her physical landscape is not a permanent fixture. It's being ...
Bogolo Joy Kenewendo is Minister of Investment Trade and Industry in Botswana. At 30 years old, she's also the youngest MP in the country. Her priority coming into office is the revitalisation of the economy through better job's perspectives.
The Organisation of African Unity was transformed into the African Union in 2001 with this shift in mind. The continent adopted progressive governance tools like the African Peer Review Mechanism. This was spearheaded by former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and South Africa's Thabo Mbeki ...
In the late 1950's, Israel was a young emerging state at the same time that several African countries were becoming independent from their colonial rulers. "From an Israeli perspective, there was something really exciting in forging links with new countries which had to engage in the process of state-building ...
“The Great Rift splits Africa into two plates. With what is happening we have established one plate which is the Somali plate is moving away from the other plate at a rate of 2.5cm. In the near future if this happens we shall have the Somali plate separating from the other Nubian plate,” Kenyan geologist ...
JOHANNESBURG — A top corruption inspector in South Africa has announced that she will investigate two high-ranking African National Congress politicians in a case related to the abuse of public funds for a dairy farm — a rare sign that powerful members of the governing party could be held to account ...
According to the report, South Africa is one of the most unequal countries, with the highest Gini coefficient in the world (among countries where data is available), with recent interesting trends. Panel A in Figure 2.4 presents consumption inequality within South Africa. Notably, consumption grew fastest for ...
Refraction: New Photography of Africa and Its Diaspora is a photo exhibition that will present a generation of photographic artists of African descent born in the 1970s through the 1990s. Premiering on Thursday, April 19 at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC, these 12 artists, who reside from all over the world, ...
AGOA demonstrates the power of U.S. trade policy to bring about significant change in Africa through measures that, while trivial from the American perspective, can have a sizeable impact in Africa. Specifically, AGOA allows for eligible African countries to export a long list of goods to the United States ...
Mohamed explained why union was so crucial to Africa. "The biggest opportunity for Africa today is a lack of inward investments that are supposed to be flowing into Africa," he said. "There is no Africa — there is Kenya, there is Nigeria, there is South Africa. Each of these countries on their own are not ...
But Africa plans to make it hurt. Negotiators will meet in Bonn at the end of this month to begin the most important year in climate talks since the 2015 deal. In December, countries are due to agree a set of governing rules for the Paris Agreement and those who left the French capital unsatisfied – particularly ...
The internet can be achingly slow and expensive in parts of Africa, undermining fledgling tech ecosystems and the ability of Africans to connect globally. Google wants to fix that by releasing an app that will make it lighter to browse online, with search results optimized to save up to 40% data. The Google Go ...
The only global prize for contemporary African photography reveals it shortlist for 2018, bringing together artists from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Angola and Morocco as well as Europe and the US, and covering subjects as diverse as FGM, nomadic life, the plight of domestic workers, and learning to swim.
JOHANNESBURG - Libya's Presidency Council's Ministry of Finance and the Libyan Foreign Bank (LFB) are considering various ways the North African country can recover ''faltering'' loans to African countries. At a meeting last week between the Minister of Finance-designate of the Government of ...
Given recent developments in the global economy, especially Brexit and the Trump administration's “America First” policy, it is worth assessing how Africa's three largest commercial partners—China, the European Union, and the United States—are likely to impact the region in the near future as it relates to ...
Machete attacks in the Democratic Republic of Congo displace thousands, Nigeria marks four years since the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, and Zimbabwe finds the funny side of the 2017 coup against long-serving president Robert Mugabe. Here's a look at the biggest stories from the continent.
South Africa's hops make up just one percent of the global market, but now the world's biggest beer brewer is investing half a million dollars to grow the industry. Source: CNN. CNN Original Series on CNNgo. Watch Full episode on. Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. HFR SEPTEMBER 13 -- USE FOR ...
The 2018 Arnold Classic is looking to give 450 university students who are studying towards a sports-related career an opportunity in which they will become volunteer ambassadors of the biggest multi-sport competition in Africa. The programme will provide them with vital experience. Headed by the ...
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is hoping to strengthen its connections with Africa through new partnerships, research exchanges and student enrollment. University officials recently visited South Africa and Malawi. The delegation visited with representatives from the University of Pretoria, ...
Often called the “Mother of the Nation” and “Mama Winnie,” Madikizela-Mandela fought to keep South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the international spotlight while her husband, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned. “Long before it was fashionable to call for Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island, ...
On a recent visit to Lagos for a fashion show, veteran supermodel Naomi Campbell called on leading global fashion magazine to start an Africa edition and it's sparked a bit of debate in Africa's fashion circles about whether the region really needs Vogue or if Vogue needs Africa. There's also been some ...
On the latest episode of Balancing The Ledger, Fortune's show covering all things cryptocurrency, fintech, and blockchain, Rosiello discussed her inability to invest in the recent initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange of a friend's company: Hut 8, a cryptocurrency mining company backed by ...
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that U.S. special-operations forces in Africa are increasingly working from remote command centers, withdrawing their presence from the front lines of missions. Still, the U.S. military is actively engaged in combatting threats in the Sahel region: On Wednesday, the ...
A fossilized finger bone of an early human discovered in Saudi Arabia's Nefud desert is challenging long-held views about human migration out of Africa. The bone dates back to 88,000 years ago and suggests that the migration of homo sapiens out of Africa was more widespread and successful than ...
China's decision to suspend presidential term limits is still reverberating around the world. The announcement, made after a vote by China's parliament in March, prompted some commentators to draw comparisons with “third termism” in Africa, when leaders flout democratic conventions to stay in power as ...
... for 'Mother of the Nation' held in South Africa. An emotional farewell to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who fought apartheid in South Africa for decades. ... A memorial service has been held in South Africa for the woman many called the "mother of the nation". Thousands attended a ceremony for Winnie ...
A longtime stalwart of the ANC, she was a member of South Africa's parliament at the time of her death. ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte said Madikizela-Mandela had loved the party and that her life's work of "returning the land to the people" must continue. "This is our hero, this is our heroine, ...
Beta Films has secured new deals which will see acclaimed German crime drama “Babylon Berlin” debut across Africa and India. South Africa-based broadcaster M-Net, which is owned by Africa's biggest subscription television network MultiChoice, has acquired rights across the whole of the African ...



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