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Twitter reacts to news South Africa is finally getting a Starbucks (but not in the way you might expect)

South Africans have been crying out for a Starbucks store to open in their country for years, so Tuesday’s news that the coffee chain are finally expanding into sub-Saharan Africa caused [...]

Post African Futures collaborators discuss Afrofuturism, silicon savannah and the digital age

As the scarcely believable interconnectivity of humanity enabled by the Internet, smartphones and social media weaves itself ever tighter it is undeniable that, as a species, we are beginning to forge a [...]

Botswana solar hearing aid pioneers are taking their tech global

Solar-powered hearing aid developer Deaftronics is preparing to take its pioneering technology global, six years after creating its first prototype. The Botswana-based company will pitch its renewable hearing aid at the Global Innovation Through [...]

Westerner asks Internet to help him overcome Africa biases – Reddit responds

As we’ve been reporting quite a lot recently, folk in the West are beginning to pick up on the fact that the view of Africa they receive from the mainstream [...]

TV crew ambushes stoners in Amsterdam with impromptu Africa quiz

How many countries are there in Africa? Could you tell me which of them gained nationhood most recently? What about the capital city of Zimbabwe? Or which country uses the rand [...]

Thousands of Twitter users join campaign to challenge Africa media stereotypes

The days when mainstream media dominated perceptions of Africa are officially over – #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou is going viral.

5 patriarch-busting ways the Tuareg tribe are overturning global gender stereotypes

The Tuareg are an Islamic African people, quasi-nomadic and spread across six North and West African countries. Their name originates from their nomadic tendencies, which have kept them from being [...]

Wildlife photographer Greg du Toit: ‘Hunting animals can be very pragmatic’

A renowned African wildlife photographer is perhaps the last person you’d suspect to be in favour of hunting wild animals. But 2013 BBC World Wildlife Photographer of the Year Greg [...]

Anybody for fondue? Dead zebra bursts a fountain of blood over hungry leopard

File this one under: when dinner strikes back. An unfortunate leopard experienced the shock of its life while eating what it thought was a harmless zebra carcass at a game reserve in South Africa. After [...]

Let’s talk about The Rules: Africa and the future of social justice

When one steps back to take a look at the world, it’s not difficult to come to the conclusion that parity is not one of humanity’s strong points. Poverty and [...]

After spending 15 years in exile, lions are finally returning to Rwanda

Lions are returning to Rwanda for the first time since the imperilled animal was wiped out in the wake of the country’s 1994 genocide. Seven lions are settling into their new [...]

People in South Africa waddle 130km for endemic penguin species

Raising awareness of African penguins’ fight for existence is a tormenting business. Photojournalist Linda Markovina discovered as much while walking the equivalent of three marathons in one week along the coast of South Africa’s Western Cape. [...]

Africa’s top writers discuss modern literature (and what to do if you’re haunted by ghosts)

The lovely folks over at the Guardian pulled together a liveblog Q & A with some of Africa’s top writers earlier today, enlisting the five shortlisted authors for the 2015 [...]

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