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10 things you didn’t know about the Kalahari desert

A desert that has been around since the formation of Africa sixty million years ago. Over 350,000 square miles stretching across three countries. Home to some of the world’s most [...]

Could southern Africa eliminate malaria by 2018?

Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland are close to completely eliminating malaria, and by 2018, hope to join Mauritius and the Seychelles, who are already free of the disease. This [...]

5 films directed by African women that confront gender stereotypes

We are approaching a new age where women are challenging the patriarchal conditions of African cinema – rapidly gaining a voice in a male dominated industry. Subjects have ranged from [...]

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Wakaliwood – the slum where movies are made for $200

Deep in a Ugandan slum, gory low-budget movies are being directed by the country’s own Quentin Tarantino. Machines guns made from scrap metal, computer-generated helicopters and toy trucks all make [...]

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The Lagos Photo Festival: A deeper exploration of African truths

In a striking departure from the gloomy photojournalism often associated with Africa, the Lagos Photo Festival that opened in Lagos on October 24th looks to challenge these exhausted narratives. Now [...]

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Morocco is about to build a huge solar plant in the desert

Morocco is now en-route to becoming the world’s leading supplier of solar energy, thanks to The Noor Solar Project, a mega solar plant being built just outside Ouarzazate, Morocco’s “door [...]

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Flying Donkeys in Rwanda – Africa’s first country to introduce “cargo drones”

Rwanda may become the first African country to develop a network of “droneports” designed to deliver urgent cargo to remote parts of the country using small drones that can carry [...]

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Skateboarding is helping Ethiopia’s young escape the daily grind

A skateboarding movement in Addis Ababa is exploding, providing Ethiopia’s young with moments of fun and escape in the troubled city. On a stroll through the hustle and bustle of [...]

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WATCH: Beautiful drone footage captures drilling protest in Sahara Desert

Images of thousands of Saharawi people protesting against oil company San Leon drilling in the Western Sahara were elegantly captured from the air by a drone. This part of the [...]

Is Africa paving the way for the future of technology?

Whilst the West continues to conduct itself as a technology demigod, Africa has been sitting quietly in the side-lines, preparing for its chance to shine – that time has now [...]

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Dazzling diversity of West Africa exhibited at the British Library

Word, Symbol and Song, a new exhibition at the British Library sensitively weaves its way through West African history, exhibiting its rich and vibrant culture in all its glory whilst [...]

How the people of Burkina Faso defeated an authoritarian coup

On September 16th this year, both the Burkina Faso Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida and the Interim President Michel Kafando were taken hostage by the presidential guard (the RSP), seizing [...]

Meet the Aussie nomad who bartered and hitchhiked his way to Africa without boarding a single plane

Meet Simon, a true adventurer in every sense of the word. He quit his job as a restaurant manager in Australia just over two years ago and has since bartered [...]