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How Uganda’s presidential aspirants are more colourful than those vying to replace Obama

With so many candidates in the mix for the 2016 Uganda general elections, some announced, some soon to announce, and some still on the fence, it’s tough to keep track of who is a serious contender against Uganda’s incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. To help out with that, The London Evening Post’s Kampala Political Correspondent Ruth Namatovu […]

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It’s official: Uganda is the most entrepreneurial country on Earth

Okay, so this was unexpected. The East African nation once under the dictatorship of Idi Amin has been confirmed as the most entrepreneurial country on Earth. As South African Trilby Rajina writes, we “rarely associate the term entrepreneur with the corner shop owner, the fruit and veg seller or the person selling knick knacks at a local street market, […]

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Gay Pride Kampala: Ugandans rejoice

Activists in Uganda have held a gay pride rally, a year since a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned. Crowds danced, sang and waved rainbow flags at the event held outside the capital Kampala, the culmination of a week of celebrations. One of those attending hoped it would be a “step […]

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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 quite a stir. The store opens in Johannesburg next year – but while Starbucks bosses might have expected a strong reaction to the announcement, they will have been […]

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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 Science and Technology (GIST Tech-I) contest in Kenya later this month. The global contest celebrates and seeks to maximise the potential of impactful science and technology companies “making […]

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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 media is rather skewed, and certainly biased. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou campaign has already stormed Twitter and Instagram this summer and now similar feelings are beginning to bubble over into […]

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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 spotting the zebra lying motionless in the shrub, the leopard began tucking into the underbelly of the tasty free meal. But, as you can see in […]

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It’s time to go to Mozambique

There’s no denying Mozambique has a chequered past – 15 years of civil war followed by low level infighting between the country’s opposing parties. But, with last year’s peace agreement signed between the then Mozambican President, Armando Guebuza and Remano Leader Afonso Dhlakama, uneventful elections and the more recent removal of the UK FCO advisory […]

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Flora mapping flora: Unlocking the nutrition in Benin’s sacred forests

In the tropical forests of Benin, far below the towering ebony, shea and mahogany trees, one can find an abundance of riches. Mongoose, warthogs and chameleons scamper through lush foliage, made up of a dazzling array of nutrition-rich plant species. Benin is home to around 3,000 varieties of flora, including baobab trees, whose fruit boasts six times […]

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