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Key players in Tanzanian politics met for two days this week to discuss a peaceful transition from outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, the 4th President of the United Republic of Tanzania, to the would-be fifth president [...]

Ethiopia is officially the world’s best tourist destination

Ethiopia has been voted as 2015’s top tourist destination. Competition organisers the European Council on Tourism and Trade chose Africa’s second-most populated country for its “excellent preservation of humanity landmarks”. Ethiopia [...]

The perfect name for a baby gorilla? Naming ceremony suggests ‘Courage’

If you want to find out the perfect name for a baby gorilla, the 11th annual Kwita Izina ceremony in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park is a good place to start. [...]

Landlocked Swaziland is dreaming of becoming a maritime power

Durban, Port of Richards Bay, Mombasa, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos… Africa is not short on monolithic seaports. These huge harbours act as vital access points for global trade and have [...]

Addis Ababa rooftop gives birth to Africa’s first 360° music video

On a sun-scorched rooftop in Addis Addaba, a stone’s throw away from Ethiopia’s National Theatre, Africa’s first ever 360° music video has been created.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Cameroon is training an army of entrepreneurs to start clean energy businesses

Cameroon, plagued by electricity shortages and climate stresses, is training a new generation of students to develop renewable energy businesses, according to a report on trust.org. The West-Central African nation’s [...]

The founder of the Barack Obama University has gone into hiding

The Barack Obama University in Kenya has been closed – before it even had the chance to open its doors. The unregistered institution in Ndenderu, Kiambu county was recently shut down [...]

Botswana speaks: The do’s and don’ts of taking drones on safari

An admission: 99% of this article is don’ts. Drones are a contentious subject to many, especially safari-goers. Camera-carrying unmanned helicopters can get tourists the perfect shot – but they can [...]

Is it a miracle? Zambian pastor ‘turns water into petrol’

Christ returns to Earth but his miracles probably won’t go down well amongst environmentalists.