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people power in the desert

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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 Sahara is disputed territory, once [...]

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 [...]

Tunisia’s post office is going crypto

By Grace Caffyn Tunisia’s post office, La Poste Tunisienne, today revealed it is testing a cryptocurrency-powered payments app for 600,000 of its customers. In partnership with startups Monetas and DigitUs, the hybrid service provider [...]

The Moroccan invasion: Casablanca banks charge into sub-Saharan Africa

By Nadia Rabbaa Three Moroccan banks – one part owned by a royal holding company – have led an expansion charge into sub-Saharan Africa. Now, they have changed tack, seeking [...]

The man who revealed there’s a lot more water in Africa than anybody thought speaks out

By Liz Kalaugher Back in 2012, Alan MacDonald’s paper in Environmental Research Letters (ERL) revealed that there’s a lot more water beneath the African continent than most people suspected. “Quantitative [...]

‘Uncompetitive’ British Airways muscled out of Uganda

British Airways has finally wound up its business in Uganda after nearly 24 years of service, citing economic reasons. The airline made its last flight out of Entebbe International Airport [...]

WATCH – How did Trevor Noah cope in his debut as Daily Show host?

Following in John Stewart’s footsteps as host of the Daily Show is the toughest job in TV right now. Step up, Trevor Noah. The South African comedian made his debut on America’s [...]

UN sustainable development goals paper over obvious madness with false hopes

As the UN and the world’s governments ratify the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we must be clear that they do not represent the best interests of the world’s majority — [...]

Can this mobile app solve Senegal’s sustainable fishing conundrum?

Today, Senegal’s vast coastline provides more than enough fish to support its people. But that does not mean it will be able to do so forevermore. Senegal’s burgeoning population of 14 [...]

‘Everything is nothing without peace’ – How is Tanzania ensuring a peaceful presidential handover?

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, [...]

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 [...]

50 Cent takes bankruptcy in his stride; builds mansion in secret African location

50 Cent is building a secret mansion in Africa, despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US. The ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper showed off his luxurious new house [...]

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 [...]