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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 currency? If you’re struggling to [...]

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.

$1 for 35,000,000,000,000,000 old dollars: Zimbabwe’s new eye-watering exchange rate

In Zimbabwe, quadrillions of local dollars are currently being exchanged for just a few US dollars, as President Mugabe’s government begins phasing out its virtually worthless national currency. The Zimbabwean [...]

Broadcasting from Kenya to the world: The tech-savvy African media house with big ambitions

From cloud computing to social media, Spielworks Media founder Dorothy Ghettuba explains how new technologies are spearheading her company’s growth

Philippine teenager flies to Sudan specialist for life-saving heart surgery

A teenager from the Philippines has been flown to Sudan to undergo life-saving surgery at a world-leading Khartoum hospital specialising in complex heart operations. Reynaldo Nilo was diagnosed with rheumatic heart [...]

Is cryptocurrency tech about to revolutionise land rights in Northern Ghana?

A remarkable solution to Africa’s land rights question is gaining traction in Northern Ghana. By registering land titles on a block chain style database Africa Youth Peace Call (AYPC) believe that [...]

Grave diggers in Ethiopia discover dazzling 2,000-year-old treasures that reveal link to Ancient Rome

An “extraordinary” haul of ancient treasures from the Roman empire and Aksumite kingdom have been discovered by archeologists in northern Ethiopia. The discoveries include everything from luxurious jewellery to bronze trinkets [...]

Huge python finds a new home – inside a Limpopo ambulance engine

A heavyweight African python took up an unlikely new home last week, eschewing the sundry hovels and dens across the Kruger National Park and instead settling down in a Limpopo [...]

Trevor Noah sums up FIFA corruption scandal in one perfect line

South African comedian Trevor Noah has offered his thoughts on the ongoing scandal currently enveloping world football’s governing body, Fifa. The acerbic comic is currently in South Africa for a string of [...]

Man dedicates 40th birthday to the last male Northern white rhino on Earth

Jeremy Taylor is turning 40 next month and this is great news for the world’s remaining white rhino population. The man from upstate New York is dedicating his big 4-0 [...]

Award-winning water filter uses nanotechnology and sand to make clean H2o

A water filter that can absorb anything from copper and fluoride to bacteria, viruses and pesticides has won a prestigious African innovation prize. The award-winning device uses an unlikely mix [...]

Groundbreaking gravity lamp on cusp of being mass-produced in Kenya

In areas of developing countries where electricity is either unreliable or non-existent, kerosene lamps are the go-to choice for illuminating a household in the evening. Unfortunately, inhaling burning kerosene is not [...]

Start your engines: Road trip for African tech start-ups opens applications

A Berlin-based start-up accelerator and advisory firm is opening up the latest round of its pan-African bus tours for corporate executives, founders and investors. Ampion are an NGO who promote [...]