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Uganda is a country on the move. Following the trauma of the Idi Amin period, political stability and economic policies aligned with international trade have generated economic development and social change – but are plans [...]

Beyond fishing: Diversifying livelihoods in the Lake Victoria Basin

More than 80 percent of the estimated 42 million people living in Central Africa’s Lake Victoria Basin depend on fishing or farming for survival. Given this overwhelming reliance on natural [...]

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In Mogadishu, Somalia, life is a beautiful beach

Let’s be honest: when you hear the word ‘Somalia’ what are the first thoughts that come to mind? War, lawlessness, poverty, hunger, pirates, failed-state and most of all, bombings, terrorism [...]

Unlocking the creative potential of the next generation: One picture at a time

How should we approach the challenge of developing not just the academic acumen of the next generation, but its creative power too? I started Snap Foundation to solve this very conundrum. Formed [...]

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 [...]

Stunning photos show real-life Mowgli growing up in the South African bush

This is the childhood we all dreamed of – well, all of us who watched The Jungle Book when we were kids. Tippi Degré was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer [...]

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 [...]

Who are the wrestlers of Dakar – and why are they trying to win over a fighting matriarch called ‘Madame Tyson’?

A single dream is uniting young men across Senegal: to make it as a professional wrestler. Traditional wrestling, or ‘laamb’, is big money in the north west African country and a national [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Post African Futures collaborators discuss Afrofuturism, silicon savannah and the digital age

As the scarcely believable interconnectivity of humanity enabled by the Internet, smartphones and social media weaves itself ever tighter it is undeniable that, as a species, we are beginning to forge a [...]

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 [...]

Thousands of Twitter users join campaign to challenge Africa media stereotypes

The days when mainstream media dominated perceptions of Africa are officially over – #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou is going viral.

5 patriarch-busting ways the Tuareg tribe are overturning global gender stereotypes

The Tuareg are an Islamic African people, quasi-nomadic and spread across six North and West African countries. Their name originates from their nomadic tendencies, which have kept them from being [...]

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 [...]

Let’s talk about The Rules: Africa and the future of social justice

When one steps back to take a look at the world, it’s not difficult to come to the conclusion that parity is not one of humanity’s strong points. Poverty and [...]

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 [...]



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