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Roadside street food stalls in Dakar all have one menu item in common: Senegal’s national dish of thiebou dieune. This spicy and flavourful dish is “comfort food with a kick”. Simply, rice (thieb) and fish (dieune) [...]

Eliza Anyangwe: “African people don’t want your stinky T-shirts”

It’s a wonder anybody from the West ever travels to Africa. Of the great African continent, European and US media have but a few stories to tell: death, destruction, disease, corruption… [...]

Eight year old girl takes the fight to rhino poachers… with cookies and dogs

Alyssa Carter was just six-years-old when she decided that she needed to join the fight to save the Earth’s rhinos. Little did she know that her decision to try and put [...]

How to survive the Accra blackouts (and never run out of phone battery again)

Blackout. Anybody living or working in Accra will be all too used to that word. City-wide power outages of 36 hours-plus are becoming the norm in Ghana’s coastal capital, as the [...]

8 visions for Africa: African Development Bank presidential hopefuls unveil their aims

The African Development Bank is electing a new president. Current leader Donald Kaberuka is stepping down after a decade at the helm, a time in which the outgoing president has been credited [...]

Is Sub-Saharan Africa on the cusp of a Green Revolution?

Côte d’Ivoire could soon become known as Côte d’Verde, after a recent discovery that shows the Sub-Saharan African nation is on the cusp of a ‘Green Revolution’ in agricultural farming. The discovery [...]

100 most influential Twitter users in Africa

The following Twitter list is based on 3 key metrics: Popularity (measured by the number of Retweets and Likes users get), Reach (measured by the size of their audience), and [...]

Crucial antibiotic advance wins African innovation prize

The Innovation Prize for Africa has been awarded to a Moroccan researcher for developing a natural alternative to antibiotics that could revolutionise the way the world treats its livestock. Biotechnology [...]

Is Nigeria’s Wole Soyinka about to become Oxford’s next professor of poetry?

Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka is hotly tipped to become Oxford University’s new professor of poetry, a 300-year-old elected position regarded as the UK’s top academic poetry role. The political activist [...]

Maisha Marefu! Five African countries who really, really love alcohol

From the arid northern plains to the rich ribbon of jungle around the equator and the wild ocean shores of the south, alcohol is loved throughout Africa. While the highest [...]

Welcome to Ponte City: the former slum skyscraper at the heart of Johannesburg’s renaissance

In just 40 years Ponte has gone from being an audacious experiment in skyscraper homes, to a crime-riddled de facto prison, to its current life as a trendy living location [...]

Settlement swap: Burkina Faso and Niger are exchanging 18 towns

Burkina Faso and Niger have agreed to exchange 18 towns as part of a deal seeking to settle the neighbouring countries’ long-running border dispute and end years of litigation. Burkina Faso [...]

Forget quinoa, try Teff – Ethiopia’s secret super food is going global

There’s a new ‘super grain’ making waves on the global food market. Teff is a gluten-free grain indigenous to Ethiopia and its tiny seeds are rich with calcium, iron, protein and amino [...]

Doctor tattoos African lake onto her own back to promote floating clinic

The founder of a medical service in Lake Tanganyika has gone to extraordinary lengths to promote her ‘floating clinic’ organisation by tattooing the whole of the world’s second largest freshwater lake [...]

The special relationship between Ethiopia and Djibouti

The tiny coastal nation of Djibouti has long been of great strategic and commercial significance to neighboring Ethiopia, especially so since Ethiopia lost Eritrea in the 1990s and with it access to [...]

There’s a safari lodge in Botswana with its very own choir

A choir homemade at the Tuli Safari Lodge in Botswana are celebrating receiving their first royalty check after releasing their debut digital album on iTunes. The choir have long been know locally for their [...]

Meet the beach body ready bulls who ramble along South Africa’s wild coast

Never mind Protein World’s disturbing definition of ‘beach body ready’, there’s a herd of cattle in Pondoland, South Africa, who are taking regular trips to the seaside wearing nothing but their own rawhide. [...]

African start-ups are trying to build the perfect transport system

Africa’s rapidly developing socio-economic landscape provides fertile ground for tech-savvy business entrepreneurs. While the beautiful landscapes, ecosystems and feedback loops of mother nature seem to tick along with relentless rhythm, the [...]

Is Zuckerberg trying to trick Africa into thinking Facebook is the entire Internet?

There is a single principle that guides everything Facebook and its 10,000 employees do. Ubiquity. The more places Facebook can be, the more money it can make. The more data it [...]

‘East African Erin Brockovich’ wins prize for closing poisonous power plant

“The doctors said the lead reached my baby through my breast milk.” This was the moment when Phyllis Omido realised that the lead smelting plant she was working at was [...]