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Will Ghana be the catalyst for a Bitcoin revolution in Africa?

Bitcoin is flying everywhere in Europe and America – but in Africa, take up has so far been sluggish. Will Ghana be the catalyst for a Bitcoin revolution in the [...]

Internet speeds across Africa are surging – so what’s happened to Mali?

Across Africa, the pace of internet development is surging ahead of the global average. African internet bandwidth grew 41% between 2014 and 2015 to reach 2.9 terabits per second. Mobile broadband also [...]

The hidden history of pre-colonial African urbanism

Africa has a human history that stretches back further than any other continent on Earth. But in the 1950s and 60s, the prevailing opinion amongst experts and scholars was that [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Africa’s top writers discuss modern literature (and what to do if you’re haunted by ghosts)

The lovely folks over at the Guardian pulled together a liveblog Q & A with some of Africa’s top writers earlier today, enlisting the five shortlisted authors for the 2015 [...]

Africa’s super vegetables are booming – but will success lead to downfall?

Everybody is getting very excited indeed about the rise and rise of Africa’s indigenous ‘super’ vegetables. Amaranth, nightshade and jute are just a few of the super-nutritious crops emerging from obscure [...]

10 fascinating facts about the pangolin

The pangolin holds one of the most undesirable titles imaginable: that of the world’s most trafficked animal. The scaly anteater’s body parts are sold in China and Vietnam as a [...]