Viber opens Public Chats in Africa

Viber opens Public Chats in Africa

Viber, the free calling and messaging app announced that it as opened its latest social channel, Public Chats in Africa and the Middle East. The app has over 644 million unique users and public chats enables influential figures throughout the world to “reach local and regional audiences”, reported AFK Insider….

Outside of Africa

Outside of Africa

Africa’s Refugees in Europe face major eviction from refugee settlement camp the Jungle of Calais, France. “If I think about it, I will lose my mind” Khaled (real name withheld for security reasons) says, standing at the top of a sand hill, looking over the sea of blue, black, white…

Luisa is a postgraduate student from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London.

The hypocrisy of western opinion on Africa’s democratic deficit

The terminology  “new breed” of African leaders was in vogue in the 1990s. These new breed included; Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Laurent Kabila of DRC, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea. They were fairly well educated and had replaced career military men who…

Frank Kagabo

Frank Kagabo is a freelance journalist.

Human capital development in Africa: both simple and complex

More than ever, performance on measures of sustainability – nowadays encompassing everything from environmental impact mitigation to strengthening local supply chains and human capital development – is receiving real scrutiny in Africa. This is reflected in the high profile of COP21 in Africa (see the level of activity under #AfricaCOP21),…

Ghada Hammouda

Ms. Hammouda has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, business transformation and re-engineering, market development and advocacy, opportunity creation and conflict resolution.

Netflix in Africa

Netflix has expanded into 130 countries including the African continent, the company announced Wednesday. Previously the service was only available in 60 countries but it is now accessible in 190. The chief executive of Netflix, Reed Hastings, announced the expansion during the opening speech of the Consumer Electronics Show in…

Celebrating Africa’s innovators as the new year arrives

Between the 2nd and 11th December while world leaders and negotiators gathered at le Bouget for the climate conference, another important conference was going on in Paris. Planet workshops in partnership with a number of public and private organisations organised an African focus conference tagged “Land of African conference” at…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

COP21: the good and the bad for Africa

Just before global leaders gathered in December 2015 for the COP21, the world was inundated with news on the changes our climate has undergone in recent decades. The scientific and non-scientific communities released proofs demonstrating that the world is nearing the biggest man-made disaster in the history of mankind. Although the…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Africa: imports vs domestic production?

For a continent far behind its peers in all strata of economic and social development but with one of the biggest natural and agricultural resources, economy diversification remains a vital step towards a manufacturing continent. But the socio-economic woes, dilapidated infrastructure and epileptic power supply facing the continent have largely…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

COP21 African Pavilion opens

On Friday the African Pavilion at COP21 was officially opened aimed at union and solidarity in the face of climate change. The President of Benin, Yayi Boni, spoke at the opening; “Africa did not come here (COP21) to beg for money or assistance but to bring about commitment of all…

China pledges $60 billion for development in Africa

China’s president, Xi Jinping arrived in South Africa for the China-Africa Cooperation Summit (FOCAC). The Summit is set to be a memorable event aimed at furthering cooperation a union between China and Africa. Over the past 15 years trade between China and Africa has skyrocketed from $10 billion to $220…

What will COP21 do for Africa?

“There is a lot of work to do here in Paris, and the stakes are very high, especially for the most vulnerable people and countries,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at COP21 today. “Science tells us we have only a few years left before the window could close on our…

Africa Rising: reviewing the narrative

The Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote over 2,300 years ago in his book on natural history that “there is always something new coming out of Africa”. In May 2000, the Economist ran a cover story ”Hopeless Africa” where it detailed the gory state of Africa; Africa deluged by floods, ravaged by…

Erukilede Julius

Erukilede Julius is a legal practitioner, entrepreneur and energy professional.

Empowering women to aid in food security in Africa

Today the African Union reported that women are key to both helping to produce food in African countries anchoring the rural economies as well as purchasing and preparing the food for their families. However, whilst many women play such a large role in growing the economy and supporting the lives…