Magufuli: what next?

Magufuli: what next?

John Pombe Magufuli earned a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009 and five years later became president of Tanzania. He has since impressed many, including his former critics with his hands on leadership style in the East African nation. “I will fight corruption without fear or favor; I will…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Nigeria currency crisis: Naira in a free fall for all

Nigeria currency crisis: Naira in a free fall for all

It is no longer news that Nigeria is the biggest market in Africa. Over the past few years, the economy grew at a pace that defied many economic indices to walk the ladder as the number one economy in Africa. However, in recent months, the chicken has come to roast….

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

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Innovation in Africa: what next?

Africa is heading into an age in which it could potentially “leapfrog into the digital revolution” setting up the continent for major future success and prosperity. The fact that the continent now has access to new and exciting technologies could enable young visionaries to spring into a time of digital…

Stability: what South Africa really needs in 2016

The recent release of Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015 showed that has South Africa moved up the rankings by five places from 67th to 61st place. While this signifies a decrease in the perceived corruption within the country, the situation in the country still remains far…

Nigerian Air Force: Drone bombs Boko Haram base

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian Air Force says a drone bombed a Boko Haram logistics base in the northeast, possibly hitting an ammunition depot and dealing a “major setback” to the Islamic extremists. A statement from Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said the first attack by an unmanned combat aerial…

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 Miranda Morel

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

Uganda: HRW “Keep the People Uninformed”

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on January 10 criticizing the Ugandan government and accusing them of repressing freedom of speech and association in the lead up to the presidential and parliamentary elections. Elections are due to be held on February 18 and journalists are being targeted for…

Ethiopia should “allow journalists to do their jobs”

Two journalists have been arrested by the government in Ethiopia as deadly demonstrations continue in the Oromia region. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), an independent nonprofit organization promoting press freedoms, on Sunday released a statement calling “on authorities in Ethiopia to release the editor-in-chief of Negere Ethiopia online newspaper,…

What does Germany have to offer the African continent?

Recent years has seen ample discussion of the growing trade and economic relationship of China with numerous African nations. Accordingly, this has led to debate surrounding the USA’s ongoing status as a trade leader on the African continent; and how this may change with China’s rise. Yet, thus far there…

How Zambia is tackling malaria

Five-year-old Melanie lives on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city in Chainda compound, a settlement that is less than one square kilometer (.24 square mile) yet houses approximately 26,000 people. She spends her days running around the maze of dirt roads and alleyways, playing with the dozen siblings and…

Alexis Barnes

My name is Alexis Barnes and I am a former NYC-based multimedia journalist currently based in Zambia where I freelance and work in development.

Uganda’s sugar industry in danger of implosion

The El Nino rains and cane poaching are expected to affect Uganda’s sugar production, the latter issue will also affects the long term viability of an industry which has made a remarkable recovery after years of neglect. Uganda last year produced 438,000 tons of sugar way above the local demand…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

What’s being done about the persistent power blackouts in Malawi?

Malawi – Businesses in the country have received heavy blows after persistent power blackouts which have rocked the country since August this year. The state-owned power producing company in Malawi – Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) – announced in August this year that the problem is due to ‘insufficient…

Charles Pensulo

Charles Pensulo is a Malawian based journalist.