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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…

Nigeria: political twitter war

A twitter fight among politicians in Nigeria has caught the eye of the public. On Sunday, the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, and a serving Senator, Ben Bruce got into a twitter dispute after Japheth Omojuwa, a popular Nigerian blogger, tweeted that ne would never take Bruce seriously. “The reason…

Free education in Tanzania

The implementation of free education in Tanzania has seen a three-fold increase in the numbers of children attending schools in some areas compared to last year, reported The Arusha Times. Hundreds of children lined up to register as schools opened their doors in January. In December last year the government…

Ugandan president skipping presidential debate again

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni once again looks like he will not be attending the last presidential debate ahead of the February 18 presidential elections. The debate is to be held on February 13. “Seven candidates have confirmed their participation, and plans are under way to reach the eighth candidate,” Joshua…

Nigerian Navy thwart hijack

The Nigerian Navy has thwarted an effort by suspected pirates to hijack and capture 25 foreign nationals who were on board a Maersk merchant ship which was carrying cargo to Port Onne, Nigeria. The crew were made up of mixed nationalities eight South Africans, eight Philippines, five Indians, two Thais and…

South Africa: Mashaba accused of hating the poor

Black Like Me founder and Democratic Alliance’s Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba, has been highly criticized for his comments on leadership. “It is interesting that you can expect poor people to be the leaders. That is looking for trouble, in any given situation,” Mashaba said during an interview with SABC…

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…

South Sudanese people continue to suffer

South Sudanese are starving as the peace deal continues to be ignored. The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body which is observing the implementation of the peace agreement, reported that civilians are starving to death in Mundri county. Former Botswanan president and JMEC chairman, Festus Mogae, stated “I…

Where to beyond Power Africa?

  The passage of the Power Africa bill through the US Congress this week will mean the creation of a new beginning for energy on the continent. The US Senate passed the act in mid-December, with a vote expected this week in the House of Representatives. The legislation, officially called…