UberBOAT pilot program sets sail in Lagos

UberBOAT pilot program sets sail in Lagos

Global rideshare company Uber is testing out its boat-commute service in the Nigerian city of Lagos for the next two weeks, expanding a concept the company’s tried in Mumbai, Istanbul and elsewhere. The UberBOAT will run on weekdays from Ikorodu Ferry Terminal to the LASWA Boat Jetty near the Falomo…

Facebook expands fact-checking to 15 African nations

Facebook expands fact-checking to 15 African nations

Facebook’s latest move in seeking to address misinformation and political “fake news” on the African continent is to expand its efforts into 10 sub-Saharan countries, working in local languages – as well as with news outlets – to better monitor Facebook post content. The social media giant announced this week…

Planned bank strike looms over South Africa

Planned bank strike looms over South Africa

Anxious South Africans are watching to see if a planned banking strike on Friday goes forward, with union supporters vowing that it will – and warning them to make sure they have the cash they need before there’s no money at the ATM kiosks. The South African Society of Bank…

DR Congo to use 2nd experimental Ebola vaccine

Beginning in mid-October, a second experimental vaccine will be used in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the central African nation shifts strategy in seeking to end a yearlong Ebola outbreak that has claimed 2,115 lives. “The DRC authorities, in deciding to deploy the second experimental vaccine to extend…

SA’s Mail & Guardian fights back over DMCA complaint

The Mail & Guardian is one of South Africa’s most widely respected news organizations, but now it’s reporting that it’s been censored following a June 2019 investigation into an oil deal involving South Sudan and the man who arranged it. The publication was taken offline on Friday by Internet service…

Two scientist-farmers share African Food Prize

Two leaders who share a vision for African agriculture from opposite sides of the continent have been named the winners of the 2019 African Food Prize, awarded this week at the African Green Revolution Forum in Ghana. Dr. Emma Naluyima of Uganda, a smallholder farmer and veterinarian, and Baba Dioum…

Uganda’s Byanyima to lead UNAIDS

Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima will serve as the new executive director for UNAIDS, overseeing the efforts of some 11 different United Nations agencies and their global partners united in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Byanyima said she’s pleased to accept the position at such a critical time for UNAIDS.  “The end…

Facebook adds African languages to better monitor fake news

Social media giant Facebook says it has added new African language capabilities in its effort to curb misinformation and “fake news” on political issues. That means that posts shared on Facebook can now be checked for accuracy in Yoruba and Igbo in Nigeria, where Hausa fact-checking already exists. It also…

Nigerian, Sudanese leaders receive U.S. religious freedom award

Two African leaders were among those to receive the new International Religious Freedom Awards from the United States Department of State, at a ceremony hosted by department secretary Mike Pompeo, above, on Wednesday. Mohamed Yosaif Abdalrahan of Sudan, a human rights lawyer at the Sudanese Human Rights Initiative (SHRI), has…

Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins Caine Prize

Nigerian writer Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “Skinned.” Arimah’s £10,000 prize was awarded by Kenyan author and poet Dr. Peter Kimani, the chairman of the judging panel, in London on Monday night. “The winner of this year’s Caine Prize…