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  • Jake Meme

#1 – Ghanaian Boy Becomes The Darling Of Social Media

If you have been searching and wondering about the origin of the famous meme of a young African boy seated at a desk, with a pensive look on his face, frantically writing on a piece [...]

  • Migrant Rescue

#2 – Why Are More African Migrants Dying Before They Get To Europe?

The reasons are manifold. They stem from the unintended consequences of hard-nosed decisions by governments, as well as the inevitable consequences of reckless decisions by smugglers. Read More >> Source: Washington Post

  • Eritrea fighter jets

#3 – Eritrean Fighter Pilots Detour During Drill

This is the first time Eritrean pilots have defected to Ethiopia with their jets, but there have been reports of the East African country's pilots defecting to Saudi Arabia since 2012. Read More >> Source: [...]

  • New sniffer rats

#4 – From Labs To The Frontline: These Rodents Are On A New Mission

Elite rat team to begin by spotting illegal shipments of pangolins, the world’s most trafficked animal, at ports in Tanzania. Read More >> Source: The Guardian

  • Wakuu Designers

#5 – Wakuu Suits Aims To Disrupt The African And European Fashion Industry

Suits made by a team of Nairobi designers and tailors from the Kenyan slum of Kibera are now being shown on the catwalks of Europe. Read More >> Source: BBC

  • South african wine workers

#6 – Why Is Denmark Refusing To Stock South African Wines?

An investigation by Danish filmmaker Tom Heinemann revealed appalling living and working conditions of farm workers in South Africa’s wine region. The film depicts long working hours in harsh weather, decrepit living conditions, exposure to [...]

  • cyber-crime

#7 – The Biggest Terror Threat To Africa Right Now

Cyber crime has become a threat to government and corporations worldwide and data breaches are now considered one of the leading risks to businesses today. The increase in cyber crime has been more rapid in [...]

  • angolan businesswomen Isabel dos Santos

#8 – Is Africa’s Richest Woman The Right Person For The Job?

Angola’s Supreme Court has asked President José Eduardo dos Santos to respond to an inquiry on why he appointed his daughter as head of the state oil firm. Read More >> Source: Business Day Live

  • hair bundles extension

#9 – Senegal’s New Booming Business

The demand for human and synthetic hair extensions continues to grow on the continent. Some estimates have valued the market at about 600 million dollars a year. Read More >> Source: CCTV Africa

  • Atlantic Sea Swells

#10 – It’s Unusually Hot In North Africa These Days

A large autumn Atlantic storm system has been circulating off the coast of Morocco. It has brought a near constant west-southwesterly wind in western Sahara, across northwest Africa and into southern Spain. Read More >> [...]

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  • Bisila Bokoko

INTERVIEW: Listen And Be Inspired By Bisila Bokoko

"Take one step toward your goal, it does not matter how big the step" There are very few women who can straddle several different types of industries at the same time and make it look effortless. Bisila Bokoko, a businesswoman, award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist and global brand ambassador, is one [...]

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Tools for Algeria’s Tomorrow Are In The GE Garages

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  • African Leadership Network

African Leadership Network To Gather In Mauritius

African Leadership Network Announces 2016 Annual Gathering In Mauritius, 2-4 Novermber The African Leadership Network (ALN) is pleased to announce that this year’s ALN Annual Gathering (ALN2016) will take place in Mauritius from 2-4 November, 2016. Each year, ALN convenes the most interesting, inspiring, and influential people in Africa for 3 [...]

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Hello Paisa Wins MasterCard Foundation Award

Hello Paisa Wins Second Annual Mastercard Foundation Clients at the Centre Prize The US$150,000 Prize was awarded to Hello Paisa, voted the world’s most impactful and sustainable financial service provider that puts “clients at the centre.”. The US$150,000 Prize recognizes the company’s innovative work in South Africa to facilitate international [...]

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Africa’s Code Week Returns To The Continent In A Big Way

Spreading digital literacy Fostering economic growth Driving social change all over Africa SAP wrapped-up the second edition of Africa Code Week on Saturday in Cape Town, after a week marked by over 1,500 coding events taking place across 30 African countries. This year, with the participation of UNESCO’s YouthMobile initiative [...]

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LISTEN: Daniel Monehin Talks About The Masterpass QR Mobile Payment Solution In Africa

Daniel Monehin, Mastercard Division President, Sub-Saharan Africa, talks with Africa.com about the Masterpass QR mobile payment solution. Ecobank partnering with Mastercard to roll-out Masterpass QR across 33 countries The partnership will shift Africa to a instant and secure digital payment solution The Ecobank Group has signed [...]

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  • David Otieno

Meet TEF Entrepreneurs, Belema Alagun and David Otieno

The Tony Elumelu Foundation identifies African startups and African entrepreneurs with ideas that have the potential to succeed. Here are two of the many success stories. TEF entrepreneur, Belema Alagun, CEO of Britts Foods shares her experience at the last TEF forum. Belema is one [...]

  • Coffee shop in Lagos

#1 – Two Brothers Realise That A Perfect Brew Makes Perfect Cents

After working abroad and soaking up café culture, Ngozi and Chijioke Dozie opened Café Neo in 2012 in Lagos, and now have 10 locations in Nigeria with plans to rapidly expand over the next few [...]

  • Burnt Truck

#2 – It Hasn’t Been Business As Usual In Ethiopia

Government estimates claim that around 40,000 workers at foreign companies have been affected by the disruptions; as cement, textile, flower, and agribusiness firms have been attacked. Read More >> Source: AFK Insider

  • Cellphone towers

#3 – South Africa’s Telcos Won’t Drink From The Same Cup

Creating a single open-access network is at the heart of a government goal to roll out broadband access to 80 percent of the population by 2019, by encouraging operators to compete on services rather than [...]

  • Innovation finalists

#4 – Meet The Finalists For The 2016 Appsafrica.com Innovation Award

The Awards celebrate the best in mobile and tech from across Africa. It also provides winners with the global publicity, recognition and networking with 300+ industry peers. Read More >> Source: Ventures Africa

  • Tobacco market

#5 – Banning Tobacco Can Cause More Harm Than Good

President of the African Medical Association (SA), says tobacco is a big industry, which provided taxes to government, profits to industry and nicotine to smokers and, as such, should not be destroyed on a whim [...]

  • Kids in class

#6 – What The Super Rich Can Do To End World Hunger

If tax were paid on the money that the super-rich in Africa are estimated to hold offshore, it would be enough to save four million children’s lives and employ enough teachers to get every African [...]

  • Ivory Coast Forest

#7 – The Modern History Of Ivory Coast, The World’s Largest Cocoa Producer

Trees are logged for timber, land is cleared for crops and gradually the soil becomes barren. The Forestry Ministry estimates that about 80 percent of the country’s forests have disappeared since the 1970s. Replanting was [...]

  • Kenya Eurobond

#8 – Follow The Money Trail Before Investing In Kenya

Kenya’s main opposition party has cautioned transaction advisers and potential foreign investors against participating in the nation’s next Eurobond offer. The party has revived allegations that almost $1bn from a sale of the securities in [...]

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#9 – Landlords In Nigeria Get Creative

The Palms mall in Nigeria, Africa. Photo credit: aboutlagos.com Amid slowing economic growth, forex shortages and currency depreciation, retail rentals have doubled in naira terms since December 2014. To retain tenants, retail landlords [...]

  • Naspers Logo on the wall

#10 – Africa’s Most Valuable Company Has To Diversify Its Assets

Fifteen years ago, a South African media company invested $34 million in an obscure Chinese Internet developer. Today that stake is worth $88 billion. Read More >> Source: Bloomberg

  • Feminist in new cosmetics deal

#1 – Is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Most Influential Woman In Africa Right Now?

Having landed a new beauty contract, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s influence is expanding into an even wider realm and may make her Africa’s most well-known woman. Read More >> Source: CNN

  • Fashion project

#2 – The Stories Clothes Can Tell

A new fashion project in South Africa aims to design clothing that provides insights into the lives of the people who make them. Read More >> Source: Design Indaba

  • Yvonne Orji and cast

#3 – Yvonne Orji Is Your New Favourite Rising Star

With HBO picking up Issa Rae’s web series ‘Insecure,’ co-star Yvonne Orji is about to become a household name. Learn about this daughter of Nigerian immigrants, who’s fame is about to explode. Read More >> [...]

  • Nollywood: Portraits Of Beauty

#4 – ‘Nollywood Portraits: A Radical Beauty’ Will Be Exhibited At The Museum Of Contemporary Photography

Ike Ude’s portraits of Nollywood stars have a timeless, movie star quality to them, and a new exhibit is showing them in all their cinematic glory. Read More >> Source: Bella Naija

  • SA Guitarist

#5 – South African Guitarist Derek Gripper Joins Trio Da Kali At Zankel Hall

A fascinating collaboration between Mali’s Da Kali and South African guitarist and musical virtuoso, Derek Gripper, has resulted in an amazing fusion of African musical traditions. Read More >> Source: Broadway World

  • Burkina Architecture
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#6 – Burkina Faso’s New Parliamentary Building Celebrates The Revolution

To commemorate Burkina Faso’s transition from dictatorship to democracy, the country commissioned acclaimed architect (and Burkina Faso’s own) Francis Kere to design a stunning replacement for the National Assembly building, which had been destroyed during [...]

  • Daniel Kuuluya

#7 – ‘Get Out’ Star Daniel Kaluuya Is About To Be The Next Big Thing In Hollywood

He’s played the sidekick in a number of feature films, but first generation, British-Ugandan actor, Daniel Kaluuya, is about to get his star turn as one of the leads in a new, race-based psychological thriller [...]

  • African musician signed to Roc Nation

#8 – Roc Nation Rapper Young Paris On Blending African Music With Hip-Hop & EDM

Learn about the fascinating history of Congolese musical artist, Young Paris, and his efforts to promote the works of other African artists. Read More >> Source: Billboard

  • Madagascar's turning of the bones

#9 – Famadihana: The Family Reunion Where The Dead Get An Invite

Learn about Famadihana, an interesting tribal tradition in Zimbabwe, in which ancestors participate in body as well as spirit. Read More >> Source: CNN

  • Nora Chipaumire

#10 – A Chilling Portrait Of What It Means To Be A Black Man

A thought provoking dance project from Nora Chipaumire aims to address the humors and horrors of what it means to be a black man. Read More >> Source: Miami Herald

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  • Luxury safari lodge in Kenya

#1 – Go Full On Safari Glam With These Eight Kenyan Experiences

From tricked-out safari trucks and lavish private planes to "tents" that could easily double as Park Avenue penthouses, the modern Kenyan safari doubles down on comfort and pampering. Read More >> Source: CNN

  • Underwater in Egypt

#2 – For A Snorkelling Experience That Doesn’t Disappoint

Dahab is slowly but steadily establishing itself as a centre for snorkelling and scuba diving. Based on the south-east coast of the Sinai Peninsula, this destination connects Africa and Asia and links the Mediterranean and [...]

  • Fish braai

#3 – The Way To A City’s Heart, Is Through Your Stomach

At the southern tip of Africa, Cape Town chefs have created a progressive food scene by revisiting ancestral traditions and respecting the cape’s rich natural resources. Read More >> Source: Lonely Planet

  • Morocco's Blue City

#4 – You’re In Morocco, What Now?

Chefchaouen, Morocco’s blue city, is a truly beautiful town with appropriately blue walls and majestic mountains overlooking the characterful town. Here's a guide of what to do when you visit this historical place. Read More [...]

  • Member of the Little 5

#5 – The Ultimate Bucket List For Travellers Visiting Southern Africa

And no, it's not just about seeing the Big 5. The region also has the Little 5 which is just as interesting. Read More >> Source: IOL

  • Coffee spot in Nairobi

#6 – If You Only Have One Day In Nairobi

Pointzero Coffee serves simple coffees, in a bid to promote Kenya’s rich and heady coffee culture, sandwiches, and cakes, and every so often have a special coffee of the day on display. Read More >> [...]

  • Egypt Tourism

#7 – If You Are Going To Egypt, Make Sure Your Use This Guide

One of the judges of the awards, praised Sem Sem’s skills as a guide: “He inspires both his clients and his colleagues. He has changed lives, enriched people’s experience and is a marvellous ambassador for [...]

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#8 – One Visa Travel In East Africa

Tourists coming to East Africa will now only have to apply for one visa after the launch of the UniVisa travel document in Nairobi. Citizens of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, as well as tourists, will [...]

  • Botswana camp

#9 – The Best Time To Plan Your African Holiday

Use this guide to plan your holiday based on when you can take your annual leave. Read More >> Source: Go2Africa

  • Kenya Airways

#10 – Kenya Airways Grinds To A Halt

Kenya Airways has cancelled five morning flights from Nairobi due to what they termed as shortage of crew. Read More >> Source: Standard Media