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  • AU Chair

#1 – What Africa Had To Say To Obama

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, opened her remarks noting the irony that Africa is rich with natural resources, yet its people are poor. She emphasized the need for increased investment [...]

  • ICC Judges To Decide Whether The Destroyer Of Timbuktu Can Stand Trial
  • The Trial Of The Man Who Destroyed Timbuktu Starts At The ICC

#2 – Destroyer Of Timbuktu Is Jailed

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi admitted to leading rebel forces who destroyed historic mausoleums at the world heritage site in Mali in 2012. Judges of the International Criminal Court found he had shown "remorse and empathy" for [...]

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#3 – Debunking Some Myths About Africa

A “widely cited” statistic claims that “one in 10 school-age girls in Africa misses school or drops out for reasons related to her period”. But is this true? Read More >> Source: Bhekisisa

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#4 – Watch Lupita Drop Some Bars In Surprise Video

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o might have a shot at being a rapper. She released a 55-second video on Instagram to celebrate reaching three million fans on the social media site. Read More >> Source: CNN

  • Student March SA

#5 – Universities In South Africa Close As Student Protests Intensify

Several large schools have reported vandalism against university property and scuffles between security staff and protesters. The University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, reported that authorities found fire bombs on campus over the weekend. Read [...]

  • Ali Bongo Ondimba

#6 – Gabon’s Ali Bongo Sworn In Secretly

"I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being ... and respect and defend the constitution and the rule of law." Read More >> Source: [...]

  • Zim SA March

#7 – What Will Happen When Mugabe Dies?

A group of concerned Zimbabweans have met in Johannesburg to discuss the country's future. They say they would like to see a National Transitional Authority being established, to manage the transition in the event the [...]

  • Factory Jobs

#8 – Ethiopia’s Grand Plan To Tackle Unemployed Refugees

The new provision will create jobs for both Ethiopians and the more than 743,000 registered refugees living in the country. The UK will contribute $103 million into the project, which will be jointly managed alongside [...]

  • Refugee Camp

#9 – Women From The CAR Create A Network To Survive Life In A Refugee Camp

Members of the group run small businesses together to earn money. They come up with ideas of what people might need, then pool their funds and set about producing and selling the goods required, whether [...]

  • Lucapa Diamonds

#10 – Is The Diamond Life Of Botswana Sustainable?

The cornerstone of Botswana's success has been one commodity, diamonds. Mining made up just one fifth of GDP last year compared with half in the late 1980s at the height of the diamond boom, while [...]

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City of Ekurhuleni and Mastercard Help Ratepayers Pay Their Bills Using Their Smartphones

The metro is the first local government authority in the world to offer ratepayers Masterpass as a payment option More than 900,000 ratepayers in the City of Ekurhuleni can now pay their municipal bills online with their smartphones, using Masterpass, the global digital payment service from Mastercard. Announced today at [...]

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Birthright AFRICA’s First Fellow Launches Inaugural Trip

Ashley Johnson travels to Ghana for the 10 day journey in early October The lack of understanding one’s full cultural history, including its contributions and innovations, has been a major issue plaguing the African American community. History of the African diaspora has been scarce in mainstream America—it is not thoroughly [...]

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Mastercard, Bank of Kigali and RwandaOnline Help Rwanda Leapfrog into the Digital Economy

Mastercard, Bank of Kigali and RwandaOnline announced at the technology company’s Innovation Forum in Budapest, Hungary a partnership to launch Irembo– an online payment solution in Rwanda powered by Mastercard Payment Gateway Services. Aimed at fast-tracking payments in the country, this new solution will make online payments safer, simpler and [...]

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Mastercard Collaborates with SA Fintech Startup to Bring Cashless Payments to South Africa

South African mobile payments startup iKhokha and Mastercard today announced a partnership that aims to significantly boost payment card acceptance at micro, small and medium enterprises in informal settlements, while educating consumers and business owners on the benefits of using electronic payments instead of cash. In the next six [...]

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PenCom to Host 3rd Edition Of WorldPensionSummit ‘Africa Special’

Nigeria will host the third edition of the World Pension Summit “Africa Special” (WPS ‘‘Africa Special’’), on 27 - 28 September 2016 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria. This was made known at the WPS ‘‘Africa Special’’ press conference which held at the Zen garden, Lagos. The press [...]

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Lagos Startup Week and Ringer Digital Marketing to Offer Free Digital Marketing Masterclass

Lagos Startup Week – the annual weeklong celebration of startups in Lagos is back and scheduled to take place September 24­ 30, 2016. Following on from the success of the 2015 line­up which was packed full with over 20 events consisting of pitches, panel discussions, breakfasts, showcases and meetups, the [...]

  • US AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM

U.S.- Africa Business Forum: Who Was at the Table?

The second U.S.-Africa Business Forum took place in New York this week. Like the first Forum, which took place in Washington in 2014, it was a high-level gathering of public and private sector leaders from the U.S. and Africa. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address, and spoke about [...]

  • President Kikwete at Speak Up Africa benefit dinner

Speak Up Africa Recognizes Progress Made In Child Health Across Africa

With the support of key partners such as the Confederation of African Football, the Aspire Academy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Speak Up Africa has worked to raise awareness about the major causes of child mortality in Africa, including preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. Speak [...]

  • US Africa Business Forum

#1 – U.S.- Africa Business Forum: Who Was At The Table?

President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address, and spoke about the many advancements among U.S. companies investing in Africa over the last two years, with a particular focus on Power Africa, his legacy project intended [...]

  • Aliko Dangote

#2 – What’s In The Pipeline For Africa’s Richest Man?

Aliko Dangote “It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around. I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team. Right now, with what we’re facing, [...]

  • KIA Delegates

#3 – Korean Carmaker Looks To Ethiopia For Manufacturing

"It is important to penetrate the African market. We are also looking at the prospects of opening similar plants in Algeria and other countries." Read More >> Source: Voice Of America

  • Nigeria Taxman

#4 – Nigeria’s Taxman Leaves No Stone Unturned

Nigeria has hunted down 700,000 firms that have never paid taxes as the country seeks new revenue sources to offset low oil prices that have pushed Africa's biggest economy into its first recession in more [...]

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#5 – Energy Sector Remains Key To Powering Prosperity In Africa

Africa holds eight percent of the world’s commercial oil reserves and seven percent of global natural gas reserves. And now more than 500 companies are exploring for more resources. Read More >> Source: Africa.com

  • AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS, Folorunsho Alakija

#6 – How Africa’s Second Richest Woman Got Her Money Back

Folorunsho Alakija has run a very successful business in Famfa Oil. She was one of the first women in the oil business and her battle with the Nigerian government shows a great deal of tenacity. [...]

  • Zimbabwe Dollar at height of hyperinflation

#7 – Zimbabwe Is Broke And Broken, But Help Is On The Way

Government is in talks with two lending institutions, the African Import-Export Bank and Lazard, an investment bank, to procure a billion-dollar loan that would enable them to pay back debts in order to unlock the [...]

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#8 – HomeSend, Mastercard Aim To Transform the $3bn Remittance Industry In Ethiopia

Launched in 2014, HomeSend is a joint venture of Mastercard, eServGlobal and BICS that enables business to business cross-border and cross-network transfers. Consumers can send money to and from mobile money accounts, payment cards, bank [...]

  • African Migrnts

#9 – This Really An Innovative New Youth Investment Plan For Africa?

The European Union has announced a $50 billion investment proposal for Africa and the Mediterranean as part of the European investment plan aimed at helping fight migration. Read More >> Source: Africa News

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#10 – Partying Makes Business Sense In Africa

MAWAZINE Music Festova; Events bring people together, get infrastructure built, create jobs and help galvanize communities into action around a common purpose, and if executed rightly, local businesses are at the center of [...]

  • Lake of The Stars

#1 – Why Africa’s Festival Business Is Booming

African music is experiencing a huge surge in popularity, resulting in record crowds at the continents’ many music festivals. Learn what’s playing where and which you need to attend. Read More >> Source: CNN

  • African Museum

#2 – How David Adjaye Told The Story Of The African-American Experience – With A Building

Thanks to the creative vision of starchitect, David Adjaye, the latest addition to the Smithsonian tells the powerful story of African American history not only through exhibits, but also through its architecture. Read More >> [...]

  • Zambian Models

#3 – Five Designers Putting Zambian Fashion On The Map

Check out the design talents that are making Zambia the latest hotbed for fashion. Read More >> Source: okayafrica

  • Africa Rising Models

#4 – Africa Rising: A Book That Celebrates Creativity Across The Continent

Pick up your copy of Design Indaba’s latest publication, ‘Africa Rising,’ which showcases the amazing diversity of creativity across Africa. Read More >> Source: Design Indaba

  • Black Coffee

#5 – Black Coffee Interview: ‘I Want To Be Able To Have Kanye’ On Next Album

South African DJ and producer, Black Coffee, is gaining global fame and has his sights set on the big stars. Read More >> Source: Billboard

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#6 – South African Kids Go Global Thanks to Ancient Zulu Instrument

Learn about an amazing children’s band, which is connecting South African kids with their Zulu roots and making them global music sensations. Read More >> Source: CNN

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#7 – The Spectrum of African Identities

Gabonese photographer, Yannis Davy Guibinga, is in the midst of an ongoing portrait series, which shows the tremendous diversity of African culture. Read More >> Source: Design Indaba

  • Mali Documentary

#8 – ‘Mali Blues’ Premieres In Germany

A new documentary tells the story of the Malian crisis as observed through its music community and conveys a message of hope for the future. Read More >> Source: Music In Africa

  • 2ManySiblings

#9 – Is Africa The Next Big Thrifting Destination? These Kenyan Siblings Think So

The brother and sister bloggers behind Kenya’s 2ManySiblings see vintage as the next big thing on the African fashion scene. Read More >>  Source: Vogue

  • Megue Etienne, a Cameroonian albino

#10 – Cameroonian Albino Fights Prejudice With Music

Get to know Megue Etienne, a Cameroonian albino, who uses music as a weapon to combat misconceptions about albinism. Read More >> Source: Deutsche Welle

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#1 – The Eight Wonders Of South Africa’s Heritage

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on the 24 September, it's a time when the rainbow nation embraces its diversity, through food and dress. These eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites highlight places of importance to cultural [...]

  • Zambezi River

#2 – Adventures That Personify The Treasures Of Africa

The Zambezi River is big, wide, slow and filled with the sound of wildlife: hippos, birds, monkeys and elephants, and the occasional splash of a crocodile or leguaan. It's the perfect for a long causal [...]

  • Ethiopia Simien Mountaints

#3 – Standing On The Roof Of Africa

In the far north are the Simien Mountains – a mystical world of primeval forests, misty peaks, bizarre plants and exotic creatures. Trekking these stunning highlands is like stepping into an otherworldly paradise. Read More [...]

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#4 – Why An African Travel Agent Is Best

Today's travellers are savvy - especially when they're investing a substantial amount of money in an international vacation. There was a time when it seemed that the role of a travel agent - essentially a [...]

  • Reunion Scuba

#5 – Deep Sea Diving In Reunion

Located 120 miles southwest of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, Reunion makes one of the best spots to go diving in Africa. There are literally dozens of dive sites around the island of varying depths [...]

  • Lake Kanyaboli

#6 – Inside Kenya’s Lake Kanyaboli

Some will call it astonishing, others spectacular. Whatever your choice of word, just know inescapable beauty awaits you the moment you step in Alego Usonga, Siaya County, home of Lake Kanyaboli and the endangered Sitatunga. [...]

  • Max Lifestyle

#7 – A Taste Of Durban

International luxury travel and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named Durban restaurant Max’s Lifestyle one of the best 207 restaurants in the world. Read More >> Source: IOL

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#8 – London Jazz Artist Loves Johannesburg So Much That He’s Recording There

Shabaka Hutchings realised there was something going on musically in South Africa in 2008, when he went there for the first time to play with a Nigerian afrobeat band called Ayetoro. Read More >> Source: [...]

  • Mawazine Music Festival

#9 – Festivals Are The New Attractions For These African Countries

"To become and remain an attractive tourist destination, it is important for the place to continue to offer travelers a reason to visit and come back. Festivals, like other big events, are a way for [...]

  • Nyanuki

#10 – Witness To Nanyuki’s Story

If towns in Kenya were to be ranked, Nanyuki would probably take the trophy home for its uniqueness. Nanyuki is a small town that defines Kenya’s pre- and post-colonial eras in a very simple but [...]