• former CNN anchor Zain-Verjee

From CNN Anchor To Entrepreneur

It’s been a two-year breathless roller coaster going from Big Name Global Corporation to Just Me LLC. After an amazing fourteen years at CNN and magnificent personal and professional life experiences, it was time to [...]

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From Refugees to Olympians: 8 Stories of Hope and Resilience from African Athletes

There is something remarkable about the 2016 Rio Olympics. Amid a storm of doping scandals, revelations of corruption within the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and a wave of Zika virus panic that has caused a [...]

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Top 10 Historical Sites to Visit in Africa

Africa is not only blessed with warm weather, a variety of wildlife and great people and food, but also with great historical sites that tell the diverse and rich history of the continent. Below are [...]

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Top Business Schools in Africa

With Africa increasingly attracting investors and progressively becoming a business hub, it’s clear that the continent is ripe with opportunities. No one understands this better than the countless African entrepreneurs starting small businesses everyday, playing their role [...]

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Ten African Startups to Watch

The 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa has come and gone, but the lessons learnt at the fruitful summit held in Rwanda remains relevant. Among other topics discussed at the three-day event was the digital economy [...]

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My Story, My Africa: Things ‘Most’ Residents of ADDIS ‘Complains’ About!!

The capital city of Africa, Addis Ababa, besides its beauty has its own social, economical and political hardships when eyed from the perspective of its native residents. Top ten are opted. Genuine opinion of Addis's [...]

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African Instagrammers: Who to Follow

Instagram has become an essential part of our lives, allowing us to show the world what we’re getting up to. But the photo-sharing site is also a platform for people to showcase their creativity, whether [...]

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  • Loyiso Gola

Top African Comedians

If laughter is the best medicine, then Africa is surely the pharmacy. Over the last decade, African comedy has showed immense growth and gained popularity, producing some of the best comedians the world has ever [...]

  • Ugandan born Christopher Ategeka is the founder and CEO of Rides For Lives, which is a company that provides mobile healthcare to rural communities in Kampala.
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  • Samah al-Gadi is a 32-year-old Sudanese entrepreneur who won the first season of the popular Sudanese entrepreneurial TV show Mashrouy.
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  • Mabel Suglo is a 23-year-old entrepreneur from Ghana who is the founder of the Eco-Shoes Project, which is an initiative and company that manufactures shoes and accessories from discarded tyres and recycled materials.
  • Botswana’s Lebogang Maruapula is the regional ambassador for Girl Rising; an international movement which brings awareness on equal opportunities for girls as well as the co-founder of The Goddess Foundation, which focuses on women empowerment for young women through mentorship and education.
  • Kayli Vee Levitan is a South African copywriter, blogger and co-founder of the successful philanthropic initiative, The Street Store.
  • Twenty-four year-old Nigerian medical scientist, Haneefa Adam, gave the popular Barbie doll a makeover.
  • Ugandan born Christopher Ategeka is the founder and CEO of Rides For Lives, which is a company that provides mobile healthcare to rural communities in Kampala.
  • Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu is the founder and CEO of SoleRebels; a footwear company that is the world’s first Fairtrade Certified footwear by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).

Young African Leaders Making a Positive Change

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24. According to the World Bank, youth account for 60 percent of all unemployed people on the [...]

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Top 10 Contemporary African Authors

Authors such as Chinua Achebe, Nadine Gordimer and recently Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have set the stage for African authors to be noticed globally. According to blogger Minna Salami, interconnectivity and technology has increased access to [...]

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#1 – This Pose Could Cost This Ethiopian Olympian His Home

Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia may have turned himself into a political exile because of the way he won a silver medal in the Olympics marathon on Sunday. Read More >> Source: CNN

  • ICC Judges To Decide Whether The Destroyer Of Timbuktu Can Stand Trial

#2 – Mali Rebel Apologises For Destroying Timbuktu Shrines

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi said he was "really sorry" for his actions and asked for forgiveness. It is also the first time a suspected Islamist militant has stood trial at the ICC and the first time [...]

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#3 – McKinsey & Co.’s Women Matter Africa Report

Drawing on research undertaken at over 200 African companies and interviews with more than 30 women leaders across the continent, the report highlights that the continent has taken big strides regarding women’s representation in the [...]

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#4 – Finding The African Slave Ships That Sank In The Atlantic

Off the western tip of mainland Africa lie some of the most important vestiges of the transatlantic slave trade: the wreckage of ships that sank, carrying thousands of African men, women and children to the [...]

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#5 – African Artists To Look Out For

Africa’s art landscape is packed with tremendously talented artists who are gaining prominence locally and abroad. From Ghana to Kenya, Mozambique to Egypt, there’s a generation of painters, sculptors, photographers, and installation artists whose work [...]

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#6 – Nigerian Author Amadi Dies

Elechi Amadi, who has died aged 82, was one of the founding generation of African novelists in English. His work was greatly admired by his fellow writers in Nigeria, and he had a large readership [...]

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#7 – Being Vaulted In Zimbabwe

The term refers to someone who has just got their make-up done. The trend is the brainchild of celebrity make-up artist, Jackie Mgido, who has set up her own range of beauty products – Vault [...]

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#8 – Africa Must Invest In Data To Provide Good Service

Data, and especially data of good quality, are essential for national governments and institutions to accurately plan, fund and evaluate development activities. Read More >> Source: Quartz Africa

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#9 – Another South African Company Leaves Nigeria

Hotel and gaming group Sun International became the latest South African business to pull out of Nigeria because of weak economic growth and clashes with regulators in the west African country. Read More >> Source: [...]

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#10 – Reviving Benin’s Rail Network

Railroads came to Benin, then called Dahomey, in 1936. But like other African nations the railway was just internal. No significant international network exists except in South Africa. Read More >> Source: eNCA

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#1 – This Company Is Helping To Restore Kente To Its Historic Heritage

Rafiat Kasumu of Kente Master shares how the social enterprise promotes African entrepreneurship by servicing premium Kente graduation stoles to major universities abroad. Read More >> Source: Africa.com

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#2 – A $700m Deal To Invest In Nigeria’s Real Estate And Agriculture

Anglo-South African financial services firm Old Mutual and Nigeria's sovereign wealth fund have signed agreements to set up two funds to invest in real estate and agriculture in Africa's most populous nation. Read More >> [...]

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#3 – Rwandan Entrepreneur Aims To Create 100,000 Business Opportunities With This Idea

Sketching the first design on a piece of paper, Henri Nyakarundi devised a solar-powered kiosk that can be towed by bicycle and provides simultaneous charging for up to 80 phones. Read More >> Source: CNN

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#4 – How Ivorian Women Want To Change The Shea Industry

From cosmetics to cooking, shea butter is popular around the world. It is made from the nut of the shea tree, known as "women's gold” in Africa for it provides income to millions of women [...]

  • Bulambuli Village

#5 – A Ugandan Village Pokes Mark Zuckerberg

In Bulambuli district in eastern Uganda, everyone is an entrepreneur. The community’s appeal was released in a series of tongue-in-cheek videos posted on YouTube starting last month. Read More >> Source: Quartz Africa

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#6 – Implementing Economic Empowerment For African Women

The UN Women’s executive director says there is not enough focus on women in the informal sector. There was also a disconnect between the informal and formal sector. Read More >> Source: Business Day Live

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#7 – Tomatoes Are Back On The Market In Nigeria

In May, Nigeria was hit by the scarcity of tomatoes due to a pest moth known as the Tuta Absoluta, which infected many tomato farms in the major tomato-producing region of Nigeria. This attack skyrocketed [...]


#8 – What Most CEOs In Africa Want To Know

2016 AFRICA CEO FORUM ''How can I grow my business by 30 percent year-on-year?” “How do we build a strategy that creates long-term value for shareholders?” The answers are quite complex Read More [...]

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#9 – Analysts Weigh In On Nigeria’s Decision On Remittances

Officials from the Economic Research Southern Africa, says an increase in remittance fees is unlikely to stabilize rates. They say it will increase demand at the black market because the former bulk buyers from the [...]

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#10 – Zimbabwe In Darkness

Power utility Zesa Holdings says an unplanned loss of power to most parts of the country was caused by a system disturbance that led to a loss of one unit at Kariba Power Station. Read [...]

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#1 – Four Ways Africa Can Influence Design

Amsterdam's recent 'What Design Can Do' conference focused on ways in which Africa can influence design throughout the world. Learn why the audience was moved to a standing ovation and get an expert recap of [...]

  • Up and coming model from south Sudan

#2 – A Rising South Sudanese Model On The Raw Emotions Of Returning Home

Fashion is taking her places, including home. A refugee from South Sudan, the catwalk's latest it girl pays a return visit to her home country and is confronted by mixed emotions. Read More >> Source: [...]

  • Models display African art in Philadelphia

#3 – Philadelphia Offers A Full-Fledged Summer Of African Art

If you're an African art lover, make your way to Philadelphia whose museums are hosting an array of fabulous African exhibits this summer. Read More >> Source: New York Times

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#4 – How Drone Photographs Showcase Racism In South African Architecture

While it's no secret that apartheid created divided communities with vastly different living conditions, a recent series of aerial photographs brings the issue into sharp focus. Read More >> Source: CNN

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#5 – South African Wins Caine Prize

Learn about the acclaimed South African author, Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, who has won the prestigious Caine Prize, an award for outstanding African writing. Read More >> Source: BBC

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#6 – African Film Festival In Texas Bridges Cultures

The first ever African Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, was an opportunity for African filmmakers and filmmakers about Africa to exchange ideas and share cultures. Read More >> Source: Voice Of America

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#7 – Kip Omolade On His Amazing Afrofuturistic Portraits Inspired By Nigeria’s Ife Bronze Heads

Take a look at some fascinating artwork by Kip Omolade, whose stunning portraits and masks evoke the key themes of Afrofuturism. Read More >> Source: okayafrica

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#8 – It’s The End Of he Road for Senegal’s ‘Car Rapides’

Get a last look at Dakar's colorful public transport, the 'Car Rapides.' Although the eye-catching buses are being phased out due to old age and environmental concerns, people are mourning the loss of their undeniable [...]

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#9 – Welcome To Wes Africa: A New Fashion Campaign With A Touch Of Nostalgia

See a recent fashion campaign by online retailer Superbalist, which was shot in Dakar and inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. Read More >> Source: Design Indaba

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#10 – Jay Ellis Discusses The Plight Behind Africa’s Child Sex Slavery Shown In ‘Like Cotton Twines’

An unsettling new film, 'Like Cotton Twines' tells the story of another form of slavery in modern day Ghana. Read More >> Source: Vibe

  • Top Historical Sites, Ghana

#1 – Top 10 Historical Sites to Visit in Africa

Africa is not only blessed with warm weather, a variety of wildlife and great people and food, but also with great historical sites that tell the diverse and rich history of the continent. Visit these [...]

  • Lesotho Mountain

#2 – A Guide To Lesotho’s Mountain Passes

Traversing the mountain passes of The Kingdom in the Sky is a journey on its own. Prepare for treacherous turns, daring descents, scary road signs, spine-chilling drops, which happen to be the most rewarding views. [...]

  • Reunion Island

#3 – Reunion Island Offers A Unique Experience

Climb an active volcano, swim in rivers coloured ice-blue, sip on gin-and-tonics while watching boules in a place of surreal, natural beauty. Read More >> Source: Getaway

  • Chad Canyon

#4 – Sudan And Chad Make The Unesco Heritage Sites List

Don't know where to go for your next Africa visit? Then use Unesco's new list of Heritage sites as your guide. Read More >> Source: Huffington Post

  • Gwahumbe Spa

#5 – Who Says You Can’t Have A Luxurious Bush Experience

Gwahumbe Game & Spa is a small private reserve in South Africa's Kwa-Zulu Natal that has come up with the perfect way for city slickers to take on some rough terrain while still enjoying the [...]

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#6 – A Weekend In Mauritius

French tour company Club Med targets Kenyans to be tourists in one of their 71 resorts around the world, Mauritius happens to be one of the more exciting ones. Read More >> Source: Standard Media

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#7 – Spending Summertime In Morocco

"Whenever we arrived in Morocco, Tanger, my parents would get out of the car, touch the ground as a gesture and thank God for a safe trip back home. After that, we would head to [...]

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#8 – Two African Cities Make It To The Cheapest Places To Visit

Airport transfer website, Hoppa calculated the average cost per person for a day trip in each destination, along with a breakdown of what you can expect to spend your money on while you're there. Read [...]

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#9 – Calls For More African Travel Writers

Many books, travel guides and shows about Africa are predominantly created by white, western travellers, and while this is not a bad thing in itself, there are some tropes that we as Africans are tired [...]

  • The Highlands Camp

#10 – It’s Time To Move On From The Traditional Safari

Ringed with steep, 500m-tall forested walls, Empakaai crater is an immense, deserted egg-cup in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. Read More >> Source: Financial Times

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Internet Of Things: The Future Is Connected With Infinite Possibilities

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How Cross Border Infrastructure Is Key In The Development Of Gas To Power

Cross-border infrastructure being a core topic for discussion, will be vital to the success of the region’s gas-to-power programme. Attend The 2nd Annual South Africa: Gas Options meeting taking place on 3rd– 5th October at The Westin Cape Town hotel, where the focus will be on a key theme of strengthening regional [...]

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From CNN Anchor To Entrepreneur

It’s been a two-year breathless roller coaster going from Big Name Global Corporation to Just Me LLC. After an amazing fourteen years at CNN and magnificent personal and professional life experiences, it was time to reinvent myself. I was at the top of my game, but I had flat-lined.There was [...]

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