Monthly Archives: May 2012

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  • A Zebra walking at the Kruger National Park South Africa, Africa

A View of Ubuntu

After three weeks in South Africa, the last of which I’d spent on safari near Kruger National Park, I flew to Johannesburg where I had a layover of a few hours before my flight back to the states. I’d scheduled to meet a friend at an airport café. Even after [...]

  • A fish on a plate Mauritania, Africa

Bismillah! Food and Drink in Mauritania

Mauritania is home to a diversified dining scene with dishes influenced by several of its neighboring countries. Most traditional Mauritanian meals are served in communal fashion, where diners gather around a steaming dish to eat with their hands. A bowl or pot of water and soap will be passed around [...]

Charles Taylor, Former Liberian Leader, Convicted to a 50-Year Sentence

Some of history’s most brutal and twisted murders took place during Sierra Leone’s lengthy civil war, which lasted from 1991 to 2002. As the former president of neighboring Liberia and a proponent of civil war in Sierra Leone, Charles Taylor was convicted of crimes against humanity and of war crimes [...]

  • Ushahidi Kenya

Mobile Applications: A Weapon Against Violence

The bloody aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 post-election violence left victims, observers, and participants with a lingering feeling of horror and an instinctual “what just happened?” reaction. Initially, the actual reach of the violence was virtually impossible to track. With a huge proportion of incidents unreported and unquantified in the wake [...]

  • Panla

Panla Presents “A Taste of Africa Event Series”

Panla’s “A Taste of Africa Event Series” started as a way to bring people from all walks of life together. The idea was to bring people from various parts of the world together and celebrate pan-African culture with food, wine, music, and great entertainment while raising funds and highlighting organizations [...]

  • An overview of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa

Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s Hidden Journeys: Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg

Millions of people fly every year completely unaware of the fascinating parts of the world they fly over. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) aims to change this with the Hidden Journeys Project. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Africa Hidden Journeys is a not-for-profit resource free for public use, [...]

  • Nigeria′s Economy

Council on Foreign Relations: The State of Nigeria′s Economy

(Editor’s note: Originally posted on the website of the Council on Foreign Relations, former ambassador to Nigeria, John Campbell, writes about Nigeria’s finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and how the country’s economy is affected by recent turmoil in the north.) In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Nigerian finance minister Ngozi [...]

  • A Gold main factory in South Africa

African Development: So Much More Than Oil

Sub-Saharan Africa has attracted a growing wave of media attention over the last two years, and with this attention, an inaccurate narrative has formed that has influenced discourse. Often, an ordinary description of recent events is as follows: Because of resource constraints, emerging economies are providing infrastructure to African nations [...]

In Tanzania, What Love Looks Like

To get to Ndemno’s house and to the Matonyok School Project, we turn north off the single tarmac Moshi road in Arusha and 4-wheel-drive it 20 minutes out of town north towards the foothills of Mt. Meru. Shortly after entering the small village of Olakiri, we arrive at Ndemno’s place. The gates [...]

  • Remitly’s Matt Oppenheimer and Josh Hug

Out of Africa: Trade, Technology, and Knowledge—Part 2, Mobile Wallet and Banking Revolution

Greater information technology share and investment through regional and South-South relationships is ushering the growth of an information technology revolution in Africa. This burgeoning African information technology revolution is not just limited to cyber cafes, media and online university level courses, but it is also allowing Africans to leap frog [...]

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