Nigeria to Hold Funeral for AuthorNigeria to bid farewell to renowned author Chinua Achebe today. His body arrived in the country yesterday, and will be buried near his family's home in Ogidi, Anambra state. The 82-year old died in the United States in March after a brief illness.
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Source: The Standard
World Bank to Provide $1 billion to Africa Great Lakes RegionWorld Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim joins UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on a historic joint mission to Africa's Great Lakes region. The two will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, and Uganda. It comes following the announcement that the World Bank will provide more than $1billion in additional funding to the region.
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AU: Memories of Hope 50 years AgoA look back at the African Union (AU) - previously known as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) - as the body marks its 50th Anniversary this weekend. When officially opened in 1963, it had "32 initial signatory governments, headed first by Ethiopia's Haile Selassie, with 21 more nations joining over the years."
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Source: News 24
Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto Named in Kenya TRJC ReportKenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have been named in the country's Truth Reconciliation and Justice Commission (TRJC) report in connection with 2007/2008 post-election violence. The two are accused of "planning incitement and financing violence." Read More »
Building Roads in Africa? Send in the TroopsHarvard Kennedy School Professor Calestous Juma shares his take on the challenges faced in Africa, saying it has "less to do with fragmentation of state but more to do with the lack of infrastructure connectivity, especially energy, transportation, irrigation and telecommunications." Read More »
Nigeria's Mobile Phone BlackoutFollowing the state of emergency declared by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in three of the country's states last week, mobile phones across the northeast have been cut off. Its believed the move is to stop Boko Haram fighters from communicating with each other. Read More »
Source: Al Jazeera
Mozambique’s Skyrocketing Real Estate PricesMozambique's capital, Maputo, has seen a rapid increase in the price of property in recent years - from retail to residential. A look at why real estate is on the rise, and why many, including retailers at the country's exclusive malls, are not complaining. Read More »
Source: Ventures Africa
Kenyan Farmers Reap the Benefits of TechnologyKenya continues to lead the way in mobile innovation on the continent. A look at some of the many apps being used by small-scale farmers in the country to increase their agricultural skills and yields, including Kilimo Salama, meaning “safe farming” in Swahili, that offers crop insurance. Read More »
Source: Mail & Guardian
Tourism in Egypt: Hope Amid a Slow RecoveryFor years tourists from across the globe have flocked to Egypt, known for its rich historical sites and beautiful beaches. But the country's tourism sector is struggling - badly affected by political and civil unrest. A look at how the north African country is trying to get visitors back to their shores. Read More »
Fun in the South African Sun: DurbanCape Town is not the only coastal city in South Africa that offers exciting activities. The country's third largest city, Durban, is known for its great weather and beaches, and offers great options, especially when you're traveling with kids. Read More »
Source: National Geographic