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It’s coming up on that time of the year when you have to let your inner hopeless romantic shine for that special someone. With so many things to do for Valentine’s Day, it can be [...]
African cuisine is as diverse and fascinating as the continent’s history, cultures, and traditions. With a fusion of tastes and flavours, as well as some of the unique foods in the world, the continent is [...]
What is our Methodology?
First, all of our lists have a somewhat subjective quality, we rely on both quantitative and qualitative data to make each list.
Second, we consider the nature of the list and set parameters that make sense. For example, in our most livable cities list, made a determination to only consider cities in continental Africa. For example, without making a human judgment, Port Louis of Mauritius would have appeared on our list, and in fact, has appeared on other lists of the most liveable cities in Africa. While we admire Port Louis, we think that it is not a fair to compare the capital city of what is largely a resort island to the major metropolitan cities on the continent, so we excluded island cities.
Third, we aggregate data primarily from African sources, so as to remove a Western bias. For example, we used the Ibrahim Index as a primary source in evaluating safety and security, rather than similar reports from Western governments in an effort to see Africa through the eyes of Africans.
Fourth, in addition to collecting quantitative data on the criteria, we use our extensive network on the continent for qualitative input as a “reality check” to the results that our data yields. These “reality checks” often result in some small, but important adjustments to the list.
We hope that this information provides a basis for understanding our approach. We are very proud of our lists and hope that they are a useful tool for those who seek a relative analysis of a variety of topics. As always, we welcome your feedback.