Four Trends that Will Shape the Future of Music in Africa

1. Guinea Finds Nine New Ebola Cases Near Border with Sierra Leone

Guinean authorities confirm at least nine new cases of Ebola in the southwest region of Forecariah near the border with Sierra Leone, the area hardest hit by the year-old outbreak. Authorities launched a four day, door-to-door campaign in Forecariah on April 12 to improve community participation in reporting suspected cases and as part of an emergency 45-day drive to tackle Ebola in the west of the country.
Source: Reuters

2. Xenophobia in South Africa

Foreigners have fled for safety from a recent eruption of xenophobic violence in which at least five people have died, shops have been looted and torched, and South Africa’s reputation as a haven of tolerance for the tired, the poor, the huddled masses of a turbulent continent has been shaken. “The fabric of the nation is splitting at the seams; its precious nucleus – our moral core – is being ruptured,” the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said this week.
Source: The Guardian

3. Adichie Makes TIME’s Most Influential People List

Award winning author Chimamanda Adichie is one of a handful of Nigeria's included in TIME Magazine's list of the world’s most influential people. "It’s the rare novelist who in the space of a year finds her words sampled by Beyoncé, optioned by Lupita Nyong’o and honored with the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. But the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is just that sort of novelist."
Source: News 24

4. Rwanda Ranked First Globally in ICT Promotion

The Global Information Technology Report has ranked Rwanda first globally for Government Success in ICT promotion to drive social and economic transformation. According to the report, which was compiled by the World Economic Forum, Rwanda scored 6.2 points out of 7.
Source: Biz Tech

5. 4 Steps for West Africa to Recover from Ebola

"Four elements are essential to our recovery effort. The first component is the creation of resilient public health systems, which requires trained community health workers in order to expand coverage in rural areas. It also requires nationwide water and sanitation programs and well-equipped centers for the control of infectious diseases in each country."
Source: World Economic Forum

6. Sicilian Fishing Boat Seized off Libyan Coast

A Sicilian fishing boat with seven crew has been seized by armed men 65km (40 miles) off the coast of Libya. The vessel, with three Italians and four Tunisians on board, is thought to have been taken to the port of Misrata.
Source: BBC

7. The Fences Where Spain And Africa Meet

"Thousands of people cross the Morocco-Ceuta border legally every day. Dozens more are believed to cross illegally — smuggled in the back of trucks, or hidden in secret compartments under cars or in their trunks. Others manage to scale a huge double fence, lined with anti-climbing mesh and patrolled by border guards. Still others swim."
Source: NPR

8. Women Drive Zimbabwe’s Informal Sector

It is estimated that at least $7,4 billion is circulating in the informal economy and the government has made a deliberate move to formalise operations in that market in fulfilment of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation provisions. Research shows that this sector is sustaining the country and according to a Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency report of November 2012, Zimbabwe’s majority is now employed in the informal economy.
Source: News Day

9. African Cocoa a Golden Ticket for Tanzania Chocolate Factory

Kweka's Chocolate Mamas is one of a handful of East African firms carving out a niche in the chocolate world and seeking to reverse a trend that has led to the foreign domination of Africa's growing chocolate economy. The firm employs five people and its small size sheds light on a big issue: Africa produces more than 70 percent of the world's cocoa but the $110 billion chocolate industry is dominated by Western companies.
Source: Reuters

10. Four Trends that Will Shape the Future of Music in Africa

"According to the Fourth South African edition of PricewaterhouseCooper’s South African entertainment and media outlook: 2013 – 2017; local artists dominated digital sales in 2012, while international artists accounted for the majority of physical music sales. This was echoed by Rick Fant of Mozilla Africa, who said at Africom 2014; “There is more demand for local digital content here than anywhere in the world”."
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