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#1 – Mastercard Shares How Innovation Is Transforming Africa

At the U.S.-Africa Business Forum held in New York last week, U.S. President Barack Obama referenced the latest example of Mastercard helping improve the remittance corridor in Africa with the expansion of HomeSend into Ethiopia. [...]

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#2 – How Wits University Beats Oxford University

South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand has more female professors than Oxford University in the United Kingdom. This is one of the startling facts to emerge from statistics furnished by Wits, Oxford and eight other [...]

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#3 – Morocco’s Famous Beach Archway Crumbles

One of two rock archways at Legzira beach on Morocco’s Atlantic coast has collapsed. Often cited as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Legzira is famous for sunsets punctuated by the rock structures jutting [...]

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#4 – Egypt’s Resort Still Feeling Effects From Last Year’s Attack

It’s been nearly a year since the Russian passenger plane was brought down by a bomb, killing all 224 people aboard, shortly after it left Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport. Britain and other nations stopped their [...]

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#5 – Two Kenyans Showing Their Take Of Their Village

Around Lodwar, a town in the arid Turkana region of northwestern Kenya, Carol Akai and Bedan Lomor are recognised by the video cameras they carry. They are on a mission to put their birthplace on [...]

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#6 – African Farmers Look To Uganda For Climate Change Tricks

Somali farmers travelled to eastern Uganda last month to see how sweet potatoes are turning into a climate-resilient boom crop for that East African nation. Uganda is now the leading producer in the region of [...]

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#7 – How To List On Algeria’s Stock Exchange

Algeria plans to allow its dominant state banks to list on the local stock exchange to help develop its financial markets and diversify sources of funding after the oil price slide. Read More >> Source: [...]

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#8 – Can Gabon’s Ping Accept And Move On?

The Constitutional Court threw out a challenge against the election results. Jean Ping swiftly rejected the ruling as biased, and many Gabonese feared a return to the violence that killed at least six people. Read [...]

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#9 – More South Africans Are Leaving Retirement For Entrepreneurship

Due to improved medical care and healthy lifestyles, life expectancy is increasing. These days, retirees can have high energy levels and some are looking for a second career, where they are in control and able [...]

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#10 – What Happened At The Wildlife Convention?

The little-known pangolin is the most trafficked mammal in the world, leading to fears it could become extinct. A meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which was held in South Africa [...]

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Mastercard Collaborates with SA Fintech Startup to Bring Cashless Payments to South Africa

South African mobile payments startup iKhokha and Mastercard today announced a partnership that aims to significantly boost payment card acceptance at micro, small and medium enterprises in informal settlements, while educating consumers and business owners on the benefits of using electronic payments instead of cash. In the next six [...]

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PenCom to Host 3rd Edition Of WorldPensionSummit ‘Africa Special’

Nigeria will host the third edition of the World Pension Summit “Africa Special” (WPS ‘‘Africa Special’’), on 27 - 28 September 2016 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria. This was made known at the WPS ‘‘Africa Special’’ press conference which held at the Zen garden, Lagos. The press [...]

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Lagos Startup Week and Ringer Digital Marketing to Offer Free Digital Marketing Masterclass

Lagos Startup Week – the annual weeklong celebration of startups in Lagos is back and scheduled to take place September 24­ 30, 2016. Following on from the success of the 2015 line­up which was packed full with over 20 events consisting of pitches, panel discussions, breakfasts, showcases and meetups, the [...]

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U.S.- Africa Business Forum: Who Was at the Table?

The second U.S.-Africa Business Forum took place in New York this week. Like the first Forum, which took place in Washington in 2014, it was a high-level gathering of public and private sector leaders from the U.S. and Africa. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address, and spoke about [...]

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Speak Up Africa Recognizes Progress Made In Child Health Across Africa

With the support of key partners such as the Confederation of African Football, the Aspire Academy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Speak Up Africa has worked to raise awareness about the major causes of child mortality in Africa, including preventable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. Speak [...]

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Praekelt.org Incubator For Free Basics Congratulates Its First Set of Live Sites

Ten live sites already making the world a better place using Facebook's Free Basics Platform The Praekelt.org Incubator for Free Basics, a tool to support organisations and developers building for the Free Basics Platform, announces over half of the selected applicants and the first ten of its live sites. Launched [...]

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OP-ED: Energy Sector Remains Key to Powering Prosperity in Africa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ali Moshiri is the President for Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production Company. He was recognized this week with the Africa-America Institute 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. As world leaders gathered this week at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City to discuss some of [...]

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HomeSend, Mastercard Aim To Transform the $3bn Remittance Industry In Ethiopia

Remittance service launched with CBE signals evolution of Ethiopian payment ecosystem HomeSend and the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) today announced a new remittance service at the US-Africa Business Forum, that will allow more than 100 million Ethiopians to send funds directly to any mobile number in the East African [...]

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#1 – U.S.- Africa Business Forum: Who Was At The Table?

President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address, and spoke about the many advancements among U.S. companies investing in Africa over the last two years, with a particular focus on Power Africa, his legacy project intended [...]

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#2 – What’s In The Pipeline For Africa’s Richest Man?

Aliko Dangote “It’s about buying Arsenal and turning it around. I’ve run a very successful business and I think I can also run a very successful team. Right now, with what we’re facing, [...]

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#3 – Korean Carmaker Looks To Ethiopia For Manufacturing

"It is important to penetrate the African market. We are also looking at the prospects of opening similar plants in Algeria and other countries." Read More >> Source: Voice Of America

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#4 – Nigeria’s Taxman Leaves No Stone Unturned

Nigeria has hunted down 700,000 firms that have never paid taxes as the country seeks new revenue sources to offset low oil prices that have pushed Africa's biggest economy into its first recession in more [...]

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#5 – Energy Sector Remains Key To Powering Prosperity In Africa

Africa holds eight percent of the world’s commercial oil reserves and seven percent of global natural gas reserves. And now more than 500 companies are exploring for more resources. Read More >> Source: Africa.com

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#6 – How Africa’s Second Richest Woman Got Her Money Back

Folorunsho Alakija has run a very successful business in Famfa Oil. She was one of the first women in the oil business and her battle with the Nigerian government shows a great deal of tenacity. [...]

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#7 – Zimbabwe Is Broke And Broken, But Help Is On The Way

Government is in talks with two lending institutions, the African Import-Export Bank and Lazard, an investment bank, to procure a billion-dollar loan that would enable them to pay back debts in order to unlock the [...]

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#8 – HomeSend, Mastercard Aim To Transform the $3bn Remittance Industry In Ethiopia

Launched in 2014, HomeSend is a joint venture of Mastercard, eServGlobal and BICS that enables business to business cross-border and cross-network transfers. Consumers can send money to and from mobile money accounts, payment cards, bank [...]

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#9 – This Really An Innovative New Youth Investment Plan For Africa?

The European Union has announced a $50 billion investment proposal for Africa and the Mediterranean as part of the European investment plan aimed at helping fight migration. Read More >> Source: Africa News

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#10 – Partying Makes Business Sense In Africa

MAWAZINE Music Festova; Events bring people together, get infrastructure built, create jobs and help galvanize communities into action around a common purpose, and if executed rightly, local businesses are at the center of [...]

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#1 – Meet The World Record-Breaking Zimbabwean Comedian About To Conquer The World

He’s broken the Guinness World Record for most comedy shows in one week, and now Carl Joshua Ncube has set his sights on world domination. Read More >> Source: okayafrica

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#2 – Diasporadical Trilogia: Celebrating The Beauty Of African Spirituality

Ghanaian-American rapper and film-maker, Blitz the Ambassador, has developed a 3-part series that aims to dispel misrepresentations of African spirituality and to demonstrate the beauty of these traditions. Read More >> Source: Design Indaba

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#3 – Nollywood Takes Center Stage At The Toronto International Film Festival

Nigeria is in the spotlight at this year’s TIFF. The festival’s ‘City to City’ program turns its lens to Lagos and profiles the work of its filmmakers. Read More >> Source: CNN

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#4 – Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor Dies At 79; Celebrated Gullah Food And Culture On NPR

Learn about the fascinating history of Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, the woman who brought African culinary traditions to the masses via her NPR shows and books on Gullah cooking. Read More >> Source: New York Times

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#5 – Miriam Makeba: ‘Mama Africa’ Musical Makes U.S. Premiere At Touhill

Mama Africa,’ the musical about the life of Miriam Makeba is now making its debut in the US with St. Louis as its first stop. Read More >> Source: St. Louis American

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#6 – Meet The Young, Gifted And Black Film Collective Bringing Noir To Cape Town Film

Blacks are not well-represented in the South African film community, but a group of determined filmmakers is gaining attention and changing the story. Read More >> Source: okayafrica

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#7 – Dashikis, An Old Symbol For Renewed Wokeness, Make A Comeback

You may like the look, but do you know the history behind the dashiki? Find out about its origins and how its ‘fashion statement’ has changed over time. Read More >> Source: Complex

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#8 – DJ Steloo: Proof That Being An Artist In Accra Is Serious Business

Fearless, determined and creative are words to describe DJ Steloo, who has worked tirelessly to develop an electronic music scene in Ghana. Through his story, get a glimpse of the challenges of being an artist [...]

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#9 – Perfume Museum In Cape Town A First For Africa

Did you know that Africa played an important part in the history of perfume? A new museum in Cape Town sheds light on the continent’s contribution to the world’s love of scents. Read More >> [...]

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#10 – Africa Hosts Henri Matisse Exhibit For 1st Time: ‘Perfect’

For the first time, an exhibit of Matisse’s works is being shown on the continent that inspired so many of them. To many, it’s sheer perfection. Read More >> Source: Washington Post

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#1 – The Eight Wonders Of South Africa’s Heritage

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on the 24 September, it's a time when the rainbow nation embraces its diversity, through food and dress. These eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites highlight places of importance to cultural [...]

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#2 – Adventures That Personify The Treasures Of Africa

The Zambezi River is big, wide, slow and filled with the sound of wildlife: hippos, birds, monkeys and elephants, and the occasional splash of a crocodile or leguaan. It's the perfect for a long causal [...]

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#3 – Standing On The Roof Of Africa

In the far north are the Simien Mountains – a mystical world of primeval forests, misty peaks, bizarre plants and exotic creatures. Trekking these stunning highlands is like stepping into an otherworldly paradise. Read More [...]

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#4 – Why An African Travel Agent Is Best

Today's travellers are savvy - especially when they're investing a substantial amount of money in an international vacation. There was a time when it seemed that the role of a travel agent - essentially a [...]

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#5 – Deep Sea Diving In Reunion

Located 120 miles southwest of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, Reunion makes one of the best spots to go diving in Africa. There are literally dozens of dive sites around the island of varying depths [...]

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#6 – Inside Kenya’s Lake Kanyaboli

Some will call it astonishing, others spectacular. Whatever your choice of word, just know inescapable beauty awaits you the moment you step in Alego Usonga, Siaya County, home of Lake Kanyaboli and the endangered Sitatunga. [...]

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#7 – A Taste Of Durban

International luxury travel and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler has named Durban restaurant Max’s Lifestyle one of the best 207 restaurants in the world. Read More >> Source: IOL

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#8 – London Jazz Artist Loves Johannesburg So Much That He’s Recording There

Shabaka Hutchings realised there was something going on musically in South Africa in 2008, when he went there for the first time to play with a Nigerian afrobeat band called Ayetoro. Read More >> Source: [...]

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#9 – Festivals Are The New Attractions For These African Countries

"To become and remain an attractive tourist destination, it is important for the place to continue to offer travelers a reason to visit and come back. Festivals, like other big events, are a way for [...]

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#10 – Witness To Nanyuki’s Story

If towns in Kenya were to be ranked, Nanyuki would probably take the trophy home for its uniqueness. Nanyuki is a small town that defines Kenya’s pre- and post-colonial eras in a very simple but [...]