1Africa’s first LGBT+ Documentary Podcast
None on Record is the media house behind “AfroQueer”, a series which provides a rare glimpse into the hidden lives of sexual minorities on a continent where they are widely demonized. From gay marriage pictures that went viral in Nigeria to the homophobic religious leaders in Kenya who had a change of heart, the bi-weekly eight-part series features stories of how LGBT+ Africans struggle, but also how they flourish.
2French President Talks about the African Youth
“The future of the African young people is not to be built with the misrepresentations and mistakes of the past and, to be very straightforward, the future of the African young is not to leave Africa. The future of African young people is not to hope to become like a Europe or America of of the 80s, but like an Africa of the 21st century.”
SOURCES: The Guardian
3Africa has become the World’s most Rapidly Urbanizing Continent
From 2018 to 2035, the UN predicts that the world’s 10 fastest growing cities will be African. The World Bank estimates Bamako’s population today at 3.5 million, more than 10 times its size at independence in 1960. Issa N’Diaye, a professor of philosophy at the University of Bamako says many other cities in Africa, lack the resources and institutional capacity to cope with explosive growth.
4Proof of Somalia’s Merit
The World Bank says it will provide $80 million in grants to Somalia’s federal government, the bank’s first direct grants to a Somali central authority in 27 years. Somalia’s finance minister says World Bank grants to the government are a sign the country has “trustable leadership” again after decades of chaos and corruption.
5What’s Behind Zambia’s Social Media Tax?
Activists argued that it would shrink public discourse, confirming fears that Lungu’s government was hostile to critics. The information minister, in turn, said the tax would secure jobs by protecting large telcos from unregulated competition. In the weeks since, however, the fallout in Zambia has revealed that the proposed tax is more about a debt-ridden government trying to find ways to raise funds in a cash-strapped country.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
6The Body Count of South Sudan’s War
Years of brutal civil war in South Sudan have left at least 382,000 people dead, according to an estimate in a new State Department-funded study, that far surpasses an earlier figure issued by the United Nations of 50, 000 and points to the horrors of an often-overlooked conflict. By comparison, the new estimate puts the death toll from the violence in South Sudan on par with the impact of conflicts such as the war in Syria.
SOURCES: Washington Post
7Creating Female Change Agents and Leaders in Lagos
Several times a week, GirlsCoding, a free program run by the Pearls Africa Foundation seeks to educate — and excite — girls about computer programming. Since 2012, the group has helped more than 400 disadvantaged girls gain the technical skills and confidence they need to transform their lives. A 2013 government survey found that less than 8% of Nigerian women were employed in professional, managerial or technology jobs.
8The Virus that’s Complicating South Africa’s TB Efforts
South Africa has the second-highest rate of TB infection in Africa. While there has been a seven percent decrease in the number of infections, cases of a drug-resistant strain are on the rise. And there is concern healthcare workers are putting themselves at risk by treating patients.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
9Giving Africans a Better Internet User Experience
Facebook alongside the internet society would collaborate to promote internet exchange point infrastructure, offer training and encourage community engagement so as to increase the number of internet exchange points in Africa and support expansion to meet the growing need of these facilities across Africa.
SOURCES: Ventures Africa
10The First Big Festival of the Ethiopian Religious Year
According to Ethiopian Orthodox Christian tradition, the national holiday marks the finding of the cross that Jesus was crucified on. Thousands celebrated the eve of the festival, known as Demera, by gathering in Meskel Square in the heart of the capital city, Addis Ababa.