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Planting Spree Helps Ghanaian Women

Fresh fruit and vegetables are expensive in Ghana, with demand met mainly by imports. Alberta Akosa’s NGO Agrihouse Foundation encourages women to plant their own backyard gardens, which allows them to feed their families and also secures them an income. SOURCE: DEUTSCHE WELLE

Making the DRC’s Streets Safe Again

Authorities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are searching for hundreds of inmates who escaped from Kakwanguru central prison when gunmen attacked the facility Tuesday night. Five people, including two policemen, were killed during the jailbreak in the city of Butembo. Reuters reported that only 58 of 874 inmates remained at the prison when …

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Streamlining Africa’s Hospitality Value Chain

Egypt’s OneOrder, an online one-stop shop that provides food supplies to hotels, restaurants and cafes, has secured a $6.5 million working capital facility from Contact Factoring, a subsidiary of Contact Financial Holding, a leading non-banking financial services company. Founded by leading Egyptian restaurateur Tamer Amer – the founder of Fuego Sushi and Longhorn Texas BBQ, …

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Mali Declares Period of National Mourning Following Deadliest Attacks by Islamist Militants

The army said an ambush Sunday left 42 soldiers dead in the northern region of Gao. According to a statement, adding jihadi extremists used drones, artillery and booby-trapped vehicles. On national television, the anchor gave more details: “Following the end of the fighting, the death toll is as follows: on the enemy’s side – thirty …

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Significant Wildlife Translocation Completed in Malawi

The end of July 2022, marked the conclusion of the successful translocation of 263 elephants and 431 additional wildlife from Liwonde National Park to Kasungu National Park in Malawi. The translocation was undertaken by Malawi’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife in partnership with African Parks and the International Fund for Animal Welfare, in an …

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Harare’s Informal Economy Hardest Hit by Power Outages

Zimbabwe has been reeling under crippling power shortages since the start of winter in May. Some of the country’s ageing power plants are being repaired and the rest are struggling to cope with growing demand. The country has the capacity to generate about 2,240 megawatts of power but is producing just 1,300 megawatts. People in …

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Abuja Threatens to Leave Ecowas

Lawmakers who represent Nigeria at the Economic Community of West African States’s (Ecowas) parliament picked a fight with the bloc over what they described as an unfair recruitment exercise that did not include Nigerians, leaning into the grievance to question the value Nigeria actually gets from belonging to the bloc. It would be a minor …

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Kagame and Blinken Meet on Sensitive Issues

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had raised “serious concerns” related to human rights as well as issues about regional tensions with the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo during a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the capital Kigali. Speaking at a press conference with his Rwandan counterpart on Thursday, …

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VP Announces Nationwide Curfew after Security Forces Clashed with Demonstrators in Freetown

Anti-government protesters in Sierra Leone have clashed with police in the streets of the capital, Freetown, as tensions over the rising cost of living turned deadly in the West African nation. On Thursday, police inspector general William Fayia Sellu said six police officers had been killed. The death toll for protesters was not immediately available. …

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Kenyans Still Don’t Know Who their Next President Will Be

Election head Wafula Chebukati has urged people to be patient and not to panic that media houses are releasing differing tallies. Each organisation is making calculations based on its own manual entry of data from more than 46,000 polling stations. But it is only the electoral commission that can declare the winner. The media’s tallies …

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