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UNESCO-supported Mobile Game

The First UNESCO-supported Mobile Game in Africa

Mauritian startup Panda & Wolf Holdings has rolled out Eco-Warriors to teach kids about waste sorting and recycling. Eco-Warriors also provides a call-to-action for users by providing a monthly comic and activity book that not only continues the adventures of the “eco-warriors” but also provides activities and Q&As related to the environment and their school …

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Libya Truce

Libya Truce: All Talk no Deal

The role of international actors in the Libyan conflict has come into focus in recent months, with Turkey passing a controversial law to deploy troops to help GNA forces fighting in Tripoli. Meanwhile, Gen Haftar is also backed by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, raising fears that oil-rich Libya could become …

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Akon

Akon has His Own City in Senegal

Akon, who is of Senegalese descent, originally announced plans for the futuristic “Crypto city” in 2018 saying that the city would be built on a 2,000-acre land gifted to him by the President of Senegal, Macky Sall. The new city would also trade exclusively in his own digital cash currency called AKoin, he said. The …

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Tanzanian Artist Looks to Grow His Brand

Tanzania’s celebrated musician Nasib Abdul a.k.a Diamond Platnumz has said that he is in talks with International football star, Cameroonian footballer Samuel Eto’o to build a football academy in Tanzania. Diamond said he has been in talks with Eto’o for a long time now and is interested in establishing a lucrative football club since the …

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More Casualties in South Africa’s Retail Market

South Africa’s Massmart Holdings could cut up to 1,440 jobs under a plan to close some stores, as the retailer struggles to grow sales in a tough economy. Massmart, majority owned by U.S. retail giant Walmart, swung to its first half-year trading loss in two decades last August, as low growth, high unemployment and a rising cost …

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Sudan Ditches Oil as the Only Source of Income

In a bid to curb smuggling activities and attract foreign currency into the country’s cash-strapped treasury, the exportation of gold in Sudan is now open to private mining companies. Until now, Sudan’s central bank has been the sole body legally allowed to buy and export gold and set up centres to buy the metal from small-scale …

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Cameroon Counters Boko Haram’s Moves

The Boko Haram jihadist group has exploited high unemployment to recruit new fighters in Cameroon along the Nigerian border.  To counter those efforts, some charity groups are offering training for unemployed youth to help them start their own businesses. SOURCE: VOA

The Mark on UK Somalis’ Back

FGM – intentionally cutting or injuring the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons – is understood to be practised in some African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. It is illegal in the UK and carries a sentence of up to 14 years in jail – the first successful prosecution took place last year. UNICEF figures …

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The Future of the Nile Basin

Climate projections suggest that, by the end of the century, the amount of rain in the Upper Nile basin could increase by up to 20%. But a new paper shows that, despite more rainfall, devastating hot and dry spells are projected to become more frequent in the Upper Nile basin. These conditions will occur simultaneously …

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Paris Mulls its Role in the Sahel Region

France has called five African presidents to a meeting on Monday to disavow rising anti-French hostility in their countries, work out how to stop the rapid advance of armed Islamist extremists in their region and determine whether France will remain deeply engaged in that fight. France could withdraw its 4,500 soldiers, President Emmanuel Macron has …

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