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Social media trolls, influencers set for a fight in Nigeria’s elections

As Nigeria’s Feb 16 presidential election approaches, tensions are ramping up across the country and like elsewhere around the world social media has become one of the most fraught battlegrounds. Online, candidates and their respective political parties are engaging individuals, usually...

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

An organic cosmetics range is the latest homegrown innovation trying to eradicate malaria

Eradicating malaria once and for all won’t be as simple as applying hand cream, but it’s a start. A small organic cosmetics company in Burundi has found a way to integrate a viable prevention into people’s daily routines. About a decade ago, Ginette Karirekinyana (inset)was...

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 12:40 AM

African countries should be building private-public partnerships in higher education

Private-public partnerships have become a common strategy for countries all over the world to meet their development goals. In the global north, these partnerships – which bring capital and expertise together – tend to focus on developing infrastructure. That includes energy, ports,...

Saturday, January 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why Madagascar has become a business outsourcing hotspot

In a large,open-space office, employees are busy processing promotional coupons for a well-known supermarket chain; a few cubicles down, their colleagues are collating promotions and deals for an e-commerce website; further along, developers are testing an app across a battery of smartphones and...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Startup investment in Africa jumped to record levels in 2018

There was an almost four-fold increase in total startup funding received for African startups in 2018. The number of funding deals more than doubled and startups on the continent are increasingly being recipient of big ticket rounds of over $5 million. In total, African startups raised a record $...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

China says its navy is taking the lead in game-changing electromagnetic railguns

China’s landing of a rover on the far side of the moon grabbed headlines around the world last week. Less noticed, the country’s state media reported on progress in another arena: game-changing naval weaponry. The state-run Global Times said on January 3 that Chinese warships will...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

How African govts should negotiate better infrastructure deals with China

“You don’t negotiate with China!” I was quickly told when I started interviewing African public servants about their infrastructure deals with Beijing. There is a widespread view in Africa that you accept whatever terms are offered, for fear that the money might go somewhere else...

Saturday, January 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

As smartphones and internet connections rise in Africa, so does entertainment streaming

Growing smartphone and internet penetration across many African countries saw global streaming companies make a deeper play for audiences here this year. Netflix signalled its interest in Africa by hiring a content producer for the region and took on the MultiChoice, the continental satellite TV...

Saturday, December 29, 2018, 12:00 AM

CFTA Agreement edges closer to realisation

The countdown to establishing one of the world’s largest free trade zones is now closer than ever. If seven more nations out of the required 22 ratify the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), it will make true the dream of not only launching a single market for goods and services in...

Thursday, December 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

Africa’s dominant mobile money service is going global

Kenya’s biggest mobile money service M-Pesa is going global in a deal with Western Union that would allow users to send money all over the world. M-Pesa’s over 23 million active subscribers in Kenya will also be able to send and receive money through their phones and be connected to WU...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 1:31 AM

How a 20-year old mobile technology protocol is revolutionising Africa

Every time you dial *XYZ# to check the airtime balance on your phone, you are using a decades old technology standard called USSD. For a very long time, that’s pretty much all it was used for, but now the game has changed. USSD stands for Unstructured Supplementary Service Data and I suppose...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 5:58 PM

Netflix set to build a library of African movies and shows

Just when it seemed Africa was left off Netflix’s plan for global content domination, the pioneers of binge-watching have hinted at plans to acquire more original content for the region. Netflix is looking for a director of content acquisition for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Based in...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:00 AM

Kenyans learn how to fight “fake news”

It’s a quiz consisting of 16 questions, querying takers on how to spot fake news or identify unreliable partisan clickbait. Did a Kenyan man drive a tanker to create an artificial watering hole for wild animals? Did another in Kenya’s Rift Valley region pay dowry with bitcoin instead...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1:17 AM

The reach of West Africa’s mobile money sector is 13 times wider than local banks

Rapid mobile adoption in West Africa since the turn of the decade has been a boon for the local mobile money industry. As the West Africa mobile economy report by GSMA shows, mobile adoption in West Africa has nearly doubled from 28% at the turn of the decade to 47% last year. Indeed, by the end...

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 12:46 AM

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