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Top American varsities are doubling down on their presence across Africa

Amid the rolling hills on the outskirts of Rwanda’s capital Kigali, the Carnegie Mellon University Africa’s new campus is a prominent feature on the lush landscape. The 6,000 square meters property is located within the Kigali Innovation City, a public-private partnership aimed at...

Saturday, July 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

Oscars 2019 full winners list: Olivia Colman wins best actress, while Green Book scoops best picture

Olivia Colman was crowned queen of the Oscars, as she beat Glenn Close to the best actress prize. The star of The Favourite triumphed over The Wife's Close, as well as Lady Gaga, Melissa McCarthy and Yalitza Aparicio for an unexpected win at the ceremony, where Green Book...

Monday, February 25, 2019, 9:45 AM

Airtel and Telkom are uniting to take on Safaricom in Kenya

Kenya’s second and third largest mobile phone operators are merging to create a stronger challenger to the market leader, Safaricom. Indian-owned Bharti Airtel and Telkom Kenya  announced a deal to operate under a joint venture company that will be named Airtel-Telkom. The two companies...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Ethiopia has tripled the size of its main airport

Ethiopia’s capital is set to cement its place as Africa’s leading aviation hub with an expanded airport terminal, which triples it passenger capacity. Last year, Addis Ababa overtook Dubai as the leading transfer hub for long-haul travel to sub-Saharan Africa. On January 27,...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:07 PM

We need to end “parachute” research which sidelines the work of Africans

There’s growing condemnation of “parachute research” among the global scientific community. This refers to the practice of scientists and research groups from the global north conducting research and collecting data in poorer parts of the world, publishing their findings in...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 11:05 PM

Africa will have some of the world’s fastest-growing economies in 2019 – and a looming debt crisis

Trying to get to grips with what to expect from Africa’s economies in 2019 can be broken out into three categories of discussion: the good, the underwhelming and the disconcerting. The good news is that in 2019, like in 2018, Sub Saharan Africa will be home to several of the world’s...

Monday, January 14, 2019, 1:39 AM

The big tech and innovation trends in Africa for 2018

This year, as is the case almost every year, the availability of funding proved a major talking point among African tech founders and innovators. In 2018, however, there was reason to cheer as halfway through the year, start-up funding had reached $168.6 million—surpassing last year’s...

Friday, December 28, 2018, 12:13 AM

The drug abuse problem across Africa is finally drawing global attention

The United Nations is shining the spotlight on rampant drug abuse and trafficking across African cities. In a briefing to the United Nations Security Council, Yury Fedotov, head of the UN’s office on drugs and crime says his office is “registering new alarming trends on drug...

Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 12:12 AM

What’s the best way to define Africa’s middle class?

The “Africa Rising” narrative has been hinged on the continent’s middle class—but the methods used to defined the size of that population has been inconsistent to say the least. In its The Middle of the Pyramid report in 2011, the Africa Development Bank defined the middle...

Monday, December 10, 2018, 12:23 AM

It’s about to get more expensive to make your smartphone

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo)—the world’s largest producer of cobalt—has slammed a three-fold increase on royalties paid for the mineral. A government decree has declared cobalt, coltan and germanium—all used in producing smartphones—as “strategic...

Friday, December 7, 2018, 10:46 PM

Africa’s fastest-growing cities are the most vulnerable to climate change globally

When it comes to climate change, Africa is in the eye of the storm. This is especially true of its fast-growing cities, where a change in climate patterns is threatening rapidly-expanding populations and investment opportunities, a new report shows. High birth rates and increasing rural-urban...

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:52 PM

Global private equity managers ready to double their African investments

Global private equity investors remained bullish on their prospects in Africa in 2018, promising to increase their allocations and doubling down on their decade-long plans, a new study shows. At least 76 per cent of those surveyed planned to increase or maintain their provisions to African private...

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 12:35 AM

Your favourite wax print wasn’t really African

When you think of African fashion, you often think of the variety of brightly dyed fabrics worn on the continent and in the diaspora as shirts, pants, dresses, skirts and even the occasional head wrap on that cool “woke” black girlfriend. In Africa, they are everywhere at every...

Monday, December 3, 2018, 11:00 PM

Race to dominate Africa’s mobile hardware market gathers pace

Over the last few years, entrepreneurs, multinationals, governments, and telecom companies have waded into the mobile market with the aim of building African-made handsets that will challenge for market share with the likes of Transsion, Apple and Samsung. Countries including Egypt and Kenya,...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10:05 PM

There’s new evidence giving cash to the poor is more transformative than we thought

When it comes to poverty alleviation in the developing world, cash transfer schemes have been at the centre of a difficult debate. For years, donor agencies and governments were urged to integrate the poor into their economies by providing them with a basic amount of cash. Yet those programmes...

Friday, November 23, 2018, 8:54 PM

Five of India’s best-funded startups lose over a billion dollars in 2018

India’s young internet companies have had a great ride over the past decade with global investors queueing up to pump billions of dollars in them. Yet, it’s not all good news as these firms have been burning huge amounts of cash despite being in business for years. The combined losses...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 11:43 PM

It’s really expensive for Africans to live in their own cities

For the last decade or so, lists of the world’s most expensive cities usually include London, Hong Kong, perhaps New York, and then at least one African city—recently it’s been Luanda, Angola or an unexpected city like N’Djamena, Chad. These reports by international...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 10:32 PM

A Chinese phone maker is building one of the world’s biggest music streaming services in Africa

The leading smartphone seller in Africa isn’t Apple or Samsung: it’s Transsion Holdings, the Chinese-owned maker of phone brands including Itel, Infinix and Tecno. As its devices have become ubiquitous with African users, the Shenzen-based company has also been building out Boomplay, a...

Monday, November 12, 2018, 1:33 AM

East Africa’s volcanoes are a major hazard but also a huge renewable energy source

More than 100 young volcanoes—that have had activity within about 10,000 years – dot the landscape of the East African Rift – an area that runs for more than 3000 kilometres from Djibouti and Eritrea, down through Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of...

Friday, November 9, 2018, 11:06 PM

Access to electricity is growing rapidly around the world-except in Africa

For the first time ever, there are fewer than a billion people without electricity globally. The milestone is down to significant progress made last year with over 120 million people worldwide gaining access to electricity, new data from the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World...

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 12:11 AM