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Octavian: From the streets to the charts

“My mum,the last thing she told me before I left was, ‘You’re either going to be in prison or you’re going to be big.” Octavian, who has just got a step closer to the big time after being named winner of BBC Music’s Sound of 2019 - is recalling the day, at the...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Magufuli secures more shares for govt in Airtel Tanzania

Tanzania’s government has succesfully negotiated a stronger stake in telecommunications company Airtel, raising its holding to 49 per cent from 40 per cent, the president’s office said on Friday. The announcement followed talks in Dar es Salaam between President John Magufuli and...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Burna Boy lectures journalist

Ye Master, Burna Boy (pictured), was as surprised as you are right now when a UK journalist during an interview was trying to lay claim to the origin of Afrobeat. In a video obtained by Linda Ikeji, the musician who clinched almost all the awards at the recently concluded Soundcity MVP Awards...

Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:17 AM

Women dominate Brit Awards nominations

“Here’s to more women winning awards, and more women taking over the world.” One year later, the music industry seems to have taken note, with female artistes dominating the shortlist for 2019’s ceremony. Dua Lipa is up for four awards, including best single for One...

Monday, January 14, 2019, 12:14 AM

New Year’s resolutions: Origin and why most fail

What is your New Year’s resolution for 2019? A New Year’s resolution today is understood as a promise to oneself focused on self-improvement in various areas. People pledge to turn over a new leaf by being fitter, more productive and generally better versions of themselves. While...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:57 PM

Shake off January blues with a workout

The festive season is over and so is the holiday binge filled with cheat meals and cheat days leaving behind hangovers to weight gain. The looming wardrobe overhaul to accommodate the new body size all in the wake of school fees and all those New Year resolutions is quite a bit to handle, let...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:48 PM

How exercise may make us healthier

People who exercise have different proteins moving through their bloodstreams than people who do not, according to an interesting new study of the inner landscapes of sedentary and active people. The proteins in question affect many different aspects of our bodies, from immune response and blood...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:19 PM

New study shows use of cannabis could hurt sperms, affect fertility

Use of cannabis by men of child-bearing age significantly alters their sperm and affects fertility, a new study has shown, re-igniting the age-old debate on the effects of the plant. The study conducted by Duke University Medical Centre revealed that use of bhang by men causes potential risk to...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:15 PM

Sleep loss makes one angry and unhappy

For most people, good health and happiness usually rank high among their novel year wishes. However, attaining these goals requires a work-life balance that many Kenyans, especially the working class usually grapple with. The high cost of living coupled with demanding work schedules and unending...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:13 PM

Is there an optimal diet for humans?

Nutrition experts have long debated whether there is an optimal diet that humans evolved to eat. But a study published this month adds a twist. It found that there is likely no single natural diet that is best for human health. The research, published in the journal Obesity Reviews, looked at the...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 11:11 PM

Which brand sold the most cars in 2018?

Volkswagen Group said on Friday its vehicle deliveries rose 0.9 per cent last year to a record 10.83 million, putting it neck-and-neck with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi in the race to be the world’s biggest vehicle manufacturer. Rivals Toyota Motor and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi have not...

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Low seeds quality affecting returns in COMESA region

Access to improved seeds by more than 80 million small-holder farmers in the Comesa region remains low standing at 23 per cent. This has resulted in low productivity, especially for cereals such as maize, sorghum and pearl millet. Despite Comesa countries having most of the global arable land,...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 7:47 PM

US-China trade talks: ICT, IP rights and cyber-attacks feature prominently

China and the United States made progress on “structural issues” such as forced technology transfers and intellectual property rights in talks this week and more consultations are being arranged, China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday. The three-day talks in Beijing that...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 7:46 PM

Fans react as videos emerge of Adekunle Gold, Simi’s wedding

The news of traditional marriage between popular singers Adekunle Gold and Simi has stirred reactions from Nigerians on social media. The traditional wedding between the singers was held in Victoria Island on Wednesday, with an exclusive 300 guests in attendance. Some of the celebrities...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 7:31 PM

Felix Tshisekedi wins DR Congo presidential vote: electoral board

Felix Tshisekedi has vowed to be the president "of all Congolese" after the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) electoral commission declared him the winner of the country's long-delayed elections. The result, which was announced in the early hours of Thursday, was rejected by...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 8:46 AM

What to do when your child throws a public tantrum

Most parents of young children live in terror of their little one losing it in public. It’s hard to avoid feeling judged and ashamed of out-of-control behaviour, as if it is evidence of total incompetence as a parent, surely a result of your indulgence which has inevitably created a spoiled...

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12:00 AM

Kevin Spacey pleads not guilty to sex assault charge

Former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey, on Monday pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket more than two years ago, while a judge ordered the man to preserve his mobile phone data from the time. Dressed in a gray suit and tie, Spacey did not...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Diamond calls off wedding with Kenyan fiancée

Bongo flava star Diamond Platnumz has indefinitely called off his wedding to Kenyan girlfriend Tanasha Donna. The musician had last month announced his plan to wed Tanasha, who works at NRG radio as a radio presenter, on Valentine’s Day this year. But the announcement was greeted by...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

U.S., China can reach trade deal ‘we can live with’, U.S govt says

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross predicted on Monday that Beijing and Washington could reach a trade deal that “we can live with” as dozens of officials from the world’s two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute. Ross told CNBC the immediate trade...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 12:00 AM

Egypt to host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations between June 15 and July 13, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad announced in Dakar Tuesday. The CAF executive committee preferred Egypt to South Africa as replacements for original hosts Cameroon, who were dropped due to...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 2:16 PM

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