Assessing business potential for sports in Africa

Rwanda is one of two African countries likely to be picked to host the cycling Road World Championships in 2025. It will be the first time Africa will be the final continent to host the championships that feature tours in each continent. With Tour du Rwanda already making a name in...

Friday, October 30, 2020, 3:49 PM

2020 touted as super year for Nature, biodiversity, make it count

Humanity’s destruction of nature has been horrendous. Perhaps no one has captured the devastation as vividly and as personally as the renowned broadcaster David Attenborough in his new Netflix documentary, “A Life on Our Planet”. The film is his “witness statement...

Saturday, October 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Digital access: Urgent need to include persons with disability

The realisation that people with disabilities are often overlooked in access to digital technologies is not new. But it has of late come to the fore as the global pandemic has raged. The World Health Organisation highlights this in a brief urging awareness on the inequalities they may...

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 9:00 AM

A look at the Scientific African Journal’s run to date

It is over two years now since the Scientific African Journal (SAJ) was launched at the biannual Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering 2018 in Kigali. Some might recall the gathering of my close acquaintances I mentioned who wondered how the journal was shaping up in June 2018, three...

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

UN75: Not quite a celebration, though hope prevails

On Monday the United Nations will be marking its 75th Anniversary. It will be a moment of reflection and looking forward under the theme, “The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”. Perhaps the theme is self-explanatory, as the...

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Remote work promising though not quite for Africa

As the Covid-19 pandemic has taken hold, not much was known whether, or to what extent, working from home could affect productivity. This has inevitably led to various surveys on how remote work is doing. It is important to know, as productivity drives economic growth and sustainability. The...

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

Mashyuza springs might reappear, tourism entrepreneurs should take note

Many are in sympathy with Mashyuza residents in Rusizi District after the sudden disappearance of the hot springs in their locality. It first started trending on social media and, from the pictures that emerged one can see a small puddle or two where the expansive pool from the hot springs used...

Friday, August 28, 2020, 12:17 PM

How Al-Shabaab met their match in Covid-19 and no-nonsense herders

When Al-Shabaab militants attacked a village in Ba'adweyn town in Somalia’s central region of Mudug on Wednesday last week, they probably thought their gruesome reputation made it easy pickings. They wanted the local pastoralists to pay zakawaat (Islam taxes) in money...

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

To re-open the schools or not open them just yet?

When to re-open the schools as the pandemic rages is an issue governments around the world are grappling with. Part of the dilemma is, whether they re-open next month or next year, we will still have to contend with Covid-19 for a while. With schools open there is always a risk of spread among...

Saturday, August 8, 2020, 12:00 AM

Why Bruce’s hit song is East African

Many must have seen the short video of Rwanda’s Bruce Melodie’s song “Katerina” on TikTok. It was widely shared on other social media platforms. The hit song deserves the accolades. It was a pleasant surprise to many the reason it garnered such attention was Kenya’s...

Saturday, July 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Clinging to hope the economy recovers, but may not be soon

Anxiety at the depressed economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic has taken a hue of normality. Many in the continent and around the world wonder how worse it could get and for how long. It is not about to let up. The African Development Bank supplement economic outlook released a couple of...

Saturday, July 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Rethinking the whistle and how empty stadiums are changing match outcomes

Where I come from, my people have a saying that even the strongest brave is felled to the ground by a maize cob. It is meant to warn that small things can bring down the best of us, destroy reputations or even the might of our most venerated institutions. The whistle a referee uses to...

Saturday, July 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

A lesson from radio history when Martians invaded Earth

The invaders from Mars, reported live on CBS Radio as it was unfolding, landed some time after 8pm on Sunday, October 30, 1938. At first, it was thought that it was a meteor that had crashed, pulling crowds of onlookers at the crash site on a farmer’s field in Grovers Mills, New Jersey, in...

Saturday, June 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

BLM protests have struck a blow for us all, may it last

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of the police have prompted a reckoning on the history of oppression. They have seen statues of historically controversial figures defaced or toppled, and had ramifications in sports and the movies. The...

Friday, June 12, 2020, 11:07 PM

How pandemic is giving a peek of possible future education

The coronavirus pandemic is giving us a glimpse of how education could evolve. With schools closed, it has presented us with the unexpected social experiment on homeschooling. Experts believe the innovations teachers use during the outbreak may lead to lasting change, with technology playing a...

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

How Covid-19 has expanded definition of heroes

Moments of crisis often give rise to their heroes. Covid-19 has given us its own, though, according to the experts who look at such things, the pandemic could change how we define heroes. Let’s begin, however, with Captain Tom Moore, who became a Covid-19 hero in Britain and around the...

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 12:00 AM

Africa could rise stronger post Covid-19, but...

It may seem surprising given the ravages of the pandemic around the world, but there’s much optimism how Africa will fare post-Covid-19, mainly from cautious African observers. This is evident in a headline like “The economic resilience of African countries offers a template for...

Friday, May 15, 2020, 6:06 PM

Addressing the triple-crisis of COVID-19, locusts and floods

The emergence of swarms of newly-hatched desert locusts in the Horn and East Africa has deepened the threat to food security brought on by the pandemic. The floods and landslides wreaking havoc in the continuing heavy rains across the region have only added an already dire situation making it a...

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

Where is EAC in the Creative Cities Network?

The first World Art Day was marked last week on April 15, 2020. In her message during the inauguration, Audrey Azoulay, head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), spoke of how art has the power to unite and connect in times of crisis. Other than surprise art never...

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 12:20 AM

How Covid-19 could affect AfCFTA

Trading within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is set to begin on 1st July 2020, just over two months from now. So far, only 29 member states out of 55 have ratified the agreement. More countries need to ratify it if the projected boost of 52 per cent in intra-African trade...

Saturday, April 18, 2020, 3:06 AM

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