Africa

China pitches peace and security cooperation framework to Africa

Following the decision by African and Chinese leaders to cooperate on matters of peace and security last year at the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), China has showcased its strategic approach to strengthening its relations with Africa. Last year, China’s President Xi Jinping...

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 8:39am

Fly Africa: New book highlights how African air travel could improve

Africa is brimming with potential and enthusiasm. With foresight and commitment from industry leaders and support from governments, aviation could become one of the continent’s great strengths. Yet today, Africa’s aviation industry lags behind much of the world, the disparity visible in...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 1:49am

Africa’s weaknesses exist in imagination

There is much to be optimistic about the continent with the gains we have achieved in the recent past on most fronts at the political and socio-economic levels. However, as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation notes in its Goalkeepers Data Report for this year, sometimes optimism requires being...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 11:42pm

Africa’s most ambitious companies are winning by going pan-African

African companies are gradually realising that their path to profit and growth is tied closely to the continent. Leading companies in sectors as diverse as finance, manufacturing, transportation, retail, and media are expanding their businesses across borders to generate higher returns. In African...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:26pm

Kagame calls for stronger healthcare systems in Africa

President Paul Kagame has stressed the need for stronger healthcare systems across Africa, if the continent is to register the tangible socio-economic transformation it desires. President Kagame, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, was speaking at the event on Breast and Cervical...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:09am

What is holding back Africa’s integration process?

The idea of countries working together under regional economic groupings to achieve real economic development, stability and unity, and growth, might be at stake as some countries move to protect their solo interests. This was observed yesterday during a roundtable debate on regional integration...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:06am

African youth camp opens in Kigali

100 youths from 44 African countries are meeting in Kigali for a two-week exercise ahead of the 9th edition of the African Union Youth Volunteers Corps. The 12-month youth volunteer programme is set to commence in 2019 under which the trainees will be deployed to different countries across the...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:28pm

Management of Africa’s global position must change – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has told world leaders meeting in New York City that Africa has registered positive developments and that the management of its global position must change. The president, who is also the Chairperson of the African Union, was addressing the general debate during the 73rd...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 1:45am

West Africa’s failed war on drugs

LAGOS – No matter where you look in West Africa, drug laws are failing. Despite tough sentencing guidelines and zero-tolerance policies, drug use is increasing while drug traffickers operate with impunity. As the late Kofi Annan once wrote, “drugs have destroyed many lives,...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:59pm

China Development Bank sees funding for Africa exceed $50 billion

China Development Bank (CDB), the world’s largest development finance institution, has so far channelled more than $50 billion of investment and financing for African nations. The funds went to nearly 500 projects in 43 African countries, according to Liu Yong, CDB spokesperson and chief...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:58pm

There’s more for NBA from Africa—Kagame

Last evening, President Kagame attended a reception hosted by the National Basketball Association (NBA) in New York City, where he is attending the 73rd UN General Assembly.  The reception was also attended by his Kenyan counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver,...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:21am

Over 800 to attend Pan-African Movement Rwanda congress

Over 800 participants are expected to convene in Kigali this weekend for the second National Congress of Pan African Movement (PAM) Rwanda Chapter, according to its leaders. The participants will include Rwandans and invited guests from the region and beyond. Protais Musoni, the Chairperson of...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:23am

Africa’s ancient practices are being digitised for the future

The digital revolution, often described as “leapfrogging,” has brought real change to Africa. In finance, communication, and entertainment, technology has allowed African innovators to skip a step, bypassing the West in significant ways as the continent tries to catch up to more...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:06am

UK pledges £2.1m to save Asian tigers and African chimpanzees

The UK’s international development secretary has announced funding to help protect Sumatran tigers and west African chimpanzees. Only about 30 tigers are left in Indonesia as their forest habitats disappear, while in Liberia the illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat threatens the...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:04am

The hair as a symbol of our excellence and pride

The World Afro Day (WAD) observed for the second time last Saturday appears not to have received much attention around the region. The Day was founded in 2017 in Britain and is celebrated globally on 15 September to extol “change, education and celebration” of natural hairstyles...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:38pm

The day Africa connected itself

When mobile phones took off more quickly and more widely in Africa than elsewhere, the continent leapt ahead of the western world in mobile adoption. This was driven by its sparse and costly landline infrastructure. As smartphones have followed a similar trajectory in Africa, the Internet has been...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:35pm

Africa U21 V-ball Champs: Rwanda, Morocco face off for bronze

Finals Tunisia     Vs   Egypt       17:00 Third place Morocco Vs    Rwanda    14:00 Rwanda’s U21 men’s volleyball team face their counterparts from Morocco this afternoon as they bid for a...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:09pm

How African youth are leveraging ICTs to tap into Africa’s agribusiness market

 Though Africa has the world’s youngest population with 60 per cent being under 35 years old, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) statistics show that the average age of farmers in Africa is 60 years. This is with 420 million youth aged 15-35 and this segment of the population is expected to...

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:55pm

African educators commit to promote peace education in schools

Educators from 11 African countries have expressed commitment to ensure that young Africans are well educated about peace and values the continent needs. The delegation of 15 Jesuit Education Directors made their pledge Friday after concluding a three-day workshop at Peace School at Kigali...

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:05am

African clerics seek to omit colonial legacy from gospel

Over 500 religious leaders from across Africa are convening in Kigali for a three-day congress that’s being being held under the theme ‘Religious freedoms and building a tolerant continent of Africa’. The congress, organised by the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist...

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:51pm