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Covid-19 cases exceed one million in Africa

Africa’s Covid-19 cases Thursday surpassed a million with experts claiming that the real toll might be higher due to low testing capacity on the continent. According to John Hopkins University, the continent reached 1,008,028 cases on August 6, with 22,063 deaths. However, the...

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 12:49pm

Rwanda inks deal to host Africa’s only big data hub

Rwanda last week signed signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations to host the only big data regional hub for Africa. The hub will be set up at the National Institute of Statistics (NISR) Training Center and Data Science Campus in the capital Kigali. An assembly of...

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 10:29am

China deaths from COVID-19 now over 2,500 as Africa steps up preparedness

China's death toll from the new coronavirus rose to 2,592 on Monday, after the National Health Commission there reported 150 more fatalities, all but one in the epicentre of Hubei province. In addition, many countries in Africa are stepping up their preparedness to detect and cope with COVID...

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 3:34pm

BAL Qualifiers: Patriots reach semis after back-to-back wins

PATRIOTS have progressed to the semi-finals of the ongoing Basketball Africa League (BAL) East Division qualifiers with a game to spare after winning their first two games, The Rwandan champions – who beat Tanzania's JKT 113-61 on Tuesday – confirmed their slot in the last four...

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 1:02am

BAL Qualifiers: Kenyan champions KPA pull out

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) have withdrawn from the Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2020 final qualifiers for Eastern Division within hours to the tournament’s kickoff in Kigali. According to reports, the club is currently faced with internal wrangles and financial constraints that they...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:32am

BAL qualifiers: Patriots players urged to ‘put teamwork first’

Aristide Mugabe, the captain of Patriots basketball club, has urged his teammates to be confident and put teamwork first if they are to qualify for the Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2020. The Eastern Division of the second and final round – also known as Group H – qualifiers start...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 11:01am

Adolescents living with HIV are more vulnerable to mental illness – study

Preliminary results from a study on mental health of adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) mothers and their children have shown that they are more likely to face mental health issues than teenage mothers who are not infected. This was highlighted on Thursday, by Camille Wittesaele, a...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 8:05pm

Genetically modified foods unnecessary for now, former Ethiopian Premier

As African countries seek solutions to feed their growing populations at a time characterized by unreliable weather patterns and climate change, there is debate as to whether genetically modified foods (GMO) are the solution. The argument’s participants have been split on the GMOs ability...

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 12:53am

Violent conflicts ‘fuel women trafficking in Africa’

Women have been identified as the most victims of different violent conflicts across the African continent, a study by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), has shown. APRM, an organ of the African Union which promotes good governance, has said the proliferation of cross-border movement in...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:22am

Senate president urges lawmakers to reflect deeply on global issues

Senate President Dr Augustin Iyamuremye on Tuesday told delegates at the ongoing 38th session of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in Kigali that they must seize the opportunity, to reflect deeply on regional and global issues. The assembly is one of the joint institutions provided for...

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:39pm

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

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