Staff

  • Can Aliko Dangote’s Name Help Open The Africa Center In NYC’s Harlem?

    By Staff, 1:01 am

    Halima Aliko Dangote, daughter of Nigerian cement magnate Aliko Dangote, is trying to raise money in Africa to open an African art and policy institute in New York. She hoped to raise up to $5 million at a recent fundraiser in Nigeria, and said she planned similar events in Morocco and Kenya. The building that houses the Africa Center was completed several years ago but the center itself hasn’t opened yet for lack of funds.

  • Entire African Delegation Denied Visas To US-Africa Trade Conference

    us-africa By Staff, 1:01 am

    Visas are routinely denied by U.S. embassies without explanation. With the heightened attention on foreign travelers coming to the U.S., there have been stories of more visas being denied to people from countries not named in the Trump administration’s travel ban executive order. If there has been an increase in the number of visas rejected under the new administration, it’s hard to verify. The State Department data made available to the public ended in late 2016.

  • Not Just Theory Anymore: Gates Foundation Funds Malarial Mosquitoes, Being Bred In Labs To Destroy Their Entire Species

    By Staff, 5:18 pm

    In Africa, scientists are preparing to use genetics to end malaria. The Gates Foundation is exploring technology that involves altering mosquitoes so that new generations are almost all male. Male mosquitoes don’t bite people, and a population without females can’t reproduce. It’s never been done before. No one knows if a gene drive, once released into the wild, could jump to other species. Malaria is one of the greatest public health threats on the planet. If we have the power to end it, should we?

  • Mobile Connectivity Is To Africa What Infrastructure Is To The west

    By Staff, 1:01 am

    Accessing utilities in the Western world is relatively straightforward. You have an address, a bank, and a measurable credit rating. Service providers know you have credit in place to pay for the service in advance. However, if you are one of the millions of people across Africa who are unbanked, the process is not nearly as easy. Africans have been forced to find alternative solutions to solve the problem and drive innovation as they do so. By ensuring people have access to credit and services, organisations can open further access to infrastructure.

  • Meet The Woman Considered An Architect Of The African Growth And Opportunity Act

    By Staff, 1:01 am

    The U.S. did not have a trade policy for Africa when Rosa Whitaker went to work for the U.S. State Department. U.S. policy was to view Africa as a charity case. Whitaker helped draft AGOA, the law gives duty-free access to the U.S. for African countries meeting eligibility requirements on human rights, rule of law and labor standards. With AGOA, the whole narrative changed, Whitaker said. “We no longer saw Africa as benefactors of charity. We were able to substitute paternalism with partnership.” The U.S. had trade representatives for every other region of the world except Africa. President Bill Clinton did not wait for AGOA to be passed before appointing Whitaker assistant trade representative for Africa.

  • A First For Africa: Swahili Added To Free US Language App With 150M Users

    Swahili added to free US language app By Staff, 12:52 pm

    The Duolingo app is video-game-like and addictive, according to Time. It was co-developed by Luis Von Ahn, the same Guatemalan-American entrepreneur who founded CAPTCHA — the test used by most website forms to make sure you’re a human, not a computer. It sold to Google in 2009. This allowed von Ahn to pursue his passion project — to improve education so all social classes could have better opportunities. Classes or computer-based language programs like Rosetta Stone cost at least $1,000, he said. “So we decided to do languages for free. We realized that we are teaching almost every European language you can think of, but we had no African languages.”

  • Restaurant Chain Will Make Pizzas In Africa With Water From New York

    pizzas in Africa By Staff, 12:14 pm

    A New York pizza chain is taking extreme measures to keep its pizzas authentic when it opens a pizza parlor in Accra, Ghana — its first in Africa. “I want to have the exact same pizza as in New York City,” said Dan Isaacs, co-owner of the new franchise shop scheduled to open on May 1. “New York City water has a very unique chemical composition and taste to it. I’m a purist — I wouldn’t want to do anything less than the original.” Famous Famiglia has 16 shops in NYC and more than 100 across the U.S. and overseas. It exports NYC water to other overseas shops in Mexico, Canada, China and Ecuador.

  • EU Incentivises Rural Ethiopians Against Migration With Micro-Businesses

    EU incentivises rural Ethiopians against migration By Staff, 1:18 pm

    Political instability and a strategic location in the Horn of Africa contributed to rising emigration from Ethiopia in recent years. Some Italian NGOs are trying to reduce the causes of illegal migration to Europe by educating locals on the risks. “We incentivize the development of micro-businesses to provide employment opportunities to young people,” one stakeholder said. Radiya Abdar, 28, found work through this project. She went to Kuwait, where she worked as a servant for $106 a month. “They took my passport and freedom,” she said. “They called me kaddama, slave.”

  • Some Ghanaians Believe Trump Will Restore Christian Values, Others Say He’s God’s Punishment To America

    Ghanaians believe Trump By Staff, 4:32 pm

    Many Ghanaians either supported Trump’s election, or are optimistic about his presidency. They believe Trump will restore America’s conservative Christian values. They aren’t really concerned with Trump’s seemingly never-ending string of controversial statements. Many expressed a souring for Obama over his support of gay rights and same-sex marriage; a lack of U.S. aid for struggling, African countries, and lack of progress for African Americans under his administration. “I see Trump as someone who is going to transform America. God is on his side,” said a Ghanaian broadcast journalist.

  • 3 African Countries Among World’s Most Powerful Economies By 2050, Says PwC

    most powerful economies by 2050 By Staff, 1:01 am

    Emerging markets such as Nigeria, Egypt, and South Africa are expected to grow twice as fast as advanced economies as technology improves productivity. SA and Nigeria are among the few countries expected to see a marked acceleration of annual average growth over the next few decades. However, PwC warns that to support this long-term sustainable growth, the countries need to diversify their exports to ensure their growth is not dampened by global price or demand shocks.