Staff

  • Facebook Should Be Growing Fast In Africa. Here’s Why It May Fall Flat

    Facebook fiber optic cables Uganda By Staff, 12:01 am

    Facebook is not the only big social media beast vying for users in Africa. WeChat, owned by Chinese firm Tencent, is also making forays on the continent, and has seen significant uptake in South Africa, where it has over 5 million users. WeChat is betting big on additional services such as money transfers and airtime purchases on top of its social network to encourage further growth, and is closing in on Facebook’s WhatsApp, which has been around much longer.

  • High Data Costs Are Limiting Full Internet Usage In Africa – Report

    By Staff, 11:13 am

    High data costs are limiting full internet usage in Africa with 20MB being used per month despite the increasing mobile penetration, a leading global internet company has said. Opera in a State of the Mobile Web in Africa 2016 report said the data costs are highly prohibitive. “Data remains prohibitively expensive for many mobile users in Africa.

  • South Africa’s Zuma Survives Another No-Confidence Vote

    Zuma considers stepping down early By Staff, 11:01 am

    South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has survived yet another vote of no confidence in parliament. The main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), presented the motion, arguing that indications Zuma allowed the powerful Gupta family to choose Cabinet members shows he is a threat to the country’s stability.

  • Drone Delivery Company Zipline Raises $25M For Africa Expansion

    By Staff, 10:41 am

    San Francisco-based drone deliveries firm Zipline has raised US$25 million in Series B funding to expand its operations across Africa. Zipline launched in Rwanda last month, enabling blood transfusion clinics across the Western half of the country to place emergency orders by SMS, which are then delivered by one of the company’s fleet of 15 drones, called Zips.

  • VIDEO: Retracing The Footsteps Of Slaves At Ghana’s Elmina Castle

    Elmina Castle By Staff, 7:07 am

    Built by the Portuguese as a trading post in 1482, Elmina Castle became one of the most important stops on the Atlantic slave trade route. When the Dutch took it over, they continued the slave trade until 1814. In 1872, Elmina became a British possession. After Ghana gained independence in 1957, Elmina Castle became a historic tourist site recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s the oldest European building below the Sahara Desert. Watch students from the University of Oregon as they retrace the footsteps of slaves at Elmina Castle.

  • A ‘Non-Outdoorsy’ New Yorker Ventures Into The Wilderness Of Ghana

    wilderness of Ghana By Staff, 12:02 am

    For New Yorker Starrene Rhett-Rocque, buying fresh flowers or an occasional stroll in the park was about the extent of her interactions with nature. After learning she had Ghanaian ancestral heritage, she booked a trip. Nervous about venturing into the wilderness, she put her fears aside. “I played with mona monkeys at the Tafi Atome Sanctuary, and even attempted to climb Mt. Afadjato. Despite my aversion to nature, I had a good time, even when things got difficult.” You can read her six-part series here.

  • Why Kung Fu Movies In Africa Have Endured While Chinese News Media Struggle To Find Audience

    Kung Fu movies in Africa By Staff, 12:02 am

    While officials in Beijing are expert in building vast media distribution networks such as those available in Africa, the Chinese have been far less successful in creating compelling content that people actually want to consume. By contrast, a certain genre of Chinese-language movies produced in Hong Kong — especially those featuring martial arts legend Bruce Lee — have been staples in African pirated videos since 1960s and ’70s. Even today from Cairo and Uganda to South Africa, Hong Kong’s martial arts films remain extremely popular.

  • African Countries Oppose New UN Gay Rights Envoy. World Bank Appoints LGBT Promoter

    African countries oppose new UN gay rights By Staff, 12:01 am

    Obama’s push for LGBT rights has shifted attitudes globally but some are fighting it. Washington, D.C.-based World Bank lends money in developing countries. This year, it researched LGBT discrimination globally and collected data. The bank created a new advisor whose job is to report violence gainst LGBT in the 136 countries in which it does business. Fifty-four African countries want a new U.N. investigator suspended whose job is to investigate human rights violations against LGBT. There’s a good chance their resolution will pass.

  • Ramaphosa In Presidential Poll Position As SA Follows The Brazilian Example

    By Staff, 8:25 am

    South African President Jacob Zuma’s chances of serving out a second term may have dimmed after being implicated in a new graft probe and that could tip the race to succeed him in favor of his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa, 63, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Zuma’s 67-year-old ex-wife whose term as chairwoman of the African Union Commission ends in January, are regarded as front-runners to take over from Zuma

  • Show Me The Money: What Africans Really Think Of The Chinese

    By Staff, 8:08 am

    Increasing Chinese investment in everything from small food enterprises to massive railway projects across Africa has drawn criticism and warnings of a future dependency on Asia’s superpower. But what do Africans themselves think about Chinese investors? Turns out, they love them. According to a recent report by Afrobarometer, almost two-thirds (63%) of Africans say China’s influence is somewhat positive or very positive