Staff

  • Angela Merkel To Africa: We’ll Pay You Not To Come To Europe

    Angela Merkel By Staff, 12:01 am

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to slow migration from Africa through aid and diplomacy. She plans to visit Mali, Nigeria and Ethiopia starting Sunday. The flurry of diplomacy underscores how deeply the refugee crisis is affecting the foreign policy of the E.U.’s most populous country. While German exporters have long done business all over the world, Berlin’s influence in Africa has been small compared to former colonial powers France and Britain.

  • Ethiopia Could Overtake Kenya This Year As Top East African Economy

    Ethiopia could overtake Kenya By Staff, 12:01 am

    Ethiopia’s economy is expected to overtake Kenya’s this year, buoyed by massive government spending on infrastructure. The IMF estimates Ethiopia’s GDP will grow to $69.21 billion this year, narrowly edging out Kenya’s at $69.17 billion. Kenya is viewed as more democratic than Ethiopia, where authoritarian rule is marked by crackdowns on the press and its own citizens, such as the Oromo. Kenya also has a more open economy, while Ethiopia closes most sectors of its economy to foreign investors.

  • Nigerian Bloggers Seek Union Amid Government Clampdown

    By Staff, 11:59 am

    Nigerian bloggers are canvassing the creation of a union that could defend the interests of its members, after the arrests of several bloggers and journalists by the government. Federal and state agents have arrested more than a dozen bloggers and journalists deemed critical by political authorities in the last three months. The latest arrest involved a blogger, Jamil Mabai, arrested in Kaduna more than two weeks ago.

  • Uganda’s ‘Aboke Girls’ Still Rejected 20 Years After Kony Abduction

    By Staff, 11:43 am

    The mid-1990s were the years when the Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was at its height. They attacked villages, towns and schools in northern Uganda and forcefully recruited up to 60,000 young boys and girls to fight for them. “We had heard rumors and we had gone out of school to sleep in the villages,” remembered Eunice Achiro a schoolgirl at the time. “But that day, I think the administration decided this time we won’t go to the villages. After all nothing will happen.”

  • Ramaphosa Doesn’t Want S.A. Probe On Finance Minister To Scare Investors

    By Staff, 11:25 am

    An investigation into South Africa’s finance minister must take its course but needs to avoid rattling investors, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday, amid speculation of a power struggle in the ruling African National Congress (ANC). An elite police unit is investigating Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan over a so-called “rogue spy” unit at the tax agency, set up when he was at its helm. Some analysts say President Jacob Zuma’s allies are driving the probe in a bid to oust Gordhan, something the president denied.

  • 18 African Countries To Automate Online Intellectual Property Registration

    automating online IP registration By Staff, 4:45 am

    Many innovations in Africa fail to materialize due to of lack of knowledge about registering intellectual property. Resident applications for patents are low in African countries. In 2014, there were 132 patent applications in Kenya, 14 in Zambia and five in Rwanda compared to over 280,000 in the U.S. and 19,000 in the U.K. The registration of copyright in many African countries has not taken off and this data is not taken into account in economic surveys. Microsoft’a online IP registration system replaces traditional paper-based forms.

  • Why Some African Countries Are Banning Donkey Exports To China

    donkey exports to China By Staff, 4:09 am

    African Donkeys have something Chinese consumers want — so much so that the balance of trade in this new industry is getting out of sync. Africa is kicking back. China, a world leader in donkey imports, needs an estimated 4 million donkeys annually to achieve a massive 5,000-tonne production goal of making a traditional Chinese medicine known as ejiao. Currently, China can supply around 1.8 million donkeys. “The scale of the demand from China is often so large that it can rapidly overwhelm the supply of any single resource,” a stakeholder said.

  • Young Ethiopian Israelis Seek Identity Through Rap, Hip Hop

    By Staff, 12:01 am

    Hip hop as a tool for musical expression is the tool of choice for young Ethiopian Israelis. This choice reflects the deep identification young Ethiopians have with the hip hop and rap music culture. Israel’s millennials, or at least those who attended the Oasis festival, appear to reject the Israeli reality of separation and racism aimed at Ethiopian Jews. There were almost no performances by Ethiopian musicians at the festival, but there were hundreds of young people singing the songs of those groups.

  • U.S. Doubles Investment In Niger Drone Base To $100M For Counter-Terrorism

    expand drone use in African war zones By Staff, 5:49 am

    The price tag for the construction and operation of a key US military drone base in Niger has skyrocketed, reaching $100 million, according to US media. Niger is the only state from which Washington operates its lethal MQ-9 drones in Northwest Africa. The hub, codenamed “Air Base 201” is being built on the outskirts of Agadez, the largest city in central Niger. Now Washington is set to double the initial sum of $50 million for the military site,

  • Nigeria’s Economic Survival Depends On Agric, Manufacturing Sector – Buhari

    By Staff, 3:20 am

    As the nation grapples with severe economic crisis, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that its survival was dependent on the agricultural and manufacturing sector. Buhari stated this at the 44th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) held at Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja on Thursday. He lauded the association over the theme of the conference “Diversifying the Nigerian Economy: the Role of Government in Manufacturing”