Keren Mikva

  • 12 Reasons South Sudan’s Economy Has Not Recovered Post Civil War

    South Sudan's Economy By Keren Mikva, 1:07 pm

    In August 2015, South Sudan’s warring parties agreed to form a transitional government, ending the civil war that cost tens of thousands of lives and created 2 million refugees. Nearly 90 percent of South Sudan’s land is arable and cattle and sheep are plentiful, yet the country imports the vast majority of food and non-food items. Lack of economic diversity has made the declining oil revenue an even bigger problem.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About African Banking Magnate Bob Diamond

    By Keren Mikva, 8:33 am

    Diamond has been criticized for overpaying for deals in the past. Considering Atlas Mara’s poor performance in the first quarter of 2016, Diamond is having some difficulty persuading investors to get on board with his strategy for acquiring Barclays Africa. In the past, he’s been criticized for overpaying for deals, and the company’s shares are trading at less than half their initial public offering value when Atlas Mara launched in 2013.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki

    Isaias Afwerki By Keren Mikva, 4:14 pm

    Afwerki has a shoot-to-kill policy for his border patrols, but many Eritreans take the risk and flee across the border anyway. Eritrea’s refugee crisis has drawn attention to Afwerki’s administration and forced international observers to look more closely at his actions. Last year alone, over 47,000 Eritreans applied for asylum in Europe. The country has about 7 million people. Recently Afwerki was accused of crimes against humanity by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. He could go before the ICC.

  • 12 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs of 2016

    most promising African Entrepreneurs By Keren Mikva, 6:44 pm AFKI Original

    Inspired by an MIT event in Lagos, Ogunlana Olumide and Chukwuwezam Obanor created PrepClass, software designed to help Nigerian students prepare for tests online. In addition to providing online test prep, the company employs over 100 tutors who travel to students’ homes to teach one-on-one. The personalized approach has been successful, and company revenue is up 1400 percent.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About the Economy of the Zambezi River

    By Keren Mikva, 4:50 pm

    It’s the fourth-longest river in Africa, and vital to the economies of countries it runs through. The fertile Zambezi river basin plays host to a vast variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, lions, and hundreds of bird species. While some species are protected, hunting safaris are common. But areas once considered protected are also being exploited for mining. Australian-owned company Zambezi Resources received a 25-year license to mine for copper in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

  • 12 Largest Ethnic Groups In Mozambique

    Ethnic Groups in Mozambique By Keren Mikva, 8:17 am

    The Chopi of Mozambique traditionally live in the Zavala region in the south. Their numbers were greatly diminished in the Mozambican civil war following liberation from Portugal, as well as by droughts that sent many into the cities and away from their traditional homelands. The mbila, a type of large xylophone, is a traditional Chopi instrument that has flourished. UNESCO named Chopi music a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”

  • 12 Things You Should Know About Gambia’s Ramadan Music Ban

    By Keren Mikva, 8:17 am

    In a show of force ahead of the upcoming December election, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh banned music during Ramadan. He has been in power since a 1994 coup. “As the Muslim community observes the holy month of Ramadan, all the ceremonies and festivities involving singing, music and dancing are banned day and night,” he said. Citizens have been ordered to incriminate each other. About 90 percent of The Gambia is Muslim.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Tutsi People

    Things You Didn't Know About The Tutsi People By Keren Mikva, 11:44 am

    The Tutsi are often associated with the horrific events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, known officially as the genocide against the Tutsi. The richness and diversity of Tutsi culture is less well known. The Tutsi and Hutu people were mainly friendly until European colonization. The Tutsi dominated the region beginning in the 14th century, but established friendly relations with the Hutu in feudal relationships owing to their vast cattle herds and warfare knowledge. With the colonial period in the late 1800s, favorable treatment of one group over another intensified animosities.

  • 12 Things to Know About The Upcoming Kenyan Election

    By Keren Mikva, 2:26 pm AFKI Original

    Kenya’s economy benefited in recent months from low oil prices and a stable exchange rate, but tourism — a key sector of the economy — historically decreases in election years. Protests and a legacy of electoral strife like deadly violence after the 2007 election scares away tourists. The current conflict is forcing businesses to close on a weekly basis. In Nairobi, many businesses close each week on what is now known as “Teargas Monday,” costing an estimated $5 million in lost profits each day.

  • 12 Contemporary Artists to Watch in Namibia and Zambia

    Contemporary Artists to Watch in Namibia and Zambia By Keren Mikva, 12:59 pm

    Zambian artist Caleb Chisha sees his art as a religion, and he worships at the church of daily rituals, often portraying the culture and traditions of African daily life. Namibia and Zambia have artistic traditions that span thousands of years. Both are recent players in the global contemporary art scene as interest mounts globally to invest in African art. These are some artists whose voices make them standouts.