Keren Mikva and Peter Pedroncelli, 6:00 amAFKI Original
Basketball star Serge Ibaka has become known as one of the most dominating defensive players in the NBA, making his mark in the six years he has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Born and raised in the Republic of Congo, though he represents Spain, Ibaka had a difficult childhood, but used the hardships faced in his past to become one of the best players in the league. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about Serge Ibaka.
Keren Mikva and Peter Pedroncelli, 4:00 amAFKI Original
Despite the many disappointments, the country’s fans continue to expect better from their heroes in green and gold, in the hopes that a sports mad nation can add football to their sporting powers alongside cricket and rugby.
At a mediocre FIFA Ranking of 75 in November 2015, the national team has a great deal of room to grow and improve ahead of the 2017 AFCON and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which they are aiming to qualify for. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana.
Keren Mikva, 8:00 am
The largest city in Somalia is also one of the largest in Africa. Cotton is among the city’s biggest industries, and more businesses are flocking there as efforts at heightened security and incentives grow to make it a more attractive destination. In addition to its rising music scene, Mogadishu serves as a media hub.
Keren Mikva, 5:44 pm AFKI Original
In many countries, constitutional law requires presidential candidates to be born in the country. Botswana has no such a law. Ian Khama was born in England while his parents were in exile by the Botswana colonial government for their interracial marriage. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Botswana’s recently re-elected leader, President Ian Khama.
Keren Mikva, 4:57 am AFKI Original
South African comedian Trevor Noah took over Sept. 28 as the new host of “The Daily Show” with the blessing of former host of 15 years, Jon Stewart. The rising star was given the opportunity to host when he was selected by Stewart as his heir, and on Monday night he showed the world why he was given the trust of the 52-year-old comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former TV host.
Keren Mikva, 8:14 am AFKI Original
With 44 percent of Africa’s uranium supply, Niger is one of the continent’s leading producers. Minerals account for more than 40 percent of Niger’s exports. Niger also mines for cement, coal, goal, gypsum, limestone, salt, silver, and tin. Since uranium is naturally radioactive, it’s used most commonly in nuclear power plants to generate electricity. When it comes to the stuff bling is made of, Africa is blessed. These are the most mineral-rich countries in Africa.
Keren Mikva, 11:38 am
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan is Nigeria’s 14th head of state and current president, but that’s all common knowledge. It’s also common knowledge that he originally came into office after the former president fell ill. Here are some lesser-known things worth learning about him.
Keren Mikva, 8:51 pm AFKI Original
Literacy is a leading factor in evaluating a country’s development. It gives potential investors an idea of how well a country’s citizens will be able to contribute on the global stage. It’s important to recognize the progress South Africa has made to equalize education since apartheid. About 93 percent of the adult population is literate, with 20 percent of the national budget devoted to education. These are the sub-Saharan African countries with the highest literacy rates for adults.
Keren Mikva, 2:53 pm AFKI Original
Many western governments advised against non-essential travel to most parts of Kenya due to terror threats, but during the wildebeest migration, travelers ignore the advisories. “We will remain fully booked until early November,” said a Kenyan hotelier who manages the Keekorok Lodge in Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, and the role it plays in business.
Keren Mikva, 7:00 am
Hunting is and always will be a hot-button issue, but it seems unlikely that both sides will over come to a satisfactory agreement. Some hunters argue that hunting helps keep species from overpopulating, or even that limited hunting of rare animals helps to regrow a population. As it is, most people associate the sport with deer, birds, and the occasional moose.