Keren Mikva, 12:03 pm AFKI Original
South Africa uses its highly advanced military for peacekeeping and international cooperation. Its aircraft and naval vessels are notoriously well equipped with the latest technology. The South African military is a force to be reckoned with but it’s not No. 1 on this list. The following 16 countries represent the most powerful militaries in Africa.
Keren Mikva, 11:41 am AFKI Original
In light of Al-Shabaab’s violent retaliation against Kenyan troops in Somalia, the Garissa attack prompted some Kenyan officials to call for troops to pull out of African Union peacekeeping missions in Somalia. Many criticize Kenyan authorities’ response, but Al-Shabaab gets the attention. Here are 12 things you should know about response to the Garissa attack.
Keren Mikva, 9:31 am AFKI Original
On March 30, 2015, Ugandan prosecutor Joan Kagezi was shot in Kampala while traveling home with her children. She worked on high profile international cases often involving accused jihadists. Jamal Kiyemba, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, has been arrested in connection with her death. Here are 12 reasons why you should care.
Keren Mikva, 11:03 am AFKI Original
A University of Cape Town council voted this week to remove a statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes that had become the focus of student protests. Rhodes founded the De Beers diamond empire and was considered an architect of apartheid. The following art elicited strong opinions including anger toward the artists, the subject, or those who sought to suppress them. Check out some of the most controversial works of art in Africa.
Keren Mikva, 10:36 am AFKI Original
Due to liberal and effective regulatory reforms, Botswana is a leader in mobile market penetration in Africa. Service-neutral licensing accounts for the increasing convergence of technologies and services. There is high use of multiple SIM cards from the three main operators in the country. Mobile phone use has become ubiquitous in some, but not all parts of Africa. Here are the countries in sub-Saharan Africa with most and least mobile use.
Keren Mikva, 11:11 am AFKI Original
The music and traditions that Festival au Desert represent for Mali have become so integral to the country’s identity, its return to Northern Mali would mean more than a tourism boom. It could also signify the beginning of reunification in a country split between north and south, and a strike back at extremists who tried to ban music altogether. Mali’s Festival au Desert isn’t gone — it’s in exile. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Mali’s Festival au Desert.
Keren Mikva, 9:45 am AFKI Original
International observers have deemed Nigeria’s election free, fair, and a major victory for democracy. But it wasn’t without violence. More than 30 people died in election-day violence, and many foreign journalists were markedly absent from Nigeria, their visa applications basically ignored. What just happened? Here are 12 things you should know about Nigeria’s elections.
Keren Mikva, 9:22 am AFKI Original
In Uganda, the Gates Foundation has supported a genetically modified food project to create a new version of matooke, a banana-like staple devastated by banana leaf wilt. The GM project aims to create a modified version immune to the disease. A grant-making foundation created to tackle global challenges, the foundation still invites controversy. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about the Gates Foundation in Africa.
Keren Mikva, 10:32 am AFKI Original
Some Nigerians were concerned that opposition supporters would attempt to manipulate the ballots. Disregarding the police directive that people should leave the polling stations after casting their votes, Patience said, “After voting on March 28, make sure you follow your votes to the end. Do not leave the arena until the counting ends.” Nigeria’s first lady has been a powerful and controversial voice in her husband’s presidency. Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Patience Jonathan.
Keren Mikva, 11:57 am AFKI Original
Some politicians running in the October 2015 Tanzanian elections have endorsed witchcraft to enhance their prospects, and human rights advocates are concerned that this may mean heightened danger for albinos, NYTimes reports. Tanzania has some of the world’s highest incidence of albinism. Thought by some to have magical properties, they are often targeted and stigmatized, particularly in rural areas. Here are some things you didn’t know about the albino population in Tanzania.