Kevin Mwanza

  • Nigeria Leads West African Nations In Banning Dirty Fuel From Europe

    Photo: unep.org By Kevin Mwanza, 7:17 am

    Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, and its neighbors, Benin, Ghana, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire banned the importation of dirty fuels from Europe, in a move that the United Nations said will save at least 250 million people from air-borne infections. They took the decision after meeting with UNEP, in a move that banned fuels that cannot be sold to European markets because of their high sulphur levels.

  • Tension Grips Ghana As Opposition Candidate Leads In Close Presidential Election

    presidential election By Kevin Mwanza, 7:09 am

    Ghana is gripped in tension after hackers targeted the Electoral Commission’s (EC) website, as two private radio stations said that Nana Akufo-Addo, of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), had won the election based on projections from provisional results. The NPP urged the polls body to release results that have been delayed for the first time since 2000.

  • How Solar Energy Boosts Women Entrepreneurs In Tanzania

    photo: gizmag.com By Kevin Mwanza, 1:06 am

    Solar energy, a cheap power alternative to the vast population in sub-Saharan Africa with no access to electricity, has economically empowered the women entrepreneurs in Tanzania who work even after night falls. In Bunambiyu, a village in the northern region of East Africa’s second largest economy, solar-powered lanterns have greatly improved the social-economic lives of the rural population.

  • Nigeria Finalizing Plans To Issue $1B Eurobond In Early 2017

    naira loses By Kevin Mwanza, 12:28 am

    Nigeria is finalizing plans that will see it issue a Eurobond in the first quarter of 2017, a first since 2013 for the Africa’s second biggest economy. The $1 billion Eurobond is part of the government’s efforts to plug a growing budget deficit and stimulate growth in its economy, which slumped into recession in August. The rise in global oil prices last week to $55, the highest this year and expectations within the international community that the struggling economy is adopting reforms

  • Made In Africa: Johannesburg Startup To Make First Smartphones In Africa

    Photo: businessdailyafrica.com By Kevin Mwanza, 6:05 am

    Johannesburg-based startup, Onyx Connect, is set to become the first firm on in Africa to manufacture smartphones when its starts rolling out its phones in the first quarter of 2017 to capitalize on the rich African market where high prices have been a major hurdle to handset ownership. The firm, with a $10.5 million in funding, will produce the handsets under a licensing deal with American tech giant, Google.

  • Nigeria And Morocco Wealth Funds Plan Natural Gas Pipeline To Europe

    Thinkstock By Kevin Mwanza, 5:33 am

    Nigeria has signed a deal with Morocco to construct Trans-African gas pipeline that will connect the continent’s largest oil producer to Europe’s lucrative gas market. The 4,000 kilometer-long pipeline, to be funded by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and Ithmar Capital, a Moroccan sovereign wealth fund. The two governments signed the joint partnership during a state visit by Morocco’s King Mohammed to his Nigerian counterpart,

  • Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Pays $3M For 9.5% Stake In Kenyan Tech Firm

    Michael Macharia, founder and chief executive officer of Seven Seas Technologies at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda. (Photo: Devex) By Kevin Mwanza, 4:41 am

    Toyota Tsusho, owned by one of the world’s leading auto-mobile makers, Toyota Group, bought a 9.5 percent stake in Kenyan-based tech firm, Seven Seas Technology, in a deal worth $3 million. The deal was carried out through CSV Africa, a Toyota Tsusho venture fund set up in 2014. The investment is set to prepare the Kenyan firm for its initial public offering set for 2020 when it will list on the Nairobi Stock Exchange

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Gambia’s Outgoing President Yahya Jammeh

    Jammeh declared the Gambia to be an Islamic state in December 2015
Dawn.com By Kevin Mwanza, 4:11 am AFKI Original

    Yahya Jammeh is the outgoing president of The Gambia. He is one of the longest-serving presidents in Africa, since he took power through a military coup in 1994. Jammeh surprisingly lost to Adama Barrow in Thursday’s presidential poll. He however, shocked the world by conceding defeat, barely a month after he vowed to lead the tiny West African nation for a billion years. Below are ten things to know about Jammeh.

  • Ethiopia Restores Internet Access Two Months Into A State of Emergency

    Ethiopia Stampede By Kevin Mwanza, 2:37 am

    Ethiopia, which has been hit by months of protests by its two biggest tribes, Oromo and Amhara, restored mobile internet on Friday, just two months into a six months state of emergency that forced the horn of Africa country into an internet black-out. The government shut down access to social media platform such as Facebook, Instagram, Viber and WhatsApp in October, in accordance to the rules of the state of emergency

  • Africa’s Second-Longest Serving Leader Promises To Step Down… Again

    Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos. Photo: uhuruspirit.org By Kevin Mwanza, 7:14 am

    Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the second-longest serving president in Africa, has said he will not stand for re-election when Angola holds its presidential poll next year, according to a document by the ruling party, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). Dos Santos, who has led Africa’s biggest oil producer since 1979, had previously hinted at resigning from politics in 2018.