Peter Pedroncelli, 8:00 am AFKI Original
African heads of state and politicians make use of social media to communicate with peers and the people which they serve. Twitter is becoming a popular short-message platform in which to connect with the masses, and Donald Trump is not the only world leader that loves to communicate with posts of under 140 characters. From South Africa to Nigeria, the high profile African heads of state tweet, retweet and reply to followers, offering their opinions on many issues while advancing their own agendas through social media. Here are 12 African heads of state who are on Twitter.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:37 am AFKI Original
An Andre Ayew penalty was enough to earn the Black Stars of Ghana three points thanks to a 1-0 victory over Uganda at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The West Africans defeated their East African counterparts in a Group D encounter at Stade de Port-Gentil in Gabon on Tuesday evening.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:17 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) continued on Monday night with two more fixtures in Group C between Cote D’Ivoire and Togo, as well as Congo DR and Morocco. Defending champions Cote D’Ivoire struggled to break down a stubborn Togo side in the earlier match, and things ended in a goalless stalemate in the highly anticipated West African battle at the Stade d’Oyem.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am AFKI Original
The 2017 AFCON is the pinnacle of national team soccer on the African continent, and with the Africa Cup of Nations competition taking place every two years; it is a tournament that the best players in Africa want to win for their countries. The nature of the sport and the rigorous club schedules that the top players are expected to manage means that injuries have become a frequent and unfortunate consequence of the professional game.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:05 am AFKI Original
With four games played thus far at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal was the only side to secure a win and take command of Group B thanks to their three-point haul. The opening day of matches in Gabon saw two draws, with the hosts stumbling to a 1-1 stalemate against tournament newbies Guinea Bissau, while Cameroon and Burkina Faso managed the same scoreline in the late match on Saturday.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:00 am AFKI Original
African football has become a force to reckon with on the world stage, and an indication of which national teams are the best on the continent comes in the form of the FIFA Ranking, which ranks all members of world football’s governing body. Below are the top 10 ranked African national teams in world football for the month of January, according to the FIFA ranking.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:54 am
South Africa’s world 400m champion sprinter Wayde van Niekerk has been nominated in the Breakthrough of the Year category for the Laureus World Sports Awards. Van Niekerk, who set a new world record of 43.03 seconds to win 400m gold at last year’s Rio Olympic Games, was nominated alongside Ethiopian distance runner Almaz Ayana, Formula One driver Nico Rosberg, the Fiji national rugby sevens team, the Iceland national team and Leicester City.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:45 am AFKI Original
The cosmetics industry in Africa is a burgeoning market that is set for increased interest from international brands as well as added opportunities for local entrepreneurs. From $400 per weekend to $1 million a month, local business successes form part of the cosmetics narrative in Africa, with opportunities waiting to be tapped. Here are 12 things you may not know about the cosmetics industry in Africa.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:51 am
Newly appointed Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo is proud to be leading the Indomitable Lions into battle at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon. The 28-year-old Lorient striker was recently given the captain’s armband by national team coach Hugo Broos, and since his appointment the team have had to deal with numerous top players opting out of participating in the AFCON in favour of their clubs.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:35 am
South Africa’s highest world ranked tennis player, Kevin Anderson has withdrawn from this year’s Australian Open. The 67th ranked Anderson made the announcement via his official Twitter handle from his American home base in Delray Beach this week, revealing that his injury requires some extra recovery time, and he will miss the first grand slam event of the year as a result.