Burkina Faso: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 2:39 pm AFKI Original
He’s the traditional leader of the Mossi ethnic group. His name appears in many media stories related to Burkinabe politics and he is social-media savvy, with his own Facebook page. Naba Baongo II posts pictures and comments like this one: “Let peace reign in Burkina Faso. God bless the land of upright men.” Here are 12 things you didn’t know about Mogho Naaba, Burkina Faso’s traditional leader.
Dana Sanchez, 2:07 pm AFKI Original
You won’t find an African country among the world’s top 25 performers for innovation, but several low-income African countries are outperforming their peers GDP-wise. “Barriers are falling,” according to the just-released Global Innovation Index 2015. Check out the 13 most innovative countries in Africa and how they compare globally.
Daniella Sforza, 7:51 am AFKI Original
Ranked the second best airport in the region, the Kigali International Airport can accommodate a 747 jumbo jet, but authorities are looking to relocate it to enable additional runways. What will become of this retro futuristic wonder? Some African buildings incorporate colonial influences and African traditions in ways that make them look alien. Here are 12 of Africa’s back-to-the-future architectural wonders.
Staff, 11:09 pm
Burkina Faso may not be the top African country for Internet, but the culture of its online community gives valuable insight into certain consumer markets. There is an opportunity to take advantage of Burkina Faso’s cultural frameworks and drive the underlying concept of pan-Africanism to the rest of Africa. Festival Waga Hip Hop is just one of multiple yearly events that helps nurture the social threads of the country.
Staff, 10:15 pm
A staged roll-out of malaria vaccine Mosquirix is unlikely before 2017, said U.K. drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. The world’s first malaria vaccine was approved last week for licensing in Africa by European regulators. World Health Organization approval is pending. The vaccine will be rolled out in stages.
Dana Sanchez, 2:09 pm
The world’s first malaria vaccine, 30 years in the making, has been approved for licensing in Africa by European regulators. U.K.-based drug maker GlaxoSmithKline says it won’t profit from it. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped fund the vaccine, which had only partial success in clinical trials. Malaria killed 584,000 people in 2013, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, and more than 80 percent of victims were under the age of 5.
Dana Sanchez, 2:47 pm AFKI Original
Rarely mentioned in the world’s drug trade before 2002, Africa is breaking bad. One sign of the growing importance of the African meth trade is the arrival of Latin American producers. Mexicans have helped set up labs in Nigeria. “They are not just mom and pop labs, they are big labs,” an expert said. “Mexicans aren’t going to come over and train (people) unless they are dealing in large amounts.” Here are 12 things you didn’t know about meth traffic and production in Africa.
Staff, 2:28 pm
Bharti Airtel, the No. 4 cellphone carrier globally, said it’s talking with France’s Orange to sell four African units but has no plans to exit Africa. Airtel has yet to turn a profit in Africa, Reuters reports. The sale of operations in four countries, which account for around 16 percent of its African revenue should help the company cut down debt.
Staff, 11:30 pm
How do we build a renaissance in Africa? Africa already leads the way in the mobile tech revolution. Facebook announced this week that it is opening its first Africa office in Johannesburg. This is huge for Africa, says Ugandan international development professional James Kassaga Arinaitwe.
Staff, 12:25 pm
Africans and members of the African diaspora are using Twitter to challenge stereotypes about the continent with a hashtag that started trending after its June 23 kickoff. A Twitter user asked followers to showcase the beauty of Africa. “I got involved because growing up I was made to feel ashamed of my homeland, with negative images that paint Africa as a desolate continent,” the 22- year-old said.
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