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Peter Pedroncelli, 5:22 am AFKI Original
Over the past weekend the final qualifying matches took place for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will take place in Gabon this coming January. With qualifying now complete, the 16 teams that will be present in Gabon to compete for the title of Africa’s best are now known, and final preparations can begin. Here are the 16 African national teams that have qualified to take part in the 2017 AFCON tournament.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:43 am AFKI Original
This coming weekend sees the final round of AFCON qualifiers, with teams from all over the continent finalising their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which is set to take place in Gabon in January and February next year. Here is a brief look at some of the AFCON qualifiers, and what they will mean for the countries involved.
Staff, 11:40 pm
Patrice Talon, Benin’s new businessman president, has promised to resolve conflicting interests that have blocked modern rail transport. In 2013, Benin and Niger agreed to build a railway with France’s Bollore, with plans to extend the railway to Burkina Faso, Togo and Abidjan in Ivory Coast. The aim was to kickstart growth in five of the world’s poorest countries. Then a Benin court halted work in 2015. New track intended to cover 310 miles has been lying in Cotonou, oxidizing in the sun.
Keren Mikva, 10:13 pm
Caster Semenya, 25, won Olympic gold in the 800 meters as expected, but all anyone wanted to talk about was gender. Semenya was subjected to gender testing, sidelined for 11 months and eventually allowed to compete in 2010. She has been diagnosed with hyperandrogenism — testosterone levels that exceed the majority of women. New regulations in 2011 required female athletes to take testosterone-lowering medication if their natural levels are above a certain point. The rules were suspended in July 2015 for two years.
Dana Sanchez, 8:17 pm
Ivory Coast’s beloved national dish, attiéké — pronounced achekay — takes a couple of days to make from scratch if it’s prepared right. A severe shortage in local markets has drawn global attention to the Ivorian staple. It’s popular in other countries and foreigners are profiting from the name without making it properly, the government says. Legal protection, like Japan got for kobe and France for champagne, will protect the name and the manufacturing process. It should also speed up industrialization.
Dana Sanchez, 12:23 pm
Global tech and mobile giants are increasingly involved in Africa’s 314 active tech hubs. New tech hubs are opening on a weekly basis, according to new research by GSMA, the powerful mobile trade and lobbying association. GSMA recently launched its own innovation fund to tap local startups. Regardless of their type, it’s the facilitator role of tech hubs that explains their proliferation in Africa.
Lillian Mutiso, 2:45 am AFKI Original
Treason includes acts that are geared towards overthrowing a legitimately elected government or endangering state security. In most countries, this offense attracts the death penalty. In Africa, most governments have used treason allegations to trump up charges against their political rivals in order to silence them or force them out of politics. Here are some of African leaders that have been charged with treason in recent years;
Dana Sanchez, 8:59 am
Business investors aren’t the only ones spotting Africa’s potential. Name-brand foundations are also investing in Africa, making grants on a historic level. Still, charity has its critics. Akon is one of the most vocal. The U.S.-based rap star is one of the most famous impact investors in Africa — and one of the most prominent voices against giving charity to Africans. These are some of the biggest philanthropic foundations giving money in Africa.
Lillian Mutiso, 4:47 am AFKI Original
Africa is known for its vast potential of mineral resources. It is a great investment destination for foreign business organization from across the world. Investors’ desire to do business on the continent depends largely on the ease of company registration with regard to meeting legal and regulatory demands. According to the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index, a transparent and smooth registration process woos investors to any nation.
Peter Pedroncelli, 6:27 pm AFKI Original
The 2018 World Cup qualifying draw for the 20 African teams who still have a chance to qualify for the tournament took place in Cairo on Friday. This will be the third round of qualifying for teams in Africa, with 54 countries on the continent originally attempting to book a place in Russia come 2018.
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