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  • Opinion: Trump’s Leadership Traits Are Bad News For Democracy In Africa

    Trump’s leadership traits By Dana Sanchez, 2:47 pm

    Trump is tribal. His campaign to make America great became a motto for a return to an America dominated by white Christian men. This appeal to ethnic rather than civic nationalism has a long history in Africa’s failed democratic experiments. Trump doesn’t accept criticism, whether in the media or from human rights groups. Repression of both has a long history in Africa. Trump’s example should alarm those in Africa who advocate for greater government transparency and accountability.

  • Castro’s Mixed Legacy In Africa: He Fought Colonialism, Found Capitalism Repugnant

    Fidel Castro By Dana Sanchez, 5:24 pm

    Fidel Castro was no angel. He ran Cuba with “a strong arm and dodgy economic policies,” but for many in Africa, the Cuban leader was a friend in need. Castro is credited with helping pit Russia against the U.S. in a war in Angola that brought about the beginning of the end of apartheid. It wasn’t just about independence from colonialists but also from the perceived injustices of capitalism. “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating,” Castro said.

  • DRC Still Polarized Even After Deal To Include Opposition In Unitary Government

    By Kevin Mwanza, 4:51 am

    Augustin Ponyo, the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and other cabinet members resigned last week in a deal that is expected to usher in a unitary government and extend President Joseph Kabila’s tenure past his constitutionally-mandated term next month, to April 2018. The position will be occupied by an opposition leader with several others getting ministerial slots

  • Nigeria Topple Algeria, SA Stun Senegal In World Cup Qualifying

    Victor Moses - Nigeria squad By Peter Pedroncelli, 12:21 am AFKI Original

    The third round of African World Cup qualifying continued this past weekend, with the 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to Africa in action across the continent. This is how the 10 African World Cup qualifying matches turned out for the participating nations looking to earn their ticket to Russia in two years’ time.

  • 10 African World Cup Qualifying Matches Coming This Weekend

    World Cup Qualifying - El Arabi Hillel Soudani for Algeria. Photo: foot mercato By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am AFKI Original

    The third round of African World Cup qualifying continues this coming weekend, as the second set of matches see 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend 10 fixtures will be played around the continent in the group stages. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elections In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

    DRC elections By Kevin Mwanza, 7:08 am AFKI Original

    The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has experienced years of civil war mainly due to fights for political power and control of the country’s vast mineral deposits. The Central African nation was set to hold its presidential election in November, this year, but the poll was postponed to next year, a move that has led to wide-spread violence across the country.

  • 12 African Players To Look Out For In The French Ligue 1 This Season

    Vincent Enyeama - French Ligue 1 By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am AFKI Original

    The French Ligue 1 enjoys a long history of attracting quality soccer players from all over Africa. The 2016-17 season in France is proving to be exciting, with players from the continent determined to contribute quality performances for their French clubs in the top-flight. Here are 12 African players to look out for in the French Ligue 1 this season.

  • Bye-Bye Brick And Mortar: Sub-Saharan African Markets With The Most Fintech Opportunities

    fintech opportunities By Kurt Davis Jr., 3:41 pm AFKI Original

    Sub-Saharan African banks are late to the party. More than 75% of Africans lack access to traditional banking. Fintech offerings with the most potential are the ones that address the unbanked and underserved. Addressing Africa’s poor is impactful and a money maker, but it’s also time-consuming — something to consider if you want a quick return. Africans may be quick to try a mobile app or technology but end users are not always quick adopters. Here are five sub-Saharan markets with the most opportunities in fintech.

  • Africa Targeted in China-Pakistan Jet Sales. Are BRICS Fissures Forming?

    China-Pakistan Jet Sales By Dana Sanchez, 2:33 pm

    China and Pakistan have successfully developed several military aircraft together, and the partnership is now actively courting African countries to buy their JF-17 fighter jets. “There is a clear scope for co-operation on the African continent and a lot of potential in Africa,” said Pakistan’s minister of defense production. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Pakistan as a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of BRICS members — Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. China defended Pakistan at the summit, underway in India.

  • 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Katwe, Uganda

    Africa International Film Festival By Dana Sanchez, 5:04 pm AFKI Original

    Most people outside Africa were introduced to Katwe, Uganda’s biggest slum, by way of a newly released Disney movie, “Queen of Katwe,” about a local chess prodigy. Katwe is described as one of the worst places on earth. It’s also known as a hive of ingenuity; its artisans, craftsmen and technicians famous for repairing imported electronic devices and cars. They’re also known for their ability to improvise and manufacture imitations of original items. Nearly half of all teenage girls in Katwe are mothers.

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