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  • Facebook Should Be Growing Fast In Africa. Here’s Why It May Fall Flat

    Facebook fiber optic cables Uganda By Staff, 12:01 am

    Facebook is not the only big social media beast vying for users in Africa. WeChat, owned by Chinese firm Tencent, is also making forays on the continent, and has seen significant uptake in South Africa, where it has over 5 million users. WeChat is betting big on additional services such as money transfers and airtime purchases on top of its social network to encourage further growth, and is closing in on Facebook’s WhatsApp, which has been around much longer.

  • Kenya To Go On With Nuclear Energy Plans Despite Huge Renewable Energy Potential

    By Kevin Mwanza, 8:45 am

    Kenya will go on with plans to construct its first ever nuclear plant to fill its power deficit, defying calls from Italian and German experts who urged the nation to instead focus on developing its renewable energy. East Africa’s biggest economy identified possible sites near Lake Turkana, Lake Victoria and the Indian Ocean, targeting to use the vast water resources to cool off the reactors once they start generating power.

  • 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.

  • Mohamed Salah’s Roma Hat-Trick Is Good News For Egypt

    Winger Mohamed Salah scores hat-trick for Roma By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:20 am AFKI Original

    Egypt international striker Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick for Italian Serie A club Roma on the weekend against Bologna in a 3-0 victory over their opponents. The win allowed the club from the capital to move into second place, four points behind Italian top-flight leaders Juventus, while Salah’s form is good news for Egypt.

  • New Ghanaian Airline Plans Q1 Service To Baltimore-Washington, Removes Barrier To Hub Status

    New Ghanaian airline By Dana Sanchez, 5:52 pm

    Ghana hasn’t had a national long-haul carrier since Ghana Airways, one of Africa’s oldest airlines, stopped flying in December 2015. Getting one will remove one of the stumbling blocks that prevented Accra from becoming a West African hub for air travel. There is no strong airline and no airport hub in West and Central Africa. Ghana made up for the absence of a strong carrier by issuing other airlines rights to carry passengers from Accra.

  • African Countries Oppose New UN Gay Rights Envoy. World Bank Appoints LGBT Promoter

    African countries oppose new UN gay rights By Staff, 12:01 am

    Obama’s push for LGBT rights has shifted attitudes globally but some are fighting it. Washington, D.C.-based World Bank lends money in developing countries. This year, it researched LGBT discrimination globally and collected data. The bank created a new advisor whose job is to report violence gainst LGBT in the 136 countries in which it does business. Fifty-four African countries want a new U.N. investigator suspended whose job is to investigate human rights violations against LGBT. There’s a good chance their resolution will pass.

  • In A Down Market For New Car Sales, Cape Town Motor Show Appeals To African Aspirations

    Cape Town Motor Show By Dana Sanchez, 12:48 pm AFKI Original

    New vehicle sales continue to fall in South Africa. The industry needed a creative idea to invigorate its local auto market, excite domestic motor enthusiasts, and appeal to people across sectors. The solution? A Cape Town Motor Show that promoters promise will rival motor shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York. The show will go over well, a promoter predicts. “People are hungry. People always want to drive a better car. The mood is very positive.”

  • Authorities Say Ethiopian Investments Are Safe. Citizens’ Access To Information? Not So Safe

    Ethiopian investments are safe By Dana Sanchez, 3:12 pm

    Ethiopian authorities say the Oct. 8 state of emergency is helping restore stability after a year of protests. Many investments and factories are back in business. But rights groups and the opposition say a government ban on mobile internet and social media stops people from getting the information they need to keep safe. Thirty days of Internet disruption between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, cost Ethiopia’s economy over $8.5 million, according to a recent Brookings Institution report.

  • Is Marriott’s African Expansion More Significant Than Airbnb’s?

    By Dana Sanchez, 12:42 pm

    While there is plenty of information available online about Airbnb’s growth in South Africa, not much is available on its progress throughout the rest of the continent. We know that Airbnb has 25,000 listings in South Africa, and more than half are in Cape Town. Marriott, meanwhile, is on track to have 205 hotels and 37,000 rooms in all of Africa after its six new African hotels are built. Three of the six new Marriott properties will be in Cape Town.

  • 30 Players Nominated For The 2016 African Player Of The Year Award

    German Bundesliga Thomas Tuchel desperate to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:10 am AFKI Original

    The shortlist of 30 nominees for the 2016 African Player of the Year award has been announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the winner’s announcement in the new year. Below are the 30 players who have been nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year award.

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