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Peter Pedroncelli, 5:23 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifiers began 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 throughout the continent. Drawn into five groups of four teams each, with the winner of the group after a round-robin format qualifies for Russia 2018.
Derek Dias, 10:12 am
Egypt isn’t the only African country with pyramids. UNESCO has designated 135 extraordinary sites on the continent you can add to your bucket list. Because of sanctions and Sudan’s human rights record, the Pyramids of Meroe in the Nubian Desert are a more recent addition you may never have heard of. The capital of the ancient Kingdom of Kush was the seat of power for the Nubian pharaohs — part of the same system of religion and rule in ancient Egypt. Meroe gets far fewer visitors because it’s in Sudan. If you make it, you will likely be one of the only visitors.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:23 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying is upon us, with 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend will see the opening matches of the third round group stage. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.
Staff, 4:45 am
Many innovations in Africa fail to materialize due to of lack of knowledge about registering intellectual property. Resident applications for patents are low in African countries. In 2014, there were 132 patent applications in Kenya, 14 in Zambia and five in Rwanda compared to over 280,000 in the U.S. and 19,000 in the U.K. The registration of copyright in many African countries has not taken off and this data is not taken into account in economic surveys. Microsoft’a online IP registration system replaces traditional paper-based forms.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:48 am AFKI Original
Italy’s Serie A has long been an attractive league to top quality soccer stars the world over, including some of the best African players. The 2016-17 season is well under way at this point, with players from the continent determined to make the difference for their teams with quality performances in Italian top-flight league matches. Here are 12 African players to look out for in the Italian Serie A this season.
Derek Dias, 9:47 am
From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:24 am
Libya, once one of Africa’s most booming economies and politically stable nations, has become a pale shadow of its former self since the Arab Spring that swept across the nation from February 2011. The wave that ended eight months later after claiming the life of strongman, Muammar Gaddafi, who had ruled the Maghreb nation since 1969 led to a civil war that has put the nation on the brink of total destruction.
Dana Sanchez, 2:41 pm
Africa has 700 companies with revenue of more than $500 million and half are in South Africa. About 40 percent of the 700 are publicly listed, and the continent needs more of them, McKinsey reported. How did they get there? By growing strong at home, not giving up, integrating what other companies would usually outsource, and investing in talent. Family businesses make up 10-to-20 percent of the companies by revenue.
Dana Sanchez, 5:56 pm
International bookings for travel to Africa look highly encouraging through December, according to travel intelligence firm ForwardKeys. Travel within Africa is ahead 9.4 percent for the year. Europe, with more than 60 percent of forward bookings, is ahead 11.3 percent. North Africa has seen slow growth or even decline — people are scared to travel there — while East Africa has seen double-digit growth. Tourism tends to take up to two years to recover after terrorists attack tourists.
Dana Sanchez, 3:27 pm AFKI Original
With investors showing increased interest in African equity and bond markets and through direct investment, data issues are getting more urgent. Accurate and transparent statistics are essential indicators of economic potential, economists say. African countries generally fail to accurately record the size of the informal economy which could account for up to 62.7 percent of GDP. Three of the 10 countries listed here are expected to see their GDPs decrease in 2016. For others, it’s still Africa rising. Here’s what we know.
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