Gabon: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 12:35 pm
Facebook beat Wall Street expectations for sales and user growth in the fourth quarter of 2016, and it credits Internet.org, its free basic version of the internet in developing countries, for helping make that happen. It added more users worldwide in the fourth quarter than any quarter since the company went public in 2012. Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s vision is to get more Africans online. “This isn’t a purely altruistic venture,” an analyst said. Internet.org, is available in 23 African countries through partnerships with mobile operators.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:57 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) has come to an end, with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon securing ultimate victory in the final over Egypt with a 2-1 win that few saw coming. The competition in Gabon was entertaining, providing fans of the beautiful game with action-packed matches to enjoy over the course of three weeks. A number of records were broken, while some interesting statistics came to light during the premier African national team competition. Here are 12 records and facts that emerged from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:07 am AFKI Original
Cameroon have emerged from Gabon with their fifth Nations Cup title after a 2-1 comeback victory over Egypt in the final in Libreville on Sunday night. The Indomitable Lions were not expected to beat the Pharaohs in the decider, as Egypt had only conceded one goal throughout the tournament up to that point, and they were aiming to lift their eighth AFCON trophy with victory in Gabon.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:34 am AFKI Original
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon managed a 2-0 win over the Black Stars of Ghana in the second semi-final played at the Stade de Franceville on Thursday evening, securing their place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final against Egypt. Goals from Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Christian Bassogog made sure of victory over a more favoured Ghanaian outfit, with captain Benjamin Moukandjo leading his charges by example with a fine display in midfield.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:31 am AFKI Original
Egyptian national team goalkeeper Essam El Hadary was named man of the match in Wednesday night’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final victory over Burkina Faso at the Stade de I’Amitie in Libreville. The 44-year-old goalkeeper, who is now the oldest player to have taken part in an AFCON match, helped his side to a win over Burkina Faso after a 1-1 draw in normal time gave way to the lottery of penalties, with the Pharaohs winning the shootout 4-3.
Kurt Davis Jr., 10:23 am AFKI Original
French cosmetics company L’Oreal has invested in organic beeswax in Mali, the surprise country for 2017. Economic growth should hover around 5-to-6 percent this year as agricultural production strengthens. Lack of investment or interest in the country in recent years means there are unexploited opportunities with many investors still sitting on the sidelines. Opportunities exist in cashews, biofuels, shea butter and cotton. This year should see some investors put cash into the country, especially in agriculture.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:14 am
Cote D’Ivoire coach Michel Dussuyer has resigned from his post at the helm of the West African national team, following the side’s failure to progress from the group stages at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon. The lack of progression to the knockout stages was particularly disappointing for the Elephants due to the fact that they were defending champions, having won the 2015 Nations Cup.
She’s There When African Governments Turn Off The Internet: Meet The Lawyer Advancing Facebook In AfricaBy Staff, 1:01 am
Some describe Ebele Okobi, 42, as Facebook’s secretary of state for Africa. Last year, at least 11 African governments shut down the internet for various temporary reasons. Where there are shutdowns, there is Okobi. Perhaps the most controversial aspect of her work is Free Basics, the Facebook-driven platform that provides a free version of the internet. Telecos in 22 African countries provide it. Facebook can control what is accessible, and many have criticized it for creating different classes of internet access. For its part, Facebook says half of all Free Basics users convert into paying internet customers within a month.
Dana Sanchez, 10:32 am
Faced with an escalating price war at home in India, Bharti Airtel is looking to its African operations to reduce debt. India is one of the most competitive telecom markets in the world. The company lost $91 million in Africa in Q3 of 2016. Airtel has 22.14 percent market share in Nigeria and 34.1 million customers. Market observers in Nigeria say lack of access to foreign exchange for operators, falling revenue per user and customers’ lack of disposable income are hurting telecom operators in the country.
Bridget Williamson, 3:59 pm
Victoria Falls gets all the attention when it comes to waterfalls in Africa, and deservedly so. It’s not the highest or the widest waterfall in the world, but it’s the biggest — about twice the height of North America’s Niagara Falls and more than twice as wide. Africa has other fabulous waterfalls that many people don’t know about. They’re on the periphery of the beaten path in regions previously overlooked or ignored. Some are hard to reach. They’re among the most underappreciated aspects of Africa’s natural heritage.
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