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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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:46 am AFKI Original
Social media is becoming an increasingly popular medium for African soccer players and other professional sportsmen and women to interact with their fans and fellow sports personalities, with Instagram accounts gaining in popularity. At a competition such as the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), fans are even more interested to follow their sporting heroes on social media platforms such as Instagram. Here are 12 African soccer players with Instagram accounts at the 2017 AFCON.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:33 am AFKI Original
AFCON host nation Gabon have bitterly disappointed their fans at the ongoing 2017 edition of the competition after failing to progress from the group stages of the tournament. Gabon drew 0-0 with Cameroon in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations action at the Stade de l’Amitié in Libreville on Sunday night, which meant that Cameroon finished behind Burkina Faso in second place in the Group A standings.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:57 am
Gabon drew 1-1 with Burkina Faso in 2017 Africa Cup of Nations action at the Stade de I’Amitie in Libreville on Wednesday night, but coach Jose Antonio Camacho believes in his team’s prospects despite the AFCON hosts settling for their second consecutive stalemate of the group stage. A converted first half penalty from captain and star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cancelled out the opener from Burkina Faso’s Prejuce Nakoulma, who scored early in the first half for the Stallions. As a result, the Panthers have two points and sit tied for second in Group A along with Burkina Faso. Cameroon top the group following their 2-1 victory over Guinea Bissau on Wednesday.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:55 am AFKI Original
Following the second round of matches in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations for Group A, Cameroon lead the standings after a 2-1 win over Guinea Bissau while hosts Gabon earned a second successive 1-1 draw, this time against Burkina Faso. Gabon and Burkina Faso settled for a 1-1 draw at the Stade de I’Amitie in Libreville on Wednesday evening.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:05 am AFKI Original
With four games played thus far at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Senegal was the only side to secure a win and take command of Group B thanks to their three-point haul. The opening day of matches in Gabon saw two draws, with the hosts stumbling to a 1-1 stalemate against tournament newbies Guinea Bissau, while Cameroon and Burkina Faso managed the same scoreline in the late match on Saturday.
Staff, 3:13 pm
Morocco’s investment in sub-Saharan Africa the past decade represents 85% of its overall foreign direct investment stocks. The story of its national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, testifies to its expansive economic ambition on the continent. Morocco has expanded economic ties with many African countries through trade and investments since it left the African Union. It now seeks to return to the A.U., boost these ties and settle the unresolved matter of the Western Sahara. It has support of 28 African countries. Leaving the A.U. was a “strategic mistake,” a stakeholder said. “Africa is our natural home.”
Dana Sanchez, 5:05 pm
The Asian strain of Zika responsible for the outbreak in Brazil and the U.S. has not been reported on the African mainland. Cape Verde has reported nine cases of the Asian strain. It’s not known if exposure to the African strain gives protection against the Asian strain. A $54.2 million grant in 2016 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is funding a candidate Zika virus vaccine now in its first phase of trials
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