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  • Opinion: Facebook’s Free Basics Is Bad For Africa, Good For Dictators

    Free Basics By Staff, 12:01 am

    Facebook’s record of collaborating with governments should make us wary of Free Basics. The app is only worth the gamble if one believes that governments where it’s been rolled out have the best interests of their citizens at heart — a presumption that is unwarranted in much of Africa. In just the last year, in Gabon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Chad, Zimbabwe, and many other countries, online actions of pro-democracy protestors prompted the state to shut down the internet for the entire country. Free Basics gives them a version of the internet that totally control.

  • Ballon d’Or Shortlist Includes Riyad Mahrez And Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Group A By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:41 am AFKI Original

    The shortlist for the Ballon d’Or award which recognises the best soccer player in the world was released this week, with two African players included among the 30 nominees. The two African players nominated for the award are Algerian Riyad Mahrez and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Both were also recently nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year accolade, with the duo among the favourites to scoop the continental prize.

  • Ghana’s Kwadwo Asamoah Returns For Juventus Following Knee Injury

    Kwadwo Asamoah - Juventus By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:18 am AFKI Original

    At a time when injuries have ravaged the Ghana national team, removing a number of experienced and key personnel, fans will be pleased at news that midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has returned to training following an injury sustained in September. The Juventus midfielder ruptured the meniscus cartilage in his knee, forcing him to sit on the sidelines at Italian club.

  • 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.

  • African Commentator Says Trump Sounds Like An African Politician

    Trump sounds like an African politician By Dana Sanchez, 8:10 pm

    African commentators are having a little fun at the U.S.’s expense in the bizarre last weeks leading to the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Republican party candidate Donald Trump bears the brunt for many of their jokes. But behind the jokes there’s deep concern that the U.S. democracy emulated and admired by many Africa countries is being made a mockery of. Here’s what Africans are saying on social media.

  • 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations Draw Determines Four Competitive Groups

    Top 10 Ranked African National Teams By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:31 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations draw was held in Gabon’s capital city Libreville on Wednesday evening, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) determined the four groups of 16 teams that will be aiming for glory come the AFCON in January 2017. The four host cities that will stage matches include Libreville, Franceville, Oyem and Port Gentil, as Gabon hosts the continental showpiece on their own, six years after co-hosting the competition alongside Equatorial Guinea.

  • CAF 2016 African Player Of The Year Shortlist Unveiled

    2016 African Player Of The Year By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:52 am AFKI Original

    The shortlist of 30 players that will be considered for the 2016 African Player of the Year award has been unveiled by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the winner’s announcement in the new year. The majority of those announced ply their trade in Europe, while some based on the African continent have also been included in the list.

  • Nigeria, Egypt And Cote D’Ivoire Win Opening World Cup Qualifiers

    World Cup Qualifiers By 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.

  • For U.S. Soldiers Based In Djibouti, Africa Is A ‘Leadership Lab’

    U.S. soldiers based in Djibouti By Dana Sanchez, 9:50 pm

    For ambitious young U.S. soldiers seeking leadership, a deployment in Africa is hard to beat. And that means being based in Djibouti. Djibouti’s status as a stable country in an otherwise volatile region is an asset worth millions of dollars in rent. Djibouti enjoys a lucrative role as a landlord. The U.S. pays $63 million a year to rent its base at Camp Lemonnier. China is building a base 8 miles away, and will be paying $100 million for theirs.

  • 10 African World Cup Qualifying Matches Coming This Weekend

    African World Cup qualifying By 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.

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