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Julia Austin, 3:55 pm AFKI Original
Safaris come with warnings, but what if you get lost from the group? Whatever you do, don’t run. Running ignites the lion’s predatory instincts. It may be the very thing human evolution has been preparing you to do for just this moment but the lion will probably attack. Usain Bolt, the fastest human alive, can run 27.79 miles an hour. A lion can run 50. Here’s how to meet a lion and improve your chances of escaping with your life.
Dana Sanchez, 3:04 pm AFKI Original
Marijuana is illegal in Equatorial Guinea, but an important part of the economy. People smoke it everywhere and the police don’t seem to care. Before, it was used only in traditional ceremonies, but now marijuana is part of the culture in this West African country — the only one on the continent where Spanish is the official language. Marijuana is known as “The Sacred Weed” in Equatorial Guinea. This is the second in a three-part AFKInsider series. Check out 17 more countries in Africa ranked for marijuana tolerance.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:51 am AFKI Original
The use of mobile phone across Africa has helped the region leapfrog the fixed telephone era that most of the developed world went through in the 80’s and early 90’s. It has also fast tracked technological adoptions and financial access for many Africans. With internet penetration and the use of mobile money growing other services, such as sports betting, have piggybacked on these to reach a mass market
Mark Rausch, 5:30 pm AFKI Original
Linguists are in awe of Igbo, a tonal language spoken by more than 24 million people in Southeast Nigeria. While there are more than 20 dialects, Central Igbo is the most prevalent. Igbo features words that sound the same, but a slight change in tone will alter the entire meaning. The linguistic map of any African country shows a multiple languages. Here are 17 of the most commonly spoken languages in Africa.
Julia Austin, 12:35 pm AFKI Original
Based in South Africa, the Desteni is getting a reputation as a cult that is into thought control, censorship and moneymaking. It’s a new group that grew via the Internet over the last four or five years led by a woman who says she channels anything and anyone from dead celebrities to inanimate objects. Many believe cults and secret societies have played a part in the economics, politics and laws of Africa. Here are 12 cults and secret societies of Africa.
Julia Austin, 4:35 pm AFKI Original
Teff is a grain found in Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes that’s high in iron, fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium but perhaps even more significantly — it’s gluten free. It’s slowly gaining popularity in the U.S. Africans are often healthy eaters, incorporating whole foods in almost every meal. By comparison, Americans and people in developed economies are often gluttons for pre-packaged food heavy on sugar, salt, and fat. Here’s a few reasons an African diet could be great for your health.
Staff, 4:40 pm
One definition of the Islamic economy refers to economic activities driven by the Islamic lifestyle, consumer behavior and business practices in accordance with sharia principles. It has market value. For example, Muslim spending on tourism was estimated globally at $137 billion in 2012 — 12.5 percent of global expenditure. The Islamic economy transcends geographic, cultural and even religious boundaries, and is emerging as a new economic paradigm.
Dana Sanchez, 11:43 am
A Tunisian boat captain has been arrested and charged with manslaughter after a boat carrying 850 migrants capsized Saturday in the Mediterranean Sea. Most migrants who try to leave Africa on fishing boats bound for Europe originate from Eritrea, Somalia, and Nigeria, according to CNN. They also come from Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Sudan and Cote d’Ivoire.
Dana Sanchez, 3:07 pm
In the heart of Uganda’s dairy farming district 280 km from Kampala, Mbarara is attracting investors interested in manufacturing dairy products. It’s attractive for favorable climate and abundant available land. Breweries and beverage companies are also expanding there. DHL has identified five boom towns in Africa based on growth in agriculture, banking, technology, consumer goods and telecommunications. Check them out here.
Dana Sanchez, 3:09 pm AFKI Original
On and off-grid market opportunities in West Africa will be explored April 21-22 in Accra, Ghana, at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West Africa Conference. The conference aims to accelerate solar in West Africa and break down barriers to development, whether they be financial, political, or technological. W. Africa has numerous solar projects in the pipeline.
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