Gambia: Latest News
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.
Dana Sanchez, 11:20 pm
U.S. President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa met for the first time in Washington, D.C. Its recommendations? Establish a U.S.-Africa Infrastructure Center, and develop African capital markets to attract increased investment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission providing technical assistance.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:55 am AFKI Original
The draw took place after Gabon was announced as the host nation for the tournament, and this qualification campaign will see the country participate in the qualifying stages for the AFCON for the first time, but their matches will be considered friendly internationals, and will not count for any points in their group.
Staff, 6:21 pm
In Gambia, people better watch what they say if they don’t want the country’s military dictator to shut their mouths for them, says British writer Dotun Adebayo. People are poor in Gambia but the country is West Africa’s most successful tourist destination, and with 10 or 20 more years of authoritarianism Gambia might be the African Singapore.
Julia Austin, 2:32 pm AFKI Original
Large textile firms like H&M are building factories in Ethiopia. The company that owns Tommy Hilfiger is scouting Kenya. And since local fashions influence what the factories make, these styles will likely show up in the the diaspora staple of African head wraps. Buy them or recreate them yourself at home. Here are 12 fabrics and designs that make great African head wraps.
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