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  • 12 Great African Empires You May Never Have Heard Of

    By Derek Dias, 9:47 am

    From 1549 until 1875, Jolof or Wolof, was a powerful kingdom in what is now Senegal and Gambia. In 1875, the theocratic Imamate of Futa Jallon brought jihad upon its neighbor. The kingdom never recovered and the French took over soon after. C’est la vie. The next time you eat Jollof rice, you can thank this kingdom. Not enough people besides history buffs know about the great empires, kingdoms, and sultanates of Africa. Here are some of the great African empires you may never have heard of.

  • 15 African Hotels And Lodges Where You Can Sleep In Huts

    By Julia Austin, 1:22 pm AFKI Original

    A byword for luxury, the Serena brand offers an opulent experience at the Serengeti safari lodge inside the national park. Based on traditional tribal design, the huts melt into the landscape. Once you’ve had your fill of safaris and fossils at the nearby Ol Duvai archaeological site, you can relax at the vanishing pool and gaze out on the endless Serengeti plains.

  • South African Hotel Joins Nigerian Exodus, Cites Clash With Authorities

    Nigerian exodus By Dana Sanchez, 11:38 am

    Occupancy at the Victoria Island hotel and casino fell to 42 percent. Sun International isn’t the first South African company to clash with Nigerian authorities. Telecoms group MTN got a record-breaking multi-billion dollar fine. Nigeria is already in recession and it’s going to last a long time, an economist predicts. This month, South Africa reclaimed from Nigeria the title of Africa’s biggest economy due to appreciation of the rand and devaluation of the naira.

  • 12 Brexit Implications For Africa That Will Surprise You

    By Keren Mikva, 2:56 pm

    Nine out of the 10 biggest produce exporters to the U.K. are E.U. member countries. Potential changes to E.U. tariffs and the falling value of sterling have forced some retailers to consider sourcing from different countries. U.K. produce importers say they expect to see more produce from Africa. South Africa is already the No. 2 source of fresh fruit to the U.K. after Spain, and Kenya may become a beneficiary of the changing trade patterns.

  • A Snapshot Of African Tech Hubs : 314 Of Them And Growing Faster Than You Think

    By Dana Sanchez, 12:23 pm

    Global tech and mobile giants are increasingly involved in Africa’s 314 active tech hubs. New tech hubs are opening on a weekly basis, according to new research by GSMA, the powerful mobile trade and lobbying association. GSMA recently launched its own innovation fund to tap local startups. Regardless of their type, it’s the facilitator role of tech hubs that explains their proliferation in Africa.

  • Africa Elections Calendar: August Is Voters ‘Super Month’

    South Africa elections 2014. Photo: tvcnews By Kevin Mwanza, 8:41 am

    Africa has had a busy elections calendar in 2016. The year opened with a mixed bag of dramatic elections and referendum in the first quarter of the year. There has since been a haitus in Africa’s voting calendar that gave the continent a whiff of fresh air to refocus on socio-economic and security matters before the beginning of another polling season. August is now shaping up to be the ‘super month’ for elections on the continent with at least five elections scheduled to take place.

  • 12 African Leaders Charged With Treason In Recent History

    treason - Unbelievable Quotes From South African Politicians By Lillian Mutiso, 2:45 am AFKI Original

    Treason includes acts that are geared towards overthrowing a legitimately elected government or endangering state security. In most countries, this offense attracts the death penalty. In Africa, most governments have used treason allegations to trump up charges against their political rivals in order to silence them or force them out of politics. Here are some of African leaders that have been charged with treason in recent years;

  • 8 Olympic Sports That African Countries Will Excel At

    Olympic sports - Seabelo Senatla - South Africa Rugby Sevens By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:00 am AFKI Original

    The 2016 Rio Olympics provide an opportunity for African countries to earn medals for Olympic sports in competition with the best athletes and sportsmen and women from around the world. With this in mind, we take a closer look at 8 Olympic sports that teams from the African continent will likely excel at.

  • 12 Things You Should Know About Gambia’s Ramadan Music Ban

    By Keren Mikva, 8:17 am

    In a show of force ahead of the upcoming December election, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh banned music during Ramadan. He has been in power since a 1994 coup. “As the Muslim community observes the holy month of Ramadan, all the ceremonies and festivities involving singing, music and dancing are banned day and night,” he said. Citizens have been ordered to incriminate each other. About 90 percent of The Gambia is Muslim.

  • Gambia Bans Music During Ramadan, Violators Will Be Arrested

    Gambia bans music during Ramada By Dana Sanchez, 5:22 pm

    Ramadan began June 5. Observant Muslims fast during daylight hours and avoid sin on Ramadan. Gambia went a step further, banning music day and night throughout the holy period. Ramadan is meant to be a time of spiritual discipline, says a convert to Islam. But it’s also a time of celebration and joy. Around Africa, other restrictions have been placed on musical expression. A presidential election in The Gambia is scheduled for December.

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