Gambia: Latest News
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.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 4:17 pm
South Africa lost its spot as No. 1 economy in Africa to Nigeria in 2014, and its No. 2 spot to Egypt in 2016. So who has best shot next at bypassing the South African economy? These are 21 of the International Monetary Fund’s top performing economies in Africa based on gross domestic product. You’ll be surprised who’s absent from this list: Rwanda.
Joe Kennedy, 10:28 am
Wrestling (called Laamb in the Wolof language and Lutte sénégalaise in French) is a national sport in Senegal and has grown in popularity over the last few decades. It is common throughout Senegal and in parts of The Gambia as well. During the wrestling contests, men often put on elaborate outfits to intimidate their opponents and entertain the crowds in everything from small amateur matches at the beach to the giant stadium contests. Here are some of the faces of the wrestlers of Senegal.
African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African traditions, economies and recreation. It is an important source of income, but is illegal everywhere in Africa. Tolerance and enforcement vary from country to country. There’s a growing belief that with the proper regulations, marijuana should be legalized for the greater good. AFKInsider compiled a list of African countries and ranked them for marijuana tolerance. We’ve also provided a list of most marijuana-friendly countries in the world as a basis for comparison.
Julia Austin, 5:14 pm AFKI Original
UniBank is entirely Ghanaian owned and, for that reason, has a loyal customer base. It was named Best SME Bank in Ghana—an award that works to recognize reforms, modernization, and expansion of Africa’s banking and financial sector. Ghana’s largest industries include agriculture, mining and ship building — industries that often do business far from metropolitan areas. Here are 8 of Ghana’s richest banks by assets in 2015.
Dana Sanchez, 9:10 pm
Several cities in Africa rank among the world’s most expensive, reflecting high living costs and high prices of goods for expats. Luanda (No. 1) remains the most costly city in Africa and the world, followed by N’Djamena (No. 10), Victoria (No. 17), and Libreville (No. 30). Below we’ve ranked 13 cities in Africa with the lowest cost of living. South Africa made it onto this list twice. No. 1 on this list — the city in Africa with the lowest cost of living — ranked No. 206 out of 207 countries, only slightly more expensive than Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:52 am
New FIFA president Gianni Infantino has suggested that Africa should receive two more World Cup qualification spots if his plan to expand the flagship competition from 32 to 40 teams is successful. Swiss UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino was elected as the new FIFA president at the end of February, and began working for world football’s governing body with immediate effect.
Dana Sanchez, 4:30 pm
The working arm of Akon Lighting Africa worked out a deal with Chinese suppliers for a $1 billion line of credit. Akon and partners use this money as part of a financing package to offer to African governments as they bid for contracts or tenders. “Until now, we have used $240 million out of the $1 billion that we have at our disposal. We are present in 14 countries and want to expand into an additional 30 countries very soon,” a partner said. The know-how already exists to power Africa, Akon said. What’s still needed is greater technical innovation and more creative financial models. Akon is looking to the Middle East for that.
Keren MikvaAFKI Original
As chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court since June 2012, Gambian Fatou Bensouda has been credited with changing the face of the embattled institution. Taking over from the highly criticized Luis Moreno Ocampo, Bensouda doesn’t shy away from difficult cases. She seeks to restore the integrity of the ICC and is pursuing a case against the president and vice president of Kenya for their alleged roles in violence following the 2007 election.
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