Gambia: Latest News
Julia Austin, 9:00 am AFKI Original
Lagos, Nigeria, was identified in 2014 as one of the new finance hubs of the future. Just a year later, U.S. financial services company JP Morgan announced it would be removing Nigeria from its Emerging Market Government Bond Index due to a “lack of liquidity and transparency in the nation’s foreign exchange markets.” Those are two drastically differing opinions on Nigeria’s economy, but you can’t argue with the facts. Here are 8 of the richest Nigerian banks by assets.
Julia Austin, 8:55 am AFKI Original
In much of rural Africa, traditional medicine is the only form of treatment. Silene capensis has been used by Xhosa tribes of South Africa during rites-of-passage rituals. It comes from the roots of a plant that South African natives call undlela ziimhlophe. It’s mostly known for helping people have lucid dreams but many people report waking up feeling incredibly well rested. The roots can be chewed or boiled down and steeped in tea. Some buyers share their experience with the root online. More than 4,000 plants are used for medicinal purposes in Africa. Check out 8 natural sleep remedies from Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 5:09 pm AFKI Original
Do a Google search for African countries that celebrate Valentine’s Day — observed Feb. 14 — and not much comes up, South Africa being an exception. Africans living outside the continent’s major cities may not have embraced the love fest — arguably one of the West’s biggest and best excuses ever for spending money on flowers, chocolates and other gifts. But some Africans living in the diaspora say they plan to send money home to mark Valentine’s Day.
Dana Sanchez, 3:26 pm
Milken speaks highly of immigrants; 50 percent of the scientists and engineers in Silicon Valley are first-generation immigrants, he told a crowd of 600-plus at the Tiger 21 conference. Members of the North American Tiger 21 network are high-net-worth investors who collectively manage $35 billion in investable assets. Miliken has done a lot to restore his image since being banned for life from the securities industry. He has an institute named for him and he’s full of optimism for Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:09 pm
What African leaders say about the ICC is making headlines. Regular Africans get less press. A.U members resolved to consider a mass withdrawal from the ICC at a recent summit. “It’s like only African leaders have been arraigned before the ICC,” said Ghana’s president. That’s right, said Gambian ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. “All of our cases right now are in Africa.” Withdrawing from the ICC would be an abuse of justice and a sign that the government only cares about the accused, not the victims, a Kenyan educator said.
Jeanette Wall, 9:37 am
You’re probably familiar with the incredible walking and hiking opportunities in eastern and southern Africa, but did you know there are also spectacular possibilities in West Africa? Complete with verdant hillsides, rocky escarpments, snow, active volcanoes, and even the occasional elephant? Here’s a list of some of them, from short day walks to more full-on experienced treks.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:05 am AFKI Original
Carrying a South African passport means you can travel to 97 countries without a visa, making it one of the top three countries in Africa whose citizens have broad freedom to travel. Certain countries have more freedom than others when it comes to travelling without a visa. Check out 8 of the most useful African passports to have.
Staff, 12:05 am
The asylum-seeking models, age 19-to-27, are from Mali and Gambia. They’ve worked in farming, construction and waiting tables. Organized by the ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, the event showcased the fall 2016 collections of four African labels. “We wanted to offer a different view of the problem of asylum seekers in Europe today and a practical solution,” the founder said.
Kevin Mwanza, 2:23 am
It is not clear what the impact of this statement has been on the country’s vibrant tourism sector, but saying this at a time when the rest of the world is grappling with the terrorism problem posed by Islamic State (IS) tourists are bound to be repulsed. Gambia has joined other African nations including Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, in the to become an Islamic state.
Staff, 12:08 am
A former fisherman who sells sandwiches in a Cameroonian town on the West African coast says he and his colleagues were forced to abandon their jobs three years ago to Chinese fishermen who have taken over all fishing areas. The government has allowed foreigners to do jobs Cameroonians should be doing. Officials from 24 African countries met in Cameroon last month and called for China to stop illegal fishing off the West African coast.
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