Gambia: Latest News
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.
Julia Austin, 5:02 pm AFKI Original
Moringa only recently hit the major food markets in Africa, but its impressive nutritional profile developed a reputation fast. The plant’s leaves are dried and ground up into a powder that can be added to your smoothies, shakes, or milk in your cereal. It has more protein than yogurt and more iron than spinach. Over 20 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from malnutrition, many living on land that grows some of the most nutritious food on the planet. Here are 8 African superfoods you should be eating.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:23 am AFKI Original
The African national teams are currently involved in Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying with matches to decide the teams that will progress to the next round of the qualification campaign to take part in the Nations Cup in early 2017. There are many fixtures taking place, with some of Africa’s best national teams involved in the campaign in an effort to earn their ticket to Gabon and a chance to be champions of Africa.
Staff, 11:42 pm
They targeted high-end vehicles like luxury SUVs made by Land Rover, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Honda, Porsche, Jaguar and Aston Martin. They would load the cars into shipping containers, which were taken to ports for transport by ship to West Africa. In West Africa, luxury vehicles command prices higher than the new market value in the U.S. The gang of car thieves had many methods of stealing the vehicle, prosecutors say.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is a sport mad part of the world, with the people of the African continent enjoying a variety of sports to watch or participate in, whether they are team sports or those practised by individuals. The love of fans on the continent for sports is clear in the passion that they exude when supporting their sports heroes or favourite teams. With this in mind, we take a look at the 8 most loved sports in Africa.
Staff, 12:03 am
MusikBi, Africa’s first home-grown platform for legal music downloads, launched Wednesday in Senegal. It’s mission? To promote African artists, pay them properly, and fight Internet piracy. Songs cost $0.50 to $0.85 US and users can download them using mobile phone credit. Piracy and changing consumer habits have seen record sales drop across the continent, with illegal downloads tempting African consumers looking online for music. Copyright enforcement remains relatively weak.
Staff, 12:01 am
African poultry markets are on the rise, and governments are trying to protect local markets while opening up to imports. South Africa, which finally agreed to allow chicken imports from the U.S., is now investigating measures to protect its local market from oversupply by E.U. countries. Poultry production is the fastest growing industry in Gambia. Poultry presents massive opportunities in Zambia but is held back by lack of funding. Ghana is taking measures to reduce imported poultry products.
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.
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