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  • AFCON Qualifying: Bafana Embarrassed, Cote D’Ivoire Stumble

    Bafana captain Dean Furman By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:43 am AFKI Original

    This past weekend saw another round of AFCON qualifying taking place across the continent to decide the teams that will emerge on Gabon for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), and there were many surprise results amongst the list of fixtures. Here we look back at a few of the matches that took place […]

  • 16 African National Team Coaching Changes During 2015

    Sunday Oliseh By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:05 am AFKI Original

    Coaching African national football teams is a demanding and pressurised job, with many football federations and associations lacking the patience to give a coach the time to become comfortable in their role and produce successful results. The pressure is always high, and with national teams in Africa the changes seem to ring all too often.

  • Human Trafficking Replaces Tourism: Business Booming In Agadez, Niger

    Human trafficking replaces tourism By Dana Sanchez, 12:45 pm

    As many as 2,000 migrants leave Agadez, Niger, every week. It’s the last big stop before Libya, and while the government has begun cracking down on the traffic, spurred by the outcry in Europe over illegal migration, the business of moving migrants is booming. Market stalls are full of fresh produce, there’s a profusion of banks with working ATMs and new construction stretches beyond the airport that once received tourists.

  • Africell Dials Up $150M Deal For Expansion In Sub-Saharan Africa

    By Kevin Mwanza, 5:53 am

    Lebanon-owned sub-Saharan Africa telecommunication company, Africell, has signed a $150 million syndicated loan from international lenders including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s investment arm. Africell is a subsidiary of Africell Holding founded in 2000 but began operations in Africa in 2001. It has offices in The Gambia, Sierra Leone, The DRC and Uganda.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Meth Traffic And Production In Africa

    Before-and-after mug shot of a meth user. Getty By Dana Sanchez, 2:47 pm AFKI Original

    Rarely mentioned in the world’s drug trade before 2002, Africa is breaking bad. One sign of the growing importance of the African meth trade is the arrival of Latin American producers. Mexicans have helped set up labs in Nigeria. “They are not just mom and pop labs, they are big labs,” an expert said. “Mexicans aren’t going to come over and train (people) unless they are dealing in large amounts.” Here are 12 things you didn’t know about meth traffic and production in Africa.

  • Not Paying Much Taxes: 10 African Countries With Low Tax-To-GDP Ratios

    By Dana Sanchez, 8:13 pm AFKI Original

    We may connect death with taxes but taxes indicate the health of a country’s economic development. In 1789 when the U.S. democracy was in its infancy, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” In African countries, the formal sector often accounts for less than half the economy. Here are 10 African countries with low tax-to-GDP ratios.

  • 1000 Africans Attend Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur Boot Camp

    Tony Elumelu, Youtube By Dana Sanchez, 4:41 pm

    A thousand entrepreneurs from 51 African countries attended a two-day boot camp in Nigeria hosted by Tony Elumelu with speeches by a who’s who of African influence. Chosen from 20,000 applicants, each of the winning 1000 entrepreneurs will receive $10,000 from Elumelu to support their businesses. Elumelu pledged $100 million to help grow 10,000 exceptional startups and young businesses from across Africa over the next 10 years.

  • 10 Healing Plants From Ancient African Cultures

    acacia trees By Julia Austin, 2:12 pm

    Acacia is found in South Africa, Madagascar and many parts of Africa. It’s often used in aromatherapy essential oils as well as candies and soft drinks because of its glue-like properties. Organic products use acacia as a natural alternative to chemical binders. If the world understands the invaluable properties of these healing plants from ancient African cultures, maybe we’ll do a better job preserving them.

  • Islamic Bonds In Sub-Sahara: UAE Now No. 4 For Foreign Investment

    By Staff, 10:57 am

    In 2014, South Africa became the first non-Muslim country to issue a sukuk, or Islamic bonds, in sub-Saharan Africa. U.A.E. is No. 4 in Africa for foreign investment after the U.S., the U.K. and South Africa. Middle Eastern investors were especially strong in real estate, hospitality and construction, financial services, and consumer products and retail.

  • Challenging Stereotypes, #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou

    By Staff, 12:25 pm

    Africans and members of the African diaspora are using Twitter to challenge stereotypes about the continent with a hashtag that started trending after its June 23 kickoff. A Twitter user asked followers to showcase the beauty of Africa. “I got involved because growing up I was made to feel ashamed of my homeland, with negative images that paint Africa as a desolate continent,” the 22- year-old said.

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