Gambia: Latest News
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.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 10:14 am
Benin now has expanded broadband Internet access via submarine cable launched by French telecommunications giant Orange and the ACE submarine cable consortium. This furthers Orange’s goal to expand widespread Internet access in African countries where it does business. The 17,000-kilometer cable now serves 18 countries including 13 in Africa.
Staff, 12:50 pm
Monsanto tries to genetically engineer superfoods. Thing is, such superfoods already exist in Africa. The leaves of amaranth, pumpkin, and cowpea (black-eyed pea) plants are packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein. Their popularity waned as urbanization swept through Africa, but they’re gaining renewed interest from urban dwellers and food-security experts. Their leaves outshine rival Western greens introduced into African agriculture over the past century.
Dana Sanchez, 11:05 pm
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has reversed a decision to deport a Lebanese businessman listed on a U.S. anti-terror list for financing Hezbollah. Again. Husayn Tajideen owns the largest shopping center in Gambia and the U.S. says he’s using the proceeds to finance the Iran-backed Shi’ite Muslim group. Gambia ordered Tajideen’s expulsion once before in 2013. He was pardoned that time too.
Staff, 9:07 pm
U.S. researchers have developed a laser scan that gives an accurate malaria diagnosis in seconds without breaking the skin. They’re preparing for trials in Africa. Malaria threatens half the world’s population, killing 584,000 people in 2013. Existing tests for malaria are already quick, taking only 15 to 20 minutes to give a diagnosis, but blood has to be taken, the test must be conducted by trained personnel and extra chemical reagents must be used.
Dana Sanchez, 4:08 pm
It’s harder to get into Fred Swaniker’s African Leadership Academy just outside Johannesburg than it is to get into Wharton or Stanford or Harvard. A lucky 100 students each year are selected because of the potential impact they can have on the continent. Many of them at age of 16 or 17 started companies, invented products, or led political movements in their countries. Swaniker plugs them into a powerful network of venture capitalists.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:55 am
Taal moved back to Gambia in 2011 to try and seal a gap he had seen as a university student in the Africa’s Agriculture sector where most of the produce from the continent was exported in its raw form to be processed in foreign countries. Coming from Gambia, a nations that is big on producing groundnuts, the 27-year-old entrepreneur quickly set up a groundnut processing firm
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:00 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign began this past weekend with the first set of matches to decide the teams which will descend on Gabon at the beginning of 2017 to determine Africa’s best national team. AFKSports rounds up the results from the first matchday of AFCON qualifying action.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:26 am
South Africa’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign begins on Saturday night as they take on Gambia at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba is dealing with a squad that has been severely depleted through injury ahead of their encounter with the Scorpions, and these setbacks have prompted the […]
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