Gambia: Latest News

  • 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.

  • Benin Gets Expanded Broadband Internet Via Submarine Cable

    By 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.

  • Opinion: Africa Already Has Superfoods That Monsanto Tries To Engineer With GMOs

    By 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.

  • Undeported: Gambian President Reverses Decision On Lebanese Businessman On U.S. Anti-Terror List

    By 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.

  • New Laser Scan For Malaria Diagnosis Headed For Trials In Africa

    By 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.

  • African Entrepreneur Fred Swaniker Talks About The Air And Water In Silicon Valley

    Fred Swaniker By 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.

  • ‘Bag It, Weigh It and Ship It’: Gambian Entrepreneur Builds Business In Food Processing

    By 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

  • 2017 AFCON Qualifiers: Ghana And Nigeria Victorious

    Nigeria's Odion Ighalo By 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.

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