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  • Will African Countries Copy India’s Ban On Free Internet?

    Will African Countries Copy India's Ban On Free Internet? By Dana Sanchez, 4:02 pm

    Facebook wants to bring Internet connectivity to hard-to-reach parts of Africa with free Internet. In past centuries, colonialism was about exploiting resources. In the modern world, it’s digital — moving in, setting up companies and building insurmountable user bases before any other company can. An Indian social network wouldn’t stand a chance against free Facebook, Indian companies argued, and the regulator agreed. Are African entrepreneurs different?

  • MTN Partners With South African Online Travel Agency In $40M Funding Deal

    By Dana Sanchez, 8:45 am

    Cape Town-based Travelstart has partnered with MTN and plans to be the largest online travel agency in Africa with $40M in financing from U.K.-based Amadeus Capital Partners. Travelstart is already a tour de force in emerging markets. This is an investment in the largest multinational player in a very large and rapidly growing market. “They are one of the most profitable e-commerce companies on the African continent,” said MTN.

  • Airlines On Alert Over Ebola Scare In West Africa

    By Kevin Mwanza, 9:20 am

    International airlines are once again reconsidering their flights to three West African countries that were affected by the Ebola epidemic following the re-emergence of the disease only days After the Word Health Organization declared the region free of the virus. Concerns over the spread of Ebola have led a number of airlines flying to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to increase health-checks on passengers traveling from the region

  • Not Yet Ebola-Free: Over 100 People Quarantined In Sierra Leone

    By Kevin Mwanza, 5:46 am

    Over 100 people have been placed on quarantine in Sierra Leone on suspicion they could be infected with Ebola from a woman who died on Jan. 12, two days before the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak over. The death of the woman in Sierra Leone, the last country that is still fighting the disease that ravaged three African countries and killed over 11,300 people, has raised new fears

  • M&A Africa: Orange Buys Liberia’s Largest Mobile Operator Cellcom

    By Kevin Mwanza, 7:19 am

    French telecom group Orange, through its subsidiary Orange Cote d’Ivoire, has acquired a 100-percent stake in Liberia’s largest mobile operator Cellcom for an undisclosed amount, the company announced on Tuesday. Orange is on an aggressive expansion and restructuring program that has seen it increase its operation in some African countries while exiting others in the East African region.

  • U.S.-Africa Business Summit To Focus On New Markets

    U.S.-Africa Business Summit By Dana Sanchez, 3:28 pm AFKI Original

    High-level delegations from Turkey, U.A.E. and the E.U. will be attending the U.S.-Africa Business Summit Feb. 1-4 in Addis Ababa to look for partnerships with U.S. and African businesses. The focus will be on new markets, said Stephen Hayes, president of the Corporate Council on Africa. The Corporate Council announced Friday that it’s getting into the travel business. The Africa Travel Association will operate under the summit organizer effective immediately. Check out some of the panelists who’ll be speaking at the summit.

  • Netflix Goes Live In Africa And Most Of The Rest Of The World

    By Dana Sanchez, 6:40 pm

    While its expansion to Africa is a welcome development, the U.S. company could face challenges due to the high cost of Internet mobile data and lack of quality broadband. Africans are already fans of most Netflix content. Netflix could oust Naspers-owned digital satellite TV service, whose users complain about its fees. However, Netflix isn’t cheap either. Still, the U.S.-based company has 65 million streaming customers worldwide.

  • 12 African Fashion Icons Who Give Back In Unique Ways

    By Julia Austin, 7:16 pm AFKI Original

    Nigerian fashion designer Duro Olowu donated a piece of his family history to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City — a pair of traditional ceremonial slippers from the Yoruba people that belonged to his grandfather. Fashion designers are creative by nature, and their philanthropic styles tend to be just as creative. Here are 12 African fashion icons who give back in unique ways.

  • Opinion: 12 Things Obama Should Do In Africa Before He Leaves Office

    U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a town hall-style question-and-answer session with participants from the Young African Leaders Initiative Mandela Washington Fellowship Presidential Summi, Aug. 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty By Staff, 6:27 pm

    Obama traveled to Africa five times during his presidency but not to Nigeria, the continent’s largest Muslim country, largest democracy and largest economy. Nigeria’s economy is almost twice the size of South Africa’s and 30 percent larger than Egypt’s. Here are 12 things Obama should do in Africa before he leaves office in January 2017.

  • Ebola-Free Guinea Able To Host Matches Again

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 10:40 am

    Guinea received positive news this week, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed that they are now cleared to resume hosting on football matches in the country, following a sufficient amount of time without new Ebola cases emerging in the nation. This comes a month after Sierra Leone received the same news concerning their ability to welcome teams from all over the continent and world for football purposes.

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