Morocco: Latest News
Julia Austin, 11:56 am AFKI Original
Dakar’s colorful car rapides — “fast cars” — are the most popular mode of transportation in Senegal’s capital. Part of history, some of these buses and mini-buses have been operating for over 40 years, and even have an exhibit dedicated to them. A ride on a car rapide costs around 16 cents. Some newer buses called tatas or kinglongs cost around 90 cents per ride. There’s a plan to phase out car rapides by 2018 as Dakar upgrades its urban transportation network.
Dana Sanchez, 5:52 pm
Today, 80 percent of all West African airline traffic is carried by non-African carriers and about 15 percent by non- West African carriers. East African airline Kenya Airways recorded a 28 percent increase in passengers in West Africa for the year ending June 2016. Yet West Africa, with 40 airports and 300 million population in 15 countries, has no strong airline and no airport hub. Several airports are vying to be hubs.
Dana Sanchez, 12:23 pm
Global tech and mobile giants are increasingly involved in Africa’s 314 active tech hubs. New tech hubs are opening on a weekly basis, according to new research by GSMA, the powerful mobile trade and lobbying association. GSMA recently launched its own innovation fund to tap local startups. Regardless of their type, it’s the facilitator role of tech hubs that explains their proliferation in Africa.
Karen Elowitt, 9:16 am
While more modern methods prevail elsewhere in the world, in the tanneries of Fez, Morocco, artisans have been using techniques that date back 1000 years. These tanneries are tucked behind the medieval buildings that comprise the old city center, the medina. When you buy a pair of vivid leather shoes from the souk in Fez, bear in mind the backbreaking, dirty work that was required to produce those gleaming slippers — a tradition that will likely go on for another 1000 years.
Susan McKee, 9:56 am
Three cities in Morocco are especially known for their ceramic artistry: Meknes, Safi and Fez. Together, they produce at least 80% of the pottery in the country. The best known workshop in Fez is Art Naji. Here you can take a tour and watch craftsmen and women chip mosaic tile pieces, paint fanciful designs on plates, assemble elaborate mosaic tile fountain backsplashes and fashion tagines on foot-driven potter’s wheels. Take a look at the artisans at work at Art Naji, and some of their incredible creations.
Dana Sanchez, 12:11 pm
The following African tech startups are finalists in the upcoming Demo Africa 2016. They stood out among 723 applicants, and they’ll get to introduce themselves and possibly attract investors at the fifth annual Demo Africa, planned in Johannesburg. Banking and fintech had the highest number of entries followed by media, e-commerce and education. Venture capitalists, angel investors, investment fund managers, tech buyers and media are expected from around the world.
Lillian Mutiso, 3:09 am AFKI Original
Most African countries do not recognize dual citizenship. This is mainly due to post-colonial concerns, when newly independent African countries wanted to ensure loyalty as part of nation building. They also wanted to control the demographic composition of their countries. In particular, these laws targeted those within the country who were not of “African” origin. Below are 12 African countries that allow dual citizenship.
Mark Rausch, 7:00 pm
Influenced by native African, Middle Eastern and colonial cultures, this distinctive cuisine makes an indelible mark on the palate as well as the mind. If you’re traveling to North Africa be sure to try some of the following dishes — but if you can’t eat them in their countries of origin, you can always try to make them at home. Here are 10 North African dishes which are sure to arouse your senses and sate your hunger, plus links to recipes.
Mark Rausch, 7:00 pm
The Moroccan city of Chefchaouen (called “Chaouen” for short) is a bewitchingly blue-washed dreamland. Viewing it from above is like looking at a city under water; visiting on the ground is a transcendent full-immersion experience where the color wraps around you on every winding street. And its residents are anything but “blue”– they’re relaxed, courteous, and welcoming. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Morocco’s Blue City.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:54 am AFKI Original
With 15 players of African heritage having earned the right to play in Euro 2016 final on Sunday, we take a look at each of them and which African country they could be representing if they had not decided on their European national teams, France and Portugal.
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