Rwanda: Latest News
Keren Mikva, 9:38 am AFKI Original
Beginning as a YouTube celebrity in her home country of Uganda, Anne Kansiime has transformed into an international star. Despite much of her material focusing on her life as a Ugandan woman, Kansiime’s comedy resonates around the world. “People, let’s be ourselves,” Kansiime urges fellow Africans. “Let’s own our ‘Africanness.’ If we all start being proud of who we are, the Kim Kardashians of the world will be out of business.”
Staff, 4:08 pm
Johannesburg hackers say the language of law is so complicated that many SA citizens do not realize how it should protect them. They’re working on a website that will help people quickly find parts of the constitution relevant to them. Many are familiar with the African hacker cliché revolving around a badly written email from someone claiming to be a friend. The reality is more nuanced. Gaps in basic infrastructure have created the perfect hacking environment, says tech expert Ethan Zuckerman.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:54 am
Rwanda, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, has called on the United States government to grant easier access to traders from across Africa doing business with America market under the renewed African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). The East African nation is one of the beneficiaries of AGOA, the signature trade initiative by the US government to allow at least 7000 products from 39 nations in Sub Saharan Africa to America market duty-free.
Kevin Mwanza, 5:37 am AFKI Original
Robusta is a coffee variety that is mostly used in instant coffee and a filler for blends. It is mostly grown in Africa alongside Arabica beans. According to recent reports, Robusta coffee beans, whose production in Africa had declined significantly over the last few decades due to pests, diseases and civil war in some producing countries, is slowly making a comeback. Below are 12 things you probably didn’t know about Robusta coffee farming in Africa.
Dana Sanchez, 3:48 pm
After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to Israel from a four-country trip to Africa, he got a visit from the Egyptian foreign minister. Those familiar with Israeli-Egyptian diplomatic relationships know how rare this visit was, Israel Today reported. Netanyahu visited Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia, and they recognized that Israel is a power to be reckoned with, not just militarily. African countries are fascinated with Israeli ingenuity. Tension is high between Egypt and Ethiopia.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:03 am
Israel bid to get an observer seat at the African Union (AU) is threatening to divide African union with Kenya and Ethiopia supporting the bid, while South African and Egypt may be against it. In the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister to African in nearly 30 years, Benjamin Netanyahu sought to drum up support from East African countries — Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda — for an observer status at the continental body.
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.
Dana Sanchez, 8:59 am
Business investors aren’t the only ones spotting Africa’s potential. Name-brand foundations are also investing in Africa, making grants on a historic level. Still, charity has its critics. Akon is one of the most vocal. The U.S.-based rap star is one of the most famous impact investors in Africa — and one of the most prominent voices against giving charity to Africans. These are some of the biggest philanthropic foundations giving money in Africa.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:32 am
Rwanda has risen to become of the leading nations in Sub Saharan Africa in the in the use of technology, with a wide range of innovation projects that have attracted tech firms from across the world. Positivo BGH, a South American firm has taken advantage of this unprecedented growth in the tiny East African nation by introducing the first ever, ‘Made in Rwanda’ laptops.
Staff, 5:06 pm
Botswana has not always supported the African Union on critical issues such as the International Criminal Court, and experts believe it lacks the goodwill needed to support its candidate. South Africa’s A.U. opinions appear closer to Equatorial Guinea’s than Botswana’s on issues such as the politics in Burundi and the ICC’s relations with Africa. The need to give voice within the A.U. to the continent’s historically marginalized regions could push Equatorial Guinea’s candidate to the top. The A.U. faces many challenges including its dependence on foreign aid for its financing.
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