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Staff, 5:53 pm
A new rail line linking Addis Ababa and Djibouti will give landlocked Ethiopia a coastal trade link and cut transport time from two days to eight hours. Some 1,500 trucks use the road each day between Djibouti and Ethiopia. In five years, that number is expected to be closer to 8,000. The new electrified rail line will mainly be used to transport goods.
Julia Austin, 3:55 pm AFKI Original
Safaris come with warnings, but what if you get lost from the group? Whatever you do, don’t run. Running ignites the lion’s predatory instincts. It may be the very thing human evolution has been preparing you to do for just this moment but the lion will probably attack. Usain Bolt, the fastest human alive, can run 27.79 miles an hour. A lion can run 50. Here’s how to meet a lion and improve your chances of escaping with your life.
Staff, 10:08 pm
Soon a Chinese-built railway will link Djibouti to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, and could eventually connect to other Chinese-built railways emerging across the African continent. Dreams of a Dubai-type future have questionable relevance for most local Djiboutians, 42 percent of whom live in extreme poverty, while 48 percent of the labor force is unemployed. One foreign diplomat referred to Djibouti as “an oasis in a bad neighborhood.”
Mark Rausch, 5:30 pm AFKI Original
Linguists are in awe of Igbo, a tonal language spoken by more than 24 million people in Southeast Nigeria. While there are more than 20 dialects, Central Igbo is the most prevalent. Igbo features words that sound the same, but a slight change in tone will alter the entire meaning. The linguistic map of any African country shows a multiple languages. Here are 17 of the most commonly spoken languages in Africa.
Staff, 2:53 pm
The recent Egyptian Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh was a powerful reminder of how Egypt’s future growth and stability is tied to Africa’s, a stakeholder says. Tens of billions of dollars in new investments were announced. How will these be leveraged to drive wider trade and investment opportunities across the whole region?
Julia Austin, 12:35 pm AFKI Original
Based in South Africa, the Desteni is getting a reputation as a cult that is into thought control, censorship and moneymaking. It’s a new group that grew via the Internet over the last four or five years led by a woman who says she channels anything and anyone from dead celebrities to inanimate objects. Many believe cults and secret societies have played a part in the economics, politics and laws of Africa. Here are 12 cults and secret societies of Africa.
Julia Austin, 4:35 pm AFKI Original
Teff is a grain found in Ethiopian and Eritrean dishes that’s high in iron, fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium but perhaps even more significantly — it’s gluten free. It’s slowly gaining popularity in the U.S. Africans are often healthy eaters, incorporating whole foods in almost every meal. By comparison, Americans and people in developed economies are often gluttons for pre-packaged food heavy on sugar, salt, and fat. Here’s a few reasons an African diet could be great for your health.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:02 am
The NBA revealed on Wednesday that the first ever NBA basketball game to be hosted on African soil will take place on August 1 in South Africa. The encounter will see Team Africa taking on Team World, with Luol Deng of the Miami Heat and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers confirmed as participants.
Keren Mikva, 12:03 pm AFKI Original
South Africa uses its highly advanced military for peacekeeping and international cooperation. Its aircraft and naval vessels are notoriously well equipped with the latest technology. The South African military is a force to be reckoned with but it’s not No. 1 on this list. The following 16 countries represent the most powerful militaries in Africa.
Julia Austin, 11:02 am AFKI Original
In the Swahili tribes, its name means “the reliever of 40 human disorders.” Neem contains a fatty acid that helps heals scars plus an aspirin-like compound that removes acne-causing bacteria. The oil can be used to shrink pores. Sustainability is the buzzword in consumerism today. People want to look good, and not feel bad about it. These beauty traditions from African tribes are finding their way into Western consumer culture.
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