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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.
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.
Peter Pedroncelli, 9:55 am AFKI Original
The draw took place after Gabon was announced as the host nation for the tournament, and this qualification campaign will see the country participate in the qualifying stages for the AFCON for the first time, but their matches will be considered friendly internationals, and will not count for any points in their group.
Julia Austin, 9:40 am AFKI Original
Micro-credentials are digital badges one can receive for learning certain skills. These are especially important in African countries where many students don’t have access — or resources — to attend major universities and receive formal degrees, but may have attained digital skills that make them attractive on the job market. In some parts of Africa, students haven’t had access to even the most basic education. Here are 12 ways technology is changing education in Africa.
Julia Austin, 2:32 pm AFKI Original
Large textile firms like H&M are building factories in Ethiopia. The company that owns Tommy Hilfiger is scouting Kenya. And since local fashions influence what the factories make, these styles will likely show up in the the diaspora staple of African head wraps. Buy them or recreate them yourself at home. Here are 12 fabrics and designs that make great African head wraps.
Keren Mikva, 11:38 am AFKI Original
Many African countries improved gender equity in government and the economy. Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria is not one of them. Just 7 percent of the Nigerian parliament was represented by women as of 2014. The country can only hope the next administration will bring reform to gender equity in government. These are 12 sub-Saharan African countries with the fewest women in parliament.
Staff, 11:58 am
Deloitte says investment in African megaprojects surged 46% to $326bn last year led by heavy investment in transport, energy and power distribution. That far exceeds the $93bn the World Bank says Africa needs each year for infrastructure development, including one-third of that amount for maintenance.
Julia Austin, 8:36 am AFKI Original
Groundnut stew with smoked fish is such a satisfying dish. It’s just a combination of soft foods and sweet flavors in a big bowl. The smoky flavor of the fish mixes perfectly with the sweet flavors of the peanuts. The fish becomes flakey and soft in the sauce and when poured over rice, it’s a comforting treat. Find the recipe here. With the fish and fruit salsa trend sweeping the world, we looked to Africa for inspiration. Here are 10 sweet and salty seafood recipes from Africa.
D.A. Barber, 9:57 am AFKI Original
U.S. footwear and apparel companies that do business in Africa are clamoring for prompt renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. They say jobs at stake. But AGOA’s detractors argue that the continent’s economic upswing means it no longer needs the special treatment AGOA affords. Exports to Africa support more than 120,000 U.S. jobs and 350,000 jobs in Africa. The fact is, only a handful of the AGOA-eligible countries take full advantage of AGOA’s opportunities.
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