Uganda: Latest News
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:30 am AFKI Original
While much of the focus inevitably falls on the African Player of the Year accolade, the various nominees for other soccer award categories have been revealed by CAF ahead of the gala event in January. The additional categories included Women’s Player of the Year, club and national teams of the year, coach of the year and accolades for promising young players.
Linda Markovina, 7:00 am
In the Ugandan dialect of Lukiga, “bwindi” means “dark place.” A “dark place” could not be more apt to describe Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you veer off the well-trodden path and into the jungle. With an untrained eye, you’ll probably only spot a gorilla when it’s close enough to feel its breath. Gorillas and humans are on each other’s doorsteps. The challenge? Finding ways for humans to meet their basic needs without competing with gorillas for limited resources. In Uganda, gorilla tourism contributes more than half of total tourism revenue. There are about 700 highland gorillas left in the world. About half live in Bwindi.
Dana Sanchez, 11:04 am
One of South Africa’s largest banks bought a majority stake in the team that built the country’s largest mobile payments product. Africa has the highest mobile money adoption rate in the world, but it’s hardly universal, catching on more in some countries and less in others. While banks and mobile payments startups would like to see large-scale adoption of mobile money, the reality is cash is likely to remain king in Africa — internet penetration and trust in the financial system are low on the continent.
Kevin Mwanza, 1:06 am
Solar energy, a cheap power alternative to the vast population in sub-Saharan Africa with no access to electricity, has economically empowered the women entrepreneurs in Tanzania who work even after night falls. In Bunambiyu, a village in the northern region of East Africa’s second largest economy, solar-powered lanterns have greatly improved the social-economic lives of the rural population.
Ann Brown, 9:00 am AFKI Original
Nigerian-American Olatorera Oniru worked full time for some of the largest corporations in the world, but kept her dream alive by working part time for herself. At 29, she owns one of Nigeria’s top e-commerce fashion businesses. Focused on the Made-in-Africa movement, she mentors other entrepreneurs with potential in fashion and beauty who have not met the quality criteria to retail with her. Many university graduates don’t have the skills to succeed in the business world, and it’s one of the challenges of doing business in Africa, Oniru told AFKInsider.
Tom Jackson, 4:20 am AFKI Original
The majority of African cities are striving to be tech hubs. From Cairo to Accra, Lagos to Nairobi, Cape Town to Johannesburg, cities are striving to emulate Silicon Valley as tech hubs. Nairobi’s iHub launched with government support, and the Enterprise Kenya initiative is designed to assist local startups. In Lagos, the presidency has offered backing to tech startups, and there are a myriad of hubs.
Staff, 12:02 am
One aspect of U.S. military operations in Africa that remains vastly under-covered and unappreciated is the role of private military and security contractors. Private military and security contractors are the U.S. military’s American Express card. It dare not deploy overseas without them. This is nowhere truer than in Africa. It is fitting that modern private military and security contractors should be operating in Africa. After all, Africa gave rise to much of the industry. The pioneer in the field was the South Africa-based Executive Outcomes, which shut down in 1998.
Ann Brown, 8:12 am AFKI Original
A survivor of the Rwandan genocide, entrepreneur Marcel Mutsindashyaka chose to use the media, not for revenge, but for peace building. His Rwandan media and IT company has helped restore unity in the country by engaging youth. It is now the second most popular news website in Rwanda. Mutsindashyaka was chosen to be in Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. The experience “opened my mind from local to global perspective,” he told AFKInsider. “From this I realized that there is potential for the U.S. and Africa to collaborate for mutual benefit.”
Kevin Mwanza, 9:29 am
Little Cab, a taxi-hailing app owned by Nairobi-based technology firms, Craft Silicon, and East Africa’s biggest telecommunication provider, Safaricom, plans to expand its operations to Uganda and Nigeria as it intensifies its market battle against the dominant U.S.-based taxi-haling firm, Uber. The decision is likely to change the app’s fortunes, whose increase in customers in Kenya has not led to a rise in its earnings
Tom Jackson, 6:56 am AFKI Original
A recent McKinsey report on “digital globalisation” found flows of data and information now generate more economic value than the global trade in goods. Essentially, this means that an industry that did not exist 15 years ago is now bringing in more value to a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than the centuries-old trade in goods. That is quite something.
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