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  • Opinion: Facebook’s Free Basics Is Bad For Africa, Good For Dictators

    Free Basics By Staff, 12:01 am

    Facebook’s record of collaborating with governments should make us wary of Free Basics. The app is only worth the gamble if one believes that governments where it’s been rolled out have the best interests of their citizens at heart — a presumption that is unwarranted in much of Africa. In just the last year, in Gabon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Chad, Zimbabwe, and many other countries, online actions of pro-democracy protestors prompted the state to shut down the internet for the entire country. Free Basics gives them a version of the internet that totally control.

  • LGBT Tourism: African Muslims Find Inspiration In Cape Town For ‘Compassion-Centered Islam’

    LGBT Tourism By Dana Sanchez, 8:45 pm

    The only country in Africa to allow same-sex marriage, South Africa is considered a haven for LGBT rights. Cape Town is regarded as the gay capital of Africa. It’s full of gay people who have chosen the city as their home, not only for its beauty but because Capetonians are generally liberal and welcoming, SouthAfrica.info says by way of promoting LGBT tourism. This is a form of niche tourism marketed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender visitors.

  • Troubled Air Zimbabwe Plans To Lease Boeing 787 From Malaysian Airline

    Air Zimbabwe By Kevin Mwanza, 10:20 am

    Air Zimbabwe, the troubled national carrier of Zimbabwe, is in talks with an un-named Malaysian airline over plans to lease a Boeing 787 jet as it plans to acquire long-haul aircrafts and match competition from more established airlines, at the continental and global routes. The loss-ridden airline is also targeting new routes including China, Malaysia and Singapore that are currently dominated by Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines, among other carriers.

  • 30 Players Nominated For The 2016 African Player Of The Year Award

    German Bundesliga Thomas Tuchel desperate to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang By Peter Pedroncelli, 7:10 am AFKI Original

    The shortlist of 30 nominees for the 2016 African Player of the Year award has been announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the winner’s announcement in the new year. Below are the 30 players who have been nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year award.

  • African Commentator Says Trump Sounds Like An African Politician

    Trump sounds like an African politician By Dana Sanchez, 8:10 pm

    African commentators are having a little fun at the U.S.’s expense in the bizarre last weeks leading to the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Republican party candidate Donald Trump bears the brunt for many of their jokes. But behind the jokes there’s deep concern that the U.S. democracy emulated and admired by many Africa countries is being made a mockery of. Here’s what Africans are saying on social media.

  • South African Version Of Monopoly Game To Pass Go In Time For Holidays

    Mzansi Monopoly By Dana Sanchez, 12:26 pm

    South Africa’s version of the beloved board game, Mzansi Monopoly, is due out Nov. 25. Locals got to vote for the names and places that will make the board, including favorites such as the Big Hole in Kimberly and Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct. The woman who invented the game in 1903 was lost to history until recently. She designed the game in protest against the big monopolists of her time like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. A few streets and places that made it onto the board game have been leaked. Here’s what we know.

  • The 10 Most Polluted African Cities

    Most polluted African cities By Keren Mikva, 6:05 pm AFKI Original

    Air pollution in African countries could develop into health and climate crises like China and India have endured. A day spent breathing in Cairo has been likened to smoking a pack of cigarettes. Industrial plants burning low-quality fuel, seasonal sandstorms that often smother the city in a yellow haze, and high vehicle emissions have made the problem worse. Little regulation is in place to enforce environmentally friendly industry processes. Here are 10 of the most polluted African cities.

  • 2017 Africa Cup Of Nations Draw Determines Four Competitive Groups

    Top 10 Ranked African National Teams By Peter Pedroncelli, 2:31 am AFKI Original

    The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations draw was held in Gabon’s capital city Libreville on Wednesday evening, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) determined the four groups of 16 teams that will be aiming for glory come the AFCON in January 2017. The four host cities that will stage matches include Libreville, Franceville, Oyem and Port Gentil, as Gabon hosts the continental showpiece on their own, six years after co-hosting the competition alongside Equatorial Guinea.

  • VIDEO: Exploring The Underwater Chinhoyi Caves In Zimbabwe

    Chinhoyi Caves in Zimbabwe By Joe Kennedy, 9:40 am

    Zimbabwe’s Chinhoyi Caves are considered among the best dive sites in the world. Located in the north of the country near the border with Zambia, they’re known for fantastic visibility. This site is often visited by diving expeditions who do ultra-deep diving. U.S. Navy Divers have reached 135 meters (442 feet), but the actual depth is unknown. Divers must register with a Zimbabwe dive club. As you descend to the main cave, you arrive at Sleeping Pool or Chirorodziva (Pool of the Fallen), with its stunning cobalt blue water.

  • Five Sundowns Players Nominated For Award Based In Africa

    Club World Cup participants - Mamelodi Sundowns enjoying success this season. Photo: kickoff.com By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:15 am AFKI Original

    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed two shortlists for major awards over the weekend, including a shortlist of 25 players who are nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year – Based in Africa award. A total of five players have been selected from South African club side Mamelodi Sundowns, meaning that a fifth of the nominees represent the Pretoria-based team.

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