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Africa: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 1:52 pm
In Johannesburg, the poorest residents spend more than 20 percent of their income getting to and from work. So it seems bizarre that recent efforts to beef up the city’s bike lanes got knocked down. The new mayor vowed in his inauguration speech to stop the construction of bike lanes. Cycling in South Africa has been stigmatized. It’s seen either as an elitist sport for whites or mode of transport for those too poor to afford a car. A bike-share program in Marrakech could become a pilot for future projects in other African cities.
Dana Sanchez, 12:16 pm
If you want to know what U.S. President elect Donald Trump thinks of African governance, read his tweets: “Every penny of the $7 billion going to Africa as per Obama will be stolen—corruption is rampant!” Africans criticize Switzerland for not doing more to return stolen money. Switzerland is trying to shake off the stereotype as a safe haven for ill-gotten loot. To some extent it’s succeeding. Tanzania has asked Switzerland to help recover money illegally stashed in Swiss banks. Other world centers are quickly filling the vacuum.
Peter Pedroncelli, 12:21 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continued this past weekend, with the 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to Africa in action across the continent. This is how the 10 African World Cup qualifying matches turned out for the participating nations looking to earn their ticket to Russia in two years’ time.
Staff, 12:01 am
Facebook is not the only big social media beast vying for users in Africa. WeChat, owned by Chinese firm Tencent, is also making forays on the continent, and has seen significant uptake in South Africa, where it has over 5 million users. WeChat is betting big on additional services such as money transfers and airtime purchases on top of its social network to encourage further growth, and is closing in on Facebook’s WhatsApp, which has been around much longer.
Dana Sanchez, 12:01 am
Norway-based Opera claims its web browser reaches 100 million African users. How did they get there? There is a high degree of correlation between income and the browser used. But there’s also frst-mover status. Long before smartphones arrived in Africa, Opera was the de facto mobile phone browser. Other browsers came in with more features that most people didn’t need at the expense of bandwidth. That’s how Opera built its name as the go-to browser in communities with low internet connectivity, especially for mobile users.
Dana Sanchez, 10:41 am
The degree of diversity in African genetic samples is greater than any other region on Earth. Yet just
3% of the 35 million-plus who have participated in genetic screening studies are of African descent. The research community assumed that poorer countries, like many in Africa, don’t need genomic studies because the biggest killers there are infectious diseases. African underrepresentation in genomics databases is about to change. The first chip created specifically to target genetic variation in African populations is expected to ship in 2017.
Dana Sanchez, 11:22 am
It’s cheaper to produce tomato paste in China and export it to Nigeria and other African markets than to produce it locally, according to Nigeria’s No. 1 tomato paste processor. Tomato paste is used widely in Nigerian dishes from jollof rice to soups. Eric Umeofia, CEO of Erisco Foods, said he plans to exit the Nigerian market. The news came as a shock to Nigerians. Erisco has the largest tomato processing plant in Nigeria and the fourth largest in the world.
Dana Sanchez, 3:59 pm
When it comes to predicting how President Donald Trump will affect U.S-Africa trade relations, opinions are divided. The election will result in few changes for Africa, a Liberian activist said. Obama has demonstrated that “regardless of a person’s race, gender, or socioeconomic position, U.S. presidents always protect U.S. interests.” Others say it will be bad news for Africa. Trump’s opposition to multilateral trade deals – which he says are unfair to the U.S. – could endanger the African Growth and Opportunity Act introduced in the Clinton era.
Staff, 7:07 am
Built by the Portuguese as a trading post in 1482, Elmina Castle became one of the most important stops on the Atlantic slave trade route. When the Dutch took it over, they continued the slave trade until 1814. In 1872, Elmina became a British possession. After Ghana gained independence in 1957, Elmina Castle became a historic tourist site recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It’s the oldest European building below the Sahara Desert. Watch students from the University of Oregon as they retrace the footsteps of slaves at Elmina Castle.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:50 am AFKI Original
The third round of African World Cup qualifying continues this coming weekend, as the second set of matches see 20 teams from the continent left with a chance of securing one of the five spots allocated to the African continent. This weekend 10 fixtures will be played around the continent in the group stages. Here are 10 African World Cup qualifying matches to look out for this coming weekend.
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