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Tom Jackson, 11:20 am AFKI Original
President Paul Biya promised to increase technology jobs by investing in infrastructure, but Cameroon had been slow in its digital transformation. Stakeholders believe investors will be reluctant to back local companies there as a result of the internet shutdown. The government shutdown is expected to damage the many startups that were getting themselves investment ready in the country. By restricting internet access, “the government is sending the wrong messages to investors … they are undermining the future of its people.”
Dana Sanchez, 2:42 pm
Five candidates for the top African Union job will face off Friday in a first-ever televised debate. African citizens will get to ask the candidates questions via social media about their vision for the continent. The A.U. hopes the debate will popularize it. Does the A.U. need to be popularized? Some consider A.U. support of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court as dangerous for Africa. The public won’t actually be voting for the next A.U. chairperson, but as the institution evolves, maybe one day that will happen.
Dana Sanchez, 10:06 am
The Chinese government underwrites much of the Mandarin language education in Africa. Mandarin courses have been introduced this year in more than 40 South African schools with plans to be in 500. The move caused an uproar in South Africa, with parents taking to social media. Proponents say Chinese language skills will help create jobs. South Africa wants to grow tourism between BRICS member countries. Its Department of Tourism has started teaching Mandarin and Russian to tourism frontline staff including tour guides.
Keren Mikva, 11:44 am
The Tutsi are often associated with the horrific events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, known officially as the genocide against the Tutsi. The richness and diversity of Tutsi culture is less well known. The Tutsi and Hutu people were mainly friendly until European colonization. The Tutsi dominated the region beginning in the 14th century, but established friendly relations with the Hutu in feudal relationships owing to their vast cattle herds and warfare knowledge. With the colonial period in the late 1800s, favorable treatment of one group over another intensified animosities.
Dana Sanchez, 3:50 pm
All the major mobile network operators in South Africa offer services in the major languages — there are 11 official ones in SA. Language alone is probably not enough to run a successful mobile communications business, an analyst said. An Afrikaans-language MVNO could theoretically reach 10 million people but customers are more concerned with the quality and value. MVNOs seek to exploit a niche in the market that the bigger players may not be serving well. Getting new customers will likely be about identity and cultural affinity.
Keren Mikva, 12:19 pm AFKI Original
Mawungira Enharira, a hugely popular Zimbabwean band, has helped spark a resurgence of interest in traditional Shona culture at a time when the lure of Western pop music is hard for young Zimbabweans to resist. Shona is the most widely spoken Bantu language in Africa after Swahili. It is the principal language in Zimbabwe but is also spoken throughout Zambia, Botswana, and Mozambique. Check out the 10 most commonly spoken Bantu languages.
István Tarrósy, 12:20 am AFKI Original
Cameroonian student Danielle Carole Tangmeu Kenmoe is fluent in Mandarin — something that looks really good on a resume. A degree from China means a competitive edge in the job market for Africans. China’s foreign policy towards Africa includes an important soft power element: encouraging young Africans to study at Chinese universities. But racial issues are a daily reality in interactions between Africans and the local Chinese populations.
Staff, 12:05 am
Facebook plans to launch Internet.org in Kinyarwanda, the main language spoken in Rwanda, at this year’s Transform Africa Summit Oct. 19 to Oct. 21. How to develop Africa’s digital talent and foster cross-border entrepreneurship will be some of the topics discussed at the summit. Rwandan President Paul Kagame will co-host the event. About 2500 delegates from 46 countries are expected to attend.
Dana Sanchez, 3:08 pm
WhatsApp is the No. 1 most downloaded app in South Africa, where social networking and IM apps from global Internet players are popular among smartphone users. Local innovators are racing to build relevant apps. Most content is in English and focused on data-heavy smartphone apps. Content needs to be available on more devices in languages users understand, says GSMA.
Dana Sanchez, 1:13 pm
Britain’s Conservative government is under pressure to show it is acting to solve “the Calais crisis” with hundreds of migrants trying every night to jump fences around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France. The increasing political rhetoric plays on people’s fears that they might have to share. “There is no way back from a multicultural Europe,” said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
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