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Staff, 4:02 pm
When their Kickstarter campaign failed, a brother-sister team switched gears and ran a successful social media campaign selling Africa-inspired swimsuits online. Their swimwear prints include the Apremo-Canon pattern, a Kente design symbolic of resisting foreign domination — something Ghanaians fought beginning in the 15th century against English colonizers. The Ashanti Swimwear platform helps women in the diaspora and Africa dominate in the online e-commerce space so they can be location-independent, said British-Ghanaian Yasmeen Opare, co-founder of Ashanti Swimwear.
Dana Sanchez, 4:10 pm
For many Western companies, Africa is a fresh start — an opportunity to build facilities and processes that are environmentally friendly and safe. And don’t forget the tax breaks. Manufacturing in Africa is expensive, training and the quality control are expensive. Most apparel will continue to be made in Asian countries where labor is still relatively cheap and infrastructure, in place. But in China, the world’s apparel manufacturing leader, wages have increased 80% since 2010.
Dana Sanchez, 12:55 pm
Gold mining companies, once the powerhouses of South Africa’s economy, are in a 20-year decline but illegal miners are thriving. Even school children are skipping school to make what they call “easy money” mining. Many communities considered traditional have permission to mine, but efforts to get their activities formalized and recognized under South African law haven’t materialized. Some people are calling for the creation of a legal artisanal and small-scale mining sector in South Africa.
Alexis Borochoff, 8:00 am
Africa is home to some of the last surviving traditional cultures on Earth. The Maasai people, one of the best-known tribes, are recognized for their unique and ancient rituals, attire and beliefs. But they are slowly modernizing, and more and more younger members are leaving their homelands and traditions for life in the city. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about the Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania.
Alexis Barnes, 7:13 pm AFKI Original
Pregnancy is a legitimate fear in Mozambique, where 48 percent of women were married by age 18. Child brides are more likely to be poor and stay poor. Mozambique recently joined Egypt, Zambia and Ethiopia as a growing number of governments develop strategies, on paper at least, to end child marriage. “It is a waste when half the population is not contributing to the prosperity of a country,” a stakeholder said.
Dana Sanchez, 6:31 pm
Elon Musk challenges traditional business models. For years, fans and investors bought into his unconventional approach to corporate finance. Now some are wary of his latest plan — to buy the ailing U.S. solar energy provider, SolarCity, and sync it with Tesla Motors, which is also bleeding money. In Africa, where electricity access is one of the most pressing problems for businesses, a solar energy company backed by SolarCity is expanding from providing solar kits for homes to offering it for small businesses.
Keren Mikva, 8:17 am
The Chopi of Mozambique traditionally live in the Zavala region in the south. Their numbers were greatly diminished in the Mozambican civil war following liberation from Portugal, as well as by droughts that sent many into the cities and away from their traditional homelands. The mbila, a type of large xylophone, is a traditional Chopi instrument that has flourished. UNESCO named Chopi music a “masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.”
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.
Keren Mikva, 7:17 am AFKI Original
The rich and diverse culture of the Sotho people is integral to the composition of southern Africa, where about 7 million people identify as Sotho. One of the first African languages to be written down, Sesotho literature is incredibly diverse and impressive. French missionaries transmuted Sesotho into writing beginning in 1833, and Thomas Mofolo’s “Chaka,” written in 1925, was one of the first Sotho books written. It is still read today.
African governments have tried to limit and stop its use, but marijuana remains deeply ingrained in African traditions, economies and recreation. It is an important source of income, but is illegal everywhere in Africa. Tolerance and enforcement vary from country to country. There’s a growing belief that with the proper regulations, marijuana should be legalized for the greater good. AFKInsider compiled a list of African countries and ranked them for marijuana tolerance. We’ve also provided a list of most marijuana-friendly countries in the world as a basis for comparison.
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